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1st Attempts at a 30 Word Story

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 7:16 PM

#1 Divorce


We walked hand in hand down to the dock.

"When I die", she sighed, "I want to be buried near here to listen to the sound of water". 

 I obliged.


#2 At the Carnival in Venice


She always kissed him on the corners of his mouth. In honour of her memory, he slowly painted his face half white and half with her silhouette and her kiss.

Categories: Elaine McArthur, Short Story

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Reply Brandywine McArthur
7:32 PM on October 20, 2010 
lol now that its posted I dont like it...hmm...this is harder than it looks.
Reply Christopher Law
7:47 PM on October 20, 2010 
I liked the first one, although I'm sure I heard Bob Monkhouse or one of those other British comedians make the same joke years ago. I'm not so sure on the second one, I'd like to read a longer version.

I am sure I'll not be trying any thirty word stories, like haiku's I think they are as beyond my abilities as rocket science.
Reply Brandywine McArthur
7:52 PM on October 20, 2010 
Really?? my storys' been done long time ago? Wow...I never knew that. Or maybe I did and I pulled it out of some obscure memory. I love these writing challenges, 30 words is soo much more difficult than any other challenges I've tried.
Reply Christopher Law
8:06 PM on October 20, 2010 
I'm drawing on memories that date back to the late eighties and the dark horrible days when Britain only had four TV channels and my mother wouldn't let us watch two of them.

I'm trying the thirty word challenge, mostly because I'm bored, but I don't think I'll be posting any of the results. Unless someone starts a thread about random cursing or ways I'd like to kill my noisy neighbour.
Reply Brandywine McArthur
8:30 PM on October 20, 2010 
ooh do consider posting one...I'd be curious as to how another writer would approach it. I'm struggling here.
Reply Phil Neale
6:49 AM on October 21, 2010 
Very good, and most touching - funny too the first one!
Reply Admin Frank
10:13 AM on October 21, 2010 
Interesting idea, and that would be difficult. I might have to give that a try.

@Chirs, haiku rocks... it's hard at first, but it grows on you. It doesn't have to be perfect, or profound.