Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Succinctly Yours #170: In Hindsight

Succinctly Yours is a meme offered by the ever-generous Grandma’s Goulash to participants who wish to post a story of 140 characters (or 140 words) along with the picture that inspired it. Don't forget to  link back to Grandma’s lovely blog and check out the various entries. The bonus word for the week was “nibble.”

Bert Muppet, like Pinocchio, wanted to become a real boy. Once he’d had a nibble, however, he wanted to get back at everyone who’d had a hand in this. Hindsight’s 20/20. (139 characters)
Bert had always dreamed of becoming a professional stalker. He didn’t understand why his creative headshot didn’t earn him so much as a nibble from potential clients.  (140 characters)



I really do think "Bert" is a handsome young man. I believe it was just the expression—not to mention the mirror—that got me!


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill   

15 comments:

  1. What an odd photo, and you wrote two quirky captions, Tammy. I agree--"Bert" is not an odd-looking guy, it's the mirror and the facial expression that makes us laugh or take a second look.

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    1. Well, yes. And you really have to imagine his hair sticking up....

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  2. I do think that image in the mirror is a little creepy. It makes him look like he's got something on his mind that I wouldn't want to hang around to discover.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Thanks, Pat. In the movie, there would be some pretty scary music with that shot, huh?

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  3. Heh, heh. Creative head shot! Bert looks like the kind of guy who can tell you where the bodies are buried.

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    1. Good point, Val. Maybe that's why it looks like he's in the wilderness. Maybe that's a police motorcycle and he's working out a bargain.

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  4. It may be only is facial expression, but I wouldn't want to see him in my mirror!

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    1. Me either, Judy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. All of us guys can't be real handsome, Tammy.
    What does a fellow do if he is really nice but looks like this?
    (he combs his hair better, maybe even gets a really good haircut)
    (When younger I used to get stopped when riding my motorcycle, just to check me out.)
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    1. My hair was below my collar, with a helmet on that was about all they could see.
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    2. I'm not sure what a fellow does, Jim, but I do know what he shouldn't do - stand in someone's rearview mirror with that expression! Seriously, though, I remember when hair below the collar was the norm for men. I also remember when most people on motorcycles didn't wear a helmet, so good for you!

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  6. I am envious of your ability to create wonderful scenes with such brevity. Bert reminds me of the kid at B&N when we first started out. He may be on the lookout for the WWWPs

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    1. Thanks for the best laugh I've had in a while, Linda! You're absolutely right - especially the expression!

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  7. These "nibbles" make me crave the whole story! Love them both -- poor Bert! Again, your talent at constructing these 140-word gems is amazing.

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