Coming Soon- Free Short Story-Romance

Greetings!

I am currently working on a fictional short story that will be posted on the Anieksteph blog for free. It is a romance story about unexpected love, taking place in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

I Remember you Title Cover

I hope you get the opportunity to download the free story which will be available next week. You can read a sneak peak of it below:

 

I remember you…

Once upon a time I thought I would be a great artist, and world traveller. Unfortunately for me, I never warmed up to airplane travel, and felt better with my feet on the ground. I tried to travel by boat, yet even the overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by water was too much to overcome. I thought that I might drown just from breathing the air. Or that being on a boat could result in a wave cascading over us and obliterating everyone on board into nothing.

So I stayed on land.

Traveling by car or bus was to be the only viable way to travel for me; but the traffic and pollution suffocated me in my small Toronto neighbourhood. Any trip on a motorized vehicle seemed to take ages. A bus made too many stops. A private car or taxi was too constricting; and even motorcycles had their dangers that made them impossible to depend on. And so, I would ride my bike to anywhere I needed to go. When I wanted to travel, I would organize a ride share, hop on a train, or pick up a book and visit the desired destination mentally.

I worked nearby at a government building pushing pens and paper from one side of my desk to another each day from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. I didn’t literally push items around my desk, but that is the way working for the government feels. At the end of any given week, I feel as though the only difference I made was in the moving of the items on my desk from one end to the other. Nothing changes when you work hard in a government job. No real rewards are granted- and unless your goal is to dig yourself deeper into the proverbial bullshit, (buying and moving up the chain into management): you must find a way to survive. You need to make your existence about something else other than work.

My life was supposed to be different. I was supposed to be an artist, but none of it was in the cards of lady luck for me. My day to day life until now has been filed with work, being at home, and artistry. I am hopelessly single, and have no prospect for oncoming romances unless I am blindsided by a stranger who probably doesn’t exist.

 

 

 

 

Check back next week to read the entire short story.

Thank you for visiting, and come again soon.

 

-S

 

 

 

Reflections on Doors, Passageways, and Entrances

I had a desire to capture photos of a topic that has intrigued me…Entryways.

And really: why not? For the most part, we all use them at least twice a day.  I wondered if much thought is given to them- despite being the entrance to our homes and secret places.

Toronto Doors view from the sidewalk. A purple door with mauve wainscotting aside a brown bi-fold door with dark wood stain.
Toronto Doors view from the sidewalk. A purple door with mauve wainscoting aside a brown bi-fold door with dark wood stain.

This semi-detached home caught my eye because of the contrast between the front doors of the homes. Violet and mauve on one side, is contrasted with dark brown wood stain on the other. If you look at the detailing of the entryway, you can see that the design of the opening is pretty much the same on either door; however, the bi-fold door on the left is likely original to the construction.

A black and gold door with a large glass lite insert on a street in downtown Toronto Canada. The homes have only street parking, but large front yard and large tree-foliage patches.
A black and gold door with a large glass lite insert on a street in downtown Toronto Canada. The homes have only street parking, but large front yard and large tree-foliage patches.

I really enjoy the above door. To me, it is regal yet betrays a softness by allowing a large lite in the middle. A small gold door knocker adorns the door also further highlighting the gold on black scheme.

Toronto (2)

Not exactly sequitur, but the label on this door just screamed out “Vice magazine!”; like something you would see in the background of a photo shoot for some Toronto clothing boutique. I also love the presumption of the door on the left. I bet they thought “Screw it, let 8b have the number on the door. If they’re looking for 8a and they can’t figure it out, then we don’t want to have that visitor!”

I have a fleeting imagination..

 

Toronto (3)

 

Another tear down on its way to being built up. This one of the average-looking modern entrances one sees commonly these days in Toronto.  The doorway definitely gains points by being painted a dark color (and having not too many and not too few hardware pieces like a letter slot and door knocker); however the style of the home just so totally minimizes my ability to “love” this entrance as it is narrow and would leave me feeling claustrophobic.

That’s all for now- thanks for stopping by!

-S.