Tropes and Clichés – Novel Approaches 022

In the first installment of Novel Approaches during Roaring Twenties, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo, guest co-host Maggie Derrick and r.r. campbell explore what tropes and clichés are, the role genre plays in determining whether they're fulfilling or unflattering, and the importance of working with editors and sensitivity readers.

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When The Stars Conspire

This manuscript has been through countless drafts, through innumerable shifts in emphasis, POV, genre. But today, after the most substantial rewrite yet, I can say it's closer than ever to being exactly where it needs to be. What started as a capital-R romance on a cranberry farm in northern Wisconsin has become more sure of… Continue reading When The Stars Conspire

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Now Available: “State Line”

"State Line," the story of a widower confronting a recent loss and interstate stereotypes, is now available on Wattpad. This is my first short story in years, and I've been writing about what went into creating it all week. Whether you choose to read up on the story's background first or prefer to dive right… Continue reading Now Available: “State Line”

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A Peculiar Affliction

I drive better after I’ve had a few. It’s, like, five miles. I don’t want to put anyone out of their way. These are phrases one hears all too often in Wisconsin's taverns, bars, and pubs, expressions of perilous confidence in taking to the roadways after a long (or short!) night of drinking. Drunk driving… Continue reading A Peculiar Affliction

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The Worst Drivers in the Union

They never signal. They pass on the right. They weave in and out of traffic with no regard for their safety or that of others. I'm talking, of course, about drivers from the state of Nevada. Or Georgia. Or Missouri. It really depends on who you ask. One study, in fact, did ask this question,… Continue reading The Worst Drivers in the Union

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On Writing One’s Anxieties

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

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This Friday: A New Short Story

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