Posts Tagged ‘short story’

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 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

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

Death’s Avenger: Epiphany (Video)

September 12, 2018

Hey. everyone! Here’s the latest audio episode of Death’s Avenger!


If you enjoyed this excerpt vid, please like, subscribe, and share!

Show support on Patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/jesselynnrucilez

Thanks for watching!

JLR

Death’s Avenger: The Quad (Video)

August 23, 2018

Hey, everyone! Here’s the audio recording of Death’s Avenger Episode #4:


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Show support on Patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/jesselynnrucilez

Thanks for watching!

JLR

Death’s Avenger: Real Talk (Video)

August 23, 2018

Hey, everyone! Here’s the audio recording of Death’s Avenger Episode #3:


If you enjoyed this excerpt vid, please like, subscribe, and share!

Show support on Patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/jesselynnrucilez

Thanks for watching!

JLR

Ashes & Embers @ Orcs Unlimited Games!

August 23, 2018

 

Hey, everyone! I’m proud and excited to announce that my short story: “Ashes & Embers,” has been published by Orcs Unlimited Games in their P.I. Longtail Anthology! Each story in the collection is original fiction based on characters and concepts from Orcs Unlimited’s Small Wardens Role-Playing Game.

Read an excerpt from “Ashes & Embers” below.


It was a typical Friday afternoon in Sun Place. Bright, warm, and mellow. A soft breeze blowing in from the ports. People lounging in Sun Park and on the beaches. Tourists out shopping and ducking into the bars. The docks busy with endless maritime traffic…and somewhere, trouble was brewing. I didn’t let on, but I could feel it; deep down in my belly like the rumble of a locomotive.

I was restless, sitting with my feet on my desk and the morning paper in my paws. My partner, Tracy, was so bored she’d taken to doing cartwheels across The Office. I tried to ignore her but it was difficult. Even a weather-beaten old rat like me had to admit that she was a cute little squirrel; maybe the cutest in Sun Place. Tracy was quite a partner, too. A bit reckless from time to time, but no doubt the best I’ve ever had.

Saaammm,” she groaned, leaping onto her desk chair with a deftness that both impressed and annoyed me. “Can’t we call it quits for today and go have some fun?”

I folded the paper and glanced over; trying my best to look like a disapproving uncle and probably failing. Tracy smiled, batted her long lashes. Playing me like a fiddle. Making me ignore the rumble in my belly.

“Well…I suppose we could knock off early for the weekend. Maybe go over to the docks and see what the tide brings in.”

Tracy leapt down from her chair. For a moment, I thought she was going to land in my lap and I sprang forward. “Swell!” she said, doing another cartwheel, and I couldn’t help but chuckle. Maybe my gut was wrong, after all.

Nope.

Right as I stood, an acorn slid down through the mail drop. Both Tracy and I jerked toward the sound as it hit the floor and rolled to a stop near my feet. Tracy’s smile faded as she looked from the acorn to me. This could only mean one thing. Warden Command had a job for us. I shrugged, then bent down and picked it up.

“Aw, man,” Tracy said, shaking her head. “What timing.”

“Yeah,” I agreed, speaking into the acorn. “Sam Long Tail here. What’s the hubbub, Bub?”

The acorn flashed red, as always. Then an automated voice began to speak:

“Good day, Sam. Good day, Tracy. We have a mission for you both. We’ve received word that a small, traveling carnival has crept into Sun Place this morning. They’re currently setting up in Gaslight Park, presumably to peddle their wares throughout the weekend. The owner-operator of this carnival is a human male named Edwin Embers. He has quite a lengthy record, though mostly for petty crimes. We have reason to suspect that he may be up to no good, and would like you to investigate as soon as possible. Please provide a report once the investigation has concluded. Thank you, and good luck.”

With a weary sigh, I turned and tossed the glowing acorn into a dismantled cast iron sink in the far corner. Warden Command had a hilarious way of making sure their message-acorns weren’t later found by the wrong people; the acorns exploded soon after the message was spoken.

Eyes closed, paws over my ears, I turned to Tracy and waited for the small explosion to pass. The noise didn’t bother me, but the small shockwave sure didn’t help my belly any. When I opened my eyes, Tracy was looking at me with her precious dark eyes. I lowered my paws and grinned.

“The good news, kid, is that we’re going to a carnival…”

To that, Tracy squealed and put on her trusty flight cap.


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