Story Story in 6 words

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Here's something I found on the net; serendipitously, of course.

    Ernest Hemingway said his favorite short story, which he wrote, was:

    For sale: baby shoes; never worn.

    Of course it's not really a short story since it has no plot, no dialog, no characters and no
    setting. It's more akin to haiku or a bumper sticker. Or the 6 word biography posts Victoria

    Two Johns: Wayne and Ford: Western.

    Party; Booze; You shouldn't drive; Crash!

    Popcorn; creepy music; screams; Scary movie.

    Discovery; Boom; People; Bust; Ghost Town.

  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I think that was the origin of the 'your life in 6 words' book etc, actually. I've also seen it for describing love/relationships, etc. Now if only all books could convey so much info in so few words, I'd have an easier time reading novels, LOL...

    Growing family: ARM; inflation; now what.

    Love at first sight; lasted one night.
    (I know, 7 words, not 6)
    (Does this make up for it?)

    these are from a science fiction site:

    Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization collapses.
    - Richard Powers

    The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
    - Orson Scott Card

    Kirby had never eaten toes before.
    - Kevin Smith

    these are fun, regardless of subject...

  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    if this should be under my life in 6 words or here... but decided to put it here since nobody else has responded so far LOL...

    My I.R.A is now an I.O.U.

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    My post vanished!

    I can think of six words to say about that.

    Anyway, loved your IRA contribution.

    Don't you think Orson Scott Card is an intriguing name? I tried to read a
    book by him a few years ago. Didn't get very far with it though.

    OK, here's my latest attempt:

    Gunnar smiled and pulled even harder.

    And here's something from real life that I overheard when I was a social worker almost
    half century ago. A coworker was saying into the phone:

    You mean they all ran away?
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    You didn't get to hear what the answer was????

    I collected 2 more, & made some up...
    seems quit the rage these days on all subjects.
    BTW, mention of other places is not to be taken as an ad, lol

    Suddenly the wind blew me away...

    Introvert thanks Facebook for social life.

    The phone rings. 3 AM! uh-oh...

    Secondlife online gives disabled second lives.

    The icicle dropped from the skyscraper's roof.

    She rolled her eyes and bet.

    Polished off lunch; next, fingernails.

    Next: file files while filing nails.

    Rats! the mouse won't work now.

    Is it because of the detritus?

    PS: I think the name sounds like a perfect pseudonym. Funny tho, because my daughter's BF's last name is the same; he says they're not related tho. I haven't tried to read anything of his, tho.

    [This Message was Edited on 03/05/2009]
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    We both fought anxiety from them

  7. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Are we limiting how many words? I have one but it is kind of long. It may not fit in, but I am not one to be limited by rules!!! LOL

    If I could find a man who does half of what my microwave does for me, I MIGHT get married again.

  8. PainPainGoAway

    PainPainGoAway New Member

    This is actually of my favorites from school days...

    Algy met a bear.
    The bear was bulgy.
    The bulge was algy.
    it's more than six words...since Gap went over too...this is on a T-shirt we got my son from Disney world one year and now I wear it...

    I'm up and dressed. What more do you want?
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Fine contributions all.

    Victoria, what do you mean she rolled her eyes and bet? Wouldn't she be rolling dice?

    Gap, what do you want? A man who will warm up fast and spin you around?

    Cindy, well, it's 6 words if don't count the duplicates.

    Ok, here's my latest: I girded my loins and leaped.

  10. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    Scientist and baboon in tidal pool.
  11. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Great post, Rock. Greatly enjoyed this.

    1912 Sandias. Last grizzly. Shot by Augie.

    She lied about being outdoor type.

    Polar bears. Bear market. Stanley hopes.

    Lakes. Rivers. Rockies. Canyons. Classrooms. Recliners.

    Navajo grandmother, granddaughter, weaving. Warp, woof.

    Old shoeshiner, Chicago, greatest fear, obsolescence.

    I Loneliness. Longing. Love. Later, loser. Loneliness.
    II Love. Longing. Later, loser. Longing. Love.

    I 1939. 1950. 1959. They always start.
    II 1945. 1953. 1974. They always end.

    I Michael longed for lasting stardom, to
    II be as cool as Javier Bardem.

    I Peg's a brutal, icy killer, but
    II not as brash as Bode Miller.

    I Darkening sky. Thunder. Lightning. Juniper bending
    II Magic hour, blackness gone. Golden foothills.

    I Scientist finds slide rule collection. Cabinet, 2009.
    II Los Alamos, 1945. Oppenheimer. Fermi. Fission.
    III Trinity Site. Ranchers leave. A thousand suns.
    IV. Scientist stows collection. Graphing calculators now.

  12. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Youse guys is brilliant!

    Mezombie (Erika?), "Scientist and baboon in tidal pool" is so evocative. And might fit
    into numerous categories of fiction: Adventure, sci-fi, romance...

    Victoria, I love "Suddenly the wind blew me away". I don't think I've ever known
    anyone before who actually used the word "detritus".

    Ken, fabulous collection. And two verses! If Bode Miller's first name if pronounced w/ two
    syllables, you've got a verse that scans beautifully.

    I never heard of the Sandias or Javier and Bode before. See, you just can't stop teaching.
    I looked up Sandia; says "watermelon" in Spanish.

    I'm trying a little verse myself.

    Woman's Greatest Problem

    Seven white shoes.
    All wrong hues.

    (When I first tried it, I had seven syllables. That was a misstep.)


  13. jole

    jole Member

    Rock, I laughed soooo hard at your shoe/hue one!! Where do you come up with these things?

    Mysterious the night; conquered my fright

  14. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    Rock misstepped with the wrong-hued shoes.
  15. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    "Mysterious the night" sounds like the beginning of a verse by Wordsworth or Shelley, Jole.

    Good one, Cate. We can only speculate on the rest of the story.

    Don't you think, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is a stupid slogan? The only one
    dumber is Campbells', "The soup that eats like a meal."

    The slogan that reads like an idiot.

    Very likely they spent a hundred thousand dollars and countless hours of meetings to come up
    with these gems.

    I think it was Camel cigarettes that advertised their product was "Good for your T zone". The was
    illustrated w/ a capital "T" superimposed over a man's throat. Of course that was back in the dark
    ages when I was a kid.

    And Lucky Strike implied their smokes were therapeutic. "Picks you up when you're low; calms
    you down when you're tense."

    An upper and a downer all at the same time.

    And now, back to my mission.

  16. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Suzanne's thighs failed, her thighmaster sailed.

    The beginning, the middle, the end.

    Dedicated to the one I love.

    The rocky shore beaten by waves.

    Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse.

    Full moon a witch on shrums.

    First love, married love, lasting love.

    Watch my hands now which card?

    [This Message was Edited on 03/08/2009]
  17. jole

    jole Member

    Not an original, but part of an old song that always reminded me of my oldest brother

    Live fast, love hard, die young

    And how about...
    This message was edited on 03/08/2009 LOL

    I like this thread, it's fun!***Jole***