A question for William Condon

Q: When do you decide a story is finished?

A: When I first get through to “The End,” I set the story aside and mull over how to fix the points I’m not satisfied with. Sometimes I can put my finger on the problems at once and how to fix them; other times I know something’s wrong but need some time to puzzle out what. Then, I revise. I hardly ever agree a story’s perfect, but there’s a point where I know it’s good and I don’t know how to make it any better – and that’s when I decide it’s finished.


William Condon’s story “Of Hair and Beanstalks” was
published on Friday, 7 December 2018.

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About Susan McDonough-Wachtman

Susan McDonough-Wachtman has been a burger tosser, customer service rep, ad taker, curriculum developer, parent, reader, kayaker, gardener, and high school teacher. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with one cat and one husband.

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Susan McDonough-Wachtman’s story “I Will Go Gently” will be
published on Friday, 14 December 2018.

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It came from David Hammond (again)

David Hammond’s story “Suzy’s Friend” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 May 2018. My family and I were staying in a small cabin in Shenandoah National Park. After dinner, despite having hiked most of the afternoon, and despite the fog, I decided I would go on my usual after-dinner walk and listen to my usual podcasts, damn it. I began walking south along the Appalachian Trail and listening to This American Life. In this …

A question for Arlen Feldman

Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?

A: My background is software, and so my major published works are tome-length books on various topics such as database and user interface programming. Unfortunately, these works are somewhat ephemeral, since the underlying technologies becomes less relevant as time marches on.

I only returned to writing fiction after getting out of day-to-day involvement with my company, and most of what I’ve written and published since then has been speculative fiction, but I have written a few mainstream stories, and a few stories that I really can’t quite categorize.


Arlen Feldman’s story “Graveyard” was
published on Friday, 30 November 2018.

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