Luke Murphy was born in West Berlin, grew up in Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter. He is a freelance animator and writer, with his TV work appearing on places like the Discovery Channel and Nickelodeon.
Kai Hudson’s story “Combustion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 September 2018. Though it certainly doesn’t read like one, “Combustion” is a pretty political piece for me. I kept seeing these terrible news stories about people mistreating other people (police shooting unarmed black men, countries turning away Syrian refugees, the violence of ISIS, etc.), yet political apathy and indifference seemed to be at an all-time high. My social media was full of posts and …
Q: What’s better: writing or having written?
A: People love to rave about the blissful process of writing, but let me tell you… Having written beats writing, no contest.
Writing is the messy act of giving birth: I bare my guts on the computer screen, and in the thick of this bloody, miraculous, godawful process, there is no way to know if either I or my creation will ever emerge whole. The hope keeps me going: that one day, I will have written, and that this small, bloody corner of my soul will know a modicum of peace before the renewed siren call of writing rises once more.
But having written, ah, now there’s the blissful part. My words are finally free to reach others and germinate their own imaginations. Perhaps these people will hate it, but never as much as I did writing and revising it; or perhaps they will fall in love with my story, but never as fiercely nor as desperately as I.
There’s a supreme vitality to writing, and there is no having written without the writing part. But the reward of writing, for me, is found in having written, in watching my creation go forth into the world, having left the bruised mess of my mind behind for greener pastures.
Frances Pauli originally studied visual arts. She still wanders from time to time between the canvas and the blank page, but for the most part has settled herself down to tell stories. A lifetime resident of Washington State, she currently resides in the central desert with her family and a host of unusual pets. Her work is almost always in one of the speculative fiction genres and more often than not features animal characters.
E.A. Brenner’s story “Familiar in Her Angles” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 September 2018. In the summer of 2015, I read Angel Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for the first time, and the first draft of “Familiar in Her Angles” popped out. I struggle to write short stories, so I was surprised how quickly that first draft came, amazed I managed to get from start to finish in only a few …
Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much?
A: I generally live far away from the Twin Cities where I was born – the furthest away was New Zealand. Most recently, over the summer I lived in northern Minnesota, which was closer to Canada than really anything else. I do travel quite a lot. The whole family picked up and moved to New Zealand for six months when I was a sophomore in high school. At the time High School Musical was very popular and I spent a lot of time explaining that that wasn’t really an accurate representation of American high school or America in general. I also decided I didn’t like wearing a uniform, even if it was a kilt. But they do have golden kiwis, which are better than regular kiwis and one day I’ll go back, if only to eat golden kiwis again.