It came from J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard’s story “The Spinster and the Sea” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 April 2022. This story can be partially blamed on Tamora Pierce and her Circle of Magic series. If you haven’t read Tamora Pierce, then please put this down and go pick up one of her tales right now! The Circle of Magic series was some of the first YA I ever read, and the first book of the series, Sandry’s …

It came from J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard’s story “The Tick of the Clock” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 October 2021. Like many of my stories, “The Tick of the Clock” started with an image: a young man speaking to an old woman, begging for her help. It was a compelling image, but I wasn’t sure what he needed help with, which really put a wrench in my plans to turn it into a story. The idea stewed in …

Another question for J.C. Pillard

Q: Aliens, are they out there?

A: Probably. The visible universe has over 400 quadrillion stars in it, and if even a tiny fraction of those stars have a planet that could support life…well, a tiny fraction of a gigantic number is still a gigantic number. I think it would be rather anthropocentric to imagine we’re the only life, or even the only intelligent life, in the cosmos.
So yeah, they’re probably out there. Maybe they’ll even read this story one day. If so, hi! What took you so long?


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Spinster and the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 April 2022.
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More about J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard is an author and editor living at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. She’s an avid reader and writer of speculative fiction, and particularly loves anything folklore-inspired. When she’s not writing, J.C. spends her time knitting and playing D&D. She’s also recently taken up spinning, which might explain this story.

www.jcpillard.com, @JCPillard


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Spinster and the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 April 2022.
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