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"Six Words"

Can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this before!
One of the things I came across a few years back were six word stories. The story goes that Ernest Hemmingway was once challenged to write a complete story in 6 words, and he came up with the following:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

He apparantly referred to this as his best work.
Wired magazine ran a feature where the asked various writers to have a go, and the results were very good.
Computing also featured them from time to time in Backbytes, and I sent some in to them (5 years ago!!). They are unashamedly nerdy/computingy, and are attempting to be humourous…

  • “Don’t worry, no-one would try that…”
  • Turned out that disk was important.
  • Local prompt was actually remote shell.
  • Paged at 4am. Nigerian fortune awaiting!

The last one is slightly obscure, and I think is a reference to having e-mails automatically forwarded to a pager. I thought it was funny at the time. Some new ones? Go on then.

  • “Backing up? We don’t do that.”
  • Broadband down just before anniversary. PANIC!
  • Ex-girlfriend wasn’t until I recorded snoring.
  • Facebook. There’s always tomorrow for jobs.

Seeing as I’m now into photography a lot more, I’m going to have a go at some photography six word ‘stories’…

  • 3hr hike. Card still in reader.
  • One hour. 300 drops. Prize winner.
  • Panned quickly. Sharp car, blurred background.
  • Pretended camera was wife. Great portrait.
  • Shutter at 1/focal length = no shake.
  • Disasterous colour cast saved by monochome.

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