We are Not Without Purpose

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Bound by minimum wage and lost in misery, a young man goes back to the one place he knows where his suicide will go undisturbed: Lake Michigan.
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Words: 2,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310745997
About Ross Ray

Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about writing.

Writing (and all the extremities of life that make a man learn through failure soaked experience) has, in what might sound like some hocus-pocus Hallmark tagline for the cheerful and recovered, saved me from suicide.

How, you (may) ask?

At my core, I am nothing more than a botched excuse of a man trapped behind the flaky freezing skin of a twenty-one-year-old who once wished so desperately to have a career in video game design. Having dropped out of college for reasons both within and beyond my control, I seeped into a nasty bought of depression that bogged any happy memories I once cherished.


This is beginning to sound like a reflective circle-jerk of forced congratulations. Let me finish without dragging my feet.

Through all that I have lost, all the friends, all the years, all the hope, I am both brimming and foolishly proud to declare that my love of writing has only grown exponentially. Knowing that I'm still a student to the school of Life, I am nothing but awe struck when I ponder the possibilities of my works to come. I'm growing, aging, and only getting better.

But that does not mean I'm a great writer, or even a good writer for that matter.

I am simply what I am, a writer, and whether or not you like what I type, just remind yourself that I always write for an initial audience of one, myself. If I had time to care about what others thought of me, I'd be on Facebook instead of here.

I will soon be an aspiring writer with a finished manuscript and a warm, pleading handshake. As I begin to look for publishers while lacking that thin sheet of paper (a degree or a golden ticket, take your pick) that the best writers seem to frame above their desks, I'll just remind myself of one thing: I am happy when I'm writing.

Before I sign out, there is one more thing I must say.


This world seems keen on forgetting that they still exist, and by the power bested in me, I will scourge Smashwords with my boyish-wit and post all of mine here, for you, for free.

Novels? Don't expect to find them here, sadly. If there comes a day when an optimistic man looks into me and sees a thriving/struggling writer behind the tears, then I'll... I'll...

I'll cross that bridge when I get there, if the bridge is even there to begin with.

In short, if I publish my novels here, it means I have given up on my fool's quest and have submitted to perma-part-time.

But hey, let's not end on a sad note! How about a joke?

What do you get when you cross a riddle and a rhetorical question?


Thank you for sifting through the loose lines of nothingness that is this bio and secretly wanting to know more about me.

There will be more to come, so just be patient.


-Ross Ray

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Review by: angela livingston on Nov. 06, 2014 :
Really good story. Reminds us that when things get so bad,we see no way out, something as comfoting as a dog and a note from a stranger can make us feel alive again and make us excited about our future. Keep up the good work.
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Review by: Katherine Boring on Jan. 22, 2014 :
Read this book in one night, it was so moving, it was hard to get threw the very end. This is one of my top inspirational books of the year. Also, the book made me think of myself since I am doing that the character did going to school to be a writer.

I recommend "We are Not without a Purpose", to anyone and everyone who is struggling or just wants a great book.
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Review by: Jasmine Marie on Jan. 17, 2014 :
Hope is among the most meaningful and powerful experiences that may be felt by anyone, especially those feeling useless, depressed or alone.

In "We are Not a Purpose" a sincere glimpse at that hope is subtly and beautifully captured. It is a short story without blunt barefaced answers or salvation but one that instead highlights those small, inconsequential occurrences that can end up changing a person's mind or saving a person's life.

I recommend this book to anyone feeling alone or whose who simply wishes to remember that nothing and no one has to be without purpose or meaning.
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