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Orla, Always – Thomas Ha

December 2021

She raised her head to listen for the rustle of his whispers.

It was always the same muttered words that she could never fully comprehend, followed by the sound of his hands—those callused, filth-crusted fingers tapping across the surface of the cellar door, feeling the wood for the lock and handle.

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A question for David Whitmarsh

Q: What’s better: writing or having written?

A: Writing, by far. I get great pleasure from creating new worlds, working them out in more detail than ever reaches the page, then populating them with characters that I move through the arcs of their stories. Once having written, it’s just time to move onto the next thing. Better than having written, is having been read.

David Whitmarsh’s story “Stand or Fall
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 December 2021.
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More about Douglas DiCicco

Douglas DiCicco is an author of speculative fiction living in Clovis, California. He has worked as an attorney, a teacher, and a Renaissance Faire performer.

Douglas DiCicco’s story “Gatekeepers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 24 December 2021.
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It came from Mariah Montoya

Mariah Montoya’s story “The Nocturnals I” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 May 2021. I first thought of the idea of an “Eternal Night” and the creatures who might live in it during a hike through the woods with my mom and sisters. We had done that thing you should never do, where you look at the next hill or bend and go, “Let’s just see what’s on the other side of that___, and …

A question for Caite Sajwaj

Q: Do you have a garden? Have you ever grown your own food?

A: I’m what you might call “in between” gardens right now. We recently moved and I was only able to bring along some herbs and two potted tomato plants. Now, I’m in the process of planning a new garden that will make much better use of space and produce a lot more food. My hope is that we’ll be able to grow enough food to share with our neighbors and local food pantry. We’ll plant a flower garden to feed our pollinator friends too, of course!

Caite Sajwaj’s story “Dry Season
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 December 2021.
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About David Whitmarsh

David Whitmarsh is a rehabilitated software engineer who now spends his days playing acoustic blues badly and writing. David lives in West Sussex with his wife, two cats and a varying subset of his four adult children.


David Whitmarsh’s story “Stand or Fall
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 December 2021.
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