A 5th question for Michael Gardner

Q: What tools do you write with?

A: The obvious tools are my laptop and Microsoft Word. I’m not much of a pen and paper person. For starters, my handwriting is atrocious, so I often can’t read what I’ve written a few days later.

I’m also not much of a plotter. I’ve met a few plotters recently and have been impressed with the tools they use. Scrivener for detailed outlining and planning, spreadsheets, multiple character summaries, scene descriptions, etc. It’s not that I don’t plan at all, but it’s mostly done in my head. A key concept, an idea of the ending, a character or two. When I have attempted to write down plans or character descriptions in the past, I find I’m writing the story. So, I tend to just keep going and write it.

The downside of being a pantser is I do multiple, extensive edits and re‑writes of my first drafts. Well, some might call it a downside, but I weirdly enjoy editing. Add in a bit of internet research, draw on some lived experiences, a grammar and spell check, and that’s about it for my writing tools.


Michael Gardner’s story “Infinite Possibilities
in Metaphorosis Friday, 30 September 2022.
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A question for Elizabeth Rankin

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much? A: I actually live right down the road from the hospital where I was born! Not on purpose. I left the area for about 10 years, and didn’t intend to come back, but fate (a.k.a. the need for a job) intervened. I enjoy traveling and have been to Europe a few times, as well as Mexico and Canada. One of my life …

Another question for Karl El-Koura

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: The word that immediately comes to mind is “onomatopoeia”. Boom! (When I first learned the word in high school, I thought it was the neatest thing—the way it looked, the way it sounded, even that there was a word to describe words that sound like themselves. Its only drawback is I always have to look up how to spell it.)


Karl El-Koura’s story “Her Last Will
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 September 2022.
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A question for Mande Matthews

Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?

A: I believe all pies are created with equal favorability. That said, I try to stick to a low fat, whole food plant-based, low glycemic diet and have yet to find the perfect pie recipe that fits those criteria. If anyone knows of one, I’d be forever grateful if you’d share it.


Mande Matthews’s story “For the Love of Wild Things
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 September 2022.
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A question for Hope Davies

Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?

A: My stories tend to come from things that have intrigued or bothered me — things I want to explore my own perspectives on, clarified by the lense of, usually, speculative fiction. When I get an idea, I tend to act on it fairly quickly, even if acting on it just means jotting down a sentence or a paragraph in a google doc. It tends to take much longer to work itself into an actual story though, and those early notes rarely bear much of a resemblance to the idea I end up committing to.


Hope Davies’s story “Frozen in Glass
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 August 2022.
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A question for Mia Ram

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: Moon Knight. It’s a name that commands attention, both from peers and from ancient Egyptian gods. Moon Knight is a great namesake because he’s a hero whose identity is in perpetual flux. He becomes whatever he needs to be in the moment, and that’s the kind of philosophy I’d like to impart to the next generation. Fancy gadgets and super strength are all well and good, but true power is the power to adapt and change.


Mia Ram’s story “The Crystal Pyramid
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 August 2022.
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