The Runaways (Fiction/Business Idea)

I often think of business ideas and inventions that I know I will never make. Either it’s because I don’t have the scientific knowledge to create the invention, or, I’m just not that into it to actualize the idea. Instead of letting the idea rot, I write about them in my inventions and ideas category. A part of me is hoping that someone will just take the idea and make it real (but still hopefully credit me for the idea or give me a shout-out). So I’ll benefit from my idea as a customer of that cool product. Or maybe my blog category will just be a repository of ideas, and someday I’ll find an opportunity to make them real.

I also thought about using these invention ideas to create a short story. I had my issues with writing fiction, so I thought, maybe it will be good to write fictional stories around the business/invention ideas that I have.  So here’s one of those ideas. It’s called The Runaways.

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Fiction Ideas: Incremental Success, Positive World

We are always treated to rags to riches stories, and they are often presented as though they are overnight success stories. I want to read and write fiction or non fiction stories about incremental success–how little things slowly built up to trigger wild success. I want stories about hard work, about defeat and getting back up again, then stumbling down and bouncing back yet again. I want stories that are slow. I want stories that are about the boring process of building success and yet these stories would somehow still be interesting enough to hold our attention. It will be a television series that will run for several seasons, so the show can really go into the nitty gritty details of success.

The viewers will be inspired by this show. So whenever we are steadily climbing up the ladder of success or meeting the seemingly unsurmountable task of changing the world, we won’t feel defeated when it takes years, or even beyond our lifetime, to achieve the goals or the societal changes that we want. Instead, we will stay with it, trust the process, and know that if it’s not our battle to win, we did our part, we went on a journey, and whatever that is, it would be worth it.

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Fiction: I am just gonna die about being awkward

Note: I’m trying to go back to writing fiction, and I realized that I love writing one liners and short dialogues, but there’s no story attached to them. So I decided to expand these one liners into short scenes. This story started with the line “And I am just gonna die about being awkward.”

And I am just gonna die about being awkward. No, I don’t have pimples, or eyeglasses, or advanced coding skills, but I have an over-active brain that likes controlling my mouth. He was just reading a book and she had her head on his lap, and I had to ask them what time it was.

They were startled. Yes, it’s not only them that was in this garden on a school day. People are allowed here right? We are all wearing the same uniform, so I guess we are from the same school, but I don’t know you guys, but we’ve probably seen each other in the hallways, or not.

And I just kept talking, when I could have stopped, and if I did just that they would have adjusted to the fact that another human being was in their presence, their facial muscles would have relaxed, and they would have answered my freaking question, good day to you, I said good day!

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The Allegory: The Most Powerful Parinig of All Time

When I was young, I couldn’t understand why people wrote allegories. I thought, if you wanted to talk about the Stalin era, why do you have to talk about pigs that are more equal than others? Then you grow up and realize, it’s because oppressive authorities who are on a witch hunt for dissenters are ready to take what you’ve said and use it as a tool to justify why you don’t have the right to speak.

Despite such suppression, people still find ways to tell their stories, and they discover it in creative crevices where they are free to be honest—in poems, in songs, and in fiction. If anyone complains, they can always defend themselves with Oh come on, I just invented that. That was just a figment of my imagination.

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Imagined Conversation: I Like You

Person 1: Who’s your crush?

Person 2: You. Hahaha (*giggly laugh*)

Person 1: What?

Person 2: You nga, feeling naman gusto pang paulitin.

Person 1: You like me?

Person 2: You have too much earwax?

Person 1: I…I…

Person 2: I like you. Ball is in your court.

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Fiction: Punctuatia

Note: This is a story that I wrote when I was in high school. My English teacher made us read a short story about dots and lines, and she asked us to write our own short stories using dots and lines as characters.

In the east coast of Papearth 1,000,000,000 years ago, a land called Punctuatia thrived in richness. Punctuatia was known as the land where dots and lines live together in peace. Sadly and inevitably envy and greed seized the hearts of the punctuations of this kingdom.

“I am your origin. I was the first one to come to this land; therefore, you must bow down to me!” commanded the arrogant dot.

“I agree that you are our origin, but by that fact you also become ancient, primitive and obsolete,” replied the line, “I am the one who holds more power since I am unlimited. I can stretch to both directions indefinitely—an ability that you can only dream of!”

War soon broke out and Punctuatia was divided. The land of the dots was called Dotstuatia and the land of the lines was called Linestuatia. Slowly the two countries fell into the clutches of poverty. They both knew that they were better off as one but pride stood in the way. After many centuries of ceaseless chaos, two rays of hope were born. In Dotstuatia, a princess named Exlaly was born, and, in Linestuatia, a prince christened as Mationuous came into the world. Little did the punctuations know that the fate of these two would affect them all.

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