Author Archives: trumpsbrah

Blogging the BASS pt. 1

It’s no secret that I love the Best American Short Stories series. In the classic Simpsons episode, “You Only Move Twice,” Homer confesses his secret goal to his kids. It gets a predictable response:   My secret goal as a writer … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

A Dubious Writing Milestone

A couple weeks ago, I got my 200th rejection letter. Thanks, Redivider!  It’s an odd thing to celebrate, but almost every writer I mentioned that to responded in some kind of congratulatory manner. And for some strange reason, it felt like … Continue reading

Posted in Ranting, Writing | 1 Comment

Creature of Habit

I am very much a creature of habit, so the pressure around the New Year to set and achieve lofty goals always feels like walking north through a southbound crush of people. As an example, I’ve got three short stories in … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

New Story at Bartleby Snopes

This week, my story “Easy Street” is featured at the online lit mag Bartleby Snopes. I wrote this to be read at the Fictlicious Easy Show a couple months ago. This story is unique in that it got accepted at the … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Where Does It All End?

One of the most surprising things to me about aspiring short story writers is how few of them actually read short stories on a regular basis. Outside of a subscription to the New Yorker, it’s not uncommon for people in … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Panning for Gold

This weekend, I’m going to finish up a first draft of a story that I apparently started in January of 2014. I did abandon for a while as I took on other projects, but came back to it a few … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Leave a comment

Rum Springer by Steve Trumpeter

Originally posted on Chicago Literati:
We felt like we were living amidst a joke: so these two Amish guys walk into a bar. . . . Our conversations tapered off to confusion and silence as soon as those two walking…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment