• From My Head (Fiction)

    My Debut Novel!

    Click Here to Buy Songbirds and Stray Dogs by Meagan Lucas I have been, since my eight-year-old daughter escaped my body, obsessed with motherhood in all its iterations. I am preoccupied with how motherhood is perceived by individuals and cultures—by those who desire it, and by those who don’t. I’ve labored over the question of what it means to be a mother, what it doesn’t mean, and the murky grey between those two points. Unsurprisingly, this theme of motherhood roots my story of betrayal, old pain, desiring what you can’t have, and learning to live with the cards you’ve been dealt. My protagonist, Jolene Brodie, was abandoned by her addict…

  • Reading Challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge

    I love books. More than almost anything else, actually. More than wine, more than coffee, I could learn to live without ice cream, cardigans, and houseplants – but not books. Before I was a writer, I was a reader, my nose in Ramona, Nancy Drew and Anne with an E, since before I can remember. I still consider myself a reader first – both because reading is always enjoyable, (while writing not so much,) and because writers have to be readers in order to be any good at what we do. You wouldn’t trust a Chef who doesn’t eat, would you? So, every year, for work (HA!) and for pleasure,…

  • Stuff About Writing

    2018 In Numbers

    It seems quite common for writers to list some ‘end of year’ stats on social media. I think maybe I’m too verbose for that. Numbers aren’t really enough. They don’t tell the whole story. I need space to expand and explain – rationalize? Justify, maybe?  Anyway – below are some figures that I use to gauge my progress from one year to another. I’m also hoping by putting them here, on my blog, that I’m not contributing to this sense of comparison and competition that people tend to fall into when looking at things like numbers. I am smart enough to know that these numbers have nothing to do with…

  • Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics

    the girl with the books…

    It has been a long time, Friends. I’m sorry about that. Life happened, and well, blogging fell down to the bottom of my priority list. Exciting things have happened though: – I published 2 stories “A Crisis Of” and “Getting Past the Gate.” You can follow these links to read them and I hope that you do. You know I always love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to send me a comment or a note if either of them speak to you. – I started tweeting! You can find me on twitter @mgnlcs. Sometimes I say interesting things! Michael Farris Smith follows me! And David Joy has…

  • Navel Gazing and Other Hysterics

    I Failed…

    I’ve shared my goal to get 100 rejections last year before. Well, I failed. In 2017, I received 76 rejections. 76 painful “no’s.” Some of them were terrible – one journal asked me to revise the ending of a story to fill it out – I didn’t want to, but I did – they still didn’t take it. (I can’t even tell you how frustrating this is.)   Others were kind, and encouraging:   And then, loads of them were just generic “nope.” However, I still feel pretty good about it. Collecting rejections is a mind game – it helps me play both sides, it helps me feel accomplished and…