About the Story
|format: novel |
length: 32,264 words
when: april 2012
best part of the process: really easy story to write, and cathartic
worst part of the process: it's got a lot of potential but it's very bare-boned
Set on the streets of downtown Minneapolis and in the shifting scenery of Ashlyn's dream world, this story is full of tension, speed, and introspection. It is a departure from works like Sun-Walking in that Ashlyn is not on a journey of autonomy but of reconciliation.
CommentaryThis story is heavily inspired by works such as Miyazaki's Spirited Away, but much is also drawn from my own dreams and life experiences. I wrote this novel in one go and did not struggle with it at all. I think this was because I was using a real location into which I could pour real details, and many of the characters were inspired by real people, whose quirks and memories I could use. I got to utilize my art background and actually looked at it from a new perspective because of this project. I used real themes from my own dreams. I kind of got to idealize my own life by putting Ashlyn into my life minus my own annoyances.