Thursday, September 17, 2009

Really Short Stories

My SIL posted on her Blog that Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

I looked it up and he is said to have called it his best work.

Analee challenged others to come up with six word stories; a few did.

To vary from Analee, however, I am thinking it would be fun to brainstorm what the intent of Hemingway's (and a few others I came up with) very short story might be/could be; this to illustrate the amazing relationship between words and imagination.

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

1. The seemingly obvious; someone is selling the baby shoes they bought for an unborn baby because the baby died before it had a chance to wear them.

2. A woman is selling an expensive pair of baby shoes on eBay that she bought because she thought she was pregnant, but, in reality, she was going through menopause and had simply dried up.

3. Someone is selling the baby shoes because they won them as a door prize at a Bunco game and they don't have children on know anyone who does.

4. Someone is selling the baby shoes because their baby's feet are way too fat to fit into them.

5. Someone is selling the baby shoes because their baby was born without feet.
The Truth Will Never Be Known
1. The only person who knew "the truth" about something has died (or has Alzheimer's) and never wrote it down.
2. There is no such thing as just one truth so all truth can never be known.
3. "The Truth Will Never Be Known: An Inside Story Into The Life Of A Compulsive Liar".
I Am The Queen Of Everything
1. A tell-all expose written by Queen's Freddie Mercury.
2. A nature book about honey bee queens and their drones.
3. Self-help book for women with really low self-esteem.
Anyone else have some good ideas?
Mrs. B

1 comment:

Margot said...

Wedding gown 4 sale; never worn.

ok... got intrigued about the Hemingway attributed ss. Consulted my good friend Google & it's a maybe if Hemingway actually came up with it.
Here's an interesting take on snopes.

I can just see Papa cooking this up over his favorite drink in his favorite bar in Key West!