Yet another question for Hamilton Perez

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I’ve always been more of an outliner, but that’s just another way to say that outlining is where I discover. Outlining lets me play with ideas freely, and it lets me jump around the story as things come to me. That said, the actual writing/discover phase always changes the outline, so there’s a lot of back and forth, which is probably why it takes me so long to finish anything. But it’s the outlining that I enjoy most. That’s where I get to play. The writing is where I work.


Hamilton Perez’s story “Problems of the Flesh
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 October 2022.
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Even more about Hamilton Perez

Hamilton Perez has been writing stories for as long as he can remember, and possibly even longer than that. His earliest known work is a fan-fiction crossover between Star Wars, Terminator, and Jurassic Park. It has yet to be picked up by a major studio, but Hamilton remains hopeful. When not writing, he can be found rolling 20-sided dice, playing irresponsibly with medieval weaponry, or chasing squirrels with the dog.

hamiltonperez.com, @TheWritingHam


Hamilton Perez’s story “Problems of the Flesh
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 October 2022.
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October 2022

MetaphorosisBeautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • Problems of the Flesh — Hamilton Perez
  • A Xenothanatologist’s Guidebook to Death Practices Among the Sapient Species of the Outer Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy — P.G. Streeter
  • Holding On — Justen Russell
  • Infinite Possibilities II — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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It came from Hamilton Perez (again)

Hamilton Perez’s story “Bye Bye Skinny Cow” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 April 2018. The title came first, though it wasn’t so much a title as a lament. I’d recently lost my dog, Jack (affectionately referred to as “skinny cow”) to a brain tumor, an experience completely alien to me despite growing up with all kinds of animals and having, on occasion, to say goodbye to them. But I’d never seen a seizure …

Bye Bye Skinny Cow – Hamilton Perez

“Excuse me,” Cash tried again, “you’re not a doctor, are you?” Another bemused look and shake of the head. “Oh, okay, thanks anyway,” he said to their backs. The warm bundle in his arms groaned uncomfortably. It was the first Cash had heard from him all day. He took it as a good sign—beggars not choosers and all. One after the other, people came and went from the office, filtering in and out fluidly by …