Another rejection letter, another locked door. Wonderful stories – but unpublished, unread.
Broke. Downhearted. Sudden idea!

Landlord says no rent, no home. Write him curly black hair, a twenty-something body. Don’t worry about rent ever again, he says.
Hungry, write the grocer a healthy boy child. He adds “& Son” to his sign, keeps the larders overflowing.

Lonely, write a soulmate.
Empty, write fulfillment.

Unsolicited advice. Read it aloud.
“Your stories are strange. Forget the fantasies, return to reality. “

Laugh with delight and grab a pen – imagining, creating, gifting. Bringing joy. Writing a better world. Unlocking doors!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

I love your story and the way you are unlocking doors to a different world, Fuji! This shows the magic potentiality there is in words and in stories. Our creativity can open unknown worlds. I am thinking Dickens in a time of poverty and misery. Reading the quotation in your story, I am remembering when I was a literature student in Sweden in the 1970s. Literature was supposed to be extremely realistic then, like documenting society. My teacher snorted at the idea of reading Selma Lagerlöf, the romantic novelist from the early 1900s. But she returned and recently a big biography about her was published. We need to dream and let our minds play! Thank you!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago

Hello again Fuji, the tempo to this story is fast, and my mind is trying to catch the tail of all the words that jump by, flash by, linger then disappear. And yes we write what we feel, does it really matter if it does not impress? And the answer? It’s in the last paragraph.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
6 months ago

Hello Fuji, I have read and re-read your story many times and have found excitement in the flurry of words but have somehow been unable to find the words to comment. Now having read Eric’s comment, it becomes clear. It’s the joy of the words that have kept me reading, some I understand, some I wonder about. What matters is that your story always brought me back for another read and that, in itself, says a lot. And, at last, I can comment.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago

Fuji, like Linda, I also had to read your story again. It is fascinating and compelling. I like the short sentences that don’t beat around the bush. It adds to the pace of the story. The last line is hopeful that things will get better, we need to bring our own change in the world. I enjoyed reading this.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago
Reply to  Fuji

On the one hand it could be great, but on the other hand, some people have some strange ideas and we might end up with more problems! 🙂

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

’writing a better world’, if only we could. I have to say one of the reasons I write is to help me to escape the mundanity of real life and to live vicariously through my characters. There is so much more fun in make believe, so many marvellous places to visit. Who wouldn’t want to walk through the wardrobe, dive down the rabbit hole or take flight to Neverland ?

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