It came from Alexandra Seidel

Alexandra Seidel’s story “A Picture of Home, in Silence” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 July 2020. I wrote “A Picture of Home, in Silence” in early 2020. At the time, COVID-19 hadn’t yet started dominating our everyday lives. Like many of my stories, this one started with a specific image, the main character looking at the stained glass windows and about how light breaks those colors into picture, and it grew from there. …

A question for Aaron DaMommio

Q: Do you use music for inspiration? If so what do you listen to?

A: I don’t typically use music for inspiration directly. I’ve certainly tried having a playlist for a specific project, with the idea of getting back into the right frame of mine for that project, but I dropped that after I created a ton of playlists in a service that didn’t survive the first big internet company implosion, and I haven’t gone back to the practice since then.

On the other hand, I love song lyrics, especially ones that involve wordplay. In general, I usually take inspiration from wordplay and permutations. I love to see where a prompt will take me, and I enjoy it just as much when the final result is so far from the original prompt no other eyes can see the path.

Aaron DaMommio’s story “Vacation Gnomes
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 February 2021.
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About Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job ever was as a shop assistant at a SF/F-themed bookstore, and she never lost the taste for speculative fiction, although the world took her through a wide range of places and vocations before she stumbled back to her writerly ambitions. She currently works as a 7th-grade English teacher, moonlights as the proofreader for Locus and Fantasy magazines, and ekes out time in between her jobs to think up more stories about strange worlds and familiar problems.


Chloe Smith’s story “Rock-Adda’s World
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 February 2021.
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It came from Jordan Chase-Young

Jordan Chase-Young’s story “Shards” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 July 2020. I’ve always suspected that magic, if it existed, would be a profound threat to human survival. It would empower tyrants, create lasting fault lines between groups, and permit destruction on a vast scale. But magic would also afford great opportunities. It would cut down on drudgery, make life more interesting, and in the right hands allow for great progress. “Which of the …

Another question for Damien Krsteski

Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?

A: My partner helps by giving me time and space to do my work. She helps by understanding how important writing is to me. And once, when I was stuck with a story, she dreamed about how I could finish it.

Damien Krsteski’s story “Esma’s Margaret
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 January 2021.
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About Aaron DaMommio

Aaron DaMommio is a husband, father, writer, and juggler who came to Austin, Texas for college and never left. During the day he tries to make the world safe for a team of technical writers who need support navigating the strange hierarchies of XML. He has three children and a share in four dogs. On a good day he can name all the dwarves from The Hobbit.

Aaron DaMommio’s story “Vacation Gnomes
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 February 2021.
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