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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30 Sep 2020 01:57
writing, sports, reading
Favorite Books:
most of the good 'uns
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a bunch of the good 'un
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news and sports
Favorite Music:
anything but rap and atonal


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 25 Sep 2020 07:00

How y'all are. Me, I slipped in through the back door (it was unlocked - again) because coming in through the bathroom window is no longer on my can-do list (sigh).

Anyway, coffee pot's been cleaned (more or less) filled with tap water and some off-brand coffee stowed away under the counter and is now converting all that into hot coffee. Meanwhile, the tea kettle has been put to work doing its 'kettle' thing.

Now pardon me while I sample some of Sarah's fudge a roone cookies which are, I presume, calorie free. ;) Later, agitators.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 21 Sep 2020 06:51

Morning, y'all. First things first -- there better be some of those pineapple coconut cookies left or I'll throw and old-fashioned hissy-fit. You have been warned. ;)

Cyn, glad I am you were able to 'air out' for an hour or so. Was your drink a local speciality?

Larry, fingers crossed that all goes well for Ms Survivor today and in the future with her back procedure.

My Saints will be in Nevada tonight taking on the Vegas Raiders. Should be an interesting game and it'll be in the Raiders new stadium -- I think.



Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 20 Sep 2020 06:08

Morning, Story Spacers. There should be mucho sports on the tube today. This is a bit of an 'off day' for me since the college football games I was interested were yesterday and my Saints won't be facing the Vegas Raiders until 'Monday Night Football'.

So odds are I'll be filling in my social schedule today with making coffee, putting the kettle on, grabbing some of Sara's cookies and go sit outside and wait for the sun to rise in about ten minutes.. Later.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Sep 2020 10:41

Happy TGIF to all and any sundry hiding in the broom closet.

Out here in the desert, the predicted high is 104f. Odds are it'll be some time before folks start switching the thermostats from 'cool' to 'heat'. ;)

Many thanks for the coffee, Larry. It's downright drinkable. Sarah's cookies are, of course, outstanding. Y'all do the best you know how the rest of the day -- tonight, you're on your own.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Sep 2020 05:54

Coffee and cookies make for a perfect breakfast, imo.

A special 'atta boy' to the inspiring founder of Inspirations for finishing in the money. Sic 'em, Scott.

For everyone, including those of us who didn't enter or finish among the top-drawer' entries, there still was a serious bonus. Just about everyone who commented on the winners also mentioned how much they enjoyed the contest. That goodwill could benefit the future of Stories Space. Molly and company are deserving of both praise and thanks -- and that's not just imo, it's a fact Jack. ;)



Topic: Announcing the Winners of our Summer Word Bank Story Competition!
Posted: 17 Sep 2020 05:34

All the contest participants deserve a big, 'WAY TO GO!' and the list of veteran writers with 'top-notch' stories is evidence of the quality of the writings. Two extra special shout outs to:

Molly and anyone who lent a helping hand in the contest. Y'all done did good and did it with style.

I'm not acquainted with Black Dog but I'm now a follower. His story 'Folds' was superb.

Hope there's some coffee left over at, Inspirations.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 15 Sep 2020 07:27

Morning, y'all. Curvy, best of luck with your dancing but be sure to warm-up your used less than usual muscles.

Larry, thanks for the coffee. It's gonna go so well with Sara's cookies. So how's by your 'better half'? Keep us posted. and we'll keep our fingers crossed. Later.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 14 Sep 2020 10:35

Morning, Larry. Hi ya doing, Vic? Coffee is a major goodness as are Sara's cookies. I'd pat Vic before heading outside but the last time I tried that he snatched a cookie from my very own fingerbones. ;) Later.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 07 Sep 2020 07:15

Morning, y'all. Instead of inflicting my usual mindless moanings on everyone, thought I'd copy and paste this note I just got (about five minutes ago) from our Survivor.

Today is the last day of the story writing competition. I'd like to remind everyone that all the entries must have at least 10 votes to be eligible for the contest. I can see that the last entry may not have enough. This story:


If some folks could vote on it today it will be entered. Just a thought.


Me, I'm on my way. (sure hope I don't spill any coffee or (gasp) drop one of Sara's cookies)


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 03 Sep 2020 11:56

Afternoon, evening and/or night depending on your time zone. I'm in agreement with Larry about jellyfish being something I'll pass on that is unless Ms Mendalla does the preparation and somebody else is paying for the beer. ;)

What I'm not gonna pass on is Gil's goodies and a judicious sampling of Sara's cookies. A cup of coffee to accompany them would seem to be in order.

It's noon out here in the desert and the temp just hit 100f. Me, I'm loving this cool snap. Later.

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