Q: What’s your favorite non-SFF book?
A: The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco.
Mari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016. I don’t really remember much about the actual writing of this story, but I suspect that I wrote it in part because although one of the cats that I live with seems convinced that I too am a cat, just a rather overlarge and clumsy one. (The other cat is well aware that I am a deeply inferior creature who can …
Matt Thompson is a London-based writer of oddball fantastical fiction. He has also released upwards of twenty records over the course of a two decade-plus musical career. When not trying to emulate Jorge Luis Borges or Richard Pinhas he likes to pretend he can cook Japanese vegetarian cuisine.
He can be found online at matt-thompson.com.
Joshua Phillip Johnson’s story “The Demon in the Page” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 January 2016. The idea for “The Demon in the Page” showed up at the most inopportune time. My graduate program in English-Literature required me to pass a foreign language translation exam; it consisted of a relatively short passage in your chosen language (German for me), a bilingual dictionary, and a time limit (an hour or so, I think). To …
Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?
A: Depends on what I’m working on at the time. If I’m in the middle of a novel, I’m thinking about the story almost all day long, from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. Not constantly, but on and off through the day between writing sessions. The more often I can sustain the dream or trance, the faster I pick up where I left off when I sit down at the computer again. It’s far easier to finish a novel in a month this way, or three months for the longer works. If I’m between novels or short stories, I still think about writing, just not as often. I’m likely to become lost in a “what if” or a story fragment as waking dream while driving or cleaning. Long commutes are the best for coming up with new ideas or working out problems in a story.
I’m a scientist and writer working out of Canada. In my spare time I paint, draw, and annotate my copy of the Necronomicon in case there’s something I’ve missed.