It came from Gerald Warfield (again)

Gerald Warfield’s story “The Number of the Tribe” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 November 2017. I love to speculate on the origin of things, how one concept is built on another, is built on another, all the way back to—when? Mathematics should be traceable to a time when someone realized that it was useful to have more numbers than one had fingers. But the specifics of those earliest events will remain forever shrouded…

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A question for Gloria Wickman

Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I haven’t included many children in my stories, but when I have it’s usually been to illustrate an episode early in a character’s life. I don’t think of writing children any differently than any other characters, so they could play any role depending on the context of the story.

What’s most important to me when writing is that every character, even minor ones, has a sense of agency in their actions so I’m always wary of stories that treat children more like talking props or symbols of innocence rather than fleshed out individuals.


Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was
published on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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About Samuel Chapman

Samuel Chapman was born in Minnesota and raised in Wales. He lives in Walla Walla, WA, where he writes novels and short stories, fences at a classical salle, and works in water rights. In past jobs he’s been a land steward, tour guide, writing tutor, bookstore clerk, and crew on a tall ship.

www.samuelpchapman.wordpress.com


Samuel Chapman’s story “The Foaling Season” was
published on Friday, 1 June 2018.

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It came from Patrick Doerksen

Patrick Doerksen’s story “Notes Towards a New Fairytale” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 November 2017. “Notes towards a New Fairtale” was written at a hinge moment in my life. I was trying to decide whether or not to go “all in” with fiction or to let myself keep dabbling and making more career-oriented lifestyle choices. I was discouraged by a number of rejections and feeling quite lost; so I wrote a story about…

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Another question for David Hammond

Q: Do you use critique groups or other resources to polish your writing?

A: My critique group consists of my wife and my mother, who are both writers. They offer invaluable feedback, but I realize that it may not always be impartial or thorough. I have a Scribophile account, and I think it would be a very useful resource if I could manage to use it more often. I go back to Scribophile every once in a while to give it another try, and when I do I generally manage to do one critique, and then when I try to do another one I slip into a state of paralysis and self-doubt. Who am I to analyze this story? Am I being too harsh, too picky, too glib, too nice? I don’t manage to finish the second critique, because I run out of time, and I rationalize my behavior by reasoning that I am better off using my time reading the books on my Goodreads list and writing my own stories than critiquing the stories of others. This is true to some extent, but it’s also selfish and maybe self-defeating in the long run.


David Hammond’s story “Suzy’s Friend” was
published on Friday, 18 May 2018.

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About Gloria Wickman

Gloria Wickman is a speculative fiction and comics writer currently residing in Wyoming. She has a B.A. in anthropology and has always been fascinated with the roles language and culture serve in behavior. When she’s not writing, she’s usually studying Korean or spending time at the park.

gloriawickman.com


Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was
published on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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