It came from Karris Rae

Karris Rae’s story “My Synthetic Soul” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 January 2022. The unwitting “changeling robot” was constant from the start, but it definitely morphed through the writing process. Originally, I envisioned a romantic companion robot watching television with her male owner, when she sees an ad featuring a celebrity identical to her. Through the story, she’d learn that she was created by a rabid fan in the celebrity’s image. She’d struggle …

A question for Karris Rae

Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept, …?

A: I have a document on the cloud I call my “story bucket.” It’s just a long list of cool stuff that occurred to me, sometimes developed and carefully documented, sometime unintelligible (the incomprehensible ones tend to be the most fun!). When I get a hankering to write something new, I plan the parameters like an engineer — how long? What mood/genre? When’s my deadline? Who’s my audience? — then pick a compatible idea out of the bucket and draft a writing schedule. Away we go.

It may not be the romantic image of the Muse whispering in my ear, but my degree was in Economics. Different strokes, folks.


Karris Rae’s story “My Synthetic Soul
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 January 2022.
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About Karris Rae

Karris thought she wanted to be a lawyer — until she worked in corporate. Now that she’s returned to the world of the living, she likes to cook food with names she can’t pronounce and watch scary movies with subtitles. Karris currently lives in rural, Northern Japan, where the snow is deep and the mountains spectacular.


Karris Rae’s story “My Synthetic Soul
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 January 2022.
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