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Flash Fiction #61

It was another school day. I placed my right hand on my chest in an attempt to try to calm down. It would beat so fast whenever I saw him get on the next subway platform. The only thing I knew about him was the book he was reading and his black framed glasses. As the train car arrived at the platform, I let out a deep breath as I stood off to the side in the train car. As I predicted, he walked into the train car on the other end with a book up to his eyes. My heart started to beat quickly despite trying to calm down moments earlier. My face started to turn red and I tried to hide it beneath my scarf. 
Then I noticed he didn't have his glasses on, and there was someone with him. A girl. I tried to lean forward to get a better look, and she was beautiful with long, wavy black hair. She had her arm around the boy's arm. My heart sank in depression as I thought, "He's no longer single."
I didn't do anything to bridge the gap between him and I through all of thos…

Flash Fiction #60

I found this writing prompt interesting! Hope you enjoy!

"Someone saves your life. As a show of gratitude, you tell them that they are always welcome in your house. Five years later, they die in an accident and appear as a ghost to take you up on your offer."

https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/9rtqxv/wp_someone_saves_your_life_as_a_show_of_gratitude/
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After a long day of work, all I wanted to do after getting home was pop open a beer and watch whatever was on TV as I fell asleep. To my surprise, my mouth dropped open as I closed the front door. There was a woman playing with my curtains in the living room. "Who are you? How did you get into my home?!"

She shrugged. "I don't know. When I woke up, I was on the couch."

"Whatever, that doesn't matter. I want you out right now!" I proceeded to grab her arm, but it went through her. "W-What just happen?" I tried again, but there was nothing to grab despite seeing her…

My Impression of Survival Family

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I recently watched this 2017 Japanese movie called Survival Family, directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. It starred Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, and Wakana Aoi. I watched the movie on my flight back from Tokyo to Toronto, and overall, I enjoyed it.

The story is about Yoshiyuki Suzuki (played by Fumiyo Kohinata), and his family as they try to adapt to living after a nationwide blackout seemed to have occurred with no logical explanation. I found the movie to be interesting in a sense that before the blackout occurs, we see a glimpse of what life is like for the Suzuki family. All of the family members relies on the convenience of technology, whether it is using the elevator, computers, phones, or TVs as an example. The son (played by Yuki Izumisawa) always have music playing on his headphones, and when the blackout occurs, he hears the ambient nature sounds to his surprise that he had never paid attention to in the past. There was another scene where a customer was trying to …

My Impression of Downsizing

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I recently watched a 2017 film titled Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne, written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, and starred Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

The synopsis of the movie is about Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and Audrey Safranek (Kristen Wiig), who decides to sign up for the "downsizing" procedure as a way to start a new happier life together to get away from the stress of their everyday life in Omaha. The downsizing procedure was discovered by scientists in the movie with their motivation of wanting to decrease humanity's footprint on Earth in an attempt to conserve resources to better the environment. To prevent spoilers, I'll leave the synopsis at this point to not ruin any surprise if you do decide to watch it.

My thoughts about the film was surprising. I honestly didn't have any expectations of the film prior to watching it. I had seen one trailer, and didn't think about it but was intrigued by the premise of …

Flash Fiction #59

Prompt: Tell a story of a new relationship from both people’s perspectives. Here’s the catch: there should be no scenes between the two of them. You can only use descriptions to other characters, diary entries, thoughts, dreams, and anything else that doesn’t involve contact between the two main characters.


Hope you enjoy~!


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I always see her every morning on the bus to school. It was love at first sight. I usually stood opposite of the rear exit door, and every so often, I would take a peek at her sitting in the back row reading a book. On hot summer days, the window would be open slightly to let in the fresh air and I loved her long silky black hair getting brushed around by the breeze. Once or twice, I had a feeling that our eyes established a connection and every day I would try to get the courage to approach her to start up a conversation. However, I could never do it.

Every day, I see a boy looking over in my direction. He would look at me, and then look away before I could l…

Day 5 [Burnaby]

I was up late trying to record something for this secret project that I'm doing with a group online. I was originally hoping it would take at most 30 minutes, but before I knew, it took 2 hours. I was pretty tired afterwards, and passed out when I got to bed. Hopefully, my part in the video is fine as it is. Knowing what you want to do, and coming up with a plan. I wish that I knew exactly the life plan set out. I have a vague idea of what I want, and the next step is figuring out how to get there. The thing is... my motivation can be up and down. Some days I can be really productive and not be phased by anything, while other days, I feel like a potato. Is it a sign that I'm unsure of what I really want, or being comfortable, still lamenting over the past? I honestly don't know. It's just something for me to think through...

Another inspiration for my stories have been from a singer named Kina Grannis. I first heard about her from her acting debut in a web series calle…

Day 4 [Burnaby]

Today we went down to the Quay at New Westminster. It was a cloudy day, but the probability of precipitation was 40% which was in our favour as it didn't rain when we were outside. We walked along the boardwalk, and there was a very tall Tin Soldier statue along the way! That surprised me. We ate lunch at the River Market where there was quite a few number of shops in there like Thai, BBQ, gelato, and Mexican food. I had a pad thai tofu, which was yummy.

Later on in the day, I took a walk in the ravine park near the neighbourhood again and decided to venture a bit deeper on the trail. Along the trail, I didn't see that many people compared to yesterday but I did see someone arrive to go to the tennis courts to play by himself. There was an elderly couple doing laps around the parking lot. While strolling on the trail, I stopped to take in the environment and noticed the birds chirping somewhere. Then the loneliness had set in. I get that sort of feeling when I walk around alon…