Friday, August 19, 2011

give me a word

So, I recently entered in a 100 character (including spaces) contest. I was assigned a word which I had to use in the economical story. I have done well so far making it to the finals. The last word was "oxygen" and the story I submitted is as follows:
He collected fallen branches and hid them under her bed. He thought they might give her more oxygen.
This story came to me immediately because the idea of oxygen or lack of oxygen rather, the feeling of drowning and finding the places where I can breathe underwater are themes I have been exploring in my writing over the last year. As kids, my brother used to collect walking sticks every time we went on a hike. We'd come home from Yosemite, Mammoth, even Yellowstone with all of these fallen rotting branches and Shaun would store them in the corner of our shared closet. The pile got so big that if you slammed the door, they would all spill to the floor, setting off our neighbor, a disturbed insomniac. I never questioned the sticks. They annoyed me but I didn't really consider the oddity they were. We had such limited space as it was, having to share a bedroom during high school. Why Shaun chose to give up prime realty of his half was something I didn't think much about until my Dad suggested it was time he threw them away and I saw how much they meant to him. Maybe he just wanted to be reminded that there were places in the world where we all could breathe a little better, a place in the world where there was space and stars, and beauty we could never truly appreciate. 
I don't know the results of the finals yet but they don't really matter to me because I feel proud of this 100 Character story. My brother called me recently and I realized how much I have missed him. It is nice to be back in touch. So I thought it might be fun if people threw out some words and I could try to try some 100 Character stories and encourage any and all readers of this private blog to join in. Who has the first word?

6 comments:

daleboca said...

I love this invitation. Some words you might want to consider using (or not) are (in on particular order) - salami, crib, spanking, smell, drool
you can see that I am limited. am i supposed to write something with a word you give me? i love this new interactive feature:) have you won any of the contests? send me more links to vote. i voted but on a different set.

tony said...

i don't know the final results yet and there was no voting for that round. I'll post your stories! My words to you are: delicate, breast, sting. Choose any or write three using one word in each.

daleboca said...

Did I drink strawberry milk from your tetas? No, I said looking at him looking at my breasts.

daleboca said...

She wished to float like a butterfly or sting like a bee but instead cried, like a baby.

Carmen said...

oooh! i like this interactive feature as well. is it too late?
my words would be: small, wise, covered

tony said...

cool. Carmen, my words to you are:
jelly, hoof, arrive