It came from Karolina Fedyk

Karolina Fedyk’s story “The Early History of the Moon” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 May 2017. Growing up in Poland, I couldn’t shake off the impression that we’re sort of guests and strangers in our own home—a place lost and regained over and over again. I am, of course, hardly the first to write about where such feelings come from; but in the national narrative, the history of partitions and the Duchy of…

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A question for Ryan Fitzpatrick

Q: What would your animal totem be?

A: Totem
noun
a natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem.
(Thanks, the Oxford English Dictionary Online!)

I’m not sure about spiritual significance, but I can tell you that I have a bit of a thing about sloths. Three-toed or two-toed, brown-throated or pale-throated, I love ‘em all, and if you read my short piece “The Cure for Cancer”, you’ll notice that the slow-moving, moss-covered bradypus makes an appearance right there amongst the foliage, brushing up against the eponymous mushroom itself.

A couple of years ago, when I released my first few solo pieces of music into the world (spoiler: I’m not very good), I chose a cartoon picture of a sloth as the track’s ‘album art’. When I should be writing but I begin to doodle instead, it’s a sloth I draw. And, when I worked in Peru, for a few short minutes I was elated to finally see one in the flesh; a disappointingly shapeless brown blob at the top of a distant tree.

Oh well.

I don’t know what it is about them. I love animals in general, and can barely fall asleep without the soothing tones of a nature documentary somewhere in the background. Learning about the natural world is bad ass, and I suppose I could have chosen any animal to rub up against the cure for cancer in my story. But I didn’t.

I chose a sloth. And maybe that’s enough to make it my totem.


Ryan Fitzpatrick’s story “The Cure for Cancer” will be published on Friday, 1 December 2017.
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A question for Melissa Kojima

Q: What was your favorite children’s book?

A: Do I only get to choose one? That is hard, if only one. When I was a kid, I read all the fairytale books in my library. I couldn’t get enough of them. I also loved “The Boxcar Children”. I think I could relate because I grew up with 3 brothers and 1 sister and I wished we could go on adventures like them. Of course, I loved Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey too. Their illustrations were just too amazing not to spend hours gazing at them.


Melissa Kojima‘s image “Magic in the Wytchen Woods” is the cover art for our December 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

A question for Mariah Montoya

Q: Do you read more fantasy or SF (hard or soft)?

A: While SF is something I’d love to delve into, I definitely read more fantasy. My high school math teacher once told the class that he loves calculus because you can find real answers by using non-real numbers. Well, I think fantasy is like that too: we find truths within non-truths, and reality within magic.


Mariah Montoya’s story “The Wife of Fabian Vitalik” will be published on Friday, 24 November 2017.
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About Melissa Kojima

Illustrator Melissa Kojima thinks she is ill-fitted in her pint-sized human form and sometimes fancies herself as a black, fire breathing dragon because it would more adequately house her larger than life personality and energy. With her verve and vivacity, she has been creating strange, mysterious and magical art for over 20 years. Some of her favorite projects have been to create; fantastical animal opera masks for LMU opera department, a downloadable DIY, paper fairy mobile for a children’s website in New Zealand and a chalk art story hunt about a mermaid all over downtown Portland, Oregon. She has sold art in galleries and been hired to illustrate many books. She is currently working on a series of ghost paintings and fantastical creature sculptures. If you want to have a peek into her strange, secret world, visit: www.melissakojima.net or www.SecretSocietyofMagicalCreatures.com


Melissa Kojima‘s image “Magic in the Wytchen Woods” is the cover art for our December 2017 stories.Metaphorosis