Meagan Lucas

Cola Colored Bubbles

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I was asked once which elements of fiction I thought were the most important in my work. I thought the answer was easy: character and theme. The goal of my work is always to comfort and disturb. You need a strong character to create a connection with a reader, and you need a strong theme to leave them with something, (questions, answers) once the story is over. She said: “I’ve read your work. I think you’re unaware of the emphasis on place, setting, in your writing.” My favorite writers use…read more

I Never Win Anything

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On July 3rd I got an email and a facebook message from Eric, the editor of the Scythe Prize, asking for my mailing address so he could “send me some correspondence regarding the publishing of [my] story “Kittens” in the 2017 Scythe Prize book.” This isn’t strange. I’ve been asked to sign all sorts of contracts and disclosure forms before my work shows up ‘in print.’ As Redding would say “no biggie.” When I told Josh though, he said, “You probably won. He’s probably sending you a check.” “I doubt…read more

A Sailor Ashore

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Stepping into her parents house for the first time in five years, Millie could feel the walls vibrating, energy pulsing, lights humming on top of her head. Her bones ached for the peace of her cabin, it’s quiet and dark, the wood and cloth that felt more like the skin of a friend than furniture. Her dad took her coat while she looked for a mat on which to place her big boots. “Oh, we don’t need to take our shoes off,” he said, as she looked with horror at…read more

Craft Comparison

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Eric Savoy, professor of English at the Université de Montréal, says that Gothic “embodies and gives voice to the dark nightmare that is the underside of the American dream (167).” Child of God, by Cormac McCarthy, and Provinces of Night by William Gay are both Southern Gothic novels that conform to both the genre’s literary conventions, and the conventions of the time in which they were written. Conventions of Southern Gothic literature are clear and include: an outsider, or freak; the grotesque; imprisonment and freedom; violence; and a strong sense…read more

Writing Exercise – Dialogue

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In one of my classes we were challenged to write a piece of dialogue where there was something brewing under the surface. Like Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” something else is going on in the dialogue, which makes for an interesting read. This was my attempt: The break room door slammed behind her like a prison cell. Nicole kicked herself. This situation could have been avoided by peeking through the tiny window, but now she was trapped. Florescent lights buzzed overhead. Avoiding eye contact, she made it to the cupboard…read more