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The Magic of an Audio File

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

I have been attempting to write a book for ages but in vain. I tried to gather all the information and the steps, but alas, I couldn't put myself together to get started.

I was strolling through the park close to mother nature to free my mind. I looked at the green grasses, trees, flowers along with various kinds of birds. I was watching them all in awe when someone called my name.

I looked back to find my female friend, Sally who was ushering me with her hand. I decided to walk up to her and find out what was going on. As I reached her, she said, "I have something magical to show you. Come to my car." I replied, "All right."

I followed her to where she had parked her car. She got inside and came out with a flash drive. She said mysteriously, “There is an audio file inside this flash drive. Listen to it. The audio is magical and will get you started in writing, which you have been trying for years without success.”

I was full of gratitude for my friend and said, "I can't thank you enough if what you say is true."

My friend, Sally said, "Don't worry. It will work- 100% guaranteed. Do not bother about thanking me. What are friends for? I would like you to get started in writing."

I said, "Thank you so much, Sally." I waved her goodbye until she was out of sight in her car. I returned to my apartment close by and couldn't wait to hear the audio.

I played the audio file in the Windows Mp3 player and listened to it with closed eyes. There was melodious music, and it filled my heart and soul with joy. I wondered if it would help in making me more creative. And almost immediately, I had a book idea. Eureka! I couldn't wait to get started.

Pic1: The Author Listening to the Audio

Pic1: The Author Listening to the Audio

I went into a trance and stopped the audio. Then I started writing. I wrote and wrote for weeks.

Weeks rolled into months, and I was still writing. For four months at a stretch, I wrote. A book was born. I had written about "The Creativities That Can't Hold You Back."

Pic2: The Author Working Hard on Her Book

Pic2: The Author Working Hard on Her Book

I proofread my book many times before hiring an editor who further polished my writing. I had a beautiful book cover designed. And then, when everything was ready, I uploaded it to several online bookstores.

I sent copies to my followers and asked them to review my book. And they did leave honest reviews on Amazon (which was one of the online bookstores) where I had uploaded my book.

With rave reviews and a considerable number of free downloads of my book over the span of three months, my book became a bestseller in several categories.

More people started to read my book as word spread out. It became an international bestseller as people over different parts of the world began reading it, and more and more people the world over were in demand of it.

I credited the piece of the audio file to my success as an author and talked about it to a select few of my fellow authors. One person among them showed great interest in hearing the file. I asked him to come over to my house and have chitchat together.

The following evening the visitor arrived. We talked on broad subjects, especially book marketing, now that my book had been released to the market. After a while, he reminded me that he was still interested in hearing the audio file.

I said, "Please, excuse me. I will be right back in a few minutes." I opened my laptop in the bedroom and sorted out the audio file, and it was ready to be played on the Windows MP3 player. I took my laptop to the living room, settled down, and started playing the audio.

The visitor, Samuel listened with interest, and after a while, he asked me to stop the recording. His first reaction was that of concern, and he asked me, "Mam, did you listen to the whole of the recording before?"

I admitted, "No, I had stopped the recording before it finished." The visitor smiled in relief and said," Don't listen to the end of the recording but delete it. I am saying it for your good only." I asked, "So you are familiar with the recording. What happens at the end?"

Samuel answered, “I am unable to give you further information. But do as I say.”

I replied, “All right, I will do as you say.”

I chitchat further with him until he left. I took my laptop to the bedroom where it belonged and forgot all about the audio file.

Later in the morning, I remembered the encounter with Samuel the previous evening. Naturally, my interest in the audio was aroused again. I remembered Samuel's words. I thought to myself, "How bad can it be? I want to listen to the end before deleting it." I paused. Then I reflected again, "If the end of the audio was the omen of bad luck, I had better not listen to it and let all the good luck prevail." Just then, a phone call came in, and I forgot about the audio again.

I held a party at my residence to celebrate the success of my book with near and dear ones. My laptop was open in my bedroom. A couple of my nephews had gathered in the bedroom. They began listening to the very audio that I had attributed to the success of my book!

But I was right on time there to stop it from being played further. My teenage nephews looked in awe as I deleted it.

I asked, “What made you play this audio?” The older one replied, “’We found the name of the audio funny and wanted to hear what it sounded like.”

As it turned out, the name of the audio was goodaudio.mp3, and it had propelled the interest of my nephews to play it.

And guess what- what happened to my nephews after they heard the part of the audio? Both my nephews started to write excellent English essays at school- so my sisters reported to me.

I credited the event to my little audio and told them of the whole tale along with that of Samuel, who had warned me to delete it and not to listen to the end.

“Did you delete it?” they asked. I said, “Yes, right in front of my nephews. If it brings bad luck by listening to the end, I would rather not listen to it nor let anyone else either.”

“We guess so”, they said. “We hope our sons will keep excelling in writing English essays.”

