Simone Kern grew up in a small town in Illinois, where they were definitely the only Jewish-atheist-socialist-genderqueer kid in school. After studying creative writing at Oberlin College, they moved to Houston where they taught English in public schools for ten years. After the birth of their kid, Simone quit teaching to write and be a stay-at-home parent. They love-hate Houston, because their house floods, and it’s too hot, and nearby chemical refineries keep exploding, but the people are just too good to leave. Thus, Simone has embraced life as a bayou creature and is busy learning the names of all the Texas wildflowers.
Setsu Uzumé’s story “Snapped Dry, Scraped Clean” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 January 2019. This story came out of two news articles I read in 2014. The first was about the biohazard techs who clean up crime scenes in New York, and the second was about a woman whose body was discovered in the stairwell of a San Francisco hospital. Providing care is hard, but sometimes receiving care is harder. Subscribe to our …
Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?
A: Honestly, I don’t much believe in heroes. I’ve never been a fan of the Chosen One trope, and the protagonists in my stories are mostly ordinary people who are forced by circumstance to do extraordinary things despite being manifestly unqualified for the job. That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for Jonah from Cat’s Cradle. If I had a son, maybe I’d go with that?
Dawn Lloyd is an American who got bored and set out across the world looking for adventure. Six countries and four continents later, she teaches at St. Constantine’s International School in Tanzania and continues to travel in search of adventure whenever she can.
Helen French’s story “Two Villains, a Notebook, and a Lump of Coal” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 January 2019. The very basic origin of this story is rather straightforward – it was the phrase ‘Fired up’ as a story prompt for a writers group that I’m in. It’s fascinating to see how people can interpret the same prompt in so many different ways. I decided to go with a character fired up with …
Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?
A: I think about writing in inverse proportion to my ability to write at any given moment. When I’m at work, I’m forever musing on story ideas and wishing I could be writing. When I have free time, suddenly there are a thousand and one other things to think about, all of them more interesting. I try, as far as possible, to nurture the ideas when they come, often making notes on my phone, because knowing what I’m going to write vastly increases the chances that I’ll actually write it.