Andreiana – The Process

Andreiana is story number fourteen in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

It was time to change up the process once again. This go-round, I used a pair of songs in one of my Spotify playlists for inspiration and to get the ball rolling. The original title of Andreiana was The Andricon Girl, based on a line from Chemlab’s Vera Blue. That, combined with the sci-fi vibe of Nine Inch Nail’s Copy of a, sent me off into new and exciting directions.

I’d also just wrapped up reading an amazingly well-written piece on Russia’s 1917 revolution centennial in Smithsonian Magazine.

So long as you observe and be present, it’s hard not to find inspiration in every corner of daily life. The cold electronic music combined with this image of a dreary Soviet Russia on the edge of a new revolution had me rearing to write this story.

The ending didn’t come to me until the last minute. I think it works, but man, can it be nervewracking when writing into the dark like this.

I hope you enjoyed the tale!

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


2 thoughts on “Andreiana – The Process

  1. I enjoyed reading the story the other day, Phillip, and am now enjoying it in a different way after reading about your process. I’m in awe of writers like you and Alex Vorkov, who can take a nugget from something obscure and run with it.

  2. Thank you for stopping by and spending time with my stories, Candace. 🙂 I need to reach out to Alex….we definitely seem to be operating on the same wavelength! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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