I'm Obsessed With Figuring Out Stories For People I Come Across - Anita's Notebook


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    A picture of Anita Wirawan in Anchorage, Alaska.

    My name is Anita Wirawan and I love stories :).
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    Stories can: make you smile -- show a deeper meaning behind something -- or even change your life.
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    I started this blog in 2008 after my brother Jody died & over the years it's become my notebook for stories.

    My mission is to find the best stories to share with you.
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    So go ahead... look around and read some stories!

    If you have questions or comments, text (909) 264-8248 or email me using the form below...

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  • **What are people saying about the stories on Anita's Notebook??**


    Love the stories I've read so far,can't wait for another one!
    -Melissa N

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    THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME STORY!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Jami

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    hey anita this story was mind blowing and scary .I n my friends freaked out after reading this story ,awesome job man !!!!!!!
    -shylin,rani,shagufa

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    i wanted to thank you for all of your amazing stories.
    -Paniz S

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    i couldn't choose one so i chose all they were all gr8
    -Karina C

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    I love it honey....stuff like that makes me tear up every time...it just goes to show the bond of siblings no matter how much they agree and disagree.
    -Tonja H

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    This is much more believable then that stupid rugrats theory thanks for putting the truth out there :-D
    -Ivy S

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    Haaiiii (: i just started reading your blog, you are amazing :o!^___^ lol
    -Angie M

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    that was soo scary ^ ^ those red eyes gave me the creeps lol
    -Afifa

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    I like more stories as it's near Halloween. I find them quite interesting while I'm in bed for the night. Keep up the good work
    -Tracey C

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    That was an awesome story personaily i love slender man so this story just made my day
    -Evie M

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    i read all of ur stories lol i just love scary stories ^ ^
    -Lolenta

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    I enjoyed the article about Hello kitty's history. I learned many things throughout this article and had a few laughs as well.
    -Charity M

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    I love this story, I love to read your storys before I go to sleep its very exciting and it just makes me wanna read more and more ... Anita, I love your stories just keep them coming. :)
    -Crystal

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    This is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Thanks!
    -Cameron

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    Loved both stories the scary one nd the boy with the coins nd mean waitress :) cant wait for more stories :D
    -Ashley

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    i liked it! can you send me all your new storys plz
    -lilyanna

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    WOW I LOVE THIS TRUE STORY
    -Doralina P

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    Hope you post more scary stories. :D, Loved this! Now we all just need a campfire and some smores :D
    -Sheena

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    it helps me to just come here and look up stories. it also helps me past the time by when im not tending to childern. i loved the story of bloody mary. its my favorite thing to read about. so thank you for puting up this notebook.
    -Desiray M

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    I like this better than the more "traditional" Cinderella stories, frankly.
    -StumbleBum

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    Hi Anita, So this isn't a question, but I recently saw your posts about the Hey Arnold! truth and then, about the Rugrats truth. I just wanted to say thank you writing these posts. I have been wondering the real stories for a long time, hoping that the "truths" I kept reading about were untrue. And now I know they are. You saved my childhood=o) Also, I love stories too=o)
    -Kira

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    The stories you've posted so far have really fueled my interest in legends
    -Joyce S

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    Lovely. Last night I read it, as if I'm a child. The more I read the more I was delighted. I wanted that this be real :). Thank you, I love this.
    -Lizbeth W

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    Oh my god , this is so weird i been looking for answers like this for many years thank you! : )
    -Janyah

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    More STORIES PLEASE ! I love them !!!
    -Brianna C

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    I have been reading your stories for a long time and you have inspired me to look further in to things than just the obvious. you have made my life so interesting, THANK YOU. (:
    -Kate

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*I’m Obsessed With Figuring Out Stories For People I Come Across*

A picture of a mother smiling at her son, who is smiling back at her.

I’m obsessed with inventing stories for people I come across.

An overwhelming curiosity makes me ask myself what their lives might be like.

I want to know what they do, where they’re from, their names, what they’re thinking about at that moment, what they regret, what they hope for, whom they’ve loved, what they dream of…

-Gustave Flaubert, as quoted in The Art Of Travel

Ha I’m so like this, although I’d substitute ‘figuring out’ for ‘inventing’.

It’s amazing what you can figure out about a person’s story simply by being around them for a few minutes with an open mind.

Travel presents a great opportunity to do a lot of this since you meet a lot of new people along the way. My pocket Moleskine notebook is peppered with scribbled notes about interesting people that I see while traveling, like this:

“Woman running through graveyard paths with son like it is a park. They live in the neighborhood next to here. He is recently adopted.”

The downside about doing this while traveling is that you usually don’t get to be around the people long enough to decide if your theories about their story are right or not.

I never did get to talk to the woman and the boy, but if I lived in the area I’m sure I would have run into them enough times to make a bit of conversation and get a general idea if I was right about their story.

In a way though I guess that has it’s own particular charm to it. It’s kind of nice to imagine that yes the boy was indeed adopted by such a giving and caring woman. He might have had things tough leading up to the adoption but from what I could see the rest of his life was likely to be a happy one, and I’m totally ok with happy endings even if they’re only theories :P.


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