At Long Last, I’m Publishing a Short Story Collection.

Note: this isn’t a short story called “At Long Last, I’m Publishing a Short Story Collection.”

Alexandro Chen
Sep 28, 2018 · 2 min read

I’ve never written a piece of non-fiction like this one. It feels odd, like I’m writing with the wrong end of a pencil. And so, I’m going to write this post as if it were fiction, but with real events … if that makes any sense.

I wasn’t born or educated with the habit of reading fiction, let alone writing it. So, ten years ago, when my girlfriend at the time gave me Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami as a birthday gift, I thought, “Oh crap, now I have to read this book or she’ll break up with me.”

Once I started, however, I couldn’t stop. I became spellbound by Murakami’s surreal world. But mostly, by the universe of fiction: words that aren’t there to teach you a life lesson, but to become a part of your life. Of who you are, who you were, or who you can be.

Needless to say, I finished Kafka on the Shore — then The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, then Norwegian Wood, then 1Q84.

That’s how I became a reader of fiction.

And a few weeks later, a writer of fiction.

Five years after that magical event, I parted ways with the woman who gave me my passion as a present. But even though I don’t have a relationship with her anymore, I still have a relationship with writing. We’ve been together for ten years already, and I think it’s time to take the next step. That’s why I’m putting together this short story collection (edited by Lit Up’s head-turning editor-in-chief DiAmaya Dawn), which will include most of my locked and unlocked stories posted on Medium, plus a couple of exclusive, long short stories. It’ll be available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book and paperback (you can gift the latter to family or friends as a Christmas present — yay).

If you’d like to know the release date of the book — as well as how to purchase it — you can sign up here:

By the way, many thanks for reading my stories. I hope they made you feel something similar to what Murakami made me feel: a bit less lonely in this wide world.

Alexandro Chen

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Writer of uncomfortable romance. Admirer of Haruki Murakami. Author of the new book “My (Almost) Life as a Hikikomori”: https://amzn.to/2AIKXDt