It came from Meryl Stenhouse

Meryl Stenhouse’s story “Gathering Dust” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 April 2016. The beginning of this story came from a prompt from a writing course I did with Cat Rambo. The prompt was a picture of an old woman feeding the pigeons. In my head, the protagonist was a middle-aged man, recently divorced, just lost his job etc. He was watching the old woman as she picked up the pigeons, sprinkled them with…

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It came from L. Chan

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…

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It came from Tony Clavelli

Tony Clavelli’s story “The Sound Barrier” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 April 2016. There’s a sort of subgenre in SF that I call “future impossible jobs.” It is fun to imagine what people will be doing for work when new opportunities arise, but even more fun to imagine the kinds of problems those people will face. When I began writing “The Sound Barrier,” my girlfriend had recently acquired an incredibly incompetent coworker. She…

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It came from Kaitlin McCloughan

Kaitlin McCloughan’s story “The Flight Home” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 April 2016. For a post-apocalyptic story about robotic bees, The Flight Home draws more than one might expect from my real life. I wrote it when I, like Carlotta, was facing the prospect of returning to my home country after spending time living in China. Carlotta’s experience in many ways was a magnification of my own feelings at the time—I’d been in…

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It came from Sabrina N. Balmick

Sabrina N. Balmick’s story “La Belle Dame” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 March 2016. I wrote the first draft of “La Belle Dame” one summer after reading the Keats poem. I’d read it several times before, but this time it struck me differently. Maybe it was because I’d read it with a writer’s eyes for the first time; maybe I’m just a sucker for tragic romances. I liked that the ending was open…

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It came from K. G. Anderson

K. G. Anderson’s story “Rowboat” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 February 2016. I’ve often wanted to rewrite parts of my own life story, so it was natural that I’d write fiction about a character who attempts it. Fiction is filled with characters who reinvent themselves. This used to be true in real life, as well — people who emerged from war zones, or who turned up on the frontier, where no one could…

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