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Postby luthienelflover » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:04 pm

Hey guys! I thought it might be fun to try our hands at this. Have you heard about them? Hemingway wrote one once:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Then a bunch of others followed suit. Here are some of them (some better than others) to give you ideas, then let's start throwing out our own! :D I bet we can come up with a few good ones...

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
- William Shatner

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
- Eileen Gunn

Vacuum collision. Orbits diverge. Farewell, love.
- David Brin

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon

Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
- Stan Lee

machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore

Longed for him. Got him. [Shoot].
- Margaret Atwood

His penis snapped off; he’s pregnant!
- Rudy Rucker

From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
- Gregory Maguire

Internet “wakes up?” Ridicu -
no carrier.
- Charles Stross

With bloody hands, I say good-bye.
- Frank Miller

Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.
- Steven Meretzky

“Cellar?” “Gate to, uh … hell, actually.”
- Ronald D. Moore

Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth.
- Vernor Vinge

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling

We kissed. She melted. Mop please!
- James Patrick Kelly

It’s behind you! Hurry before it
- Rockne S. O’Bannon

I’m your future, child. Don’t cry.
- Stephen Baxter

1940: Young Hitler! Such a cantor!
- Michael Moorcock

Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization collapses.
- Richard Powers

I’m dead. I’ve missed you. Kiss … ?
- Neil Gaiman

The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
- Orson Scott Card

Kirby had never eaten toes before.
- Kevin Smith

Rained, rained, rained, and never stopped.
- Howard Waldrop

To save humankind he died again.
- Ben Bova

We went solar; sun went nova.
- Ken MacLeod

Husband, transgenic mistress; wife: “You cow!”
- Paul Di Filippo

“I couldn’t believe she’d shoot me.”
- Howard Chaykin

Don’t marry her. Buy a house.
- Stephen R. Donaldson

Broken heart, 45, WLTM disabled man.
- Mark Millar

TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! … nobody there …
- Harry Harrison

Tick tock tick tock tick tick.
- Neal Stephenson

Easy. Just touch the match to
- Ursula K. Le Guin
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Postby truehobbit » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:57 pm

And where's yours, Luthy? :D :P

Nice idea. :D

Much as I hate to say it (not being a fan of his at all, normally), Hemingway's is the only one that actually sounds like a real story. An extremely poignant six words that instantly make your mind create a full story.

Also sounds like maybe he just did find it in a newspaper and realised the effect on his own mind? :)

(Eileen Gunn's not bad either, though. :D )


Ok, so here's my attempt:

It was grief. She blamed chocolate.


It's hard to do something that's not depressing, I'm afraid. :D
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Postby TS » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:09 pm

truehobbit wrote:And where's yours, Luthy? :D :P


In six, with complete narrative arc: "Elizabeth is afraid of originality. Alas!"
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Postby luthienelflover » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:12 pm

TS wrote:
truehobbit wrote:And where's yours, Luthy? :D :P


In six, with complete narrative arc: "Elizabeth is afraid of originality. Alas!"


*grumblegrumblefiegnedanger* :angry:

Hemingway's is definitely the best as a story, I agree. It very much gets the emotions going. I think my favorite just for sheer giggles is this one, though:

machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
- Alan Moore


:rofl:

In a similar-ish vein, I love these:

Internet “wakes up?” Ridicu -
no carrier.
- Charles Stross

Easy. Just touch the match to
- Ursula K. Le Guin


And Eileen Gunn's kind of falls in that category too, I think. I love that one too. :D

Less amusingly,

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling


Okay, I'll give it a shot. I was hoping to read other people's, not have to actually do any work, GOSH. :P:P

"What could go wrong?" Then, BOOM.

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Postby Ugluk » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:48 pm

Here's mine:


"I looked into the empty mirror."
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Postby luthienelflover » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:01 pm

Ooh, I like that one!

Lemme try again.

I emerged. The stars were unfamiliar.
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Postby MouseofMordor » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:19 pm

I arrived. And that's saying something.

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Postby luthienelflover » Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:40 pm

Underground, the boy grew up alone.
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Postby MouseofMordor » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:26 pm

Wait, it all makes sense now!
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Postby luthienelflover » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:33 pm

:rofl:! I like that one. :rofl:
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Postby TS » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:55 pm

luthienelflover wrote::rofl:! I like that one. :rofl:


Four words and two smileys do not a narrative make.

:) :cavetroll: :shock: :horse: :argue: :)
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Postby elfshadow » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:43 pm

Like haikus, only harder! :shock:

The river turned red. More, Pharaoh?
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Postby Ugluk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:23 pm

"QUENYA! DO YOU SPEAK IT, [EXPLETIVE]?!?"
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Postby MouseofMordor » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:36 pm

So what? Have i gone mad?
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Postby Dubatuluk » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:07 pm

The cheese got up and walked away.


