Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Straw clutching

Bloggie friends – the wonderful Simon of Spellmaking has advertised a couple of flash fiction competitions (click here for further details) that I thought I’d have a go at entering.

One of the competitions is to write a story as sublime as Ernest Hemingway’s “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”.

So far my muse is eluding me.

Nevermind. I console myself that even if I may never be able to create a 6 worded story as superb as Mr H’s at least we have two things in common.

He liked cats and he liked his adult beverages! LOL!


Charlie says: I do not see the point of this blog piece. I am going next door.


Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Another blogger friend just posted about the Hemingway festival today, and she posted about his six-toed cats last week.

ABBY said...

Charlie we can't wait to hear what you have to say about Hemingway!

Bye handsome Charlie!

purrin
xo
abby

umi_e said...

Have a good rest ;)

Brian said...

Oh Charlie, stick around and be the inspiration, don't be Charlie Cataway!!!

notesfromnadir said...

What's next door, Charlie?

Summer said...

Oh, Papa...

Wow, I couldn't take that kind of pressure. I'm not the competitive type, but best of luck to you!!

KarenG said...

So Hemingway was the inventor of flash fiction before it was even invented! I bet you can do it, I bet you can write one that good! I believe in you. And seeing that photo of old Ernest makes me want to go write for 6 hours. I didn't realise Charlie had a perfect black circle on his back. He just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

Ann Best said...

I love the black and white photo - and as always, Charlie's droll comment.

A big hug from me and Jen!!

The Creek Cats said...

Hi Charlie!! Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

laughingwolf said...

no one can match ol ernie, but we have to try to get close to his level ;) lol

Katnip Lounge said...

Hemmingway was a genius. Oh yeah, and he wrote pretty good, too.

Deb said...

That is a great photo of him. I loved his writing and of course that he adored cats. Deb =^..^=x5

The Chair Speaks said...

Love Charlie's splotch!

fairyhedgehog said...

Charlie's just jealous because another cat is looking cool on this blog!

Ann said...

I don't think I could manage a six word story. I am Irish, I can't say anything in six words! That's why I write. :)

Kea said...

Do you ever check out the Hemingway cat site? There's a live web cam, but it's not always so easy to see any of the polydactyl cats!

Good luck with the competitions; I hope your Muse doesn't elude you for long.

Kitty kisses to Charlie. :-)

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Maybe some strong RUMBLEPURRs will help your muse come back?

Theresa Milstein said...

Tsk tsk, Charlie. So hard on her! Six-word stories aren't easy.

I'm reading a book about literary greats. Now I know I'll never be one because they were all NUTS. I mean, alcohol and drugs, phobias, sex issues, and overall madness. How did they understand so much about the human condition and make such a mess of their own lives? Plus, most of them were horrid to their literary contemporaries.

Anyway, good luck! Find your inner-moxie.

The Monkeys said...

We haven't known you very long, but we have faith in your ability to write something amazing!

Marg said...

Can't wait to see what you write in both of those contests. That should be fun for you. Now, Charlie, you need to stay home and pester Mom to get that brain of hers into gear so she can win that writing course. Have a great day and take care.

Guinevere said...

Disapproving Charlie always makes me laugh! :)

And for all his faults, those are two things to love about Hemingway!

Hannah and Lucy said...

For your six word piece you won't need to worry about adjectives then!!
Charlie is looking very handsome today - Hannah and Lucy send you lots of purrs.

Susan Fields said...

I've never tried flash fiction, but it sounds like it would a fun (though tough!) challenge. Good luck!

Madi and Mom said...

Good morning...this is my first visit to your blog. Bossy Betty sent me over. She was right I did thoroughly enjoy the visit and will be back.
Madi and Mom

Alexandra Crocodile said...

I agree - that was Hemingway's best work - at least that's what he thought:)
Here's my two cents; inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Five vanished girls, never seen again.

Simon Kewin said...

Hi,

Oh, thanks for that - I didn't know I was wonderful! I do definitely think you should have a go!

Ellie said...

The Arvon six-word contest is great fun. I've submitted six entries myself.

Has Charlie gone next door because he's jealous?

Bossy Betty said...

Charlie--I understand. You have much more important things to think about! Love the way this picture brings out the spot on your back!

Bossy Betty said...

Charlie--I understand. You have much more important things to think about! Love the way this picture brings out the spot on your back!

Hart Johnson said...

I am not a fan of Mr. Hemingway's writing, but I like a lot of his side stuff. A friend visited Cuba about a year ago, and spoke of the Hemingway cats (a feral tribe that people just feed--he first brought them there)

NPR did a feature on these 6 word stories and there were some FABULOUS ones, so I have no doubt you can do it.

penandpaints said...

Aw Charlie, don't go!
Hehe, thanks for the link, looks very interesting
x

Words A Day said...

Nice photo of the old man! - i must be alone in just not finding him a good read - oops, I'd better run and hide with Charlie!

The Island Cats said...

Didja know I was named after that Hemingway guy??

Ernie

wildcatwoodscats said...

Been to his Key West home and loved all the cats stillroaming about. You can do what he did and better - just write!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I visited one of Hemingway's homes tat was located in Key West, Florida. It is now a museum and it is still full of cats that are taken care of by his estate. They could be descendants of this cat in the photo you posted :)

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Earnest Hemmingway's cat looks just like my Wendell.