About Rumple_deWriter


I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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lost in the ozone west of Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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writing, sports, reading
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most of the good 'uns
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a bunch of the good 'un
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news and sports
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anything but rap and atonal


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 07 Dec 2019 10:17

Anna, your mother lived through some 'interesting' times and raised, at the very least, one fine daughter. Losing a parent is rough but to have her for so long is a blessing. Much sympathy to you and all who loved her.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Dec 2019 08:40

Morning to the inspird crew at Inspirations.

Larry, expressions of sincere sympathy are heading your way. The only positive side to your lat-night travail is it was just a low-battery warning and not the real thing.

(slurp) Good coffee.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Dec 2019 16:13

The cookie jar has been restocked! :) Both Sara and Life its own self are major goodnesses. ;)

Larry, ain't no way I'm gonna disagree with Molly and Sara. So best I can tell, your quality of life, song & dance advisory board is saying sign up by a 3-0 vote.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Dec 2019 08:06

Okay, let me tell ya, it's like this, among other simple minded, even pointless, s salutations.

But while the conversation might be a tad lacking this morning, the coffee is first-rate. There are a few of Sara's goodies left over which is really a goodness.

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Topic: Have you ever been unable to finish a book?
Posted: 03 Dec 2019 17:45

Do believe someone mentioned "Heart of Darkness'. Just so happens, today is the birthday of its author, Joseph Conrad (b 1857 - maybe).

Madame Bovary: gave it a go several times but kept falling asleep

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Topic: Calls for themed contests entries & submissions - prose & poetry
Posted: 02 Dec 2019 15:39

As always, the links probably don't work. If so, just google the site's name for more info.. Taken from the free online newsletter of the 'Authors Publish magazine newsletter. (recommended)

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There are 21 themes for the 15 outlets that pay for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some themes are: community, power, virtual realities, politically incorrect science fiction, feminist fairy tales, faith & politics, always reforming, future crime stories, archives, and fiends in the furrows – folk horror. All of these pay writers, from token to pro rates. There are a few themed contests for writers, too, in this list. Also look at this list for some more upcoming submission deadlines.


Eye to the Telescope: Hard Science Fiction Tropes
This is a journal of speculative poetry and they want poems on hard science fiction tropes. Their guidelines say, “Hard science fiction is based on contemporary or historical science extrapolated into the future (which may also be the past). … The technology doesn’t have to be the main point of the poem, but technological advances have to be integral to it. Many poems are set in technological futures, but the focus is usually on the people.” Also, “Tropes include time travel, matter transmission, alternate worlds, faster than light travel, fundamental changes in human bodies (intentional or otherwise), alien technology, and lots more.” See guidelines for additional details.
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Length: 1-3 poems
Pay: $0.03/word (up to $25)
Details here

Gay Mag: Two themes
This online magazine is looking for essays, cultural criticism, short fiction, artwork, and photography. They publish weekly. They are looking for work on two themes.
Community: Their guidelines say, “What does it mean to be part of a community? How do we live amicably with others? What happens when community fractures or falls apart? What happens when our communities fail us or when we fail our communities? What does an ideal community look like? What are your visions for utopia/dystopia? How has popular culture dealt with the idea of community in ways either good or bad? We are looking for smart, engaging essays about the nature of community.” The deadline for this theme is 16 December 2019.
Power: Their guidelines say, “What is power? What does it mean to feel powerful or to be powerful? Is it possible to be powerful and ethical? What would that look like? What does it mean to be powerless? Have you ever abused your power? What does it mean to live in a world where power is distributed so unequally and where power and wealth are often inextricably linked? We are looking for thoughtful essays that grapple with power in all its permutations.” The deadline for this theme is 16 March 2020.
They accept pitches for essays only. They will accept more of shorter work (up to 1,200 words) than longer (up to 3,500 words).
Deadlines: See above
Length: Shorter work up to 1,200 words; longer, up to 3,500 words
Pay: $1/word
Details here

Newfound: Virtual Realities
This is a nonprofit publisher based in Austin, Texas and their work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. Their guidelines say, “Is a virtual experience an actual experience? How can we trust our senses? What is real and what is fantasy? We want to explore all aspects of this theme in our spring 2020 issue. Tell us about a computer-generated experience or simulated environments. Immerse us in parallel or intersecting worlds.” They accept fiction, including flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, translation, and visual arts. They also publish reviews. They are also accepting unthemed submissions.
Deadline: 21 December 2019 for the themed issue
Length: Various
Pay: $25
Details here

Antimony and Elder Lace Press: Three themes
A Room is Locked: Their guidelines say, “In the mystery genre, the idea of a locked room puzzle is one of the standbys. Everyone from Agatha Christie to Edgar Allen Poe has done it, and now it’s your turn.
Your story, to be considered, must feature the idea, concept or tool of a locked room. It can be figurative or literal, the choice is yours. The challenge is to take this old idea and make it new again.” The deadline is 25 December 2019 for this theme.
Omens: Their guidelines say, “The idea of seeing the future or having warnings of what is to come is an idea that spans nearly every culture. Whether the omens are good or bad, there is the potential to affect us all.
To be considered, your story must deal with the idea of omens in some fashion.” The deadline is 25 July 2020 for this theme.
To Live Again…: Their guidelines say, “Who doesn’t want to live again? The idea of resurrection and conquering death is something that can be seen in many myths and legends of cultures around the world. This anthology will deal with the idea of resurrection, and of course, it’s aftermath.” The deadline is 25 December 2020 for this theme.
Length: 1,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.01/word + Royalties
Details here

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora
This anthology is open for authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. According to their guidelines they seek “speculative fiction that grapples with the question: “What is the legacy and the future of Africa and the African Diaspora?” We want authors and poets from the African continent and the African Diaspora. More specifically, we want horror, science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history in the following sub-genres: Horror Noire, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Sword and Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, and Dieselfunk.” They also accept reprints of both prose and poetry, translations, and multiple submissions (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: 1,000-17,500 words for fiction
Pay: $0.08 per word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01 above 1,000 words
Details here

Again, Hazardous Imaginings: More Politically Incorrect Science Fiction
For this anthology, the editor wants “stories that, due to their content, viewpoint, and/or subject matter, have little or no chance of being published in the commercial market. Yesterday’s transgressions (those spotlighted in Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions) are today’s cultural virtues and/or commonplaces. What are TODAY’S taboos? What kinds of science fiction stories are verboten in today’s commercial publishing market? What just won’t fly, whether due to shared social beliefs and aversions common to editors, assumptions that editors make about their readerships’ beliefs and aversions, or the commercial pressures of the corporate publishing world? How can these modern-day taboos be illuminated and explored using the unique extrapolative tools of science fiction?” Also, “No stories that merely (or primarily) seek to shock, insult, or provoke will be accepted. The subject matter may be outrageous by the standards of today’s marketplace. But keep in mind, the more outrageous or disturbing the material, the more incisively it needs to be explored using the cognitive tools of science fiction.”
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here

Sword & Kettle Press: Corvid Queen — Feminist Fairy Tales
They want original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. Their guidelines say, “We like work based on fairy tales, folklore, myths, and legends. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and pieces that are in-between.” They read work in March, June, September, and December.
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: 1,000-2,500 words; can read shorter or longer
Pay: $5
Details here

Signs of Life Anthology
For this Australian anthology, they want prose that is either fiction or creative nonfiction/auto-fiction. The literary anthology is themed around first- and second-hand experiences of illness and care-giving. Their guidelines say, “How do experiences of sickness or incapacitation change our bodies, who we are, and how we see the world? And how do they affect the people around us?” Also, “The illness depicted may be acute or chronic, life-threatening or relatively minor. We are anticipating stories that interrogate the difficulty and challenges of not being well but also those of connection, change, humour and growth. Or show us a different side that we may not have considered.” The entry must be written from the point of view of the patient, the care-giver (e.g. nurse, doctor, midwife, physiotherapist, family/unpaid carer or other), or kin e.g. family, friend. They welcome international submissions, and can accept two entries per person.
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: 2,000-3,000 words
Pay: AUD100
Details here and here

Air: Sylphs, Spirits, and Swan Maidens
They want short fiction and poetry for this anthology. The editor’s guidelines say, “The most capricious of elements, air is the domain of all winged creatures, but also of tricksters, spirits, elves and fairies. … for this anthology, especially, I am open to stories whose genres also transcend usual definitions. I want stories which are light as a summer breeze, and also those which rage with the drama of a tornado. I want action, ideas and movement but also whimsy and transformation. Grand, high-adventure and cozy close-to-home conflicts.” Also, “I want to fit as many airy creatures into this anthology as possible, so in addition to sylphs, spirits and swan maidens I want air dragons, fae, griffins, sirens, rocs, Thunderbird, Pegasus… and because I’m open to combining aether with air in this situation why not also hit me with your angels, phantoms, Yōkai and nymphs too!”
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: CAD50 for fiction, CAD20 for poetry
Details here

