About Rumple_deWriter

Biography

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

Name:
Rumple_deWriter
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Age:
72
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Pisces
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Married
Location:
lost in the ozone west of Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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19 Jun 2019 09:47
Interests:
writing, sports, reading
Favorite Books:
most of the good 'uns
Favorite Authors:
a bunch of the good 'un
Favorite Movies:
comedies
Favourite TV Shows:
news and sports
Favorite Music:
anything but rap and atonal

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 11 Jun 2019 09:09

(puts on a fresh pot of dark roast coffee) Sure hope that last pot didn't harm Larry. Ya never can tell about those things, ya know. ;)

Keith's latest story 'Springtime Is For Lovers' is a first-rate quick read (1200 words). As the title suggests, it's in the 'Romance' category. Check it out.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 07 Jun 2019 05:45

So who, I say, WHO, in the name of both Strunk and White is in charge around here? (Inspirations is blanketed in total silence) (sigh)

If this coffee maker will act right there will be some extra strong coffee coming up.

Anna May, loved that link to 'Moon River'. But for a morning wake-up call, what about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGnIiGszOSQ

Okay, coffee's ready. (sip) Ain't half bad but I suspect the Mendalla Man will want to crank up his own brew so y'all better get some of this one while you can. ;)

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Topic: Cricket Media: Six themed calls for submissions
Posted: 04 Jun 2019 20:00


Cricket Media produces literary magazines for children of various ages – Babybug (for ages 6 months to 3 years), Ladybug (ages 3 to 6), Spider (ages 6 to 9), and Cricket (ages 9 to 14). The magazines have several themes coming up. They publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, puzzles, crafts, and recipes.
So Silly – They are looking for “your silliest stories, poems, action rhymes, and fingerplays. We welcome pieces about funny games and goofy situations as well as nonsense rhymes and wordplay that elicits little ones’ laughter. We’re looking for rhythmic writing that babies and toddlers will want to hear again and again.”
All Aboard – For Ladybug: They want “short stories, retellings of folk and fairy tales, rebus stories, poems, action rhymes, nonfiction, and songs about travel. For a young child, a walk to the park, a trip by boat or airplane, or a game of make believe might all seem like voyages. We like playful stories with childlike points of view; they need to be short, too (under 800 words). Most of our readers live in the United States, and sensitive explorations of different cultures are welcome.”

Hey, Neighbor! – For Spider: They want “stories, nonfiction, poems, and short plays about neighbors and neighborhoods: urban or suburban, rural or fantastical. What unique relationships blossom between people (and animals) who live near one another? Who would be neighbors on a space station or in a magical kingdom? How can kids, real or fictional, make an impact in their neighborhoods? Inter-cultural and inter-generational relationships welcome. Humor always encouraged.”
Art and Music – For Spider: They are looking for “stories, nonfiction, poems, short plays, and activities for the theme Arts and Music. We want pieces that capture the magic, creativity, frustration, and many hours of practice that come with learning an instrument or new art skill. We’re looking for all kinds of stories about kids and their creative outlets, as well as true stories about unusual instruments, strange stories about familiar instruments, odes to artistic practice, and activities to inspire young artists.”

Encountering Nature – For Cricket: They are interested in “fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of an encounter with nature. You might write about a record-setting blizzard or the joy of the first day of spring; conquering Everest or exploring a local cave; meeting a mountain lion while hiking, a squirrel in the backyard, an itsy-bitsy spider in the shower; or about a young nature lover who helps an injured animal or strives to preserve something of wild and natural beauty.”
A New Beginning – For Cricket: They are looking for “fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of making a new beginning. Stories might focus on the immigrant experience; on a middle schooler facing up to responsibilities or changes in the family; the end of one friendship and the start of another; try-trying again after a setback; or taking on a new hobby, sport—even a whole new persona.”
Deadline: 1 July 2019
Length: Varies
Pay: Up to $0.25/word for fiction, $3/line for poetry

xxx

excerpted from the free, online newsletter of, Authors Publish Magazine -- recommended.

Topic: Add a Joke
Posted: 31 May 2019 16:38

(Haley, loved your lawyer joke)

PRAISE THE LORD

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said,
"I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the
doctors didn't know if they could help him." You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the pain that poor Tom must
have experienced. "Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain." We prayed as the doctors performed
a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."
Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom. "Now," she announced in a
quivering voice, "thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely." All the men sighed
with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say. A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said,
"I'm Tom Smith." The entire congregation held its breath. "I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum."

Topic: New Stories and Poems!
Posted: 31 May 2019 10:23

As of May, 31, there are four new poems along with four new stories on the main page. (wrote that before my second cup of coffee so cut me some slack if the numbers are off a bit)

Check 'em out.

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Topic: 'Approachable' Lit Journals
Posted: 23 May 2019 09:44

A list of literary journals which accept at least half of their submission is now available on the 'Contests & Calls for Submissions' forum. It includes many poetry opportunities and sites for flash, micro-fiction (100 words) and mini-micro-fiction (50 words) Check it out.

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Topic: Approachable Lit Journals
Posted: 23 May 2019 09:35



All of the literary journals in this list accept around half of what is submitted to them. So the odds of your work being accepted just went up.

These are not the most prestigious journals; publication in them, in all likelihood, will not change your writing life in any way, but they are not a bad place to start if you are new to submitting your writing.


