A question for James Rumpel

Q: Whence do you draw inspiration for your characters?

A: To be honest, most of my stories begin with a plot and then the characters just show up. I guess I have a vast collection of characters to choose from. Having taught high school for thirty-four years, I’ve worked with thousands of students, parents, and coworkers. Additionally, I have avidly read and watched movies and television most of my life. There are all sorts of people in my mind trying to push their way into my stories.


James Rumpel’s story “Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 November 2020.
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About Charles Schoenfeld

Charles Schoenfeld is a graduate of the Clarion science fiction & fantasy writers’ workshop, and a past finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. He has worked with more than a dozen community theatres in New England, as a leading actor, playwright, director, and fight choreographer. Charles lives in Connecticut with his daughter, Leila, and devotes much of his energy to the pursuit of chocolate cake.


Charles Schoenfeld’s story “The Preserved City
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 November 2020.
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It came from L. Chan

L. Chan’s story “Seven Scraps Unwritten” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 April 2020. This story started out as an experiment in form – namely epistolary or a list story, something I’d not done before. It was tough going, managing world building, plot, a message, and a magic system within the word count. It started out with far less words, which really didn’t hit all the marks. I loved the conceits of having open …

About James Rumpel

James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who has enjoyed spending some of his additional free time trying to turn some of the strange ideas filling his brain into stories. He lives in Wisconsin with his wonderful wife, Mary.


James Rumpel’s story “Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 November 2020.
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It came from J.J. Drew

J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 April 2020. I was participating in a holiday story swap event, and my assigned prompt requested a story containing a sentient basil plant and an evil penguin. The prompter probably expected something much sillier than what I delivered, but as I pondered basil gardening and how a sentient creature would react to such treatment, it struck me as less “silly” and more “existentially horrific.” …

A question for John Adams

Q: What tools do you write with?

A: I’m fairly basic when it comes to writing tools — I arm myself with a laptop, a frequently broken wireless mouse, and a cat who chews on the laptop cord. I’ve purchased several fancy journals with the sincere intention of writing long-hand, but my hands cramp after a few minutes and I can barely read my own penmanship.


John Adams’s story “Holding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 October 2020.
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