Hey, how about a bonus blog post tonight? In addition to my work over at CXPulp.com, I’m also a regular on many internet forums on various subjects, including the writer-focused forum AbsoluteWrite. A couple of weeks ago, one of the members of the forum offered a challenge for writers: sign up to attempt a “drabble” on your blog. A “drabble” is a super-short piece of fiction, 100 words give or take. While my students hear “100 words” and start weeping into their textbooks, they really have no concept of just how short a work that is.
Anyway, it’s my turn in the challenge, so this afternoon I dashed off an idea that bubbled to my head a couple of days ago. To my shock, the first draft was a whopping 173 words. This 100-word challenge isn’t as easy as it looks. So I looked at my idea, rolled it around in my head, and found a different way to compose it that allowed me to throw out a lot of words that, while necessary grammatically (I am an English teacher, you know) were not necessary for the story. And thus I present to you…
Inter Office Memos
As per specifications, I’ve synthesized compound discovered in the archives. Result has interesting properties, but concerned we are using last Cylesium to manufacture it. I’m also a worried that we have an order for this stuff already.
Halfway through the Cylesium. Customer may want to start looking for another source. I have theories about compound.
Success, disaster. Sent rat back 12 days. Cost 12 milliliters of compound. No stores left. What good is device with no fuel?
As per specifications, sent the recipe and order to 2015. First shipment should arrive any second.
Eek! I totally forgot to post the links to the blogs of the other hellacool writers who are taking on this challenge. Check out what they did in just 100 little words: