I am writing everything, everything I am writing. Any dometionism goes through my brain, I gnaw it in the mouth around the corners, then from my abrasive tongue, I let it be like a muddy sludge running gently over the phalanges of the fingers of my left hand, from where like an unskilled farmer I begin planting the ghostly seeds of the phrases completed in the gloved clay of myopic readers. So far I have reached 256 sentences, I scribble about 3-4 more then cut my veins. I understand that if you write in blood, your texts have more flesh.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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