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Scars of Light

Scars of Light

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Scars of Light

Kate Millar

Wealth, Meaning in Life - With my short story, "Scars of Light" I used a claustrophobic situation of a man on a plane to urge character development in a small space of time as he is forced to re-evaluate his life from a different perspective. Although there is a revelation of truth on a personal level at the end of the story - his ambition and wealth are insignificant when faced with the question of what a life should be, what more meaningful things one can show with your life than money - there is also an overarching theme of hope and redemption: it is never too late change your life for the better. I wanted to write this piece to explore the imprint a life may have on the world - often as humans we are confronted by the overwhelming futile and fleeting nature of life. By focusing on the small yet profound experience of a man on a plane facing turbulence - literally and emotionally - I have tried to entice the reader to think of what can give a life a legacy when we are faced with the inevitability of death and the unapologetic passing of time.

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Inside Out

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The Unknown Story

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