Mass Graves – A Story for Haiti

250 words written: January 21 & 26, 2010
by Brandon L. Rucker

The sound-bites linger in my mind as images of people suffering flickers across my flat-screen TV, or my flat-panel monitor, or the smaller screen of my smart phone. The horror is clear and repulsive no matter the visual resolution of the display. And the headlines tick on like minutes evaporating from the hour.

Haiti rocked by a 7.0 earthquake.

Survivors seek solace in their faith.

Roughly two million are now homeless.

Aftershocks register at 5.9 and 6.1 in magnitude.
Wounded children are calling for their missing parents.
100,000 dead as rescue efforts get underway in Port-au-Prince.
With no safer alternative a desperate mother feeds urine to her infant child.
Makeshift camps set up by survivors will only fester disease as the countless injured remain untreated.

Pat Robertson says, in so many unintelligent words, that the people of Haiti deserve this because they had made a pact with the Devil.
This situation gets more insane, more inhumane and more nightmarish with every passing moment.

They call it Ground Zero, the heart of a disaster area. That’s where I want to be. As the mass graves fill at an alarming rate, doctors fear even more death. Will there be enough time?

I get my fill of sitting idle, watching, listening, weeping, cursing, praying and dying inside. It’s time to take action, there’s much work to be done.

Today the American Red Cross accepted my application to volunteer. It won’t be long before Haiti’s soil is underfoot while I lend a helping hand.
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Publishing 2-for-2 so far in 2010

In addition to the story I have being published on blink-ink.com next month, I also have a new poem being published in Dreams and Screams, an upcoming anthology of fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. My poem “Dream a Little Scream of Me” will be the openining poem in the book and is the only poem to be featured in its pages.

Dreams and Screams is a partnership project put together by six different webzine and book publishers: Aurora Wolf, House of Horror, Lame Goat Press, Liquid Imagination, Silver Blade and Static Movement. The book will be published in a few months by Liquid Imagination Publishing, which is a small press I’ve recently become associated with (more on that in a future posting).

Check out this spankin’ cover by the talented Jack S. Rogers, whose name you will be seeing a lot of (trust me):

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Update: This is the original cover conecpt that was not used. Also, Lame Goat Press was not represented in the actual release.

Blink|Ink to publish my micro fiction

Just got word back from blink-ink.com editor Lynn Alexander that my 50 word micro fiction story “The End” will be published on their website on or around Feb. 8, 2010.

Blink|ink publishes micro fiction 50 words or less. I worked two old pieces from 150 words down to 50-word snapshot. Unlike what I’ve seen in their archives, “The End” is almost all dialogue. I submitted two stories to them, but I haven’t heard back about the other one. Yet…

2-Minute Drill Q&A with Brandon L. Rucker – by Steve Lowe (2010)

Black hatThe following Q&A was conducted January 2010 by  author Steve Lowe and originally published on his website steve-lowe.com

So far, this little project has Drilled authors of short story & novel, as well as a somewhat peculiar artist, but today we have a treat. This guy is not only an author, he’s a musician, and we’re not talking garage band here. He writes and plays his own stuff and he’s going to debut some new work for us right here, which makes us super flippin’ pumped.

The 2-Minute Drill is 5 quick questions and 5 quick answers from someone you probably haven’t heard of, but should hear from. This isn’t some rambling, long-winded author interview here. We dispense with the pleasantries and get down to brass tacks. We ask the tough questions and get the tough answers that you need to know.

Meet Brandon Rucker. This guy rocks. Don’t take our word for it, though, you can listen for yourself, but first, tradition holds that he must be Drilled, so assume the position!

2-MD: How many fingers am I holding up? (No peeking. No peaking, either.)

BR: Only one because you’re flipping me off.  Not a good way to greet your guest, I’ll tell ya that much.  That’s a surefire way to get your little show here cancelled, ‘cause I know people.

2-MD: What led you to pursue music and at what point do you actually think you’ll get any good at playing it, if at all?

BR: Ouch.  I guess you won’t be coming backstage after the show to meet my my brother from another mother, Darius Rucker. Y’know, Hootie?  Hey, did you know that Jimi Hendrix was my great uncle? (2-MD: Nice try, playing the ‘Hootie’ card on us, but we’re not that easily fooled here at 2-MD. But just in case, we’re sorry?)

2-MD: On a scale of 4 to yellow, how fast do squirrels from Muscle Shoals, Ala. travel when in heat?

BR: Burnt orange.  Them lil’ critters are fast at everything.  Ever see them mate?

2-MD: Gas, grass or ass, nobody rides for free. So which is it gonna be?

BR: Gas, if I’m driving, but if she’s driving it’s definitely ass.  As for grass, I ‘Just Say No.’

2-MD: Will you sing something for us right now? Please? Pretty, pretty please????? OK, we’ll be quiet now and everyone can have a listen. Go ahead…

BR: I tell ya what, since you’re struggling for ratings, sponsors and endorsements here at the 2-Minute Drill, I will debut the demo of a brand new song from my acoustic project, Sap. Link

Fence & Tracks 3

Wow, we are taken aback.  Never before has such beauty graced the Drill, aside from the flower print dress Pederson wore last week, of course.  If you were moved by that, perhaps you should listen to some more of Brandon’s music .  Make sure to buy a CD as well.  We’re getting quite the nice little kick back on each sale.

Brandon Rucker on the 2-Minute Drill With Steve E. Lowe

Posted today is my little interview with Steve E. Lowe for his ongoing feature the 2-Minute Drill on his Assorted Shitzengiggles blog.

We had some technical difficulties with WordPress that wouldn’t allow us to post a music widget to debut my newest tune, “No Sacrifice” for the yet-to-be-written follow-up Sap album.

But I have the link to the music widget right here, baby.

No Sacrifice [demo preview]