About the Story
I had been writing for a while and taking a couple of writing classes here and there before I joined my first writing group. After years of independent and informal conversations about writing, a group of queer API friends formed this group in mid-90s and we met monthly for about two years. I felt that my writing had improved tremendously because of this writing group. My stories had become developed and characters more fleshed out. This story, "Immortality," was the first story I wrote around the time the group folded. With this story, I solidified the theme of solitude for my short story collection. It didn't start out that way, as I wrote this for my mother. (It's one of the very few stories of mine that she actually read.) But as I started to explore why I was so touched by her love for her deceased elder brother, who's a lifelong bachelor, I realized that "being alone" is not so bad if you're loved this much by someone. And that opens up a lot of possibilities for characters in later stories.