Many people tell me: Simona, you are so awesome, wonderful, multitalented, but why is it that you are not more successful? When I say people, I mean those who live inside me, up there. I always blame the impression I give people that I am bipolar. There are days when I get a new lease of life, when I work and have fun, when I am full of optimism, I make completely unrealistic plans for a triumphal future and days when I cannot get off the couch to take a shower. It seems you cannot be successful if you actually stink.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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