It came from Helen French

Helen French’s story “Two Villains, a Notebook, and a Lump of Coal” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 January 2019. The very basic origin of this story is rather straightforward – it was the phrase ‘Fired up’ as a story prompt for a writers group that I’m in. It’s fascinating to see how people can interpret the same prompt in so many different ways. I decided to go with a character fired up with …

A question for Claire Simpson

Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: I think about writing in inverse proportion to my ability to write at any given moment. When I’m at work, I’m forever musing on story ideas and wishing I could be writing. When I have free time, suddenly there are a thousand and one other things to think about, all of them more interesting. I try, as far as possible, to nurture the ideas when they come, often making notes on my phone, because knowing what I’m going to write vastly increases the chances that I’ll actually write it.

Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 August 2019.
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About Edward Ashton

Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his inordinately patient wife, an adorably mopey dog, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters. He studies new cancer therapies by day, and spends his evenings writing speculative fiction, and occasionally trying to explain how an MRI works to an extremely bored sixteen year old girl., @edashtonwriting

Edward Ashton’s story “A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 August 2019.
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It came from Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn’s story “Five Star Review” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 January 2019. Part of this story came from my annual fury with ThinkGeek for offering products that aren’t real every April Fools’ Day. I wanted to imagine a scenario where they were offering a product that sounded fake but was actually ready to ship, 100% functional. But instead of thinking about what chaos would happen when ThinkGeek started selling time machines …

A question for Josh Taylor

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: This is a hard question to answer concisely! There are many writers I enjoy, and many writers that inspire me in writing and other ways. So I’ll pick two that I don’t think are mainstream now in speculative fiction.

I like reading about infrastructure, and my favorite such book is The Big Necessity by Rose George—unfashionable topic, new stuff in every chapter instead of variations of one main idea, a real balance of skepticism and optimism, and humor that’s funny but respectful. And unlike most nonfiction books, I can still remember some of what it was about.

In fiction, I recently read Seize the Day and Herzog by Saul Bellow. I always assumed that he’d be too hard to read to enjoy, when in fact he’s right on the line. It’s an effort, for me, and not a lot happens, but he is so funny. Herzog brought the phrase ‘ludicrous shmegeggy’ into American literature. I didn’t know it was possible to take apart a characters to such a degree, and without ever dropping long, twisty sentences that take multiple readings just to parse.

Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 July 2019.
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About Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson writes code by day and stories by night (or at least that’s what she claims to be doing when she’s actually looking at Twitter). Congenitally incapable of doing nothing, she also sews, crochets, and favours a peaty single malt if you’re buying.


Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 August 2019.
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