Calling Me Home – Spencer Nitkey

The entanglement circuit burns as it lights a fire right behind my eyes. I hear my daughter crying in the moments before the circuit switches. An imagined voice, I’m sure. Then the pain spreads like blood through my chest, and the stars outside the transport ship window slow, stop, and disappear. I come to in my bed back home. The baby monitor plays a low whine that crescendos into a full-scale cry. It is the …

A question for Spencer Nitkey

Q: Do you use critique groups or other resources to polish your writing?

A: I love using critique groups. I was lucky to have the chance to study creative writing in college, and the opportunity to learn from a couple of really incredible professional writers and participate regularly in workshops and learn from my peers was something I took for granted until after I graduated. Now, I have a small writing group I attend semi-regularly. I am also grateful that my fiancee is almost as excellent an editor as she is a writer. She’s been my first reader for years, and when I’m smart enough to follow her advice, my stories always come out better. I think, especially with speculative fiction, it’s important to have beta-readers and critiques. I often have a clear idea of the world and conceit of a story, but I can’t always tell how clearly that is being communicated with a reader until I’ve had the chance to hear from someone. Feedback is how we grow and improve, and I’m thankful for all the groups and people who have helped me improve.


Spencer Nitkey’s story “Calling Me Home
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 August 2020.
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About Spencer Nitkey

Spencer Nitkey is a speculative writer, a researcher, and an educator who lives in New Jersey. His first intellectual love was nuclear physics and his second love was poetry. Science Fiction has been a happy median between those two. Now, when he’s not busy dancing in the kitchen with his fiancee, dreaming about planting chestnut trees, or slowly reading Gravity’s Rainbow, he’s probably writing and imagining futures, presents, and pasts.


Spencer Nitkey’s story “Calling Me Home
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 August 2020.
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August 2020

MetaphorosisTable of Contents

  • Calling Me Home — Spencer Nitkey
  • Devilish Calliope and the Ungrooviest Apocalypse — Evan Marcroft
  • All That Remains — Michael Gardner
  • Joy (Unplugged) — B.C. van Tol

Cover art by Melissa Kojima.

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