I started writing regularly on an assigned theme. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. I keep my brain cells busy and my synapses tickle me with sparks every time I feel like I found the right word. Sometimes I pretend it's not about me and sometimes I take out the grime of my own chimney, burnt of too much anger. I write to feel joy, to play, I write to exist. When I give the thought a shape through words, the reality becomes undeniable. So yes, writing is my new hobby. Period.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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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