Another question for Rachel Ayers

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I have aspirations to be an outline writer. I’ve written an outline once! Mostly, though, I find I don’t know enough about the story to do the outline until after I’ve written the story. I affectionately call myself a pantser, as in “by the seat of my pants”.


Rachel Ayers’s story “Queen of Crows
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 August 2022.
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More about Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers lives in Alaska, where she writes and hosts shows for Sweet Cheeks Cabaret, daydreams, and stares at mountains. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Science, which comes in handy at odd hours. She is a regular contributor at tor.com and she obsesses over fairy tales more than can possibly be healthy. She shares speculative poetry and flash fiction (and cat pictures) at patreon.com/richlayers.

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Rachel Ayers’s story “Queen of Crows
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 August 2022.
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It came from Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers’s story “The Chorley” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 31 July 2020. I had this image in my head of the valiant teddy bear defending a sleeping child from the monster in the dark… and I wondered what would happen if the toy hero were taken away. (Which I guess makes me the Mama in this scenario…) Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

The Chorley – Rachel Ayers

Little Annamarie wore a mournful expression. “Mama,” she said, “I can’t find my Chorley.” Chorley was a ragged stuffed elephant that the girl had had since she was two. “Where did you leave it?” the Mama asked, the air of distraction hardened on her features. She had taken off the VR glasses that she customarily wore throughout the long hours of the day, and even the child could see that she was irritated by the …