Welcome to the new home page of the Candle and Quill, a monthly writing digest written by Ruu McKinney.

Started in November of 2017, the Candle and Quill features a monthly assortment of unique short stories, creative writing, and sample novel chapters. In addition, each issue includes editorial articles and writing tips and tricks.

Most featured content is written in the fantasy-fiction/science-fiction/supernatural-horror genres. Content is generally suitable for adults and teenage readers. Content does not contain sexual content.

To learn more about the Candle and Quill, please see the articles below, or click here for an index of content by issue and type.


What is the Candle and Quill?

The Candle and Quill started as a side-project on Patreon. The intent was to let me explore some of my unused ideas as well as exhibit my past work. As I have worked through each issue, I have found that working on the various projects has done wonders for my creativity. Five months later, I decided to move away from Patreon in order to have more freedom with my production schedule.

The name Candle and Quill comes from the fact that I have been on an overnight shift since the project’s inception. I do the bulk of my writing late at night. Were I writing in the past, I would likely be writing with a quill and by candle light, thus the name.

The Candle and Quill is available in a variety of digital formats. The magazine itself is published through Smashwords. Issues can be purchased from a variety of online retailers, listed below.

What kind of content comes with each issue?

Generally, the goal for each issue is to include the following:

  • 3 short-stories or creative works
  • 2 full-length novel chapters; one from an unreleased novel, and one from a previously released one.
  • 1 article describing tips and tricks I find helpful for writing.
  • 1 editorial article about whatever subject is on my mind at the time.
    In addition, most issues include 1-2 extras that help to give more insight to one of the featured novels.

    Where can I purchase the Candle and Quill?

    Issues of the Candle and Quill can be purchased from the following retailers:

  • Smashwords.com
  • Amazon.com
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • The Apple Store
  • Inktera
  • Scribd
  • The standard price is $3.99 USD per issue, but prices are subject to sales and promotions.

    Do you accept submissions?

    As of Issue 05, all literary content has been contributed solely by me. This is not to say I am opposed to the idea of outside submissions however. If you have something you’d like to submit, head over to the contact page and drop me a line.

    A special note regarding artwork: I am an absolutely horrible artist. As such, the main hurdle each month is finding good cover art for each issue. If you are an artist and would like to contribute something, please, let me know.