Wired Magazine had a nice little feature in which it asked writers, filmakers and others to compose a Science Fiction Story in just six words. This is in the model of Hemmingway’s very famous story: “For Sale: baby shoes. Never worn.”
Then I got to thinking, the technology liaisons in the National Writing Project are writers by nature and, although pressed for time, they might be able to pull together six words and create a short story.
So I launched a Wiki, sent out e-invites, added a video welcome, and began mapping (with CommunityWalk) where the writers live in the world. And I am urging them to record an audio version of their six word stories, either as an MP3 or through Vaestro. It’s been very interesting.
Here are a few responses:
- “Inkless pen composes poem. Human deactivated.” — Kevin, Western Massachusetts Writing Project,
- Sadly mistaken, key-we eaten with skin? – Barb, Appleseed Writing Project, Indiana
- “He scratched escaping his own flesh.”– Janelle, Texas Bluebonnet Writing Project
- “Car locked. Keys lost. Stuck. Help!”–Cynthia, Alcorn Writing Project, Mississippi
- Time machine invented. Needed it yesterday. — Sandy, Minnesota Writing Project
- Only God reads hopeful blogger’s meditations. — Scott, Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project
- Poison kisses feed furious, frenzied fantasies.—Lynne, UCLA Writing Project, California
- Picked his brain; there’s nothing left. – Karen, Marshall University Writing Project, West Virginia
- Watching him laugh made me cry. – Kelly, Texas Bluebonnet Writing Project. Texas
- CPM, IBM, email, www. RSS, next? – Donna, Lehigh Valley Writing Project, Pennsylvania
- Title: The End of the Affair (a short romance by Scott, KMWP) Listserv message. Lover hit “reply.” Ooops!
- Got the call. Broke my heart. – Scott, Texas Bluebonnet Writing Project, Texas
- Online avatar secures freedom, files lawsuit — Kevin, WMWP (listen to story)
I recorded and posted an audio version of my first story.
PS — here is our map:CommunityWalk Map – SixWordStories Mapping