A couple of weeks ago I finished the story “Where Music Takes Them.” Reader A, who is equally fluent in English and Chinese, gave me the following feedback, partly to tell me her feelings, and partly to test my Chinese skill.
My translation: The story is a bit thin and stretched. No background of either character was described. Neither were the inside feelings of the parties involved. This type of romance will come and go fast – like something built on sand dunes.
I agree, Reader A. And I thank you for writing me.
When I wrote the story, I wanted it to be semi-reality and semi-fantasy, although it was VERY loosely based on a true relationship.
Reader S, in his 50s, I believe, opined:
“….That’s real sweet. Where do I find a girl like that?….”
To Reader S, I say: If you are single, go to every party you are invited, no matter how uninteresting it may sound on the outset. Do some volunteer work, take a class in arts and crafts, sewing, music, auto repairs, or whatever hits your fancy. I sound like Dear Abbey now, don’t I? My point is that new friendships are not junk mail and they don’t get delivered to your front door; you have to go looking for them. Sitting at home feeling miserable surely doesn’t help. So get up from that perpetual couch, leave the never-ending TV, go out and meet someone. Today!
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