Life with Zen

Back in 2005 (I think) I wrote a short story for class about Sachiko and her friend Megan. Lesbian love develops. Oh la la! The following year I wrote a first-person narrative (my first, no pun intended) from Megan’s point-of-view. The professor loved it and having just read both pieces I have to say I did improve a bit in the writing there.

I love these two girls. But I haven’t spent much of any time with them in uh, years really. For instance, I had forgotten that Sachiko only refers to Megan by her nickname “Zen”. And since Megan’s piece was in first-person I can’t really say what she would refer to herself as, in her head at least. Aloud she calls herself “Zen” too.

Anyway, the point is I want to expand on this story of theirs I’ve created but I am so out of practice! I am not sure where to even start the, I don’t know, novella form of the story. I think it’d make most since to start from near where the first short story did, I also am thinking first-person might be the best option.

I’m fairly certain I’ve forced both shorts onto everyone who is currently reading this blog post.

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  1. I liked what I read of the stories before.

    Can you get back in the flow by writing very short PoVs… a couple hundred words or less and then start in on the novella? idk, but I think the characters have potential and I’d like to read more about them. *encourage encourage* >:)

  2. Me’s read both several times πŸ™‚ Niklas likes the elegance first person offers by enabling the use of I and me, but prefers the distance of third person. In the guides Niklas have they say “show not tell”, but if you go first person full out with thoughts, then that’s telling not showing, Niklas thinks.

    As for writing, Marie should just write, write and write, and not worry about anything. Then, if it turns out goodish, she can do a neat rewrite and she’ll know the characters better by then and it’ll be better too, and everyone will be happy! πŸ˜€

  3. If there’s any part of the story (I mean the novel/-ella) that you’ve got well fleshed out in your head, I think that’s where you should start. You can always build around it depending on how it’s going. I remember reading these stories, and when I read the second I was surprised to find, hey, I know these girls, but this one’s from a different perspective. Looking forward to “Life with Zen”!

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