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Silo – J.S. DiStefano

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January 2022

I woke to the slow, creaking opening of the door, and the wind against the walls of the silo. The old man led me down the winding stairs and outside into the night.

“It’s cold.” My first words since waking.

“You’ll get used to it. I was freezing the first couple weeks.”

“That long?”

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It came from Jennifer Shelby

Jennifer Shelby’s story “Free Hugs” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 July 2021. I caught the first threads of “Free Hugs” after seeing a heartbreaking status update from an older relative who didn’t know how she was going to make it through the first pandemic lockdown in Atlantic Canada without hugging her grandchildren. I immediately picked up my notebook and wrote a story about an engineer creating a robot people could send to hug …

A question for J.A. Prentice

Q: When do you decide a story is finished?

A: It depends on the story. Some stories burst into existence and write themselves in a matter of days or even hours, leaving only a little polishing to be done. Others slowly accumulate writing and edits over months—maybe even years—until I’m finally content with them. Sometimes I’ll think a piece is finished, only to find myself reopening it later and starting a new round of drafting and edits.

Usually, I decide it’s finished when it reads like a story, and not like a draft. It’s a feeling more than anything else, but when you’re a writer, you have to learn to trust those feelings.


J.A. Prentice’s story “Shades of the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 28 January 2022.
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February 2022

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Table of Contents

  • A Lie in the Sand — Devin Miller
  • Heartbeat of the Seasons — Brian Hugenbruch
  • Freely Given — Connor Mellegers
  • The Diary of Thisne Ome — Thomas Ouphe

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About Devin Miller

Devin Miller is a queer, genderqueer cyborg and lifelong denizen of Seattle, with a love of muddy beaches to show for it. When not writing, they enjoy propagating houseplants, starting craft projects, and performing dairy alchemy. They are assisted in these endeavors by a cat named Oolong Kittea.

@devzmiller


Devin Miller’s story “A Lie in the Sand
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 February 2022.
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