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

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” was published on Friday, 25 August 2017.
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About Paul A. Hamilton

Paul A. Hamilton is a writer, editor, and technologist living in Northern California with his wife and two daughters. His stories feature broken people, reassembled worlds, beautiful monsters, and hideous love. He gets his inspiration by impersonating an old-timey bartender, listening to stories told by lonely strangers. When not writing, he can be found reading, drawing, taking photographs, or riding roller coasters.

More from him can be found at ironsoap.com, and @ironsoap.

Paul A. Hamilton’s story “Oven Game” was published on Friday, 18 August 2017.
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About Kimberly Kaufman

Kimberly Kaufman lives in San Francisco with her husband and pet demon. (Some would call this pet demon a cat but Kimberly knows better). When not toiling away at her day job in law, she’s probably reading an Ursula Le Guin book or playing her 1975 Rickenbacker bass at full volume

Kimberly Kaufman’s story “What Have You Done to Be Happy Today?” was published on Friday, 11 August 2017.
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More about Karl Dandenell

Karl Dandenell is a first-generation Swedish American, survivor of Viable Paradise XVI, and active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lives on an island near San Francisco with his family and 2 cat overlords. He is fond of strong tea and single-malt scotch.

When not sitting in project meetings, he reads a lot of speculative fiction, and ponders the 42 forms of tai chi.


Karl Dandenell’s story “Papa Pedro’s Children” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 July 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.