A question for Michael Milne

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

A: “She Waits, Seething, Blooming” by Dave Eggers is a perfect capsule of a story. It is the thinnest sliver a short story can be, a perfectly defined cross-section of a character’s life. It’s so, so good because it’s so, so short: the story itself is complete, and has a definite arc over its tiny wordcount. But it contains multitudes, and you can absolutely sense the world before the story takes place and the world after. We never learn the main character’s name, nor her son’s, but we get such a perfectly shaped glimpse of her life that we don’t need to. I remember reading this story years ago and suddenly being convinced of what short fiction can do, and I reread it (it doesn’t take long to read again) a few times a year when I need to edit!


Michael Milne’s story “The Yarnball Woman” was
published on Friday, 14 September 2018.

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About E.A. Brenner

Elizabeth Brenner grew up in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to get an MFA from Emerson College. She loves hardware stores, making jam, stories about magic spilling everywhere, crochet, travel, and smart jokes. She makes a living as a managing editor for scholarly journals and is a member of the Boston Speculative Fiction writing group. She lives with her husband in Salem, MA.


E.A. Brenner’s story “Familiar in Her Angles” will be
published on Friday, 21 September 2018.

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It came from David A. Gray

David A. Gray’s story “Hishi” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 February 2018. “Hishi” came from a bunch of directions at once. I was worrying about my daughter and the world I’m raising her in, where rich old white men seem intent on burning it all down and ensuring she has no rights. And where we as a species seem to be sending our kids to war, or to bomb and kill. So I…

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About Michael Milne

Michael Milne is a writer and teacher living in Switzerland. He has written speculative fiction and overstayed his welcome in coffee shops throughout Canada, China, Korea, and most of continental Europe.

www.michaelmilne.ca, @ironcardigan


Michael Milne’s story “The Yarnball Woman” was
published on Friday, 14 September 2018.

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It came from Mark David Adam

Mark David Adam’s story “Hold This Star for Me” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 February 2018. “Hold This Star For Me” started as an exploration of the idea of lost memory. My first draft began with a page and a half of the main character obsessed with the idea of repressed memory, feeling he’d had experiences in childhood he couldn’t recall. After the story was finished, I realized this musing about the possibility…

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