With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Emily Mitchell likes bad films, peculiar animals, and karaoke. She teaches at the University of Maryland and is the author of the novel The Last Summer of the World and a collection of short stories, Viral, both from W.W. Norton.
Please understand: the external metamorphosis comes only at the very end, after a long, sustained effort. There is a lot of inner work you have to do before then. Also there is luck involved.