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The Orwellian Obsession

by Venky

(Photo Credit: Valerie J. Barrett)

Venky read somewhere that the inspiration behind the dystopian epic, “1984” came to George Orwell only after the brilliant author had cloistered himself away from the scrutinising gaze of the world by renting a sparse cabin situated on an isolated stretch of  land.

Venky, desirous of emulating his literary idol, retreated into the refuge provided by the scenic hill station that was Cameron Highlands. A four hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Cameron offered the perfect setting as well as solace.

With a kettle for company, & a clothes iron to ‘iron’ out the creases, he began writing “The Ash Chronicles”.

(Word Count: 99)

This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

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crimsonprose June 15, 2019 - 11:44 pm

Yes, solitude. Especially with only the most basic of equipment, is a guaranteed recipe for garnering inspiration. Just look at me! Or not.

gahlearner June 16, 2019 - 6:39 am

I think this is many a writer’s dream. Not total solitude but a time only for writing away from it all for a while.

venkyninja1976 June 16, 2019 - 10:23 am


msjadeli June 16, 2019 - 8:22 am

Tuning out of one thing can enable tuning in to another, i.e. The Muse. Good story.

venkyninja1976 June 16, 2019 - 10:22 am

Thanks Much!

msjadeli June 16, 2019 - 12:00 pm

You are welcome.

granonine June 18, 2019 - 3:05 am

I would love to have that kind of isolation for, say, a month or so.


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