My Daily #Meltdown: Metaphorically Speaking

Welcome to My Daily Meltdown, where I count down to the release of Melt with commentary and insights into what went into its creation.

There has been some discussion about the connection between Melt and The Wizard of Oz. Some people are confused because it’s not a re-telling. I do state in the description of the book that Melt is set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz.

To clear things up, this is one definition of a metaphor:




a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.

This is a definition of metaphorical:




adjective: metaphorical

characteristic of or relating to metaphor; figurative.

synonyms: figurative, allegorical, symbolic


The relationship is figurative, defined by the passages from The Wizard of Oz set in front of each section. This is a literary trope. As a matter of fact, The Wizard of Oz itself is a metaphor for other things. Most famously, it is a political allegory, about populism.

To me, it’s a symbol of the search for home, only to find that it’s inside each one of us.

I’m sorry to the people who are limited in scope and only understand narrowly defined things. I have nothing against retellings, but there’s more than one way to incorporate a “classic” story into a modern one. Some readers don’t like to think about what they’re reading, but my books are more suitable for those who like to ponder about the implications set forth in the words. This is the beauty of literature! It’s a shared experience, between the author and each reader. It’s meant to broaden minds. I heartily recommend that if you don’t understand Melt, you stay away from the classics – which are also layered with implications for the reader to unearth. I don’t mean this unkindly, but it does seem strange to be criticized for something that is clearly stated.

***I thank the many readers who have embraced MELT in all its metaphorical glory! You rekindle my spirit.***

Hope this clears things up!

Bye for now.


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