It came from Lisa Short

Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 October 2019. I have the (probably peculiar) lifelong habit of making up bedtime stories and telling them to myself when I’m having trouble getting to sleep at night. A lot of the stories I end up writing have this exercise as their inspirational mechanism, and this particular one definitely originated as a “bedtime story.” I didn’t get much past the opening …

The Season of Withering – Lisa Short

Tamasin, called Abhasvar, watched from the concealing folds of her hood as the Riever and his men strode into the great hall. For a long, fearful moment she thought the Riever wouldn’t stop, would mount the dais alongside Piro and throw a too-jovial arm around his neck (and perhaps break it). But the Riever did stop at the foot of the dais, bracing his legs wide apart, teeth bared in a broad grin. He’d brought …

A question for Lisa Short

Q: What is your favorite story?

A: My favorite stories have always been of the “hero who overcomes childhood/adolescent adversity because they’re so smart and hard-working” variety—with the caveat that it isn’t presented as some kind of paean to capitalism and/or Social Darwinism. My very favorites are ones where the hero is (a) a heroine and (b) the adversity doesn’t consist solely or even mostly of sexual trauma (because that has been done to death).


Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 October 2019.
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About Lisa Short

Lisa Short is a Texas-born, Kansas-bred writer of fantasy and science fiction. She has an honorable discharge from the United States Army, a degree in chemical engineering, and twenty years’ experience as a professional engineer. She recently started a blog for her writing and is working on her first novel. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, two youngest children, father-in-law and cats.

lisashortwrites.blogspot.com, @Lisa_K_Short


Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 October 2019.
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