Thursday, July 23, 2009

Terse Fun

The Writer's Almanac recently mentioned the legend that Hemingway was asked to write a 6 word short story. His creation: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Wired Magazine challenged others to the same task, and got some fun entries:

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore

Epitaph: He shouldn't have fed it.
- Brian Herbert

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.

- James P. Blaylock

He read his obituary with confusion.
- Steven Meretzky

Here are a couple of my own efforts:

"Let's try," he said, engine revving.

She should have checked her safety.

The amputee blamed me for everything.

Next morning, his nickname was "Pee-wee".

Try your own hand at it in the comments!

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Anonymous Patti said...

What about...

Sighing, she walked toward the door.

7/23/2009 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The devil does my laundry.

7/23/2009 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

The policeman never ate donuts again.

7/23/2009 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

If only his socks had matched.

Gravy wasn't the answer, he realized.

Sometimes she wondered, but not always.

No more school - a strange punishment.

That's what that means? Explains everything.

7/23/2009 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Aric said...

Excruciating pain. Full realization. Blackout.

No scar. This can't be Grampa.

Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT...


Bad regime is gone. Now what?

Solution: Attractive candidate. Problem: No brains.

7/24/2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Aric said...

Unbearable pain. Finally, full realization. Blackout.

No scar. This can't be Grampa.

Cut the wire! NO, NOT THAT...


Bad regime is gone. Now what?

Attractive candidate. Brilliant! Problem: No brains.

7/24/2009 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I are a writer, she said.

7/24/2009 5:04 PM  
Blogger craig said...

The lawyer was smart, and honest.

For the fiction category.

7/24/2009 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Birther said...

Barack Obama: duly elected, never qualified.

7/24/2009 11:56 PM  
Blogger eefers said...

My friend Rachel has edited a series of books with Smith Magazine inspired by this, they're pretty fun:


They always told me to smile.

7/25/2009 11:54 AM  

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