Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Six Word Stories

I've told you before that one of the things I love about Jeffrey is the way he seeks out little things to delight me. His latest "gift" has gotten me hooked on six word stories. Yes, an entire story in just six words. Man, my journalism teacher would have loved them. Here's one by Ernest Hemingway. It is rumored that he claimed it to be his best work.
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Gasp. Gulp. Yes, I know. How about these two?
We kissed. She melted. Mop please!
~ James Patrick Kelly
It's behind you! Hurry before it
~ Rockne S. O'Bannon

Or these...
Baby's blood type? Human mostly.
~ Orson Scott Card
Fish's last thought: "That wasn't a fly!"
~ Ken Krimstein
Peter Piper's proposed 'pepper pick' postponed.
~ Joe Ghattas

Aren't they wonderful? Click here and here for more. What about you? Can you do it?

Baby shoes painting spotted here.


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Never meeting, friendship blooms over time.

Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers, andrea

Carol said...

words on the net, hearts touched

beth said...

she promised. god listened. love always.

she dared herself every single day.

walk gently on my heart. please.

teenagers are lost souls, searching everywhere.

his sharp tongue cut through me

hold tight. rough waters. need help.


now is the only clock hand

thanks relyn...I loved and needed a little poetry writing tonight !

kamana said...

i love those. makes me wanna write my own.

dulcy said...

I'm on my way to bed, but will dream on it and see what I can come up with. Hey....we need a good book discussion soon! I've read gobs and I haven't updated my shelf in quite some time. The play was fabulous!


Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Who knows what dreams may come?

(I pinched most of that from Shakespeare!) Don't know if you've come across them but there are blogs that participate in a 'Six Word Saturday' post.

Jessica said...

I love these six word stories--sort of like a writing exercise we did in high school. Gosh, I loved that exercise.
How's this:
The sun rises, a new day.

Anita said...

I love these. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

Suz said...

No one beats Hemingway.
He makes it look easy
All the greats do

Jeanne said...

spreading Christmas joy is fabulous
Love Jeanne♥

Susan Tuttle said...

6 word stories -- i am loving it. I will open up my journal to a fresh page, put it on the kitchen counter, and write my little stories throughout the day.

thank you for the inspiration dear heart:))))

those little shoes are delightful:)

Char said...

outside the dove cooed while she cried.

Wanda said...

6 word autobiography:

I did not get full disclosure.

Mrs. E said...

You have to know this English teacher is drooling thinking of a way to use this in my classes!! Bless you, Relyn!! : )

Heart2Heart said...


This are so wonderful and so much story lies within just six wonderful words in each of the quotes you listed here.

Great way to tease people into wanting so much more.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Daniella said...

I just recently finished a book titled "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure"
It was fun and intriguing to see what these people came up with......and inspiring.

My hand at the six word wizardy:

Doughnut, you had me at 'sprinkle'.

Think. Over think. Speak. Awkward. Repeat.

My life supposed to be punchline?

Fat chicken still has skinny face.

Shoebox by the sea, lucky me!

Want to see world without travel.

Jeanie said...

I love these. Here's mine.

Jeanie Is Glad Rick Didn't Die.

I must work on a different topic next time! Thanks for posting them -- sets the juices going and they've been going all the wrong way for a bit!

Kim Living Life said...

Relyn this is wonderful and wveryone is so excited aobut trying it themselves, that's a great post girl!!

Our hearts were broken now changed.


PixieDust said...

Thanks for the inspiration!:

She crossed the street... he disappeared.


spread your wings said...

these are great. it's amazing how much can be said in just 6 words.
maybe i'll try some of my own. I sure have enjoyed everyone elses
thanks for sharing.

Dorit said...

Hemmingway no breath lump in throath :)
Love the stories, have to think about the challenge!

The Lil Bee said...

These are amazing!!

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