It came from George Allen Miller

George Allen Miller’s story “Just Five Minutes” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 March 2017. This story started as a writing prompt in an online class run by The Brainery and taught by Jerome Stueart. The prompt was to write about your city. Gentrification is tearing through DC and changing the city in drastic ways. This story evolved from my experiences with gentrifiers and families that have lived in my neighborhood their entire lives.…

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It came from B. Morris Allen

B. Morris Allen’s story “Chambers of the Heart” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 February 2017. I have a very minor heart condition. Confirming its nature required a day wearing a heart monitor, which naturally had me thinking about the heart and its chambers. I wondered what life in those chambers might be like if they were neither biological nor purely metaphorical, but actual physical places. The opening line came quickly after that, and…

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It came from N. Immanuel Velez

N. Immanuel Velez’s story “The Naked Me” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 February 2017. A few years ago on July 4th a friend of mine was telling a story about a girl he’d just met. A group of us listened, and very quickly it became clear that he was embellishing much of the detail. We all gave each other sly glances, but no one called him out on it. I thought if only…

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It came from Suzanne J. Willis

Suzanne Willis’s story “A Nightingale’s Map of the City” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 February 2017. In 2014, my partner and I travelled to Europe and visited Vienna. Aside from being an amazing city with incredible culture, I was blown away by how visually stunning the city is, especially the architecture. I remember making a comment as we wandered the streets that it was like a city made for giants; the buildings, the…

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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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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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