Horozons: Six themes
This is a Christian magazine. It is published by Presbyterian Women, Inc. for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They seek stories, poems, and articles on specific themes. For January/February 2020 the theme is ‘Humility and Respect’ and for March/April, it is ‘Always Reforming’ – there are four other themes listed for future issues (The Great PW Read; Ecology; Faith & Politics; Privilege & Power). Submissions may be accompanied by a photograph, illustration or a suggestion for design.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: 600-1,800 words for stories and articles
Pay: At least $50/page (see guidelines)
Details here (scroll down) and here

Vernacular Books: The Way of the Laser – Future Crime Stories
For this fiction anthology, they want “Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.”
Deadline: 1 January 2020
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word + royalties
Details here

Full Bleed: Archives
This is an annual print and online journal of art and design, and they want submissions for the fourth issue, forthcoming in Spring 2020. Apart from criticism and regular columns, they also publish fiction, poetry, graphic essays, belles lettres, artwork, design, and illustration. For this issue they are specially interested in submissions that critique, investigate, or rely on archives of various kinds. “We seek new writing about artists working with, playing with, re-contextualizing, or elevating archival materials; art or design projects responsive to historical documents; and essays, fictions, and poetry related to the work of archiving” – see guidelines for further details on the theme.
Deadline: 1 January 2020
Length: Essays of up to 7,500 words, columns of 800-2,000 words; no length guidelines for other genres
Pay: Modest honoraria
Details here

Crone Girls Press: Two themes
They are accepting short stories for two anthologies.
— Coppice and Brake: They want fiction submissions in the genres of dark fantasy, supernatural, and eerie horror. Their guidelines say, “Seeking stories that explore the darker side of speculative fiction. We want stories that are scary or disturbing or upsetting, or that wouldn’t be out of place in a collection of Gothic prose or Grimm folktales or dark contemporary fantasy or a dark forest as night comes on … While horror is the name of the game, this anthology is for those stories that might not hit all of the tropes, but still leave us unsettled when the night settles in.”
–Stories We Tell After Midnight: For this anthology they want “chilling horror, your stories that are set firmly in the genre, tagging the tropes and atmospherics of things that will cause you to have nightmares and not be able to escape the dark, even when you pull the covers over your head and sleep with the light on.”
Deadline: 6 January 2020
Length: 500-1,500 words for flash fiction, 3,000-8,000 words for short stories, and 12,000-25,000 words for novellas
Pay: $0.02/word or $25/story, whichever is greater
Details here

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 02 Dec 2019 09:33

Thanks for the strong coffee, Larry. IMO, on Monday', strong java is a must have.

Also and in addition, thanks for bringing that 'unfinished books' thread back to life. It was fun going back over all the previous posts. For a brief moment, I was marveling at your being able to recall a thread from back in 2012. Then, upon further reading, it was revealed that the thread had re-emerged back in 2015 and then 2018. Me, I'd be challenged to recall that 2018 thread so you still get a gold star or two for your memory and good deed. ;)

Time for a second cup of today's brawny brew.

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Topic: Have you ever been unable to finish a book?
Posted: 01 Dec 2019 16:10

I'm prone to not finishing books these days. As others with a similar affliction have noted, this is new to me. Just FWIW, here are some of my unfinished novels:
50 Shades of Gray: Subject matter aside, the writing is embarrassingly bad.
Lord of the Rings: Way back when I made it through 'The Hobbit' but couldn't get 'into' dem Rings.
My son and I managed to finish 'The Da Vinci Code' but nothing by Dan Brown since then, though I tried and stalled out on the one about Washington D.C. and Free Masons.

Many thanks to Larry for kicking this thread back to life.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 01 Dec 2019 11:14

How's by y'all? Me, I'm still basking in the glow from LSU pulling off an undefeated season that included a long-time coming win at 'Bama and last night's 50-7 revenge for last year's seven overtime loss at Texas A&M. :)

Temp-wise, it's a tad chilly but not cold down here in the valley. Current temps are in the mid-50's with the high expected to be somewhere in the mid-60's. Before snowballs of envy start heading this way, please recall the temps down here during August when it was approximately twice as hot, if not hotter.. ;)

Larry and Scott have got me to thinking (don't laugh, it happens - sometimes) that a thread about unfinished books might amuse some SS-types. Any suggestions would be both a blessing and something of a surprise.

Sara, here's you a big mug half-filled with hot chocolate and topped off with a double-handful of mini-marshmallows. BTW, the coffee's not bad, especially when mixed with equal parts hot chocolate and brandy. Just a hint.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Nov 2019 07:05

Morning and/or afternoon to our Cyn - in a manner of speaking. ;)

Please keep us posted vis-a-vis your Christmas themed, gay, Regency, romance. Not sure I've ever read one before so I'm looking forward to giving yours an indepth perusal.

