A question for N. R. Lambert

Q: What’s a genre you’d like to write, but don’t or can’t?

A: I love reading biographies, but (to date) it is one of the few genres that doesn’t appeal to me as a writer. As someone who often falls down deep wikiholes chasing answers to even the most innocuous questions, I think I’d become utterly lost in the sheer volume of research required to write a biography (and do it well). As with Scotch, Key lime pie, and graphic design, this is a case where I’d much rather sit back and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor.


N. R. Lambert’s story “Business as Usual” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Rachel Kolar

A graduate of Kenyon College, Rachel Kolar lives with her husband, two children, and lunchmeat-addicted cat in the Baltimore/Washington area. When not writing stories or changing diapers, she enjoys playing overly complicated board games, hiking, and getting far too excited about Halloween.

www.rachelkolar.com


Rachel Kolar’s story “Be Prepared to Shoot the Nanny” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

It came from B. Morris Allen

Metaphorosis June 2016

B. Morris Allen’s story “Adaptations to Coastal Erosion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 June 2016. This story started with literary theft. I was reading Jonathan Carroll’s After Silence, which includes a brief story-within-a-story about a woman who gets skinnier and skinnier, and eventually floats away from her husband. Carroll doesn’t do much more with it, but the idea intrigued me – the sudden and unexplained negation of physical laws for just one person.…

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A question for T. R. North

Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?

A: I take inspiration wherever I can find it—a great live performance, an inspired piece of installation art, something unusual that happened while running an errand.  I’ve gotten some of my favorite ideas for stories at the least expected and least likely of times.  As for how soon I act on them, I have to confess that I’m not always the world’s most patient writer.  I usually start fleshing out what I want to do with an idea and where I want the story to go as soon as the idea is fully formed, even if I know I won’t have time to write a proper first draft for weeks or months.


T. R. North’s story “Snow Queen” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About N. R. Lambert

N.R. Lambert grew up in the most frequently disparaged borough of New York City before escaping to Queens, which she now proudly calls home with her family and two saucy cats. After a brief stint in the hotel industry, she found her people in Booktown and hasn’t left since.

www.nancyrlambert.com


N. R. Lambert’s story “Business as Usual” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 January 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for J. T. Gill

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: When I first started writing, I think all my stories were “message” stories…and they were terrible. I learned very quickly that when the message drives the story, the story usually suffers. As I’ve continued to write (and learn), I think I’ve gotten better at navigating that balance, but intentionally working in a message is definitely difficult. Very difficult.


J. T. Gill’s story “Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.