Allison Epstein is a writer, editor, marketer, and words person living in Chicago. She studied creative writing at the University of Michigan, and currently writes both historical fiction and what could be called urban fantasy if you squint. She is the grammar nerd your high school English teacher warned you about.
A: Both. It depends. That question is hard to answer because writing (at least for me) is very much story to story. What I mean by that is each story is its own world that informs the process involved in creating it. Sometimes the first draft of the story is the best part of the process, where you’re just banging out page after page in some kind of whirlwind, but after that, I usually find myself dreading the revision of said story. So ‘having written’ in that context is not as good as the actual writing. Then there are those stories where it feels like pulling teeth just to get a few words down. So writing is not at its best then either. At the end of the day, I think they’re both great and they are both awful.
Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016.Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Eugene was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. He was raised in the Midwest, schooled on the East Coast, and currently resides in Los Angeles. He is likely at this moment stuck in traffic, missing the snow.
L. Chan’s story “Whalesong” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 April 2016. “Whalesong” started out with a single prompt-like line: the 50 hertz whale is the hero. The 50 hertz whale, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, is a solitary whale who sings at a frequency that other whales can’t hear. The jury is still out on whether there’s truth to that particular factoid, but it formed the kernel of this…