Skip to main content

A Love Too Late is now out!

If the time to say what you truly thought deep down has already passed, do you move on, or remain in the past while living in the present filled with regrets? Jackie has always loved his childhood friend, Joyce but she is getting married to someone else. While trying to continue on with his life, he always ends up thinking about her. A Love Too Late explores a snippet of the two childhood friends.

When I was writing this short story, like all of my other work-in-progresses be it both short stories or novels, it is based on my own experiences with fictional ideas. This story is a reflection of three particular moments in recent years. Two of them are pretty obvious in the story, but the third memory may not be so obvious. I had based a real person that I look up to as one of the main characters. I really wanted to do something to show how much she has affected my own life, and I thought, "What about I try my best to portray her in my own words in a story?" I showed it to her, and she agreed there is some resemblance but it's very ideal. 

In the story, I found the most difficult part to write was the wedding scene with the dinner afterwards. I don't quite remember what it was like being at a wedding so I took influences from dramas and movies to help me through it. A particular Japanese drama that I was watching at a time help me, which was called Proposal Daisakusen. I really liked it and one scene was inspired because of that drama. Probably because of that, I really like the really short scene. Another reason why it was difficult to write for me because I had to come to terms with Jackie's confession. A part of myself is in Jackie, and in real life, I have yet to confess to that girl. I wasn't sure how to word his confession properly, but I decided to go from if I would have done it in real life (with minor changes to fit the story). Then it came to Joyce's response and how to get that wording to get that balance between friendship and love. It was either too subtle or less about friendship. In the very first draft, I didn't have that introduction scene with Joyce and Jackie but started immediately in the second scene of the story. A friend found it to be abrupt and wasn't sure on the importance of Joyce as a character.

A funny fact that the cover photo isn't showing is that one of my hands was in the picture. The other hand was one of my good friends that volunteered to help on short notice. It was a bit odd to take the picture with one hand and for me, in such an odd angle. I quite like how it turned out though! 

What did you like about the story? What didn't you like? I hope you enjoy it, and comments are welcome. If you do decide to read it, please remember to leave a review on the Smashwords book page with your honest thoughts on it. Thank you very much.


Popular posts from this blog

Flash Fiction #54

Writing Prompt: Have someone looking for something that is lost.

Hope you enjoy!


Maria ran up and down the street as she stared intensely for the bracelet that she had gotten as a gift. "Where is it? I can't believe I lost it!" She screamed at herself from within. She could feel the rush in the heart beat, and beads of sweat forming on her forehead and back of the neck.

"I'm sure it must be here somewhere. I checked at home, and at school. I couldn't find it anywhere. How can I be so careless?"

Maria cried when she realized the bracelet was lost, and wanted to cry even more while running around. "I can't cry. Tears won't find my bracelet."

When she saw a bracelet near an alleyway, she jumped at it with disappointment. "It's just some junk." She lowered her head at her bad luck, but she got up with renewed enthusiasm unwilling to show defeat.

After walking down the same route from her home to school for thirty minutes…

Flash Fiction #53

Writing Prompt: Make a character cry.

Hope you enjoy!


Maria jumped up and down, wrapping arms with her teammates as her softball team won the game. "Good job, everyone!"

Her teammates reciprocated the cheerfulness, and celebrated the come back from behind win. Maria noticed Sarah and Taylor coming towards her from the stands, and ran towards them. "Thank you both for coming out! It means a lot to me cheering for us in this type of game."

"No problem. It was really entertaining." Sarah hugged her younger sister, congratulating her.

"That diving catch that you made in the field in the ninth inning was so clutch! I wish I had my camera to take a photo. Good job, Maria." Taylor brushed her hair.

Maria froze for a split second as Taylor was making a mess of her hair. She was glad that she was hiding her face in Sarah's shoulder with that moment, as it started to turn red. She tipped her hat down to try to hide as much of her face as she stepp…

Flash Fiction #58

Prompt: You've been ordered to kill someone you've fallen in love with. How did you get into this situation and what will you do next?

Hope you enjoy!


"Shoot her." The boss told me as he handed me a pistol, and guided my hand to point it at Ashley. She was tied to a chair with rope, unconscious.

My eyes were wide open with shock. I couldn't believe what I just heard. "B-Boss, w-what do you mean? She's our comrade!"

"Not anymore. We found out she has been betraying us all along. She's a spy for the police."

"I don't believe you!" I lowered the pistol a little bit, trying to grasp what was going on. "Are you certain? She has to be set up by someone else."

"It doesn't matter at this point. Even if she wasn't the spy, I need to send a message to keep my image."

Ashley woke up from her slumber, and fidgeted in her seat realising that she was tied up. "What's going on?" She saw the …