A question for Mahmud El Sayed

Q: What is your favorite fairy tale?

A: One Thousand and One Nights. It has everything. Charismatic heroes. Terrifying villains. Djinns. Thieves. Adventures. Magic carpets and healing apples. Proto-sci-fi and murder mystery. My favourite story is probably “The Fisherman and the Jinni” which tells how a quick-witted fisherman is able to get one over on an all-powerful genie.


Mahmud El Sayed’s story “The Lost Library
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 July 2022.
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About Daniel Ausema

Daniel Ausema’s stories and poems of strange magic and wondrous worlds have appeared in many publications. He is drawn to the lyrical and the allusive in a wide range of speculative genres, in everything from microfiction to novels. He lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.

danielausema.com, @ausema


Daniel Ausema’s story “By the Scars Shall You Know
in Metaphorosis Friday, 15 July 2022.
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A question for Samuel Parr

Q: What distracts you?

A: So many things, when I could be writing… Here’s a handpicked honest selection:

Sometimes, bad stuff. Sad news, back pain, imposter syndrome, or the crazy fact we’re all going to end. But for the most part, beautiful things. Sparrows and blue tits and pigeons, flitting outside my window and being generally marvellous. People murmuring in a café just beyond my hearing. Daydreams of forests, and mystical worlds. Great stories. Real and imagined, there are so many interesting things.

And, I suppose, a lot of those distractions become writing-fuel. It’s all part of the process.


Samuel Parr’s story “The Eye of the Goddess
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 July 2022.
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A question for Richard Strachan

Q: What’s a typical writing day like for you?

A: A typical day for me starts as soon as I get back from dropping my daughter off at school, about 9am. If I’m working on something I’ve been commissioned to write, then I write solidly straight on to the laptop, with a brief break for lunch, until about 2.30pm, picking it up again in the evening. If it’s something else, then a lot of that time is spent thinking or sketching notes, usually by hand. I always try to fit in a long walk in the middle of the day as well, no matter the weather — nothing gets the imagination working better.


Richard Strachan’s story “Tashala’s Hair
in Metaphorosis Friday, 24 June 2022.
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About Samuel Parr

Sam grew up in North-West Leicestershire, in countryside man-made and wild. He is fascinated with the mundane fantastic of the day-to-day, and writes about these in the breathing spaces of his life.


Samuel Parr’s story “The Eye of the Goddess
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 July 2022.
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