Five Stories for Five Years: It Doesn’t Rain Here Anymore

Fictive Dream, the online magazine devoted to the short story, is celebrating five years of publishing with a special event, Five Stories for Five Years. Editor Laura Black commissioned new stories by several authors from the beginning days of the magazine and they are being presented the week of May 17-21, 2021.

I illustrated each story, and I’ll be showing the art each day during the run of the event, right here.

Today’s story is It Doesn’t Rain Here Anymore, by Francine Witte.

I made two versions for editor Laura Black and she picked one of them to accompany the story. But which one? Go to Fictive Dream, read the story, and find out!

11 thoughts on “Five Stories for Five Years: It Doesn’t Rain Here Anymore

  1. Fictive Dream

    It Doesn’t Rain Here Anymore by Francine Witte is the final story in this short series. As the story develops, the environment changes from a dry one to a very rainy one. In my brief I decided to focus on the latter and either of the options above would have worked very well. I love the viewpoint, that is, looking skywards through the broken roof of the house reminding us that there may be possibilities in this narrative. In the end, I was taken by the sharply outlined wooden attic planks and the dark starry sky of the first illustration. Thank you, Claudia, it’s been wonderful to work on another project with you.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I really liked the idea of the parallel universes, and the concept of rain vs. dryness. I also liked the sense of the transitions of life and how our existence moves, no matter what we do or think. It was easy for me to visualize what I felt would illustrate these concepts with the image from the story of the hole in the roof – as soon as I understood that, I had the images I wanted to depict in my mind. I really enjoyed this whole project, like aother work I have done for Fictive Dream, and Laura Black is the reason why. I appreciate the opportunity to participate and I would like to thank the authors as well for these great stories.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    I unfortunately do not have time to read the story right now so cannot comment on how the illustrations mesh with the story. However, I really like both illustrations. The top one makes me think of being inside an observatory and looking through the hole for the telescope in the ceiling to see the night sky above. The bottom illustration makes me think of an atlas placed on a table. I love the use of that almost acidic lime green in both pieces.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I liked the image in the story of parallel worlds, and of course that led me to stars in the sky. It’s been a dream of mine to travel in space. I guess in my next life, right? But it influences how I visualized the story and led to these images.

  3. memadtwo

    I love that illustration, and the story reminds me of thinking for sure I was adopted and belonged in a different, better family. Life happens and unhappens, over and over. Exactly. (K)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I always knew that I belonged to the family I was in, but I still felt a mistake had been made in that assignment. Well, we adapt. I enjoyed illustrating this story for the chance to put a sky and stars into it, which to me is a childhood dream I am still very fond of, space travel and seeing other worlds. Maybe in that next life?

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          I’m kind of still hoping… though mostly for in my next life, whatever it may be, that there might be room for a trip to another planet?

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