(slurp) Most potable coffee.


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Listening In The Rain

Listening In The Rain I'm a good listener; always have been. Especially here inside the cemetery—just sitting in my truck, listening to the rain, hearing it tell the story, and waiting for Holly. We don’t have nice winter weather around here, just cold and rainy. The only thing it’s good for is hunting, especially for deer. But I don't hunt—not anymore. Winter became my favorite season...

Added 30 Oct 2019 | Category Supernatural | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 308 | 12 Comments

The Tumultuous Tale of a Tormented Terrier

The Tumultuous Tale of the Tormented Terrier Well, let me tell you, it was like this. Once upon a time, our humble hovel was being run by the daughter-unit’s pet, a small, cute, cuddly and constantly yapping Yorkshire Terrier that answered to the name, Puh-Pet, but only if she happened to be in the mood. She loved nothing better than people-food treats and patroling the backyard. Since it...

Added 15 Aug 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 339 | 9 Comments

Schemers Scheme

Newly polished toenails safely propped on the crowded coffee table, Darlene Barnes let out a long plume of cigarette smoke and waited for her friend to come back from the kitchen. Waiting in silence, however, had never been her 'thing'. The thirty-something bottled-blonde looked around at the empty doorway to the kitchen. "You know it's hard for me to believe you're this messed-up....

Added 13 May 2019 | Category Young Adult | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 472 | 3 Comments

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt -- RdW

“You guys are nuts.” The Skeptic was in rare form as the four men studied the petite singer flitting around on the dim stage.   “I mean, sure she’s cute, but in a small-town high school cheerleader sort of way. No way is she this smoking’ hot sex object you guys keep raving about. But…”   The Skeptic stopped as the singer approached the microphone stand. Waited for A bright spotlight...

Added 05 Feb 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 809 | 8 Comments

How To Be A Happy Hooker: musings on openings in literature

For the benefit of any unsuspecting reader, let me state now that this is NOT an article about how one might become a contented courtesan or smiling strumpet. Nope, not even a titillated trollop. Sorry about any confusion, honest. Truth be told, this assault on good taste and English letters is concerned with the fine art of creating attention grabbing hooks in the opening lines of your...

Added 18 Dec 2018 | Category Musings | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 376 | 7 Comments

Now and Forever

Now and Forever: a love story The dream was back--so were the eyes. They hovered in an angry sky just above the horizon, seeing everything but focusing on nothing. Amy knew those eyes—knew a time when they’d been filled with happiness and a love of life. But that had been before her brother came back from Vietnam. Young, naked, and skinny, she stood alone and vulnerable on a hill surrounded...

Added 14 Aug 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 333 | 5 Comments

All about the nice VA lady and a new iPhone

How’s by you, Grady Lee? Funniest thing happened yesterday. This nice lady from the Veterans Administration stopped by and said what I really needed, I mean with my having gone from hard of seeing to being blinder than any known bat, was one of those so-called smart Apple iPhones. I told her I knew a bit about the thing, how you made gestures to work it, and let her know I'd been...

Added 04 Aug 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 435 | 12 Comments

The New Patient

On a hot Friday afternoon in the summer of 1970, a young nursing student left work at the VA hospital, and hurried out to the nearby bus stop on First Avenue. The usual stop-and-go Friday traffic appeared to be stuck on stop. From the open windows of a gypsy cab came the sound of an all-news station. “In other national news, a Defense Department spokesman said 18,000 of the 31,000 US...

Added 28 Feb 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 630 | 10 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch. 12, Love on The Levee

   The official plan, as carefully explained to all parental units, had called for Amy and Libby to share a motel room. The guys would stay with Mark’s roommate who was supposed to be in summer school. In reality, Mark’s roommate had just flunked out. And no one questioned that Bob and Libby would have the motel room to themselves. Once they were dropped off, Mark and Amy headed for...

Added 01 Nov 2017 | Category General | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 819 | 2 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

  Alexandria, a small, nondescript city on the Red River in central Louisiana, is the symbolic checkpoint separating the state’s French, Catholic south from its Scots-Irish, Protestant north. In the pre-interstate days, a two-lane highway weaved its way south from town toward Baton Rouge. A picturesque, tree-lined bayou flanked one side of the road. On the other side were pastures and a...

Added 18 Oct 2017 | Category General | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 580 | 4 Comments

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