Tuesday, 5 April 2016

81

If you enjoy the challenge of writing to a very tight word count, then this site might interest you. There's no prize, other than the possible kudos of being voted into the top ranking section, and no restrictions on who can take part. (Thanks again to Daniel from Thinkerbeat for passing on the details.)

If it was days, not words, and there were 80 rather than 81 of them ... the illustration still wouldn't make a lot of sense.

16 comments:

  1. Lovely picture, Patsy. Did you go up? I'd be far too terrified to step into the basket. Thanks for the info.

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    1. I didn't go up. Nicola. I can see the appeal, but prefer to watch from the ground.

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  2. Thanks for the link, Patsy - that's a very interesting site. The illustration makes sense to me :-) xx

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    1. Our minds must work in similar ways, Teresa - maybe it's something to do with connecting up plot threads?

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  3. Thanks for the link, Patsy. I have to say I don't agree with his assertion that this sort of challenge isn't too demanding of our time. The ability to craft a beautiful piece of writing in just 81 words requires skill and hard work which equals taking time to do it. :)

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    1. I tend to agree, Susan. Per word, very short stories can take longer than novels.

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  4. Hehehe I caught that reference. ;-)

    I have no chance of writing an 81 word story, though. I'm way too wordy.

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  5. Great link Patsy! Clearly, he is a basket case! I wonder why he chose 81.

    Your photo is beautiful. Stephen doesn't paint balloons, but capturing spinnaker sails is a challenge. Check out his 'Merlins' painting on his site at www.salcombe-art.com

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    1. Basket case isn't what I was thinking of, or even the lack of hot air permitted in 81 words - but now I have thought of them, I'm taking credit for those as well.

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  6. I like the photo. Watching hot air balloons being inflated is fascinating, Patsy, but you wouldn't get me flying in one!

    Yes, got the reference too. :-)

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    1. There are better ways to travel, aren't there?

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  7. Nice pic of the resting balloons and it wouldn't make sense in either case.

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    1. You're right, Oscar - it doesn't make actual sense. More a tenuos link.

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  8. I know you print these very short story links just for me Patsy. Ok, maybe not, but thank you anyway. As I can't write at length to save my life and therefore will never write a novel, these little short story gems are made for me.

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    1. Now I know how keen on them you are, Maggie, I shall look out for more.

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