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Equation @ Idiot Free Zone E-zine!

February 7, 2019

 

Hey, everyone! I’m excited and proud to announce that my short story: “Equation,” has been published to the eclectic and interesting Idiot Free Zone E-zine!

Check it out: https://www.idiotfreezone.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=837:equation&catid=87&Itemid=500

Thanks to everyone who continues to support my work!

JLR

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My Appearance On The “Off The Wagon” Podcast!

January 5, 2019

Hey, everyone!

I had the distinct pleasure of joining my friend, John Patrick Robbins, on his podcast: “Off The Wagon.” We discussed a whole range of topics about the art of writing.

Check it out @ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2211598919094240&id=2031362350451232&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAQlNpDdatvhrVjC23rijlJinJBSuCp3DY0kibX1gL0Q2tkvrbBYFxRN-J7MtFjkFZoYATGllYEo00tY6pfflEScf1BkZreJrjKUhNVPbSiR80Om8FcTXm6nj9eBDNm0ouPLrjFOMBKOXphCGfIPLLJ7K1eAxTTJAulsgBa7vBBFlS1C

Thanks!

JLR

My Response To Apricity Magazine

December 27, 2018

 

In mid-July of 2018, I submitted a short story to Apricity Magazine. I didn’t receive any email confirmation, and didn’t hear back from them for five months. When I did, it was a rejection, and it came on December 24, 2018; Christmas Eve.

As any serious short story writer knows, rejections are part of the game. They’re never a welcome thing, of course, and depending on how the rest of your life is going, can often be downright depressing. And if, like me, you send out lots of submissions, then, like me, you’ve probably experienced getting more than one rejection on the same day. It’s a horrible feeling. I call it the ol’ one-two punch. So at first, this rejection didn’t bother me too much. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that sending a writer a rejection on a major holiday is a terrible thing for an editor to do.

Now, here I must explain that I’m not really sentimental around the holidays. Mostly, they’re just an annoyance. But the majority of people in our society do get sentimental around Christmastime, which I’m sure includes a great many writers. I can imagine how disheartening it would be for a writer who’s looking forward to a warm and happy Christmas to get a rejection on a day like Christmas Eve. And what about those writers who’re prone to depression around the holidays for one reason or another? I know from experience how it feels to get a rejection when you’re already depressed about life. It’s terrible. So the more I thought about it, the angrier I got.

That’s why I decided to write a letter expressing my thoughts to Apricity Magazine.

At this point, I have to stress that I’m not so obtuse that I can’t see the situation from Apricity’s point of view. I’m sure the editors have been working hard to finalize the details for the next issue of their magazine, which includes the unfortunate task of sending out rejection emails to authors who’ve submitted to them. I’m further sure that they wanted to get the last of their emails sent off before Christmas, when they’d be home and spending time with their loved ones. I’m sure—at least, I hope—that they were too busy to stop and think about how authors might feel about getting rejections on Christmas Eve. And I’m equally sure that I wasn’t the only author who got one that day.

So, yes, I can understand. Editing and publishing a magazine isn’t an easy job, and sometimes to get a job done you have to be a bit coldhearted.

Still, that’s no excuse. My reasoning for saying this is, after spending months sorting through the stories, the chore of sending out rejection emails could’ve easily been put off for a couple days. All it takes is a bit of conscientiousness to stop and say, “Wait a minute. Maybe rejecting an artist’s work on Christmas Eve isn’t the best thing to do for obvious reasons.”

It would also be disingenuous of me not to admit that writing a letter to an editor after a rejection is considered very unprofessional. Some of the websites I visit when researching places to submit even have disclaimers specifically asking writers not to do that, which I can also understand. I’m sure a lot of writers out there don’t take rejection well, and probably respond with some very angry and crude messages. All of which is to say that I didn’t undertake this task lightly. I gave it some serious thought. But in the end, I decided that it had to be done.

Fellow writers of the world, I wrote this letter for all of us.


Hello, Apricity Magazine.

