Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday 55

It's time to play "Write a story in 55 words ". When you do, be sure to let the G-Man know, then visit as many contributors as you can. I'll be neighborly and stop by to say Howdy! but it may take me a while this weekend. Why? Read below and you'll see.

Impressed, I contacted our new local newspaper.

I praised their "real" reporting.
The lack of "MURDER!" headlines.
My Representative's article concerning pending legislation
AND its effect on our community.

They requested ideas.
I shared.
My kind words impressed them.
They assigned me a story.

"Bravo!" I yelled.

"Gratis," they whispered.

A new story.
Same ending.


Titus said...

Was that really only 55 words? So much conveyed, all the hope in that "Bravo!", and then the tragic deflation with the last, muted, five words.

It was, we fear, ever thus.

Brian Miller said...

so is this one fiction or...
yeah i do hope you (or your character) enjoys the opportunity...
nice 55.

mine is up!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Well done, Hope!
Do whatever makes you happy?
Mine is here
Have you a great weekend!

Monkey Man said...

Cub reporter? Nice. My 55 iss HERE .

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hmmm. So, a freelancing gig? A story about something that matters?
Many times it seems our endings repeat themselves.

John's comments said...

a writers work is never finished. Late for me, this week, what with work demanding I do what I'm paid to do. I mean, what a cheek. My 55 story here

Charlie said...

You're very good at this, Hope.

What I get from the ending is that news is old news recycled. Just like history, it repeats itself.

Dulce said...

Frelance for free?
Great story in just 55!

hope said...

Titus: yep, only 55. I know because it started at 60 and I had to cut it down. :) Good practice actually. This is a true story...on Saturday I have to go cover my "idea" and write the story for the newspaper. As with the last 4 stories I wrote for newspapers, this one seems to be another freebie. Adds new meaning to the word "Freelance". ;)

Brian: see above. Yeah, I opened my mouth and ended up with more work. But I love to write...who knows what it may lead to some day?

Sh@KiR@ck: Thanks! If I get done writing the story in time, I'll be able to visit everyone's 55.

Monkey Man: no, I have a bad habit of suggesting "great" ideas....which I end up doing. :)

Yvonne, I don't know that a story on an Archery Tournament will save the world...but since Hubby owns an archery shop, it can't hurt.

John: Why DO employers expect one to work for a check? Sigh. Guess that privilege comes after you're elected to office. ;)

Charlie: the history repeating itself is me inadvertently setting myself up for work..for free. :)

Dulce: you nailed it!

Anonymous said...

Didn't Cindy Lauper sing a song about this? LOL Great story my friend.

Mine is up HERE.

Have a great weekend :)

Ji said...

Best wishes!

Cool style on your 55.
Happy Friday!

g-man said...

You work for less than peanuts!!!
So civic minded of you...:-)
Excellent 55 Hope.
A Perfect Contribution!
I just love it when you decide to play...You Rock!!
Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Leslie said...

Hard to carry the torch but go after it!

Nice story in 55

i'm at

Alice Audrey said...

I tell you, everyone always wants something for nothing. But maybe down the road...

Larry said...

of course it would be gratis that is the way the ball bounces don't ya know. love your continuous support to "This Blog OF Mine"

Flash 55's

Thanks for dropping by

Peter Stone said...

So much in those 55 words, and it read so real, so full of promise. Glad to see your comment below that this is a true story. Glad you like to write :)

Akelamalu said...

I sense this is truth rather than fiction - if so - congratulations! :)

PattiKen said...

Gratis? OK, maybe the first one could be free, but after that? Come on.

My 55 is up here.

Mojo said...

Gah. Isn't that always how it is? Something for nothing.