I was recently mentioned in The Lifelong Learner, news from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies! This article by Lisa Bauer details how nine authors, yours truly included, received support from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Continuing Studies Division on the way to becoming published. The authors alongside whom I'm mentioned are award-winners, bestsellers, and, most importantly,… Continue reading R.R. Campbell in the Lifelong Learner
Everyone's imagination runs wild from time to time. Anticipation swells within us, the possibilities playing themselves out in our minds. We predict, preempt, and plan, eager to head off impending disaster. You can imagine, then, a Sunday evening drive, the sun long set, the interstate slick with snow. The nausea simmers in your stomach as… Continue reading On Writing One’s Anxieties
I've been away from short fiction ever since "What It Is to Smell of Man" was published in 2017. That changes this Friday. The last two years have been marked by change, personally, professionally, and on the page. Where my fiction is concerned, my focus has been exclusively on novel-length media, apparent in the publication… Continue reading This Friday: A New Short Story
Ryan Decaria returns to the Writescast Network to explore what archetypes and tropes are, why they sometimes get a bad rap, and how we can use them effectively in our work.
Thursday, October 3rd marked the final day of teaching for my first course through the University of Wisconsin's Department of Continuing Studies in Writing. The course I was teaching was "Write Your Novel Now - Plotting Your Way to Success," a series of classes based on material I created from my own experiences in preparing… Continue reading That’s a Wrap! Thank you, UW.
Kill your darlings, they say. Every writer has at least heard the phrase, and the interpretations of what it really means vary from deleting a favorite phrase to an entire beat or event. Those darlings aren't what we'll focus on in this post, however. Today, we're talking murder---actual, literary murder. In literature as in life, people die. George… Continue reading Murder! The Literarily Literal
I'm thrilled to announce that on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., I’ll be at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha with dozens of other authors to help celebrate the best in literature from across the state, country, and beyond. So come pay me a visit! This event is only weeks before… Continue reading SE WI Festival of Books, Here I Come!
I was thrilled to learn Imminent Dawn was recently featured in Appleton Monthly, a Fox Valley magazine with over 18,000 copies in circulation every month! As a lifelong Packer fan, it was additionally neat to be in an issue with Packers coach Matt LaFleur on the cover. Thanks to Appleton Monthly for the blurb about Imminent Dawn. I'd like to thank… Continue reading Appleton Monthly features Imminent Dawn!
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to show their support at Mighty Con in Madison this last weekend! I had a blast chatting with all of you, and of course I'm extra grateful for those of you who grabbed copies of Imminent Dawn and Mourning Dove. Oh, and I got to meet Twitter friend and fellow… Continue reading Thank You, Mighty Con Madison!
Take to the internet! Or so goes nearly all platform-building advice, at least all the advice I've heard since I came to the world of writing in 2013. I'll admit I was a social media skeptic for a time. How are we supposed to focus on our writing if we're also meant to be tweeting… Continue reading “Nice follower count you’ve got there. Sure would be a shame if its value were diluted.”