I've re-visited a lot of my old blog entries recently, deleted a slew of them, and rediscovered some I'd more or less forgotten about.
Some of the old memes we played around with were a darned lot of creative fun.
One was a challenge issued by Somyr Perry--whom I dearly wish would come back soon--to write a 101-word story. My entry was true. Others were fiction. A lot of people had a great time playing within the constrictions of the form. Plus, it can be done quickly. No need to get bogged down in endless narrative.
It's been nearly 18 months since the original exercise. That's practically geologic time on OS. So I'm throwing down a 101-word story and I'd be delighted if anybody else feels like playing. (Link to your story in comments if you do!)
By the way, this description of the challenge is now officially 60 words longer than the story is allowed to be.
"This is your partnership corner," says the Persian psychic whose kohl eyeliner refuses to meet at the outer corner, sweeping instead upward on top and outward on the bottom, whispering away at the ends like white condensation trails airplanes leave in the summer sky.
"Place pairs of items here. Only things that come in pairs. "
It's a simple quarter-round wood shelf, full of random belongings that haven't yet found real homes.
"And if I don't?"
"It is up to you."
For months it remains cluttered with absolutely nothing.
Then, finally, the cleaning.
And creamers.And sugar bowls.