The Cypress and the Rose – Sandi Leibowitz

On her sixteenth birthday, a girl approached her mother, a priestess gifted in prophecy, to learn her name and her fate. The trees of that island country spoke with the people, the priestesses most of all, and taught them things that we, to whom the trees are mostly silent, cannot guess. “Your true name is Cypress,” the mother told her. “The tree of mourning?” “The tree of resilience. It is long-lived. And where there is…

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Another question for Sandi Leibowitz

Q: What’s a genre you’d like to write but don’t or can’t?

A: Interesting question–if I want to do it, I certainly try. I am attempting to write a fantasy novel for children–it’s complete, it’s even second and third drafted, but it’s not ready for prime time yet and I am having to leave it on the back burner for a while till I can grapple with how I do and don’t want to change it. I’ve started a YA novel, about 3/4 through the first draft, and am having trouble with that. And I have many many ideas for other books. So–I am struggling to become a novelist.


Sandi Leibowitz’s story “The Cypress and the Rose” was
published on Friday, 20 April 2018.

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More about Sandi Leibowitz

Sandi Leibowitz is a teacher, classical singer, and writer of speculative fiction and poetry. Her works appear in Mythic Delirium, Liminality, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5, Devilfish, Not One of Us, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Rhysling, Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net awards, and won second- and third-place Dwarf Stars. The author of The Bone-Joiner, a collection of poems, she lives in New York.

www.sandileibowitz.com


Sandi Leibowitz’s story “The Cypress and the Rose” was
published on Friday, 20 April 2018.

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The Nature of Glass – Sandi Leibowitz

2016 Metaphorosis magazine covers

Whispers from the Jewish quarter about the raising of a golem. A clock where every hour Death pursued sins and set them quaking. Astronomy, botany, art. Bohemia in the days of Rudolf II was famed for many things. Among them was the making of glass. Zoja was a master glassblower who lived in the outskirts of Prague. In her youth she had married Jozef, learned his trade and worked alongside him. What greater happiness than…

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A question for Sandi Leibowitz

Q: What is your favourite part of writing?

A: My favorite part of writing is polishing.  I do love the initial fervor of the onset of idea–but I struggle (usually) with working out the whole story.  That’s where the hard labor comes in.  But once I have my “skeleton draft,” as I call it, I love to see how the story fleshes itself out, often in ways I never dreamed.  And I love to edit, but especially the part beyond mere copy editing, which is where the metaphors turn more apt, or interesting names are conjured up, etc.  Then the story ceases to be just a skeleton, even a fleshed out one, and gains a personality, maybe even a soul.


Sandi Leibowitz’s story “The Nature of Glass” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.