Yet another question for L. Chan

Q: What inspires you?

A: Many things! I’m the filter feeder in the inspiration food chain. Sometimes, it’s bouncing ideas off tweets with friends. Sometimes I start with a title but no story. Sometimes I start with a line or a scene with no idea how the rest of the story goes. Recently, I’ve tried to address some weird imbalances in tropes that irked me, like the Selkie myth.


L. Chan’s story “Sonata I: Sona
in Metaphorosis Friday, 31 January 2020.
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A question for C.B. Blakey

Q: Why do you write speculative rather than realistic fiction?

A: My love of speculative fiction is a disease that struck in childhood. When I was 7, my parents gave me a book of Greek and Norse myths and another of Arthurian tales. Ever since then I’ve devoured every fantasy novel I can get my hands on. When I started writing my own stories back in 2014, there was never a chance that I would choose a different genre. I love the freedom that speculative fiction provides, both as a writer and as a reader. Beyond the constraints of our own world, we can do anything.


C.B. Blakey’s story “Bedwyr by the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 24 January 2020.
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Another question for Tomas Marcantonio

Q: What’s better: writing or having written?

A: Both are wonderful in their own ways. The writing process itself can be frustrating when things aren’t flowing as you’d like, but the satisfaction after a successful writing session is hard to match.


Tomas Marcantonio’s story “Choice
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 January 2020.
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Another question for Michael Sherrin

Q: Where do you write?

A: I write in my home office, which is part of a finished basement, where I’m surrounded by shelves of my 2,000+ action figures. These serve as both inspiration and distraction.

Depending on my mood, I’ll write at my desktop, which is better for long drafting and research (multiple screens, again, both helpful and harmful), or on my laptop on my recliner, which lets me focus just on the text (better for editing) or napping.

I find myself the most productive late at night. I can spend the whole day “working,” yet the hours between 11pm – 1am will be more productive than the many hours worked before.


Michael Sherrin’s story “Magic Whistleblower Tells All
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 January 2020.
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Another question for Phoenix Alexander

Q: What’s your favorite story?

A: I crave ‘quest’ storylines that change their protagonist’s worldviews over the course of the narrative. I need characters to somehow find hope, in whatever form that comes, in increasingly abject circumstances – even ones they would never have imagined themselves capable of surviving at the opening of a story.


Phoenix Alexander’s story “Notes from the Laocoön Program
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 December 2019.
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