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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A question for Ian Donnell Arbuckle

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

A: It’s much easier for me to imagine a darker world. I think that’s for a couple of reasons. For one, I have depression and anxiety and my brain is somewhat predisposed to see the negatives in things. But it’s also more interesting for me, as a writer, to imagine dark worlds because their conflicts provide the necessary soil to nourish a story. I suppose a happy world isn’t necessarily free of conflict, but I’ll confess that my ideal has less of it. So, imagining a darker world is easier, but when it comes to putting in the work, I’ll gladly make the effort to bring about a happier one.

Ian Donnell Arbuckle’s story “The Hissing Trees
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 August 2022.
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Another question for Rachel Ayers

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I have aspirations to be an outline writer. I’ve written an outline once! Mostly, though, I find I don’t know enough about the story to do the outline until after I’ve written the story. I affectionately call myself a pantser, as in “by the seat of my pants”.

Rachel Ayers’s story “Queen of Crows
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 August 2022.
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Another question for E.C. Fuller

Q: If you could talk to your novice-writer self, what bit of advice would you give?

A: There’s a difference between being a writer and being a storyteller, and the faster you understand the difference, the happier you’ll be with your own work. Better still if you understand the basic definition of a story: a story is about someone trying to do something difficult and how they change inwardly as a result. But don’t abandon your love of stories of ideas, philosophies, or other abstract things, because — though it’ll be more difficult to write about those things — those are what fulfill you and make your stories so unique. And more people will love them than you think!

And don’t be afraid to change what/how you write if you think it means betraying yourself. If you change in order to better chase your dreams, then you become more you than if you changed nothing.

E.C. Fuller’s story “The Heebie-Jeebie Beam
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 July 2022.
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A question for L.D. Oxford

Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I do, both as side characters and in starring roles. Kids see the world in an entirely different way than adults. They haven’t learned how things are “supposed” to work yet. What we view as mundane is wondrous to them—and things an adult would find unbelievable can be “normal” to a kid. Writing a story from a child’s point of view opens up entirely new possibilities, especially in speculative fiction.

L.D. Oxford’s story “The Girl Who Drew the World
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 July 2022.
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