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Six-word Stories and the State of the Union (between me and the blogosphere)

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!  Sorry that there has been a dearth of activity from me over the past month.  The holiday season is always so busy, and in my attempt to recharge, I lost all sense of urgency re: blogging.  That said, I have a few posts in the hopper, and hope to have something more substantial out within the week.  Until then, I’ve got some six-word narratives for you below!

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete tale using only six words.  He won the bet with the following:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

While the attribution of this story to Hemingway is under debate, the concept of a six-word narrative has become incredibly popular as an extreme version of flash fiction.  It’s definitely a great writing exercise; I find that sometimes I write something that is less of a story and more of an aphorism or mere idea, but it’s still fun to try.

Every month, io9.com puts up a prompt to write six-word science fiction.  Here are some that I’ve contributed in the past two months:

“The EMP disabled Rudolph’s nose!” Crash!

Cryo failed. Awake for years. (Coffee.)

The screensaver activated; the world ended.

Earth. Warning: Here there be monsters!

Help Wanted (Humans need not apply.)

Traded immortality for love. Worth it.

Have you ever written a six-word story?  Feel free to give it a try in the comments!

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