A question for Angie Lathrop

Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?

A: I nerdishly carry a notebook at all times, and whenever I come across something really interesting in reading or in life (a phrase, a concept, a quote, almost anything) I write it down in my current notebook. I also use the notebook for to-do lists and brainstorming and practically everything I need to refer to or keep in mind, for my professional, personal, and writing lives. I don’t separate the notebooks into sections, so as I’m perusing the pages for a phone number, I’ll come across fragments of ideas that could turn into stories, so I’m constantly feeding those bits back into my mind to incubate. It might be months or even years after I record an idea in my notebook that I write a story about it.


Angie Lathrop’s story “Radical Abundance” will be published on Friday, 29 September 2017.
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It came from Kate Lechler

Kate Lechler’s story “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 March 2017. My story, “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder,” came from two places. The first was my own thoughts about having children. For now, I’m happy living the kid-free life, investing in the kids of my friends and in my own creative work. I once told my husband “my books will be my children.” Once I said it…

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Another question for Simon Kewin

Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: Some days, when all the background noise of daily life gets in the way, I guess I don’t think about writing that much. Other days, when there’s a bit more space, I think about it a lot, playing with ideas in my head, coming up with scenes and dialogues. There’s probably a lesson there: to write you need to give yourself time to let the words and ideas flow. As someone once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”


Simon Kewin’s story “What the Darkness Is” will be published on Friday, 22 September 2017.
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About Kathryn Hammond

Kathryn is a potato who lives in Virginia with her superhero dad and yoga teacher mom and her dog, Rusya. Her sister is also an artist, and together they have journeyed through the ups and downs of discovering their true selves within their work. She is hoping to study environmental science in the future and save the world. katyaham.deviantart.com Kathryn Hammond‘s image “Fire” is the cover art for our October 2017 stories.

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About Angie Lathrop

Angie writes science fiction from her farm outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She is also a veterinarian and an artist who works exclusively in the medium of corn mazes. She recently repeated high school while teaching her autistic, science fiction writer son.

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Angie Lathrop’s story “Radical Abundance” will be published on Friday, 29 September 2017.
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