"Writing is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent elimination," Louise Brooks once said. Probably no phrase could describe Peter Chiykowski's work better. This Canadian author writes micro stories that fit on a postcard, and he's nailing them, too. He said that his style is hard to pin down and he switches and mashes up genres and tones, but that's part of what makes them so unique. You never know what the next sentence is gonna be.

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Gillbella 2 months ago

I'M not crying, my eyes are just sweaty...

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Chiykowski has been pursuing his dream of making a living off his writing and illustration for the past three years. "I've cobbled together a full-time career writing short stories, drawing webcomics, appearing at conventions, developing for the tabletop RPG EMBERWIND, and running Kickstarters, like one I have going right now for my short stories and deck of story prompts," he told Bored Panda.

"I have a weird background as a freelance writer and illustrator in a bunch of random genres. I've worked on everything from video games to pinball machines to literary poetry to Korean comic translations. It's a weird life, but I love it. I think that's why my stories take on so many genres and styles."

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Mangoes'nRum 2 months ago

This hits the point home quite well.

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"I've always been a big reader of just about every genre," Chiykowski said. "I started off writing poems and short stories for Canadian literary journals in 2009ish, which was around the time my webcomic Rock Paper Cynic started taking off. I had more and more work to do on the webcomic and less and less time for short stories, which sometimes took weeks to finish. Over time, I stopped writing stories altogether."

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Kai 2 months ago

To my mind came college and changing/dropping it 👏

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As it turned out, microfiction was probably the only way he'd ever get to start writing again. "The longer I went without writing, the more I'd have these weird little nugget-ideas for short story premises. I'd jot them down and daydream about what I'd write "when I find the time. It took a few years for me to realize I'd never find the time, so I decided to make the time. I started off trying to write down these ultra-short stories, and because I was so used to visual storytelling from my webcomic, I experimented with different graphic formats."

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Daria B 2 months ago

My social skills in a nutshell. ♥

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The one that really stuck with him was the 'postcard story' that became the basis for his project, Shortest Story. "I loved the idea that these felt like postcards sent from parallel realities, alternate selves and impossible worlds that feel familiar even while being full of fantasy or horror or science fiction. I loved that every narrator could be you."

"It helped that inspiration was out there. A Small Fiction by James Miller is an incredible example of the power of microfiction, and the photo-comic A Softer World by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne has always been a favorite of mine."

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Grapeling 2 months ago

Preach

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"The best time to start your creative project was yesterday. The next best time is today," the author added. "It's a cliche, but it's a damn good one. If you have a creative project you've been wanting to pursue, give yourself permission to try and to fail. Start now. Go ahead and make a joyous mess of it. The worst that can happen is that you do a horrible job and no one but you ever knows about it. But even that will let you learn something so you can start again on stronger footing tomorrow. There's a version of you one year in the future who is looking back through time at you at this exact moment, and they're wishing they could tell you to just go for it. I'd listen to them. They're from the future, so they know what's up!"

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Grapeling 2 months ago

+1 I'm in!

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KT Trondsen 2 months ago

Aww so sad. Trust your mom and tell her, she loves you more than anyone else in this world <3

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Isla Gibson 2 months ago

I love this one.

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Kaspar Kristiansen 2 months ago

Something to think about....

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Jessamyn Zolcznski 2 months ago

Alzheimer's written in word form

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Laura Zappenduster 2 months ago

That´s actually funny :D

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Sophie Lo 2 months ago

Omgah this so beautiful

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ZANDA 2 months ago

If they always die and reappear for a good and noble purpose, are they still demons - or rather angels?

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Incognito 2 months ago

I should not be reading this before bed.....

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Kiss Army 2 months ago

My husband and I have literally have more books than some small libraries. The last time we moved, every time one of our friends passed carrying another box of books, they yelled "LIBRARY CARD!" We have gotten e-readers but we still have not given up our precious collection.

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Grapeling 2 months ago

This one is beautiful. It's implicit but also easily understood. Great job :D

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Mangoes'nRum 2 months ago

I like this one!!

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ADHORTATOR 2 months ago

that is a wonderful story

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Hannah Cohen 2 months ago

As a trans person, I can definitely relate

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Wes 2 months ago

This could be the new Dexter, that text could be the opening monologue before each episode.

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Jason M 2 months ago

Coming this Fall: "Nope Floats"

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Ryo Bakura 2 months ago (edited)

Our successes and failures make us who we are. And global events, bad or good, have given us the lives we have now. There's plenty of people who wish they did something, or didn't do something, they feel they should have done, but they wouldn't be the same people they are now, or here at all, had they acted.

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JJM 2 months ago

Very funny!

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Grapeling 2 months ago

Because whoever had that monopoly set before you also played it and we've grown used to it

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ADHORTATOR 2 months ago

Who hears it with the voice of DEATH from Discworld?

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A B C 2 months ago

Whoa. Tripping while diving sounds AWESOME! Pretty f*cking dangerous and deadly, but awesome!

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Chantel Atwell 2 months ago

Deep..

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Hope 2 months ago

oh.

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Donna Faye 2 months ago

As a veteran, the things you've witnessed or seen cannot be unseen. There's good and bad to being a veteran. Some things you miss about war and some things you don't. I interpret this story as a way of saying that after war, you're changed and just want to live and cannot be at peace until you die.

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Ayra 2 months ago

This one is the BEST! Wait for the GIF!

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Daria B 2 months ago

Turns out - it wasn't the doll, it was your mind that was haunted.

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JJM 2 months ago

I'll take the last one. Can't live your life full of regrets.

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S. 2 months ago

I now need a novel based on this! Not just this post, but the entire post, if you will.

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Jason M 2 months ago

"We'll just call it Ambient White Noise..."

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