Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Literary sextuplets

This is being pegged as a meme, but it's so much more damned seductive than your regular meme. I first read it on one of Turnbaby's posts last week (she got it from Miss Nancy Pants) and lots of other people have done it since then.

This is the nitty-gritty of the whole thing:

A writer's meme.

Ernest Hemingway said the best thing he ever wrote was a six-word story. It is this:

For sale--
Baby shoes.
Never used.

My challenge to you, Dear Readers and Writers, is to come up with your own six-word story. That's all. Six words. How hard could that be? It'll only take a minute.


Remember that the six words are supposed to make up a whole story. I think Hemingway was nuts; a genius, but nuts all the same. This is a lot harder than it seems to be. A story usually has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

I think what's fun about this writer's meme is the implied beginning, middle, and end. It isn't mental spoon-feeding; you know there's a story in there somewhere, and it's up to you to find out what it is. As with many short stories, remember that what's written is just the tip of the iceberg, that there are usually layers upon layers of meaning underneath it all. Meaning that is subject to each reader's thinking processes. The provocative, evocative parts lie dormant beneath the surface...to be kissed to a glorious awakening by a vibrant imagination.

So, here are the six-word "stories" I came up with:

I can still drive, okay? Cheers!

Need you ask? I'm all yours.

No, don't ask.
Just do it.

It wasn't funny, I know. Sorry.

Hi! How are you?
Oh.
Goodbye.

Game over.
Did I win?
Or lose?

I'm dream-weaving.
You're not in it.

Lipstick and blood -- which is which?

Karma chameleon time.
Dance, you bastard.

Ouch! You promised it wouldn't hurt.

Slowly, gently, please?
I'm still sore

Dawn's here.
Sleep, love.
You're exhausted.

35 comments:

Matt-Man said...

The dog did it, not me.

Kiyotoe said...

We buried...
the answer...
with him...

Lizza said...

Matt: Yeah, every butler's story. ;-)

Kiyotoe: Now that's mysterious.

zeroimpact said...

I like the last one
Somehow it just gives new meaning everytime I read it
:)

Photo Cache said...

agreeing with zeroimpact here. love kiyotoes story. cant think one of my own...lost my mind.

it's the little things... said...

I told you,
it wasn't me!

I said I would be here.

You know I'll never leave you!

(Okay three six-word stories that kind of go together - though I didn't plan it that way!)

Great topic!

Daddy papersurfer said...

I came
I sore
I conkered

A beautiful story about a young boys' first day at Eton, with sinister undertones, but finally a happy ending when everyone played nicely together.

Prometheus said...

Six words are too much, no?

And Liz, you have corrupted the mind of innocent Prometheus. He was thinking of six-word stories like:
Show me yours, I'll show mine.
Your place or mine, my dear.

Prometheus gotta go wash his mind with soap.

Scott from Oregon said...

Has anybody seen
my finger tip?

Terra Shield said...

Six words, four left. All gone.

This meme is cool!

Sidney said...

I am not good at this.

She came
Happiness
She went
Sadness

SGT DUB said...

I like short
memes this week.

Natalia said...

I was born. Then I died.

-N

kyels said...

I like the last one!

(:

Mimi Lenox said...

OOOOOHHH....the last one is delicious. Great stories here, Lizza. I've been meaning to do this meme for a week now but got derailed. On my list.

You are so creative.

Tammie Jean said...

I smile
but I cry
inside.

houseband00 said...

Ano ba yan?!
Ang hirap naman!

=)

Diesel said...

Blogger's body found after six weeks.

Turnbaby said...

Ahhhhhh i LOVE it!!!! Sanni did some as well! I love the ones in your comments too

the last one is FAB (Dawn's here)


But --shockingly--I also love

Karma chameleon time.
Dance, you bastard

awesome


Smooch

FoxxFyrre said...

Four Italians Camping? Three come home.

Day late.
Dollar Short.
Not hungry.

Wine.
Gorgeous Date.
Visa Maxed.
Priceless.

Happiness is...well, it just is.

By George?
No, it's BYE George.

OMG!
WTF?

TTFNLY

lizza said...

ZI: It can mean so many things. :-)

Photo: Sure you can! It's fun. You can make some for your pictures. :-)

Marlayna: That it is. Yours can be sad or happy, depending on how you look at them.

Daddy Papersurfer: Now that sounds like an intriguing story, one begging to be expanded.

Prometheus:
You weren't safe
Now you're sorry


Hahahaha! Go wash that mind with soap again. Scrub hard.

Scott: Oooohh, enigmatic one. Reminds me of a certain Japanese code of honor.

Terra: Haha! Very nice. I hope you write some more soon.

Sidney: Good one. Who was sad and who was happy in your story? And why? See, you did it!

Sgt Dub: You have lots of fodder for this meme. :-)

Natalia: Literally? Figuratively? I can interpret that in a few ways. :-)

Mimi: I would love to read what your creative, fun, and fanciful imagination comes up with.

Tammie Jean: Awww, that one's sad.

HB:
Nalalasing sa yosi, kape, at buntong-hininga.

Hahaha!

Diesel: I hope it wasn't anyone we knew. :-D

Turnbaby: Actually, those two were my faves too. Smooches, sugar.

Frank: Haha! Those were great, but my fave was the "priceless" story.

Odat said...

1)Heart pounding.
Towers fall.
They died.

2) Dad smiled.
Held me.
Let go.

Peace

Lizza said...

Ohhhh, Odat. I know those are very personal. Thanks for sharing!

Sanni said...

Too lazy for six words. Not.


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I´m sorry I´ve been a bad blogging pal during the last week.

I´ve read you in my feedreader - because our internet connection is still a mess. Whenever I can use Frank´s work computer I will stop by...

lizza said...

No worries, dear Sanni. But I hope your connection gets fixed soon.

Travis said...

I'm drawn to the last 2 in particular, but these are all very good.

Sunrunner said...

I'm borrowing this meme, OK? :-)

Lizza said...

Borrow away! :-)

Thomas Hamburger Jnr said...

Buried together, their souls still fought.

Bill Blunt said...

I supplied mathces; she brought ashtray.

Bill Blunt said...

I can't type since the operation.

Lizza said...

Thomas: "Buried together" can mean other than being interred? Oohh, the possibilities!

Bill: who brought the smokes? Unless they were going to be using those for something else. And intriguing to think about possible operations in the 2nd story.

Thanks for dropping by. (Thanks to you, too, DaddyP!)

Lizza said...

I just realized Thomas also writes the Bill Blunt blog. Haaaa, silly me.

Thomas Hamburger Jnr said...

I only technically help him run it, Liza. I couldn't possibly generate such bile!
I do have to spell check his e-mails to me (since he had the operation) - otherwise 'matches' comes out as 'mathces'!

Thanks for the memery!

Lizza said...

Oh, ok. Thanks for clearing that up!

Glad you liked the memery. :-)