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Author Explains Inspiration Behind ‘Let It Rain’

xletitrainThis blog post is about our short story titled “Let It Rain“, which you can read by clicking the link.

This is a story of a woman’s struggle in finding happiness in her life. I wrote this story years ago during the dark hours of my life. There was darkness in the story, as the story at times reflects what I was going through emotionally at that time. I had writer’s block during these times, but since writing was always my best medium of expression, I picked up a pen and just started writing and writing on my notebook.

The first draft of the short story was what I would call “raw writing”. When I read it again recently, the stiffness of the writing was quite apparent to me. Some prose seemed forced and didn’t flow quite naturally. This tend to happen to me when I’m in this state. You’ve got a lot on your mind, but you just can’t seem to write. Nevertheless, I finished the story. There was quite a bit of editing needed to be done to the piece before publishing the ‘part 1’ of the story here on this website though.

While the story itself was more of a drama rather than romance, I was hoping to project what Jessica and Leo share together, their delicate and often untold feelings for each other. And how their feelings for each other could either save or break one another.

I think of the short stories I write as a journal, documenting how I feel throughout my life. While they are all fictions and aren’t directly related to my own life, they do reflect how I feel at the time of writing each short story. I hope you enjoy this one as much as the others. Thank you so much for reading our stories.

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Author Answers: What Happened To Jake In ‘No One Else’? (SPOILER)

xnooneelse-p2I haven’t been posting new stories for ages, I know. So so sorry about that. The latest story I posted on this website is Dream, which was posted over a month ago. Since then I have been busy with work and haven’t been posting anything. To make it up to that, I decided to write a quick blog post to answer a question that has been asked about the current most popular story on this website, No One Else.

There are five parts of the story altogether and if you haven’t finished all the five parts and don’t want to be spoiled, DO NOT READ FURTHER!

If you are still reading, it means you either have finished reading the story, or you just want to be spoiled. It’s fine either way!

So, one of the most common questions I get asked about ‘No One Else’, either from readers on this site or my own friends who read the story, is this: What happened to Jake?

In ‘No One Else’, Nicole hesitantly broke up with James after she reunited with the first love of her life, Jake (Jacob), whom she met in her new workplace. But afterward, she changed her mind and in the end chose James instead. What happened to Nicole and Jake was never explained, at least not directly. So what exactly happened to him? What did Nicole do or say to him about her final decision? When I wrote the story, I never thought of trying to explain this side of the story. I let readers get into the mind of James and let them see what is happening as James would have seen it. There’s a reason the story is titled No One Else. It was a story of these two people; just James, and Nicole. And because of this, Jake’s presence in the story wasn’t necessary.

But it’s always interesting for me to see how different readers interpret a story I write. A friend of mine had her own take of the story; to her, Jake had never really existed for real (in the story, that is). To her, Nicole purposely plotted it all to find out if James really was someone worth spending the rest of her life with. Another friend of mine was simply bothered by the fact that she didn’t exactly know what happened to Jake afterward.

The truth is, even ‘I’ don’t know what happened to Jake.

I prefer the story to stay that way. You?

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Author Reveals The Real Story Behind ‘Devotion’

xautumnleavesBefore I wrote Devotion, I had this story in my mind about this young couple that had been together for a long time. It was a relationship that seemed impossible in other people’s eyes. While she was a bubbly, over the top type of girl, he was a reserved, quiet type of guy. I even had a name for him in my mind; Philip (later includes a last name). This relationship was always seen from the outside as something fragile, something that appeared to be built based on something other than love.

I had only this part of the story in my mind for some while and then developed the plot (all mental notes) where the woman became friends with an independent songwriter who came to influence her life directly and indirectly. The friendship was platonic to her at first, but not to him (the songwriter), where he developed feelings for her inevitably. When Philip died (an eventual death), the woman became to accept the songwriter into her life, romantically. But he soon realized that her devotion was only for the one man that everyone thought was not a match for her; Philip.

I developed the story a little bit more and tried to write it into a short story of around 5,000-7,000 words, but I only managed to write a small chunk of it (what you see here as Devotion) and then I got writer’s block. I left the piece of my writing in my notepad and ignored it until I read it again and decided to publish it here in the form of short short story of less than 1,000 words.

So what you read in that short short story was what was going on inside the mind of the songwriter, where he had a sense of guilt building up in him, feeling like he had taken what was not supposed to be his.

The short short story, standing on its own, can be interpreted in different directions, up to a reader’s perspective. So what was your perspective when you read the story? Tell us!

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