I am back with another anecdote this week. I am discussing the inspiration behind 'Undo' the second chapter of Into the Light today.
I don’t know what to say about this one. The tag line gives it all away. Undo is a modern science fiction short story about a website that can ‘undo’ your mistakes. I have always been fascinated by horror/ science fiction stories set in the an urban location. I contrived the premise and wrote the first part of the story almost five years ago. Ever since, it has been lying around on my hard drive, waiting to be revived.
When I started ‘Short Story Wednesdays’, I needed a new idea every week. While searching through my old hard drive, I came across this. I always liked the idea but was too lazy to write it. I wanted it to be a novel originally but converted it into a short story instead. Undo explores the themes of technology, loneliness, agoraphobia, rejection and fear.
I have always had great empathy for the topic of loneliness. At some point in life, I too was agoraphobic. Of all the characters in the book, Dan is the one I can relate to the most. This story isn’t as dark as it sounds. It contains a minor theme of unrequited love. That part of the story is inspired by the famous Radiohead song ‘Creep’. I love that song. I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen.
Undo is perhaps one of the best examples of the book's theme. This story fits extremely well with the ongoing developments in ‘internet of things’. It almost makes you wish you had a website like that.
You can find the link for the short story trailer of Undo on my youtube channel. I hope this post helps you appreciate the short story better.
I will see you again soon with another anecdote. Follow ‘The Story behind stories’ series on my blog or through my social media. If you want to support me, click on the link below to purchase ‘Into the Light’, my debut short story collection that contains ‘Undo’ and eight other stories. I am currently running a giveaway for Into the Light on Goodreads and Booklikes so you can register to win a copy of the book.
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