Rafael S. W. is a graduate of creative writing and one of the founding members of Dead Poets’ Fight Club. He has been published in Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging and Dot Dot Dash. He also competes in poetry slams and giant-sized chess games.
A fan letter to Terry Pratchett, finally sent.Continue reading
Does this poem feel like it was written by a human or a computer?Continue reading
‘What’s in a name?’ Voldemort might ask. ‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.’ But would it? Would a Blose™, with a smell to ‘blow you away’ and a price-tag of three hundred roses, smell just…Continue reading
Languages don’t just evolve: some are made up. Rafael S.W. looks at invented languages (or ‘conlangs’) and the people that make, learn, and teach them. Outside the room, d’Armond Speers was pacing. His knowledge, he knew, was useless here. He’d…Continue reading
Rafael S. W. trials the latest upgrade in gaming – the Oculus Rift – and considers the future of gaming and the practical applications of virtual reality. It was late on a Tuesday evening and I was getting a glimpse…Continue reading
Rafael S. W. imagines a future where cities are bailed out by global corporations. Hmm, it seems like you’re using an older version of your city. Would you like to upgrade? Our engineers and civic scientists have worked tirelessly to…Continue reading
The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to the thirty-third issue of Going Down Swinging. This reflection comes from Rafael SW on his story ‘Deep Throat Jesus’. I HAVE PROBLEMS DRAWING THE LINE BETWEEN LIFE…Continue reading