Friday, June 24, 2005

one short fish: a dedicated fish for fun-fish

carl v, i dedicate this post to you, our loyal fish-follower, as you have indirectly asked me for the story of this piano and whether i was going to do the 100-word story. so here you go - remember a picture is worth 10x that much.... For those of you not in the know, Lisa Snellings-Clark and Bob Podrasky have issued the challange. The stories must be stories exactly 100 words in length and no word can be repeated.


"the piano has been drinking, not me" Tom Waits' gravel voice expands, overpowering comedy club exaltations issued from throaty drunken college kids out for an evening of fun. Thursday Night - official party time - half-priced drinks.

"Beer will stumble you right enough but whiskey brings down stars" to make his point, he swings long arms in slow circles ending clumsily upon fake ivory, releasing discordant notes, like fleeing felons, into freedom. I reel, face flushed with childish joy as fingers find keys; feet feel dance steps.

We left melody by roadsides, careened through tuneless stop signs. And never made it home.

9 little fish:

Blogger Benjamin Franklin Gates swam up to say...

Go on

2:01 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

er, okay. for any particular reason? or are you just starved for an audience?

2:06 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i really like this piece. i know this story, i've seen the story, but never has it been crystallized like this.

perfectly complements the image of the piano (which is very tom waits, now that i think of it.)

2:08 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Very wonderful...and I remember that piano picture which makes the whole thing even more cool. You put me to shame, you really do. Excellent job! Hope you submitted it to Mr. Bob?

The only thing I hate about reading these 1oo words stories is that it does weird things to my eyes and mind as I read looking for repeat words...kind of freaks me out.

Again, this is great!

2:24 PM  
Blogger DeeM swam up to say...

I found myself doing the same.
But then focused on the piece because it was so great!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath swam up to say...

I think the format, which makes articles and whatnot relatively scarce since you can only use them once, plays to your fishy poetic strengths...

4:26 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

monkey - thanks, a few years ago (jenn see might remember) i decided to take the word "the" out of my verbal vocabulary - it might have lasted a week, prbably more like a day.

thanks deem and carl, i assure you there is 100 words exactly (not including the title) - i word counted it and excel counted it and re-counted it...

this was kind of a difficult thing to write - i started about three before this one and i owe this one entirely to carl v.

crystalize is a fun word

7:34 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

This looks like a cool idea. A hundred words? Do you do a word count using Word Document?

As for repeating words, sheesh... even pronouns avoid repeating. Talk about obsessive-compulsive me.

*hesitant about trying it...*

2:13 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

Cat, yes i used the word count under tools in MS Word - but i found typing the story word by word down a column in excel crystalizes how many words there are and then (after making sure you've saved the word version of the story) sort the column alphabetically - this'll let you know if you repeated a word.

10:15 AM  

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