It came from Chris Cornetto

Chris Cornetto’s story “Heart of Stone” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 February 2020. It’s my dream to one day publish a fantasy novel. While writing one, I excavated something strange from a sand-filled well – a little golem like no other, with a spark of curiosity and the face of a child. I was instantly fascinated by him. Who was he? How did he get there? I had to know. So, I wrote …

Heart of Stone – Chris Cornetto

Light filtered through the debris, igniting a spark in his crystalline heart. Bending all his will to the effort, the little golem opened his eyes. Pink, hazy dawn — or perhaps twilight? — filtered through a cloud of dust motes. It was barely light at all, yet it set his body thrumming, energy tingling through silicon veins. The light soaked into his heart and filled it with life. He tried to move his arms, his …

A question for Chris Cornetto

Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?

A: I’m driven by curiosity. For twenty years, the same fantasy world has been living and growing inside my head. All my stories take place in this world, and I explore it through writing. Sometimes the exploration is literal, as in “What lurks over the next hill?” Other times it’s philosophical, like “How would character X react if faced with dilemma Y?” I write stories to find out.

As for when I act on them, it’s never as soon as I’d like. By day there’s the job, at night there are dogs with bellies that need to be rubbed. By necessity, I let the ideas percolate for a few days, and I jot notes as they come to me. That way, when I finally make it to the coffee shop, I’m ready to spill words onto the page.


Chris Cornetto’s story “Heart of Stone
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 February 2020.
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About Chris Cornetto

Chris Cornetto is a physics teacher by day and writer by night. In addition to physics, he has degrees in chemistry, philosophy, and psychology. He likes exploring ethical questions through fantasy settings, and enjoys long walks with small dogs.


Chris Cornetto’s story “Heart of Stone
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 February 2020.
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