Speed Fiends

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A year or so ago, I bought a smart phone. I wanted to be able to text my family, exchange pictures and informationsoimportantitcan’twait. My texting has improved, when I first started out, I consistently hit the wrong letter. I still use one finger, but I’m pretty fast now.
I remember how slow I was learning to type without looking at the keys. Now I whiz by. It’s frustrating when you have to slow down to fix a typo. I like speed.
Now I tweet. I even pitched a novel to an agent in 140 characters on Twitter.
My point is, we have all trimmed down our communications. starting with email and ending at who knows what? We work faster, we talk faster, we glance instead of gaze. How might speed be affecting our interpretation of what we see or hear?
Take a good look at the picture of the boy above. Could you write a short story about what’s happening to him? Even shorter, flash fiction? My challenge to you is, write the story in six words. Remember, For sale baby shoes never worn? The six word story attributed by many to Hemingway?
Can you tell the story of the boy in six words.
Just to make it harder, I’m going to use the most obvious one for myself:
He won, but he was sick.
What fantastic story can you come up with?

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About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on July 28, 2014, in On Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Full, bored, got elbowed in eye

  2. Can’t believe I ate it all!

  3. Cathy Macintosh

    …”Finished, so what’s the surprise?”

    Sent from my iPad

    >

  4. I said, no more pictures, Mom!

  5. elaine crowley

    Exhausted, he refused to wash dishes.

  6. How could I forget her name?

  7. Hahaha!! Mary is right 🙂
    My story:
    “I shouldn’t have eaten everyone’s bacon!”

  8. Phil came up with: Billy’s first day as food taster. or: The fifth order of fried clams… This is fun to try! I just finished a 400-page novel: will there even be such a thing written in the next 50 years?

    On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM, Cape Cod Magic wrote:

    > Gerri posted: ” A year or so ago, I bought a smart phone. I wanted to > be able to text my family, exchange pictures and > informationsoimportantitcan’twait. My texting has improved, when I first > started out, I consistently hit the wrong letter. I still use one finger, > but”

    • Phil’s were both great! Love the food taster. You’re right, the six word story is where we’re heading. But gotta say, these are all so good! I love the participation. Thanks!

  9. Oh, no! That was Dad’s meal?

  10. Done! Can we leave now, Dad?

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