It came from J.J. Drew

J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 April 2020. I was participating in a holiday story swap event, and my assigned prompt requested a story containing a sentient basil plant and an evil penguin. The prompter probably expected something much sillier than what I delivered, but as I pondered basil gardening and how a sentient creature would react to such treatment, it struck me as less “silly” and more “existentially horrific.” …

Clod-Shodden – J.J. Drew

Part 1 – The Garden There were many in the beginning, dozens of basil seedlings basking under the warm sky and nodding dreamily at one another as if to say, “you’re growing, as am I, and that is right and good.” They grew in groups of four, and their pot-mates, whose roots caressed their own, were especially dear to them, as dear as the sun and the summer breeze. Then one day the Caretaker came …

A question for J.J. Drew

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

A: Honestly? No. I know there are many stories out there of people who started writing as children and completed their first novel draft in their teens.

That’s not me.

While I’ve always loved reading, I never felt like I had stories to tell. Then, in my early thirties, a story idea popped into my head and refused to go away. I decided to write it down, if only to get it out of my mind.

I quickly discovered that my writing abilities weren’t up to the task.

Determined to do the idea justice, I set about honing my craft, and the strangest thing happened. It was like a mental floodgate had opened; the more I wrote, the more ideas I had.

I’ve been writing ever since.

J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 April 2020.
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About J.J. Drew

J.J. Drew lives in New Orleans where she spends her days writing, training animals, and singing.

J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 April 2020.
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