It came from Brian Hugenbruch

It came from Brian Hugenbruch

Brian Hugenbruch’s story “Heartbeat of the Seasons” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 February 2022. Metaphorosis

“Heartbeat of the Seasons” started its life years ago as a flash fiction prompt around the word “Ouroboros” (the serpent that devours its own tail). And as a Star Trek nerd, the TNG episode “Cause and Effect” always brings a smile to my face. (Go stream it. I’ll wait.)

Every time I thought it was done writing the story, I’d ask alpha and beta readers for their thoughts… and they’d find one more hole in either the world-building, or the magic system, or the motivations. Boom: need another thousand words. Because they were right: I hadn’t painted the whole picture. (It started to feel a bit like its own loop, to be honest.)

The story took some detours as it evolved. Some versions focused more on village politics; some included the wizard as a character on-screen. Sophienne’s agency and resourcefulness increased in every draft. But in my mind, this story has always been, at its heart, a story about helping other people: the risks of trust, the dangers of butting in, and the desire to do the right thing. With an explosion as a punctuation mark. And I’m thrilled to see it out in the world, and I hope folks enjoy it.

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