The Plum Tree Tavern

They only publish poetry about nature and ecology. They publish a little under half of the work they receive.

The Moon Magazine

They publish poetry, nonfiction, and fiction online. Every issue is themed, but they read for several themes at once.

Scarlet Leaf Review

They publish a wide variety of poetry and prose, including genre work. They accept about 80% of what they receive.

50-Word Stories

As their name suggests, they publish only 50-word stories. They read submissions every month between the 1st and the 15th. They publish over 50% of what is submitted to them.

Down in the Dirt

Down in the Dirt publishes fiction and poetry. They have an acceptance rate of 70%.

Eskimo Pie

If you are a poet who really hates rejection, submit to this online literary journal. They accept almost 100% of what is submitted. They only publish poetry.

Anti-Heroin Chic

Anti-Heroin Chic publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. As they put it,
“Send us your observations.
Send us your heart.
Send us your honesty.”

Page & Spine

Page & Spine is an online literary journal that focuses on publishing the work of emerging authors. They accept poems, limericks, micro flash fiction (under 150 words), flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), short stories, articles, essays, and poems. They accept approximately half of the work they receive. They pay.

Mused

This is an online journal of upbeat and warm fiction, poetry, art, and essays. They accept over half of their submissions.

Literary Yard

Literary Yard is an e-journal that aims at widening literary horizons. They publish well over half of what they receive.

Quail Bell

They publish a wide variety of writing and visual art. They have a well-designed website and a rather high acceptance rate.

Ekphrastic Review

An Ekphrastic work is writing or art about another work of art. The Ekphrastic Review publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

What Rough Beast

They publish a poem a day by a different poet exploring and responding to the US’ political reality.

365 Tomorrows

They publish one piece of flash fiction in the science fiction or speculative fiction genre, every day.

Soft Cartel

An online journal that publishes fiction, non-fiction, analysis, and poetry.

The Drabble

They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, but it must be 100 words or less.

Ucity Review

They publish poetry electronically.

Ariel Chart

They publish poetry and short fiction.

Nine Muses Poetry

A publisher of poetry based in the UK.

Pure Slush

They publish flash fiction, often curated around a theme.


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 May 2019 11:56

Barkeep, your least objectionable coffee, see you play. ;)

Me, I'm frazzled after going one-on-one with my sig line. Things being a tad slow around here, it seemed like the time had arrived for a little pimping. Feel free to check out the link in my sig line and, if so motivated, maybe even the Flash story the link should link you to -- or something like that.

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Topic: Listen in while: Schemers Scheme
Posted: 13 May 2019 19:04

In, 'Schemers Scheme, two young women talk about men and the acquisition of same while smoking cigarettes and polishing toenails. It's dialogue heavy but not very long (could have been a 'flasher')

Please check it out if you get a chance and share your thoughts, whether brickbats or bouquets, and suggestions for improving the poor thing.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/young-adult/-schemers-scheme-.aspx

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Topic: Lit outlets that accept un-agented submissions and have good distribution
Posted: 08 May 2019 16:13



If you want your novel or book to have a good chance of being placed on bookshelves and you don’t have an agent, the following publishers are all good options. All of them publish print books (with digital options) and all of them have a good distribution system.

Not all of the publishers are open to submissions at all times, but most are. This list is in no particular order.


Bellevue Literary Press

Bellevue Literary Press publishes works of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction geared towards a general readership. They are open to unsolicited submissions of both kinds of work. The work they publish explores the intersection between arts and science. Many of the characters in the fictional work that they publish are doctors and scientists, but many of their books also focus on the natural world. They seem to publish about four novels for every work of nonfiction they publish.

Harlequin

Harlequin is easily the most famous romance only publisher out there. In fact, their name was synonymous with romance novels when I was growing up. They have wide distribution, from grocery stores to bookstores. They are everywhere.

DAW

DAW is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors without an agent. This is unusual and a great opportunity. DAW is a highly respected publisher of science fiction and fantasy. They have published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny, as well as many bestselling books and Hugo award winning books. They are respected and popular.

Seven Stories Press

Seven Stories Press is an independent publisher that has been around for over twenty years. They have published a number of highly respected books. Their books are distributed by Random House. They take their name from the seven authors whose work has influenced and impacted Seven Stories Press the most.

Baen

Baen is one of the best known publishers of science fiction and fantasy books. They have published many of the classic genre novels. They have excellent distribution, their books are found in libraries and bookstores everywhere.

Chicago Review Press

Chicago Review Press was founded over 40 years ago. They are an established independent publisher of literary fiction, nonfiction and memoir. They also publish books for children (but not picture books). They were founded by Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews.

Tor/Forge

Tor/Forge publishes science fiction and fantasy books. Run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, Tor/Forge is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers. They offer advances

Hard Case Crime

Hard Case Crime is a well respected and established niche publisher of hard boiled crime novels. The publisher has been featured in a number of respected publications including Time Magazine and The Stranger. They are distributed by Random House.

McSweeney’s

McSweeney’s publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. McSweeney’s was founded in 1998 by Dave Eggers. They originally started out publishing a literary magazine, and now they are responsible for a number of publications, online and off, as well as podcasts, and books. They are based out of San Fransisco.


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Excerpted from the free online newsletter of Authors Publish magazine (highly recommended)

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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....

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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...

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All about the nice VA lady and a new iPhone

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The New Patient

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

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Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

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