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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Succinctly Yours Week 159: A Picture is Worth...140 Words

Thank you to Grandma’s Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours! The idea of this meme is to use the picture to tell a story in 140 words or 140 characters. The bonus word was “yearn.” I cheated and changed the bonus word's tense. I have two this week, at 118 and 96 characters.

Ever the narcissist, Joey liked to point out his picture for tourists. He yearned for them to say his good looks knew no bounds. 

Ever the ham, Joanne liked to pose next to her picture for tourists. She yearned to have that audience in her pocket. 

He had an opinion of himself, I think, that was too high for his own good.  Or maybe it was the reverse.  Maybe it was a low opinion that he kept trying to erase.  ~Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried


  1. Tammy--You can take any picture and make it make sense or make it entertaining, or both. (And I love "The Things They Carried." It's one of my favorites.)

  2. Thanks, Sioux! (And The Things They Carried is one of my favorites, too.)

  3. His arms too short to box with his likeness!

  4. I like these, Tammy. It was a fun write, you did good. Joey is my kind of guy.

  5. Brilliant, as always. Also love the quote!

    1. And you are kind, as always. Thanks for stopping by, Lynn!

  6. Haha! I love it especially because my son's name is Joey. :) Great job! You always nail it.

  7. Hari OM
    These are spot on Tammy - I liked the 'equality' approach. Theme and variation is a winner! YAM xx

  8. The 'roo sure is smart. Craving for the tourist dollar is not a bad thing! Wonderful write Tammy!


  9. Funny, concise, and clever.
    Oh, and I love the quote from Tim O'Brien. "The Things They Carried" is a classic, especially for anyone who lived through the Vietnam era.


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