Jamie Brindle has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. Occasionally, they are even published. He was home educated until the age of fourteen, and grew up in a hedge maze that was open to the public (still is – google ‘hoo hill maze’). He works as a doctor in the East Midlands, UK.
Q: What do you think makes for a good story?
A: A good story needs compelling characters, an interesting plot, a captivating setting, and prose rich with action or detail. Those are the easy parts. Who wants to stop with a merely good story? I’d much rather read a great story. Greatness requires one more layer: a meaning that fills and overfills the bounds of the story, reaching beyond the characters and confines of the page. Every author dreams of writing stories that leave the reader with a new understanding – conscious or otherwise – of their self, society, or humanity.
Hamilton Perez is a freelance editor and writer living in Sacramento, California. When he’s not scribbling notes about stories, he’s writing music, rolling 20-sided dice, or bugging the dog
Q: What’s a typical drawing day like for you?
A: My typical drawing day consists firstly of exploratory doodles. It is all about finding an interesting silhouette and expanding upon happy accidents. When I am designing, I may have something in mind but allow my hand and imagination to do as they please. Drawing for me is fluid, uninhibited creativity.
Vincent Coviello‘s image “Earth, Air, and Fire” is the cover art for our September 2016 stories.
Benjamin C. Kinney is an itinerant neuroscientist and Viable Paradise XVIII graduate. Despite his New England heart, he lives in St. Louis with two cats and a wife on Mars.
Find him online at http://benjaminckinney.com or on Twitter as @BenCKinney.
K. G. Anderson’s story “Rowboat” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 February 2016. I’ve often wanted to rewrite parts of my own life story, so it was natural that I’d write fiction about a character who attempts it. Fiction is filled with characters who reinvent themselves. This used to be true in real life, as well — people who emerged from war zones, or who turned up on the frontier, where no one could …