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.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Succinctly Yours Week 198: Driven to Dis-traction

Thank you to Grandma’s Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours! The purpose of this delightful challenge is to exercise our brain cells and churn out a story of 140 words or 140 characters or fewer. The bonus word this week was “taboo.”


After Ty’s accident, he declared it taboo to mention his once-great invention of a new sport: Downstairs Snow-Biking.  100

It is now taboo to mention REO Speedwagon to Ty. Once their biggest fan, he misunderstood the lyrics of “Ridin’ the Storm Out” and tried to recreate the song. 130



Sometimes we feel that we are barely pulling ourselves forward through a tight tunnel on badly scraped-up elbows. But we do come out the other side, exhausted and changed. ~Anne Lamott, Stitches

18 comments:

  1. I guess the packaging issue was the real reason that Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Velocipedes were discontinued.

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  2. OMG I am laughing out loud at that last one!

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  3. LOL-Downstairs snow biking...it definitely requires a helmet.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Ha! At the least, by the looks of it.

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  4. What a great Lamott quote, and funny stories to go with the photo. You do such a great job with these, Tammy.

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    1. Thanks, Sioux. Isn't that a great quote? I have a hard time reading her books because I have to stop so often to copy the quotes.

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  5. Hari OM
    HAH!!! Both fabby... YAM xx

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  6. My computer won't let me see the pic, so I'm having to use my imagination. Either way, your micros are clever, and as usual you employed the bonus word with ease!

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    1. Really?? That happened to me for a while, and it ended up being my server. Fortunately you have a first-rate imagination!

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  7. Loving what you come up with, as usual, Tammy, especially the second one -- love REO! And I LOVE the Anne Lamott quote, of course. Can relate to the badly scraped elbows ;) Hope your new year is off to a great start!

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    1. Thanks so much, Teri! Isn't that a great quote? I think most writers can probably relate to those elbows.

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  8. You are so good! Love these - and the ones in the previous posts that I hadn't commented on. Totally forgot about REO Speedwagon, love that song.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! I just saw REO in concert for the third time last summer. That's a great reminder that I highly recommend!

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  9. I found this challenge particularly difficult, but you have aced it. Maybe downstairs snowbiking is the next new olympic sport!

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    1. You might have found it difficult, but you sure rose to that challenge. Thank you for your comments and for stopping by!

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