Now that I am a graduate (and currently unemployed) I have had plenty of free time between interviews, freelance work and job applications to take on projects during the summer. Before I decided out of the blue that I was going to art school, I wanted to be a writer. I remember swapping stories with my high school English teacher in the early mornings before class and writing plot lines in my notebook during math class. That’s probably why I did so terribly on math test but that’s a story for another blog. Anyway, I had (and still have) a very vivid imagination. Oddly enough, a very vivid but realistic one. I don’t know if that makes sense but it’s the only way I can describe it.
My best friend Ariana and I would always write stories. Unlike most friends, we didn’t do too many things besides concert going together but we were still able to be as close as sisters. We didn’t even plan to go to the same college so naturally, when we went on our own paths we drifted away. I moved to a new state and started school and she stayed behind to do the same and we never had time for one another. We communicated occasionally but we just didn’t have the time. Lately, our passion for writing has added a spark back to our friendship and I must say, I’m enjoying every second of it.
Last December, I mentioned to her that I was writing a story and she quickly revealed to me that she was doing the same. For the first time in a long time, I felt like we were hanging out again. We talked for hours about coming together for a project and it just felt right. After a few days of brainstorming, we finalized our plans to write a collection of love stories and publish them. Whether it be self published or picked up by a publisher and now, here we are. I’m in the final stages of putting this book together and getting out there. We didn’t really care if other people liked our writing. It was something that brought us closer together. Something that we both gave great dedication.
The name of the book is Collective Short Stories, Volume one: Love. It contains six short love stories that are both realistic and fantastical. We do plan on coming out with other volumes in the future. We both had a great time writing and sharing with one another and we want to do the same with you. The book is not entirely ready but you can download a sneak preview with the link below! We hope you enjoy it!