Meagan Lucas

Not Speaking

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The phone rang with an aggressive jangle that sent Wendy’s heart racing. Nightly, when it sounded, she was reminded how ridiculous it was to even have a home phone these days. Everyone used a cell. But, there was something about the weight in her hand, the old smooth plastic, thicker than they made plastic now. But her attachment was more than just its physical presence in her space, the shiny red plastic paper weight on the corner of her desk. It was the memory of the phone on the wall…read more

Psychoanalytic Theory, Deconstructionism and Heart of Darkness

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The following is a short paper that I wrote for my literary theory class on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It is a classic text and a quick read if you’re interested. The story, unlike my analysis of it, is riveting… The Psychoanalytic approach focuses on the power of the unconscious to shape our thoughts and behavior. Deconstructionism focuses on the assumption of legitimacy and meaning. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness can be can be analyzed using both theories, but the psychoanalytic theory is more useful for understanding the depth…read more


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