A question for Ryan Priest

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: One of my favorite aspects of writing is the serendipity of a story developing a message or deeper meaning while in the process of writing. Even when started from a blank page, a story will develop its own ideas. Now, when you flip it, choose the message before the story, it can be a very difficult task to get right. I’ve had to rewrite a story from the ground up three or four times when going in with a prescribed message. Sometimes the telling, no matter how good, doesn’t lend itself to the desired ideal. When finally you do chart the trail that leads to the correct message, delivered in just the right way, that is a magic all its own. It’s calling order out of chaos and it’s beautiful.


Ryan Priest’s story “A Universe All to Himself
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 April 2021.
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About Ryan Priest

Ryan Priest escaped the pollution covered palm trees of L.A. for the mountain evergreens just outside Denver. He is a Black American who loves freedom, irresponsibility and every single moment in history where a human being has let go and just gone for it in attempt to create something amazing.

www.RyanPriest.net, @Ryan_Priest


Ryan Priest’s story “A Universe All to Himself
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 April 2021.
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April 2021

April 2021

Table of Contents

  • The Big S — David Hammond
  • The Otherside of Memory — Kelly Sandoval
  • A Universe All to Himself — Ryan Priest
  • Autumn’s Come Undone — Sharmon Gazaway
  • A Compilation of Accounts Concerning the Distal Brook Flood — Thomas Ha

Cover art by Philip McCulloch-Downs.

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