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"Oops.." she said, "Mine was seven."



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Postby Frelga » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:48 pm

I know Hemingway's story is meant to be poignant, but to me it just reads "Auntie bought pink shoes for Michael."
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:54 pm

LOL, Frelga. I made this up a while ago. It's not funny or sad, just accurate.

Lexophile reads Tolkien, drawing imagined Elves.

That's me. Every word counts. AND, it's comprehensive! :D

This one is just sad and completely random, and it has nothing to do w/ me...
My eyes darken. Let me go.

(Yes, it is based on Theoden's words to Eowyn...)


The shameless torturer of helpless characters.

^That one is me.

Aiya, auta i lome! Utulien aure!

Translation: Behold, the night is passing! The day has come!
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Postby Celebrendir » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:35 pm

Here is a four-word story in Entish, courtesy of Treebeard:

Taurelilómëa-tumbalemorna Tumbaletaurëa Lómeanor.

Literal translation: "Forestmanyshadowed-deepvalleyblack Deepvalleyforested Gloomyland."

Which is more or less to say: "There is a black shadow in the deep dales of the forest."
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:09 pm

It's actually Elvish in the Entish fashion, not Entish. Entish is, like, rumblings in musical, tree-ish...language.
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Postby Celebrendir » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:19 pm

Hiril Elfwraith wrote:It's actually Elvish in the Entish fashion

Henceforth I shall call this hybrid language Entvish.
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Postby Wandering but not lost » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:46 am

A half-smile... She knows I lied?
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Postby Entmooting » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:44 am

Of course, no comparison to Hemmingway's, but here's mine...


Princess, now kiss me again... Croak!
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Postby Lebasi » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:58 am

I can't think of anything that good on the spot, but:

- Life, death, fear. Is this all?

- Cold fire consumes you. Should you?
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:24 am

Okay, here's one...

Ai merin carna qua, inyë caruva.

Translation: If I want something done, I'll do it myself.

Avo thano rûth vi gûr alfirin!

Translation: Do not kindle anger in an immortal heart!

Oh, I love Elvish...

And another one:

Gwend sui lotheg i edlothia an-uir.

Translation: Friendship is like a flower that blooms forever.

The first is in Quenya, the other two in Sindarin.

And some English ones:

Well, okay. (to self) Darn it.

And a sadly accurate one:

As Fëanor: loner, brilliant, prideful, tainted.

And yet another:

See you again? Odds are: no.
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:35 pm

*starts a new post to avoid further editing of previous one*

Morgoth swings Grond. Quick, Fingolfin, duck!

They come. The end is near.

Life too costly, my soul flies.

Listen! Hear those footsteps? Doom approaches.

Listen, Glarung's bane! Your doom approaches.

Hearken, Turambar! Thy doom draws nigh.

It's mine...my own...my precioussss...

Close my eyes, accept my doom.

Cut with eyebrow shaper. How ironic.
(This just happened to me, too.)

Seen in Reader's Digest:
No, you can't have the toaster.

All I can think of at the moment...
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Postby MithLuin » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:02 pm

Some advice: Never snort shredded coconut.

Phosgene smells like freshly mown hay. ((Phosgene is nerve gas, like the stuff they used in WWI, in case you were curious.))

Ugh, it's hard to make a story out of any of these. I can barely make a statement in six words! I don't think dialogue will make it any better....

"Surely I left the car here?"

"Bury me far from here, Mom."

All her days started this way.

The dead squirrel was unusually fresh.

"Close your eyes and count silently..."

"But I can't see under here."

"There is nothing here for you." (Honestly, this was based on the advice my grandmother gave her children...I had forgotten about Elrond's 'only death' line until rereading it.)

Apparently, I like the word 'here'...

The last daffodil had just died.

The octopus tasted chewier than chicken.

Touch the snowflake; "Goodbye, my friend."

"Never again!" - sworn like last time.

"Get out!" hissed her brother fearfully.


I have enough trouble with haikus. I don't think I can do one of these justice.
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Postby Hiril Elfwraith » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:21 pm

I liked the one about snorting coconut...:rofl:
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Postby Parmamaite » Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:00 am

These reminds me of cryptic crosswords clues.

Here's two from the one I'm currently working on:


- Yearn somehow to follow fashionable deception

- Grumpy when gum cured, treated exclusively
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Postby MithLuin » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:15 pm

Hiril Elfwraith wrote:I liked the one about snorting coconut...:rofl:


As always, writing from life is less generic than writing from imagination. I will only say two things about that: it stings...and it was an accident.
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Postby rowanberry » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:21 am

Plot synopses of a few Bollywood movies: :D

They broke up. He started drinking. (Devdas)

Sometimes, being clumsy does pay off. (Singh is Kinng)

The Emperor realized that war sucks. (Asoka)

She did it, against all odds. (Aaja Nachle)
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