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Jeffrey Ricker
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Hi, I'm a writer.
Hi, I'm a writer.

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A cautionary social media tale wherein I make every mistake I warn my students not to make.

[TL;DR–social media delights in distracting you and wasting your time. Minutes/hours spent tweeting or posting are minutes/hours not spent writing. Is that how you want to be spending your time? Also, commenting on a trending hashtag brings out the…

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You never forget your first, right? This story was the first one I ever published. It still holds a special place in my heart, but when I looked at it now, it struck me that I didn’t realize at the time how long it was. Over 8,000 words? Seems excessive…

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(TL/DR, sign up for my email newsletter and next week you’ll get a short story from me. I promise not to be spammy or sell your name, because people who do that have a special place in hell where they’re forced to be roommates with Ann Coulter and…

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In case you live in St. Louis, I wanted to tell you about some classes I’m teaching at St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus this spring. This past fall, alas, was a bit of a bust given some unfortunate computer/web-related snafus that meant only…

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I’ll be honest. I had a little freakout this week. I don’t even know if anyone but me noticed it, since so much of my life happens within the confines of my skull. (For this fact, the test of the world should probably be happy.) Suffice it to say, on my…

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What does Captain Janeway have to do with making characters? I'm glad you asked!

I’m planning to teach a workshop this summer at the community college on creating characters, so that’s had me thinking: What makes our favorite characters our favorite characters? It’s never quite the same thing every time, is it? If you follow me on any…

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Originally, this was the week I was planning to write about one of my favorite fictional heroes, Captain Kathryn Janeway, and try to explain why I find her so compelling. (For those who don’t know, she was a starship captain played by Kate Mulgrew in the…

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I didn’t want this to be one of those “so I left Facebook, look at how above it all I am” post. So I asked myself: “Self,” I asked, “what does ditching a social media profile have to do with anything?” It goes back to grad school. Back in 2014, when I was…

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Originally posted on 'Nathan Burgoine: Foglifter Magazine I need to offer a public mea culpa with today’s Sunday Shorts. I had intended to have this ready for release to coincide with the month of release of the magazine, Foglifter, in which the story…

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Happy New Year! That’s less of a declaration and more an expression of hope, as in “wow, I hope 2017 will be happy.” Because 2016 was a bit of a Dumpster fire, wasn’t it? Between a horrific election cycle and the way the year killed off so many actors,…
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