"My career is like a blender of fresh fruit," one interviewee said, echoing the ebullience that we heard again and again, "because I do so many different things at the same time. Each has a distinct flavor but mixes well into a symphony of great taste."
"My career is like a dog. Sometimes it comes when you call. Sometimes it gets up in your lap. Sometimes it rolls over. Sometimes it just won't do anything. In recent years it has been walking on its hind legs, doing cartwheels and even singing in tune."
"I have metaphors, such as my career is like a car stuck in the mud, and when I look at myself, I see a self-absorbed person looking back, but with much of his face missing. "
"My career is like a quilt. Some parts are wool – that was really itchy; other parts are cashmere – wow, that's fantastic. But I've conditioned myself to not get too attached to every character I play. Otherwise I'd be in Bellevue right now."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.