“I hope the same”, I said, with smugness enveloping me.

Poll Time

© 2020 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 06, 2020:

Yes, listening to part of the audio file, she gained inspiration and went on to accomplish what was impossible for her before. Thank you for reading and commenting, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 06, 2020:

This is a compelling and interesting account of the inspiration you gained from the audio file.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your very generous comments. They raised my spirits and made me smile.

I will correct the mistake soon enough. So happy you enjoyed the tale.

Lora Hollings on November 05, 2020:

This is an intriguing story, Rosina. One can either have very good luck or bad luck if one ignores the warning with this audio file. Perhaps your story is an allegory for "you can have too much of a good thing or "you have to know when to quit." I thought it was very good and look forward to reading part two.

I noticed a spelling error that you might want to correct. Instead of "secluded few of my fellow authors, it should read: select few of my fellow authors. Thanks for a very enjoyable read, my friend.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda. Stay tuned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Rosina,

I like Peggy's idea. So glad you have decided to write another part.

Can't wait to read it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Good points, Peggy. I have decided to write Part-2 of the story. Stay tuned.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Samuel probably suffered in some way so that he was insistent that she didn't listen to the end of the recording. As Peggy suggested, I have now decided to write Part-2 of the story.

Thank you for reading and commenting, Brenda. I am glad the story sparked your interest.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

I realize that she and her nephews never heard the end of the recording. I just meant that curiosity would probably have tempted many people to listen to the end. She obviously did not want to tempt fate. As Brenda wrote, what happened to her original friend who gave her the audio file, and to Samuel? That could be part two of your story.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Rosina,

This one sparked my interest. Imagine having such an audio file.

I'm glad she didnt listen to the ending, but I am curious.

Did anything happen to the visitor, Samuel? He did listen to the ending.

Great write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Actually, Peggy, the end of the recording was never heard by the author or her nephews and listening to a part of the audio inspired a lot of creativity. The end of the recording was thought to be inauspicious by her fellow writer who asked her to delete the entire recording. Yes, it aroused a lot of curiosity among readers.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2020:

Your story has an intriguing twist to it. I think that most people, out of curiosity, would have wished to know what was near the end on that audio file that inspired so much creativity.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Ankita, for liking this tale. Yes, the ending of the recording aroused curiosity in most of the readers but it was best to delete it and let all good luck prevail. Gratitude for your generous comments.

Ankita B on November 05, 2020:

A very intriguing tale. I was just so curious to know about the ending of the audio file but then it was rather best to delete it. Beautiful storytelling. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

I am glad you find my tale entertaining and enjoyable. I am happy that I could end on a positive note. Thank you, Bill, for reading and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 05, 2020:

Very entertaining! I didn't know where you were going until the very end, and then it all came together nicely. Very well done!

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela, for finding the tale interesting. I guess so- yes, anyone would like to have that magical audio file because it has profound merit only if you listen to a part of it otherwise bad luck would prevail.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for enjoying my story. As the story hints, the end of the recording is an omen of bad luck and the rest I leave up to your imagination. Thank you for reading and for your inquisitive comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 05, 2020:

Rosina, I think anyone would like to have some magic like that audio file. I m very curious about the ending of the file. This is an interesting tale.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 05, 2020:

This was an engaging story and I enjoyed reading it. I believe, creativity comes from within. But, sometimes we need a little push. You are a good story teller.

But, I am curious to know about, what was there at the end. For a written story, it's good to leave some things unanswered. But, honestly I have a habit of doing forbidden things.

Thank you and well done.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Thanks for the high opinion of me, Manatita. I am honored. Thanks for reading and your terrific comments.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2020:

Intriguing end. I was thinking all the way through, that your article flowed like positive affirmations. So if your thoughts are that way inclined, then who knows? You're on the way to NY bestsellers! keep it up!

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

Yes, we all could use that flash drive containing the audio file and listen only to a part of it. Haha. I hope you enjoyed the story. Stay blessed, Fran!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on November 05, 2020:

Oh Rosina, if only it was that easy to write a best seller! But the power of persuasion could be a key. Maybe I could use that flash drive.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

I am delighted to know that you enjoyed the tale. Yes, such an audio file would be helpful to any writer but the ending of the recording is inauspicious and would do more harm than good and so hearing part of it is good enough and one ends up deleting it.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2020:

This was a very interesting tale, Rosina. I would love to listen to such an audio file, but you left me so curious s to the ending and why it had to be deleted. Well done.

Rosina S Khan (author) on November 05, 2020:

I am really happy you enjoyed the story, Lorna. Thank you for your generous comments and compliments. You certainly made my day!

Lorna Lamon on November 05, 2020:

I think we could all benefit from that audio file Rosina and I loved this feel good story with a little twist thrown in for good measure. An interesting concept which is a reflection on your wonderful imagination. Great writing and a fitting ending to the tale. Well done Rosina.