Earlier today, I received a rejection email from your publication regarding my short story: “Pentecost.” Unfortunately, I deleted the email, so I’m unable to respond directly to the editor. I sent that submission in July, which was five months ago. So your magazine waited FIVE MONTHS, only to reject my story on CHRISTMAS EVE?

I’ve put up with a lot of BS from publishers over the years, but this will not stand. There’s no reason why you couldn’t have waited a couple days before sending out that email. Christmas is a time when most people are spending time with family, trying to be positive about life. Many people struggle with mental health issues during this time. Authors are artists, and sensitive about their work; so sending a rejection on Christmas Eve of all days is one of the most insensitive things I can imagine a publisher doing to an author. It’s like spitting in someone’s face just before sucker punching him/her in the gut.

Now, I’m well acquainted with the harsh realities of the publishing world, blah-blah-blah. You still did an unnecessarily heartless thing. As for me, I’m a bit of a Scrooge, so make no mistake: I’m writing this letter not for me, but on behalf of all of the other writers in the world who have to tolerate this sort of treatment. It leeches the joy out of the very act of writing.

So in conclusion, allow me to say that I’ll never dream of submitting to you people ever again, and I’m going to make sure that all of my author friends—as well as everyone who subscribes to my various blogs, social media pages, content channels, etc.—know about this, and know how you treat writers.

Enough is enough, and it’s time that we authors let our voices be heard.


Luckily, there’s a happy ending here. In that five month interim, “Pentecost” was published by The Rye Whiskey Review @ https://ryethewhiskeyreview.blogspot.com/2018/12/pentecost-by-jesse-lynn-rucilez_2.html

Thanks for reading.

JLR

Pentecost @ The Rye Whiskey Review!

December 4, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! I’m excited to announce that my short story: “Pentecost,” has been published to The Rye Whiskey Review E-zine!

Check it out @ https://ryethewhiskeyreview.blogspot.com/2018/12/pentecost-by-jesse-lynn-rucilez_2.html

Thank you.

JLR

Delirium Tremens @ Anotherealm!

December 1, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! I’m excited and proud to announce that my short story: “Delirium Tremens,” has been published to Anotherealm.com!

Check it out: http://www.anotherealm.com/2018/ar120118.php

Thanks for reading.

JLR

The Borfski Press Literary Magazine Issue #4

October 28, 2018

 

Hey, everyone. I’m proud to announce that The Borfski Press Literary Magazine Issue #4, featuring my short story: “Once You Get To Know Him,” is now available for purchase @ http://www.lulu.com/shop/the-borfski-press/issue-iv/ebook/product-23848753.html

Thanks,

JLR

Interview @ The Dope Fiend Daily

October 8, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! Here’s the link to my rather bizarre interview with the editor @ The Dope Fiend Daily:

https://thedopefienddaily.blogspot.com/2018/10/inside-crack-house-with-jesse-rucilez.html

 

Thanks to everyone who continues to support my work.

JLR

Midnight Snack @ The Abyss E-zine!

October 1, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! I’m proud to announce that my short story: “Midnight Snack” has been published to The Abyss E-zine of Horror!

Check it out:

https://theabyssmag.blogspot.com/2018/09/midnight-snack-by-jesse-lynn-rucilez_88.html

Thanks for reading,

JLR

Longtail P.I. Anthology Promo (Video)

September 20, 2018

Hey, everyone! Here’s a short promo vid for Orcs Unlimited Games’ Longtail P.I. Short Story Anthology, featuring my story: “Ashes and Embers.”

Thanks for watching!

JLR


Longtail P.I. is available in digital and paperback @ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GPZTJQ2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534898604&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=long+tail+p.i.&dpPl=1&dpID=51zeXk5EuNL&ref=plSrch

Precious Time @ The Abyss E-zine of Horror!

September 3, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! I’m proud to announce that my short story: “Precious Time,” along with my brother’s painting of the same name, has been published at The Abyss E-zine of Horror!

Check it out:

https://theabyssmag.blogspot.com/2018/09/precious-time-by-jesse-lynn-rucilez.html?showComment=1535923389887#c3623231498083035760

Thanks for reading!

JLR


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