In Perception , Arash talks to his friend Todd about how he believes his other friend Tom is stealing his creative story ideas.

ARASH: It’s more than that. He’s tapping into my ideas. I shared a story with his about a woman who is in love with a humanoid and now he’s writing a story about a woman who is in love with a humanoid.

I almost feel like he’s competing with me. I get this strange vibe from him, like he’s using me for data and then going at it alone to generate similar concepts with his own imagination and it’s irritating me. I haven’t been able to write for weeks and I am so frustrated cause I feel like a traitor to myself for sharing my ideas with is and the best part of it all is that he’s spitting back her own story concepts at me as if they are his own and it’s like rubbing crap in my face. It stinks so bad and I want to call him out on it but if I do it’s gonna make me look like I’m crazy because how do you prove that someone is stealing your story ideas and passing them off as their own?!

I need a break…from him. I can’t have these weekly get togethers about his writing progress because it’s draining me, clearly it’s bringing me down and he’s off floating around like a butterfly and everything’s bright and happy and now I’m the miserable one. It’s like we’ve changed places.

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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