Q: What are you reading now?
A: I’m currently reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I’d been reading a lot of depressing cyberpunk like Neuromancer and Feed, so The Martian is a breath of fresh air. I love the humor and the way it makes the science relatively comprehensible for an English major, and as an epistolary junkie I’m a fan of the log format. As a fun side effect, it also makes me feel like MacGyver every time I jury-rig something during a simple household chore. I put up the Halloween tombstones in a creative way? Oh, yeah, I’m totally ready for Mars.
I’m also listening to the audiobook of Revival by Stephen King. Based on the title, I was wary of reading it at first—I like King a lot, but his Christian characters tend to be a thousand and one variations on Carrie’s mom. When I learned more about the premise, I gave it a try and am thankful that I did. Here’s hoping that the second half is as good as the first.
Rachel Kolar’s story “Be Prepared to Shoot the Nanny” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What’s a genre you’d like to write, but don’t or can’t?
A: I love reading biographies, but (to date) it is one of the few genres that doesn’t appeal to me as a writer. As someone who often falls down deep wikiholes chasing answers to even the most innocuous questions, I think I’d become utterly lost in the sheer volume of research required to write a biography (and do it well). As with Scotch, Key lime pie, and graphic design, this is a case where I’d much rather sit back and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor.
N. R. Lambert’s story “Business as Usual” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?
A: I take inspiration wherever I can find it—a great live performance, an inspired piece of installation art, something unusual that happened while running an errand. I’ve gotten some of my favorite ideas for stories at the least expected and least likely of times. As for how soon I act on them, I have to confess that I’m not always the world’s most patient writer. I usually start fleshing out what I want to do with an idea and where I want the story to go as soon as the idea is fully formed, even if I know I won’t have time to write a proper first draft for weeks or months.
T. R. North’s story “Snow Queen” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?
A: When I first started writing, I think all my stories were “message” stories…and they were terrible. I learned very quickly that when the message drives the story, the story usually suffers. As I’ve continued to write (and learn), I think I’ve gotten better at navigating that balance, but intentionally working in a message is definitely difficult. Very difficult.
J. T. Gill’s story “Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?
A: I’m mostly a discovery writer. I usually have a basic idea of the plot before I start writing, but it changes and grows as I work my way through the draft. I often realize that details I thought would be minor become crucial to the ending, or that I need to add a plot point I could never have imagined at the beginning of the process. I really like writing this way, but it does make my work days less efficient, so I’ve been trying to outline a bit more lately. Hopefully I can learn to have the best of both worlds!
Taylor Hornig’s story “The Doctor’s Mask” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: The ability to travel instantaneously to any point in the universe. Despite all its riches, the Earth is obviously only a tiny, tiny portion of reality. What other wonders are out there? I’d love to be able to find out…
Simon Kewin’s story “The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.