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, November 30, 2014

Succinctly Yours #193: Dangling…or Marry-onette

Thank you to Grandma’s Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours! The idea of this meme is to use the photo as inspiration to simmer a story down to 140 words or 140 characters. The bonus word this week was “hesitate.”

Glenda didn’t hesitate to carry as her bouquet the broom switch she used to keep Enrique in line. 80

Enrique didn’t hesitate to become entangled with Glenda and snag her as his bride. They both felt compelled by something from above. 111

During the elimination challenge of “Top Chef,” Glenda, knowing her position hung by a thread, didn’t hesitate to use broom straw as her secret ingredient. She won. 138

I met an old lady once, almost one hundred years old, and she told me, “There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge?” Everything else is somehow manageable. But these two questions of love and control undo us all, trip us up and cause war, grief and suffering. ~Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. Hari OM
    Hehehe, loved these - and yes it seems we caught a similar 'thread' &*> YAM xx

  2. Tammy--

    With each of these super short stories, you prove you know how to craft them as you show us the ropes.

    Instead of saying, "I do," perhaps Glenda and Enrique could say, " I, WOOD" ?

    You left us hanging with the endings...

    1. Good ones! Your comments just kept stringing me along.

  3. Heh, heh. "...compelled by something from above." That's my favorite part.

  4. I love the way Glenda is adept at using the broom as a multipurpose tool. lol You showed off your wordsmithing skills with the subtle nods to their marionette status without hitting us over the heads with it. Perfect.

  5. All excellent, with a slight edge to story #3!

    Critter Alley

  6. A fine threesome. I'm still chuckling over the first. Glenda obviously knows the secret of a good marriage. lol


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