Saturday, January 31, 2009

Six Words and a Few More

I found very interesting the idea of a story written in just six words. It now came to me from LaughingWolf and L.A. Mitchell, but I remember seeing it at SzélsöFa's a while ago. Well, this is my attempt at it...

Ulysses and the Sirens (1891) - John William Waterhouse

Sirens sang. The cliffs are sharp.

(This, however, is not Ulysses's story. Ulysses escaped the Sirens by having all his sailors plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast...)

red Attic vase from the British Museum (ca. 480-470 BC)

And now about the Lemonade Award for sites who show great attitude and/or gratitude. Thank you Kaye and Karen for having thought of me for this award! I'm very honoured, very happy, and I thank you very, very much!

These two are a wonderful addition to my first lemonade stand, and , yes, I love lemonade!


Charles Gramlich said...

Snake dines out. Whoops! Wooden eggs.

the walking man said...

knives from the heart, love hurts

Ropi said...


Travis Erwin said...

I'm far too wordy to try and tell a story in 6 of them.

Geraldine said...

That's a tough assignment. I don't think I could come up with a 6 word story. Right now I'm working on a novel, a lot more words to work with! ;<)

I thought writing Haiku poems was difficult! 5/7/5 syllables per line.

Hugs, G

Marilyn Brant said...

Congrats on the award!! I enjoyed your 6-word story, too :).

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations on the award.
I recall the fun and difficulty I had coming up with my six*sixes here:

I enjoyed doing them and yours is one fine one to have some thoughts about...

Catvibe said...

The great author emoted with economy.

I love it. Congrats on the award! I'm glad to see it trickle on down to all my friends!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Ah, I remember doing one of these a year or so ago! Quite a challenge.

Human exploits result in human exploitation.

I think you might have to read my blog post to make sense of that! :-)


Vesper said...

Charles and Mark, nice ones! :-)

Ropi, thank you! :-)

Travis, yes, me too... This is my only one and it didn't come easily to me. :-)

Geraldine, yes, very difficult, bolt flash fiction and haikus. But at the same time, I find them an interesting challenge.

Thank you, Marilyn! :-)

SzélsöFa, thank you! And I remember yours. I was looking for that post of yours but I didn't find it. I modified the link now. I was much impressed by you coming up with six "sixes"! :-)

Thank you, Cat, on both counts! :-)

A challenge indeed, Vanilla. Yours reminds me, in a way, of the charm of palindromes.
I'm off to read your blogpost.

laughingwolf said...

grats on the awards AND the great 6-er :)

L.A. Mitchell said...

Love your Six Word Story-thanks so much for playing.

And a much deserved award, too :)

Anonymous said...

Good 6 word story. I did a couple of them on my blog a couple years ago.

Here another:
I write. You read. We're happy?

I really like the illustrations you included in this post.


BernardL said...

Good one, Vesper.

Karen said...

Good one! I haven't tried this, but isn't it what poetry is - choosing the best word to tell the story? You're welcome, too.

Anonymous said...

Seeing the Greek art takes me back to my ancient art and architecture class. It included a field trip to a Baltimore museum with an assignment to observe and analyze an amphora which the professor assigned to you.

Good times.

(Well, as good as school assignments can be.)

Sarah Hina said...

I love your take, Vesper! I've always been a fan of sirens and Waterhouse. :)

And congrats on more lemonade! It teased my thirst for summer. ;)

Vesper said...

LW, thank you! :-)

L.A., thank you, it was fun playing. :-)

Paul, thanks! :-)
"We're happy?" - oh, I wish I knew the answer to that question. :-) :-) :-)

Thanks, Bernard! :-)

Thank you, Karen. Yes, poetry more than anything else. :-)

Interesting assignment, Jason. I love ancient art.

Sarah, thank you. Bizarre creatures, these sirens...
Yes, the thought of lemonade brings forth thoughts of summer... :-)