Filip Wiltgren’s story “A House on the Volga” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 November 2018.

Metaphorosis November 2018
November 2018

“A House on the Volga” came by as part of the Codex Writers Workshop “Weekend Warrior” flash fiction challenge. The challenge is simple: on Friday, you get a set of prompts. By Sunday, you need to submit your story (big nods to Warrior admin Vylar Kaftan and all the great people partaking in the challenge.)

The prompt was “Write about someone who has lost their home, or is about to.” I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. But I did have a pot of kalanchoes growing on the windowsill in the kids’ play room. From there, everything rolled on organically.

Which, gentle reader, means that I really have no idea where this story comes from. I usually don’t. My brain goes for a spin and delivers up a story (it’s called “pantsing” in writerly parlance, meaning that you’ve got no idea what you’re trying to say until you’ve said it.)

But there you have it, a prompt, and a flower, and suddenly, a story. And that’s all there is to it.
And big thanks for all the people who offered feedback, not in the least Morris who saw something worthwhile in it and let me bash through five revisions until it worked well enough to publish.


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