My name is Lee Cope. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.
I’m the grey matter with a face that runs the site and the business. My official title is ‘Creative Director’, but I also call my job ‘Purveyor of Fine Falsehoods’. I’m originally and mainly a writer, but I’m interested in a range of narrative media, including but not limited to tabletop and video games, performance arts, and all the fascinating ways there are to tell stories in digital and physical spaces.
I have several stories self-published, which can be found here on the site, but I have also had a short story published in ‘Mother of Invention’. My story, ‘A Robot Like Me’ was nominated in the 2018 Aurealis Awards for Best Young Adult Short Story and longlisted for the 2018 Otherwise Award. I have another story accepted into an upcoming anthology.
Since 2020, I have been running events with ARC (the Australian Roleplay Community), mainly Game Dunk Online, a game jam run online as a way for the Australian game development community to meet during the pandemic. In 2021, I joined the ARC Committee, and in addition to continuing to run Game Dunk, I was the primary organiser for our tabletop games day at Melbourne International Games Week, where we ran a range of locally-developed tabletop and board games for the attendees.
I currently live on Wurundjeri land, in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. I use they/them pronouns for work purposes.
You can read more about what Whimsy and Metaphor is about here. If you want to keep up to date on what Whimsy and Metaphor is doing, you can either follow the blog here, or my Twitter at @whimsy_metaphor.
If you want to know more about what I’ve written, you can read the stories (and find out how to buy your very own copies) here.