Q: What inspires you?
A: Most of the time I love to study nature stuff; animal facts and curiosities are always the main fascinating topic for me, but I’m looking for an inspiration in a literature too. Dreamy worlds and fantastic tales help me to develop my imagination, and I like to combine it with realistic outside themes.
‘s image “Heartwood” is the cover art for our May 2017 stories.
The amusement park was so large that it had two trains named after root vegetables. Vienne got on the wrong one. Lugging her magician’s trunk in one hand and a map of Wonder Gardens in the other, she clambered onto the Rutabaga Express. The seat was sticky with pineapple gunk and the car was open to the sky. As the train chugged past the Bananarama Coaster and the whirling Strawberry Surprise, a sweet scent wafted…
Q: What happens when you hit writer’s block head on?
A: My life is so busy, and my time to write is so limited, that writer’s block hasn’t really hit me. I think the reason is that I spend long time in the car to and from work, dwelling on my next story or book. These thoughts stew all week, so that when the weekend rolls around and I finally have a moment to sit down and write, they just explode out of me. If I had to guess, I’d say that writer’s block occurs when you’ve been at the keyboard too long, stressing about having writer’s block. I think the solution is to go do other things (especially exercise), all while keeping your next project curled up in the back of your mind. This is essentially what I’m forced to do by life, and it seems to keep me from getting the dreaded curse.
Steve Rodgers’s story “Canoes of Hava’iki” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 April 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Table of Contents
- Heartwood – L. Chan
- Ways to Face the Firing Squad – Anna Zumbro
- The Early History of the Moon – Karolina Fedyk
- The Questioning Bell – Jason Baltazar
Cover art by Carol Wellart.
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Since his last publication in Metaphorosis, L Chan has acquired his post graduate degree and moved back to Singapore. He continues to write all manner of speculative fiction, makes up funny comments about cats on the Internet and has reacquired his dog. He has been accused of being a self-aware meme-propagating bot. He’s still looking for the perfect cup of coffee.
L. Chan’s story “Heartwood” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 May 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
The angels moved up the road towards Gethsemene in a triad formation. If they’d walked, that would have been something. If they’d flown, swooped in from the sky, that would have been something else. But they didn’t. They just moved, floating slowly along the road in unison. Behind them — almost too far away to see — was the unnatural mountain of their home, fading into the skyline. Valeria had gate duty that day. It…