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Over the past year, we at MAELSTROM have covered stories which have often bordered on the sensational, such as the famous rivalry between siblings Amaterasu and Susanoo, the Japanese gods of the Sun and the Storms respectively. We have also notably touched upon the scandalous account of the giant Paul Bunyan’s alleged affair with the Titan Selene. All of these have served a similar aim: to bring awareness of Lorendi, sanctuary of forgotten gods and goddesses, and bridge the gap keeping Humans and Lorendians separate.
In the midst of the cacophony of entities roaming Lorendi, it is often easy to forget some of the lesser-known, but no less interesting events. One such story is that of the Fall of Asgard, which many have attributed to the ongoing feud between former Valkyrie Brünnhilde and her father, the great Wotan.
It is common knowledge that all the inhabitants of Lorendi were forced to coexist after the collapse of their respective homes. It may be of interest for our readers to note that no one knows how Lorendi came to be. As more and more entities began to lose their homes, they found themselves inexplicably drawn to this vast and strange land, and found that they grew stronger within its borders. In this sense, Asgard is an anomaly; it appears to be the only place where the collapse was not instigated by humans, but the details of the episode remain unclear and contradictory.
Just a Fire – A. Martine
Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Ginkgo Tree – Mads Alvey
The Bagel Shop Owner’s Nephew – J. Tynan Burke
It Feels Like Déjà Vu – Phong Quan
Q: What other writers inspire you?
A: Recently, I’ve been inspired by the nonfiction writing of Isabel Wilkerson and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Wilkerson blends impeccable research with vibrant storytelling and I admire Coates’ commitment to delving into difficult questions. When I read his articles, he reminds me to focus on the messy truth over snappy soundbites in my writing.
In fiction, I’ve been reading a lot of James Baldwin this year and his language and characters blow me away. He writes about human beings’ fallibility with such compassion and insight. He’s one of those writers from which I read a line and then stop and sit with the line because it’s that beautiful.
In speculative fiction, I really like Catherynne M. Valente’s use of language, I love N. K. Jemisin’s world-building, and I love Mary Robinette Kowal’s character relationships and character arcs.
On a professional level my mother, Carrie Newcomer, is a songwriter and I learned the basics of what is means to be a working artist from her: work hard, be collegial, and never stop growing. On the same note, my friend and fellow Hoosier Michael R. Underwood is one of the hardest working people I know and I’ve watched him grow with every novel. His passion for stories and the writing community has inspired me to keep writing through the ups and downs of life and I look forward to whatever he writes next.
When he’s not reading a book or writing, Jared Leonard attempts to stay in shape, aquascape various planted aquariums, enjoy videogames, and get enough sleep. He usually only accomplishes the first two. He currently lives in Richfield, Minnesota, and attends the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy.
Jared Leonard’s story “Undertow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Q: What kind of pieces are the most fun to write (action, lyrical, etc.)?
A: I like to write “character” scenes, but that gets me across the borders and into action scenes, lyrical scenes, sitting-and-contemplating scenes, the lot. Any time you’re showing someone active in a story, you’re building up who and what they are, even if it’s only in the smallest way. So (just to tread on my own toes) I probably find action scenes the most fun to write because you’re revealing someone in extremis, and that’s when they can prove your expectations or be the most surprising.
Andrew Leon Hudson’s story “The Hole in the Wall” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Amelia Aldred was raised by a folksinger and lawyer in southern Indiana, leaving her with incurable sincerity and fantastic fact-checking skills. She lives in Chicago, IL with her folklorist husband and two long-suffering houseplants.
Amelia Aldred’s story “Shine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 October 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
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