A question for Susan McDonough-Wachtman

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

A: I have often gardened, although I have never been a great success. Moving every few years, raising kids, and teaching school made it hard to find the time and energy. We got lucky a few times. We moved into one house in Western Oregon with well-established and highly productive raspberries. When the kids were young, we planted peas and beans in Western Washington and learned to battle slugs every morning. Now that I have an empty nest, we are living in my husband’s family home and benefit from well-established blueberry bushes. We compete with the birds for those. I am still trying to grow peas and beans, but now have to keep away the deer and wild rabbits. We also grew a wide variety of squash this year. My husband is a wonderful cook and we’ve been enjoying baked squash and squash soup.


Susan McDonough-Wachtman’s story “I Will Go Gently” will be
published on Friday, 14 December 2018.

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About Lindsey Duncan

Lindsey Duncan is a chef / pastry chef, professional Celtic harp performer and life-long writer. She feels that music and language are inextricably linked. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

www.LindseyDuncan.com, @lindseycduncan


Lindsey Duncan’s story “Family Tree” will be
published on Friday, 21 December 2018.

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It came from Gloria Wickman

Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 May 2018. I wrote “Chasing the Light,” somewhat differently from my typical process. Usually I tend to heavily outline and focus on plot and characters before anything else. But this time I focused much more on the emotional beats and tone of the story and then the plot developed from those feelings. There were two main sources of inspiration for the story. …

A question for William Condon

Q: When do you decide a story is finished?

A: When I first get through to “The End,” I set the story aside and mull over how to fix the points I’m not satisfied with. Sometimes I can put my finger on the problems at once and how to fix them; other times I know something’s wrong but need some time to puzzle out what. Then, I revise. I hardly ever agree a story’s perfect, but there’s a point where I know it’s good and I don’t know how to make it any better – and that’s when I decide it’s finished.


William Condon’s story “Of Hair and Beanstalks” was
published on Friday, 7 December 2018.

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About Susan McDonough-Wachtman

Susan McDonough-Wachtman has been a burger tosser, customer service rep, ad taker, curriculum developer, parent, reader, kayaker, gardener, and high school teacher. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with one cat and one husband.

susanmcdonoughwachtman.wordpress.com, @SusanMcdW


Susan McDonough-Wachtman’s story “I Will Go Gently” will be
published on Friday, 14 December 2018.

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