Short Story: Memories of Hazey Jane

Posted on November 20, 2008

I won’t try to speak for all writers, but sometimes I do think that story ideas are literally a dime a dozen.

Most days they invite themselves over, emerging from the recesses of your mind, making themselves home in your consciousness while you’re doing something else – reading another book, watching a movie, listening to the news. They’re the “what ifs” an imaginative mind is always asking. Most of the time they pass. “Someone else can do it better”, we might reason. “That’s been done already – too cliché!” we might suppose. Or perhaps the most disheartening reason of all – “Nobody cares!”

Who knows? Those reasons might very well be true. On the other hand, there are some ideas that resonate with us so strongly that we feel compelled to pursue them nevertheless.

The idea behind this story was one of those. After returning from my European vacation last year, I felt compelled to write it. At the time, I didn’t know why. Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I realize that the main character in this story was, in many ways, a projection of myself onto the page. Having just graduated school, about to start my career, I wondered what it would be like to make some past decisions – even small ones – differently.

I’m not quite sure what to do with it now. It’s in a pretty rough state, but I satisfied something within myself by writing it. Hopefully you’ll find it an interesting read as well.

Memories of Hazey Jane

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