About Oana Popescu

Oana Popescu lives in Bucharest, Romania and works as a freelance illustrator specializing in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle genres. With a creative drive she was drawing, and painting starting from at an early age, developing an interest in fine arts.

Oana Popescu‘s image “Swing” is the cover art for our October 2018 stories.Metaphorosis

A question for E.A. Brenner

Q: What’s an idea you’re dying to write but haven’t, and why?

A: An idea I’ve been dying to write is a Mission Impossible-style magical thriller. I adore over-the-top spy movies and magic-in-modern-times fantasy. I haven’t even started such a story yet because I don’t have a character or plot to hang the genre on. I’m waiting for the day my main character drives through my mind in an incredibly sexy muscle car and orders me to get in.

E.A. Brenner’s story “Familiar in Her Angles” will be
published on Friday, 21 September 2018.

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A question for Michael Milne

Q: What’s the story no one else thinks is as good as you do?

A: “She Waits, Seething, Blooming” by Dave Eggers is a perfect capsule of a story. It is the thinnest sliver a short story can be, a perfectly defined cross-section of a character’s life. It’s so, so good because it’s so, so short: the story itself is complete, and has a definite arc over its tiny wordcount. But it contains multitudes, and you can absolutely sense the world before the story takes place and the world after. We never learn the main character’s name, nor her son’s, but we get such a perfectly shaped glimpse of her life that we don’t need to. I remember reading this story years ago and suddenly being convinced of what short fiction can do, and I reread it (it doesn’t take long to read again) a few times a year when I need to edit!

Michael Milne’s story “The Yarnball Woman” was
published on Friday, 14 September 2018.

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