Yet another question for Chris Panatier

Q: What’s the story no one else thinks is as good as you do?

A: I’m going to suggest a story that no one thinks is as good as I do, but only because it’s new and relatively few people have read it. It’s a short novel called Little Future, The Ghost by Daniel Cohen and it’s the most blistering satire of capitalism and technoculture I’ve ever read. Other than being satire, it’s impossible to categorize, but utterly genius and thought provoking. Absolutely brutal.

Chris Panatier’s story “The Excursionist of JCPenney
in Metaphorosis Friday, 3 February 2023.
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A question for Kirsty Greenwood

Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?

A: I live with my boyfriend and our three cats in a Victorian terraced house in a small town in North Yorkshire, UK.

My studio is curated into the small box bedroom. My other half is massively supportive and helpful in my creative endeavours and I would struggle to achieve so much without his constant support and practical help.

I am a self confessed ailurophile and our three cats are a constant source of amusement and inspiration to me. They often accompany me when I work, helping- in their own minds- by sitting on my papers; playing with pens, pencils and generally acting up as adorable distractions!

Kirsty Greenwood‘s image “” is the cover art for our February 2023 issue.Metaphorosis

Another question for Frances Pauli

Q: What’s easier for you – imagining a happier world, or a darker one?

A: I’m not sure it’s easier, but I do my best to imagine a happier world, to focus my energies on how we can improve life on this planet rather than to give energy to the ways in which we might sink deeper into darkness. Imagination has power, and I believe in focusing that toward the goal of a brighter future, to inspire myself to act in ways that can contribute to that potential.

Frances Pauli’s story “The Zoo Diaries I
in Metaphorosis Friday, 27 January 2023.
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A question for Alex Penland

Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?

A: For a couple years now, I’ve been learning my mother’s pie crust recipe from across the pond. I’m originally from Washington, DC, so of course as soon as I moved to Scotland I realized how much I missed it; she essentially just uses pastry dough. It’s incredible. Especially when she bakes it in one of those tins with the holes all over it. I don’t mind if it’s pumpkin or apple or chicken pot pie, but that crust is essential.

Alex Penland’s story “We, You, and the Gallery
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 January 2023.
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A question for Joshua Hagy

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: I want the power to always say the right thing at the right time. Flight and super-strength are great, but I teach high school. I get a lot of questions from kids about life that I just can’t answer. Among all the discussion raging about curriculum and distance learning and a million other things, you never really hear anyone talk about how to help the students with what they’re going through. These are kids. Actual human beings. They have good days and bad days and terrible days, and they’re still learning how to cope with it. As adults, we’ve forgotten what it means to be young and learning to face problems and pain. We tend to write their problems off as minor teenage problems that they’ll get over, but they’re dealing with so much more than we realize, and much of it on an adult level they shouldn’t have to experience yet.
We lost a member of our senior class this year. I didn’t have an answer to “Why did this happen?” or “How do I deal with this?” because there are no good answers. How am I supposed to know what to say to them when I still call my parents with the same questions? How am I supposed to help them when I don’t understand, don’t have the slightest idea of what to say to such pain? More than anything, I wish I had the power to always say the right words at the right time.

Joshua Hagy’s story “The Knight Who Carried a Sword in His Heart
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 January 2023.
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A question for Cameron Bertron

Q: What is the hardest part about writing for you?

A: Usually, my stories start with a single image or emotion which I want to capture. After that image occurs, everything else is the hard part. Recently, what I’ve been finding the most difficult are scene transitions and set-up scenes. I know exactly what I’m about to say, but I can’t set up the scene right to say it. Those set-up scenes take much more of my time than the climatic ones. The hardest part of writing will always change depending on the story and my skills as I acquire them. But for now, I’m wrestling with getting characters into the right place at the right time.

Cameron Bertron’s story “Packing List for Oblivion
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 January 2023.
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