A question for Pauline Yates

Q: What distracts you?

A: I’d like to say I’m not easily distracted, but it’s a different matter entirely when an idea for a story pops into my head. A concept, word, title, or the temptation of ‘what if’ can distract me from my usual day-to-day life of being a wife to a patient husband and mum to three very loved children. When a story grabs me, I can write until sunrise, yet still function through the day as though I’d slept better than Sleeping Beauty. I am guilty of not being present when these moments strike. I might be baking that pie or making a bed, but in my mind, I’m firmly in my story and I stay there until the story is done. I have learnt over the years not to bore my family with the messy details of an evolving story, but they are very good critics, and no story gets sent anywhere without at least one of them reading the final copy first.


Pauline Yates’s story “An Aftertaste of Earth” was published on Friday, 25 August 2017.
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About Wendy Thompson

It takes considerable time and patience to complete a colored pencil painting. Wendy Thompson finds the process quite meditative and therapeutic. When working, her thoughts reside among the quiet places of the woods and ponds, and she emulates this in her work, conveying a sense of quietude and tranquility.

Born and raised in Oregon, Wendy finds that The Pacific Northwest offers a continually changing palette from which to draw inspiration. Primarily self-taught as an artist, she attends occasional workshops for continued confidence and inspiration. Working with watercolor, oil, and graphite over the years, she ultimately settled on colored pencil because it allows for precision, control of detail, and depth.

Wendy’s art is very distinctive and detailed. Her pieces show nature as she sees it. She captures the beauty of a blooming lily, along with the flaws that show bug-eaten leaves. She lives among the fir trees of the northern Oregon coast and has come to appreciate the ravens that live close by. Their stories come to life in many of her pieces, which are sought after by a worldwide clientele.

With several pieces of her artwork juried into International exhibitions, Wendy earned her signature membership in the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA 2007), and received Master Pencil Artist Status (MPAS 2013) with the Pencil Art Society. She began self-marketing in 2004 and was fortunate to connect with publishers to license work for use on calendars, cards, magnets, and journals. Working with publishers, galleries, and personal sales, she is able to support herself as a working artist and devote time completely to her art.


Wendy Thompson‘s image “Slugs and Crows” is the cover art for our September 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

It came from Eric Del Carlo

Eric Del Carlo’s story “Halfsies” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 February 2017. I don’t usually draw a straight line from real world situations or social phenomena when conceiving a science fiction story, but the genesis of this piece is quite clear: I wanted to do an extrapolation/reimagining of the issues facing transgender youth. Having a child more comfortable in an alien skin than a human one was a way to go about exploring…

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A question for Paul A. Hamilton

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: I have occasionally written ‘message’ stories; although I generally feel that any stories should have something to say when it’s deemed complete. But there is a difference between teasing out a theme and point of view from a story during revision and going into the writing process with a particular message in mind. I think in some ways writing to a particular message can make the writing easier because you can infuse scenes and characters with aspects that build on the message and that can be easier than trying to edit them in after the fact (for me, I find it makes for fewer darlings that need to be killed later on). But unless I have the bones of the story and the theme both established ahead of time, it does sometimes shift the challenge from the editing process to the initial writing as I find sometimes I have something to say but lack the details necessary to say it in a fresh and interesting way.


Paul A. Hamilton’s story “ Oven Game ” will be published on Friday, 18 August 2017.
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About Pauline Yates

Queensland writer Pauline Yates, is a keen horsewoman, animal welfare supporter, and lover of all things environmentally sympathetic. Her gardens are full of edible plants so the kids can graze while playing outside and she loves to cook up a feast for her family using home-grown produce, her favourite dishes being pumpkin soup and lemon meringue pie, if she can find the free-range laid eggs.


Pauline Yates’s story “ An Aftertaste of Earth ” will be published on Friday, 25 August 2017.
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It came from Sean R. Robinson

Sean R. Robinson’s story “The Snow Queen’s Daughter” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 27 January 2017. I have a crush on Hans Christian Andersen. More than that, I have a love of Fairy Tales. In my graduate program, I completed a thesis on the relationship between Hans Christian Andersen and a man named Edvard Collin. HCA’s unrequited love for Edvard Collin was the impetus for the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”. I wanted to…

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