Rodney Cimburke

Biography

I'm almost 40. I am married to the best graphic designer I know and we have three very odd and lovable children. I have always written, and I s'pose I always will. A few of my fave writers are: Cormac McCarthy, Hemingway, Junot Diaz, Gertrude Stein, London, Henry James, Dickens. I prefer literary writing - forms in which the language is just as important as the subject matter. I am currently studying Lit. and Creative Writing at the University of Oregon, and hope to be accepted into their prestigious MFA program for the latter. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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Vigilare
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: American English. Published: July 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young boy and his family are menaced by an incessant demon.
The Billiardist
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Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: American English. Published: June 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
A writer practices billiards while trying to finish the stories of the characters in his head. Although his characters plague him, following him everywhere he goes, he can't seem to finish writing about them.
The Campsite
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Price: Free! Words: 1,990. Language: American English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A boy goes on a monumental camping trip with his parents and is abducted by aliens.

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Smashwords book reviews by Rodney Cimburke

  • Dark on June 17, 2012

    A good story. Something about aliens and Easter Island has always hung connected inside me, so I'm glad you connected them out here. A couple of things: Everyone seems way too calm to have the world ending around them suddenly, but I do like the play between Adam and Rosemary in the beginning. Also, there's a place where you switch verb tense awkwardly: "Adam," she began. "What?" interrupting her again. (began/interrupting). And again, Adam and Katrina (whose name made me think of the hurricane every time) seem waaaaay to calm to be encountering extra-terrestrials face to, uh, mask. I too am stricken with nitpicking , so... Overall a tight, interesting little tale. Four stars.
  • That's All the Time We Have on June 18, 2012

    Lot of feeling here, and well-rendered. These I really liked: The fact that they were evidently never married or even lovers, but instead, only friends. The bit about about the chance meeting around a tape circle in elementary school (who hasn't seen similar serendipitous scenarios played out in their own lives?). And the paragraph about the inevitable drifting apart of old friends. Truth. And well told. Nice work. Five stars.