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The Six Word Story—Who started it?

The six word story is a wonderful challenge to take on …the shortest of short stories.  Can you use less words or would one more word say a 7 word story be better?  Visit Open Culture Online to get the low down on when the six word story first appeared in English Literature.  Hemingway is given credit for this literary device but this assertion is hotly disputed by many online pundits and English Literature historians.

Can it be disputed that  six words popularly attributed to Hemingway   (For sale, baby shoes. Never worn.) is quite well crafted and tells a sad tale.  Perhaps the word order and punctuation is what makes this a beautiful piece of writing.  We can at least attribute the crafting of the story to Hemingway.  There is art in crafting a story after all.

In this post modern era we could incorporate text and image into the six word story.  The juxtaposition and interplay between image and word could create some very interesting brief stories. See my Puffy White Delights post.

Try it out and post one below!

Or post it on this website Six Word Stories . Net.

Practice Makes Perfect: Yoga Bummers!

The community centre changed the Yoga Instructor last week. Manpreet blamed the skinny couple in the group who complained every week that they  needed more challenges or kept interrupting the yoga instructor asking for different more challenging poses.  The rest of the stay-at-home Mom`s and pushing 65 retirees were quite happy with Amrithaa`s  Hatha Yoga and her slower pace of endurance poses.

Manpreet did say one time that perhaps Greg  and Sally should try a different class. Greg replied that this time slot worked best for their home business hours and that they had complained to management that the Hatha Yoga was not challenging enough.

Yoga Bronze Sculpture

In walked ballet-feet Kara who announced that we were going to do a quick paced class of power yoga!  Manpreet estimated that Kara may be about 105 pounds, 5 foot 8 and maybe 20 years old too. Manpreet looked down at her pendulous breasts and figured they were bigger in circumference than Kara`s muscled thighs.  Seeing a retaliatory  opportunity to annoy Greg and Sally , Manpreet kept interrupting  the gazelle like pace and pretzel posing instructions of ballerina Kara for modifications for arthritic knees and bulging bellies.  Many of the stay at home Mom`s and pushing 60 retirees gasped and grunted painfully through the power yoga class. Pretentious Greg and skinny butt Sally were finally challenged exclaiming they loved this new approach many times.

Manpreet decided in honour of Amrithaa to just do her Hatha Yoga routine.  Kara noticed but continued on with the next challenge. “Yes Yoga is about going at your own comfort level. Let`s move from plank to a downward dog, raise your left leg up high over your buttocks and let the weight of it drop to the right and magically the momentum will help you flip into a crab walk position. Like …this!, ”  she said.

Butts hit the yoga mats and arms and legs were flinging about everywhere.  Kara said, “Oh maybe we can practice this one again. Practice makes perfect!”

Manpreet assumed warrior pose so as to get a better view. Kara repeated the instructions.  Again butts hit the yoga mats!  Manpreet was enjoying this and moved from a warrior pose to a modified tree pose.  Greg and Sally kept trying the new pose without success.  Finally the perfectionist power yoga class ended.  Greg and Sally rushed  to thank Kara for the amazing power Yoga class exclaiming they were finally challenged.  The rest of the class packed up and limped out of the yoga studio.

Tracey muttered, “ Bummer Yoga class or what?”

“Yeah, I miss Amrithaa”,  Manpreet said.

Next week, Amrithaa  was back. Greg and Sally were gone!

Yoga can be so cleansing.

Finding My Blog Audience

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Who are you?

The audience I want to target are people who love writing and reading both stories and poetry. In addition, journalers may enjoy my journal page where I share events and insights about my life from time to time. I want to share my experiences in developing my fiction short story writing and my dabbling in poetry. I am also interested in meeting other writers and finding out their struggles and triumphs. I want an audience who will give me descriptive feedback about my writing from time to time in the form of comment or question and I too would like to return the favour. I would find it most beneficial to  be part of a writers’ workshop online like the ones I have participated in various courses and the ones I have develop for my elementary students in my classroom. The Daily Post is one of my favourite blogs and I enjoy participating in the prompts from time to time. I want people who enjoy networking with other writers and like to encourage other writers to keep writing. Thus my audience would be adults with a passion for the written word.

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Writer’s Block—Oh no!!!

I am experiencing writer’s block.  Usually I don’t write because of work and family distractions and Netflix addictions. I visited Brainstorming Block.  The author at the website suggested exercise and just writing any drivel. But how is it that I who admittedly have a lot to say can’t think of an entire thing right now? More internet research helped me to stumble upon this blog post @io9 10 types of Writer’s Block. This author claims there are 10 types and you have to define them in order to know what to do to get over them.   Okay so I looked through the ten types. I got nothin’. Still. I haven’t even become enough of a writer to have at least 7 of them! Another google search and I find many, many images of writer’s block. Here is one linked to a pretty neat writer’s blog. Nickety recommends typing past your writer’s block….start a blog about it! We think alike. Only I started a post…a lower level of commitment.

Okay. I have written for 30 minutes. It may be drivel.  But I met my writing committment today. Yeah!

The coffee pot is calling…and my dog is giving me the lets walk now look. This is my exercise solution to my writer’s block and its dog approved

. Lets hope something comes to mind.