It came from V.G. Campen

V.G. Campen’s story “Spells for Going Forth by Day” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 March 2021. Some years ago, from the window of a passenger train traveling the eastern US, I watched a jackal trot across a shallow creekbed and disappear into waist-high marsh grass. In reality it was likely a stray dog, or possibly a coyote, as jackals are not native to North America. But the idea of a jackal living alone …

It came from C.M. Fields

C.M. Fields’s story “Reach for Your Ocean Heart” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 February 2021. I actually wrote the last paragraph of this story first, and then sat on it for months. I wanted a rich, dreamy, post-societal-collapse setting, so then I wrote Olia’s half of the story and sat on that for another long while while I wrestled with the constraints set by the last paragraph. Eventually I realized that what the …

It came from Ted S. Bushman

Ted S. Bushman’s story “Endless” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 February 2021. My story “Endless” definitely emerged from a seedbed of some of my most fundamental influences, the first being that the setting evokes the far-flung-future science fantasy settings pioneered by Jack Vance’s Dying Earth and Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. The world of “Endless” feels like a fantasy, with a blacksmith and a sword and a wondrous city, but repeatedly …

It came from Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith’s story “Rock-Adda’s World” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 12 February 2021. The title of this story is a terrible pun on Ursula Le Guin’s first novel, Rocannon’s World. The final product doesn’t share a lot with that piece of early SF, but I began by wanting to evoke some of the same sense of a lone explorer overawed by an alien landscape. As far as where the cetaliths came from, I’m always …

It came from Aaron DaMommio

Aaron DaMommio’s story “Vacation Gnomes” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 February 2021. “Vacation Gnomes” was originally developed in 2017 for the Codex online writing group’s Weekend Warrior competition, where you have to put together a 750-word story in a weekend. I love how this process crystallizes an idea down to its essentials. Since you want to get something that has the shape and satisfying ending of a whole story in such a tiny …

It came from Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski’s story “Esma’s Margaret” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 January 2021. “Esma’s Margaret” is a product of my overlapping interests in psychology, (artificial) intelligence, and the dynamics of capitalism in general and between corporations and their outsourced workers in particular. It is set in a fictionalized and near-future version of my hometown — specifically in its poorest neighborhood — with a precocious girl as main character, whose technological talents seem to have …