A question for Spencer Nitkey

Q: Do you use critique groups or other resources to polish your writing?

A: I love using critique groups. I was lucky to have the chance to study creative writing in college, and the opportunity to learn from a couple of really incredible professional writers and participate regularly in workshops and learn from my peers was something I took for granted until after I graduated. Now, I have a small writing group I attend semi-regularly. I am also grateful that my fiancee is almost as excellent an editor as she is a writer. She’s been my first reader for years, and when I’m smart enough to follow her advice, my stories always come out better. I think, especially with speculative fiction, it’s important to have beta-readers and critiques. I often have a clear idea of the world and conceit of a story, but I can’t always tell how clearly that is being communicated with a reader until I’ve had the chance to hear from someone. Feedback is how we grow and improve, and I’m thankful for all the groups and people who have helped me improve.

Spencer Nitkey’s story “Calling Me Home
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 August 2020.
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Even more about Evan Marcroft

Evan Marcroft is a speculative fiction writer from California currently residing in Chicago with his wife. Evan uses his expensive degree in literary criticism to do menial data entry, and dreams of writing for video games, but will settle for literature instead. His works of science fiction, fantasy, and spine-curdling horror can be found in a variety of venues across the internet, such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and multiple times in Metaphorosis.


Evan Marcroft’s story “Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 August 2020.
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It came from Tomas Marcantonio

Tomas Marcantonio’s story “Choice” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 January 2020. The main concept of this story, that aborted foetuses have been given life without their mother’s knowledge, is both terrifying and harrowing. In fact, I almost abandoned the idea after early drafts. Abortion is a complicated and sensitive topic, and it needs to be treated as such. I disliked Philip K. Dick’s controversial story on the same topic, ‘The Pre-persons’, and was …

A question for Rachel Ayers

Q: What distracts you?

A: The next idea… It’s hard to focus on one story at a time when the next idea is — oooh, shiny squirrels!

Rachel Ayers’s story “The Chorley
in Metaphorosis Friday, 31 July 2020.
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About Spencer Nitkey

Spencer Nitkey is a speculative writer, a researcher, and an educator who lives in New Jersey. His first intellectual love was nuclear physics and his second love was poetry. Science Fiction has been a happy median between those two. Now, when he’s not busy dancing in the kitchen with his fiancee, dreaming about planting chestnut trees, or slowly reading Gravity’s Rainbow, he’s probably writing and imagining futures, presents, and pasts.

Spencer Nitkey’s story “Calling Me Home
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 August 2020.
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It came from Michael Sherrin

Michael Sherrin’s story “Magic Whistleblower Tells All” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 January 2020. The inspirations for “Magical Whistleblower Tells All” are worn on its sleeve, from Harry Potter to Buffy to the many other secret magical world stories. I love many of these, though I’ve always found the reasoning to keep magic or monsters or technology a secret lacking. Often, I feel, the secrecy is meant to allow the suspension of disbelief, …