Yume Kitasei lives in Brooklyn, NY with two terrible cats, Filibuster and Boondoggle. She believes everyone has a super power. Hers is the ability to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Evan Marcroft’s story “The Color of My Home is Red Like an Apple” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 March 2019. This story emerged from a lifelong grappling with the fundamental hurdle that I perceived in the concept of religion. I was never one to put faith in any process that could not be studied directly, and so I was somewhat puzzled by those in my life who held up the laws of their …
Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?
A: Most of my ideas are generated by looking at my own beliefs and fears, and then translating them into some kind of story structure. I suppose writing is a way of processing things I can’t fully articulate.
Lisa Short is a Texas-born, Kansas-bred writer of fantasy and science fiction. She has an honorable discharge from the United States Army, a degree in chemical engineering, and twenty years’ experience as a professional engineer. She recently started a blog for her writing and is working on her first novel. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, two youngest children, father-in-law and cats.
Rajiv Moté’s story “L’Appel du Vide” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 March 2019. “L’Appel du Vide,” French for “the call of the void,” is a phenomenon where a person standing at a precipice has the unreasonable, outrageous urge to step out into the abyss. Psychologists have studied this, and found that the urge isn’t suicidal, but an act of imagination that sparks the awareness of being alive. I wrote this story for a …
Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?
A: I do! I’m also a freelance illustrator – I mostly work on pieces for various speculative fiction venues, but in addition to private commissions, I’ve also done print magazine covers, interior illustrations, and spot editorials. I’ve even contributed environmental art for a forthcoming mobile game.
I studied intaglio printmaking, oil painting, and drawing, not to mention my forays into paper sculpture, but currently I work mostly on digital paintings. In fact, I’m a more confident visual artist than writer – writing is far more personal to me. There’s a sturdier boundary between myself and illustration work. While I love creating art, of course, I’m less emotionally attached to any specific piece. I’m more easily able to brainstorm – I can let things be sketchy, incomprehensible thumbnails before I polish them. When I started bringing that approach to my fiction, it improved immensely.