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Microfiction: Creative Geniuses (Steve and Em)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Stephen King

Good Monday morning! Hope y’all had a great weekend and managed to stay cool. I think that’s probably a given for my friends in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, but the rest of us are still waiting out the summer swelter. Ugh.  Please remind me of my complaint come January when I’m whining about the cold.

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. Adding to the challenge is the word of the week, “tepid.”  My stories are below.

 Steve – Creative Genius #1 
(137 characters)
“Ain’t that the writer’s house?” asked Bo.

“Yep,” said Ed.

“Spooky,” Bo observed.

Ed nodded. “That King feller don’t do nuthin’ halfway.”

*  *  *  *
Em – Creative Genius #2 
(140 characters)

Em, tepid soul, hated social interaction. The likeness of a ghostly apparition in her window put folks off and gave Em a good laugh to boot.  
When I first saw the pic on Grandma’s site I was unsure what was in the window and enlarged the photo to be certain. Eek! It creeped me out at first, but after a while seemed contrived, so I opted to go with that angle. I’m curious to read the other microfiction stories to see what my creative MF pals have dreamed up. If you’re curious, too, visit Grandma’s blog HERE and link to the other MF tales.
If you enjoy a good ghost story, come back on Wednesday. You’ll see a couple photos from my daughter’s ghost walk in Asheville, North Carolina that will give you the willies. 
See you then!

14 Responses to "Microfiction: Creative Geniuses (Steve and Em)"

  1. Comment by Monica Manning
    August 22, 2011 at 8:27 am  

    I've seen pictures of King's house. He really doesn't do anything halfway.'tepid soul'. Love that!

  2. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    August 22, 2011 at 8:39 am  

    I love the second one, Lisa. That sounds like a trick I might have to try next time I want to take a two hour nap. 🙂 Happy Monday to you, too!

  3. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    August 22, 2011 at 9:44 am  

    Oh yeah, that has to be Stephen King's house, or his creepy brother Frank…the one that doesn't smile and only has one eye. Okay I made that up but if it were true he would live in that house.

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 22, 2011 at 10:21 am  

    Hi Lisa, that is eerie looking! Both blurbs fit the picture equally well … I loved thinking about it being Stephen King's house though.It was actually hot here, in the 90's, but not unbearably…the first "hot" day all year so far. I sure wish you guys would get a break!Kathy

  5. Comment by Akelamalu
    August 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm  

    Two great takes on the pic! Most people seem to have gone for the haunted story this week. 🙂

  6. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    August 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm  

    A house like this would certainly provide some story inspiration for Mr. King – not that he needs it.I could just picture Em snickering as folks ran from her house. We have a neighbor who thinks she needs to knock on our door several times a day. Wonder if this would work on her. 😀

  7. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm  

    These are great! Loved the one about King. Happy Monday!

  8. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    August 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm  

    Your King-themed entry is genius! It leaves me shivered! LOL!

  9. Comment by Pat
    August 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm  

    I like your nod to S. King in the first one, and I like Em's introverted way to entertain herself in the second! Two cute ones again!

  10. Comment by Helen
    August 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm  

    I liked the second one better, good take on the photo.

  11. Comment by Jim
    August 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm  

    Hi Lisa ~~ You had a hard time imagining Mr. King or anyone else living in this very sad building, didn't you?Poor Em, I think he has a warped sense of humor…

  12. Comment by Susan
    August 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm  

    Mr. King certainly could use a new decorator! I liked your takes-you're conversations bits are very natural.

  13. Comment by Tammy
    August 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm  

    I absolutely love your take on things! Or "takes" as the case may be!! And those ghostly pictures sound like fun.

  14. Comment by Sonia Lal
    September 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm  

    They are both really good takes! The king one made me laugh.

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