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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January 2022

Cover art
January 2022

Table of Contents

  • My Synthetic Soul — Karris Rae
  • In the House of Geometers — David Cleden
  • Silo — J.S. DiStefano
  • Shades of the Sea — J.A. Prentice

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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