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.
Jason A. Bartles’s story “Leiprenese 101” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 May 2021. Burnout. Achievement culture. The trivial matters that become blood feuds among academics. Administrators who rebrand the defunding of public education as a meritocracy. These are just some of the things that had been weighing on my mind going into 2020. If there’s a very small silver lining to be found amidst the ineptitude and indifference toward human suffering that has …
Q: How has your writing evolved over time?
A: I’m working on being more judicious with my writing. I have a tendency to over-explain my characters and their motivations, so I’m learning to trust my readers more by paring some of that back. Similarly, while my stories vary in genre and style, I’m beginning to home in on subjects that matter to me personally, so I think a kind of consistency is slowly forming in a small body of work. But, like many folks, I am still very much a work in progress, so I have a lot yet to figure out.
Caite Sajwaj writes ghost stories and tall tales inspired by the urban fringe areas of the Midwest. When not writing, she enjoys gardening, craft cocktails, and befriending the neighborhood crows. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband and their rescue dog, Josie.
Emmett Swan’s story “The Song of the Moohee” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 May 2021. Most of the stories I write, and this one is no exception, are driven by conceptual explorations. For “The Song of the Moohee”, the concept I was interested in was social identity. If we look at the historical record, social identities, such as cultural or racial identities, are often treated with neglect or even downright disrespect. An extreme …
Q: Can beautiful things be funny?
A: Humor’s a funny thing. Though many writers say humor’s tougher to write than drama, funny stories have always been harder to sell than dark ones. If I asked you to name the most beautiful story ever written, I bet you’d pick a drama, maybe even a tragedy. Beauty and darkness feel oddly close, whereas humor seems somehow more frivolous. Hence attempts to call comics “graphic novels” to make them more respectable.
Where do these associations come from? Maybe humor is mainly about incongruencies in the world, such as paradoxes in language or social relations, whereas beauty hinges more on congruency, elegance, symmetry, order. Humor may also be time-serving and culture-bound, beauty timeless and universal. Still, it’s a rare masterpiece that doesn’t have a dollop of mirth to lessen the gloom, and nature, the greatest masterpiece of all, is often wickedly funny. Look at a blobfish lately?