It came from Amelia Dee Mueller

Amelia Dee Mueller’s story “The Lightkeeper’s Wife” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 February 2019. I wrote “The Lightkeeper’s Wife” for a workshop I took under Blake Kimzey in Dallas. I had nothing to turn in for our second assigned story, so I was brainstorming an idea. I’ve always been a mythology nerd, and I knew I wanted to write about some kind of mythological creature. I was flipping through a book on famous …

It came from Setsu Uzumé

Setsu Uzumé’s story “Snapped Dry, Scraped Clean” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 January 2019. This story came out of two news articles I read in 2014. The first was about the biohazard techs who clean up crime scenes in New York, and the second was about a woman whose body was discovered in the stairwell of a San Francisco hospital. Providing care is hard, but sometimes receiving care is harder. Subscribe to our …

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 …

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 …

It came from M.J. Gardner

M.J. Gardner’s story “The Book of Regrets” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 January 2019. In writing “The Book of Regrets”, I used two of my friends as the main characters. I have always used real people in creating characters, but usually just bits and pieces of them. I will take one person’s habit of pursing their lips when they are thinking, another’s voice, someone else’s hair, facial expression, or fashion sense. Sometimes I …

It came from Kathryn Yelinek (yet again)

Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Cinders and Snow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 December 2018. “Cinders and Snow” was inspired by events in the life of someone I know, but the details are not mine to share. Suffice it to say I’ve known several people who would never describe themselves as princes (of any gender), but who are the gentlest, most caring people I know–certainly princes (of any gender) in all the right ways. These …