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Microfiction: Joyful Noise, Jealous Noise

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   22 Comments | Posted in Chatty Cathy · Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Succinctly Yours

Good Monday Morning!

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. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “renegade.”  My stories are below.

Joyful Noise
“Ocean and fishies and seashells and waves and seaweed and jelly-fishies. . .
I love you thiiiss much!” 
Kara laughed and called to the sea.   
(139 characters)
* * * * * * * * * *
 Jealous Noise
“She wants to swim with us. Why ignore her?” Asked Ken.
“She’s Chatty Cathy,” Barbie hissed. “That blabby little pull-string renegade!”   
(136 characters)

Joyful Noise — I agree with the child in my microfiction story. The ocean rocks. Not everyone likes the beach; the sun, salt and sticky sand does not appeal to all. But for me it’s like coming home. The ocean with all its scents, sounds and miraculous creatures will always fascinate and fuel my muse.

Jealous Noise — Although Barbie “talked” with a pull-string, Chatty Cathy is the one who pioneered that particular technology. (There were other dolls, as early as the 1893, who played recorded messages, but they were expensive to produce and didn’t last.)  Barbie enjoyed the last laugh, though. Chatty Cathy was only produced from 1959-1964; re-issued in 1969 (and voiced by Maureen McCormick of The Brady Bunch fame), and then again in 1998 and 1999 for collectors. Barbie, of course, never stopped haunting the shelves. Introduced in 1959, the same year as Chatty Cathy, Barbie continues to be a big seller.

Now you’ve got the dirt on that blabby little pull-string renegade, and your Monday is complete. Enjoy the day! See you Wednesday for the naked truth about. . .something!


22 Responses to "Microfiction: Joyful Noise, Jealous Noise"

  1. Comment by Sarah
    July 11, 2011 at 6:39 am  

    "blabby little pull-string renegade" is pretty awesome. You've worked a lot of elements in this week! Great job!

  2. Comment by Anonymous
    July 11, 2011 at 7:06 am  

    Had to laugh at "Chatty Cathy". I was a bit older and we used that phrase to tag friends who were non-stop talkers. Arkansas Patti

  3. Comment by Sioux
    July 11, 2011 at 7:27 am  

    I had a Chatty Cathy at one time, along with some original Barbies. (Barbie was born the same year as I was, but the ones I had were given to me by older friends. Sadly, the ones I had I also gave haircuts to; perhaps if they were in their "original" condition, they'd be worth something to collectors.)I agree with Sarah–you always pack a lot into just a few characters.

  4. Comment by Akelamalu
    July 11, 2011 at 7:58 am  

    Two good ones. I particularly like the first one though because I love the sea and the beach so I know how she feels. 🙂

  5. Comment by BECKY
    July 11, 2011 at 9:34 am  

    Loved them! I might give this a try, because I think you know I love micro fiction,too!

  6. Comment by Mama Zen
    July 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm  

    Joyful Noise is just too cute!

  7. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm  

    I love the ocean too. Something about it is so relaxing.I was a bit too old to have a Barbie or a Chattie Cathy. Calico had some Barbies. My clearest memory is how much all those Barbie accessories cost! Thanks so much for providing the doll history. I would have enjoyed the microfictions on the own, but this was a lovely enhancement.

  8. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm  

    Can't choose which one I like better. You are so good at micro fiction.

  9. Comment by Susan Fobes
    July 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm  

    The ocean is the only place that can calm me, and every year we make the pilgrimage…Number two is my favorite this week. I don't remember Chatty Cathy, but I had a baby doll named Timey Tell-you set the dial on her watch and she told you the time and what she should be doing. (I still have her, although the pull string doesn't work anymore…)

  10. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    July 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm  

    No contest for me, I love the first one, probably because I love the ocean.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Comment by Tony Benson
    July 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm  

    I love them both. I particularly love the voice and expression in the first one. You've caught the art of saying so much with so few words.

  12. Comment by Helen
    July 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm  

    Oh the first story was so sweet. The second made me laugh.

  13. Comment by Jim
    July 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm  

    Joyful Noise ~~ I like the sea too. We live fairly close but don't go anymore. Jealous Noise ~~ Name appeal here, huh?..

  14. Comment by Lynn
    July 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm  

    As always, you are the Queen of Microfiction! Loved them both!

  15. Comment by Val Thevictorian
    July 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm  

    I like the second one, because just maybe, in real life, my name is a form of "Cathy", and even though I didn't have a Chatty Cathy doll, I had the next best thing, a Baby First Step, who was a giant plastic blond who walked like Frankenstein.

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm  

    Thanks for your comments, y'all! I love this week's picture. With all this Dixieland heat we've got going on, a beach photo was just the ticket. 🙂

  17. Comment by Tammy
    July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm  

    You are magic with words. Thanks for the background on Barbie and Chatty Cathy! Loved it!

  18. Comment by Pat
    July 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm  

    The first one echoes my sentiments, too, I love the ocean. It was always a great treat when my mom would drive the 1+ hour to get to the beach and we'd have glorious full day jumping in waves and making sand castles. Your second one cracked me up! I was 11 when Barbie first came out, so I was past the doll stage, but I think my younger sister had one. I did have a "Miss Revlon" doll that was a fashion doll precursor to Barbie. I made clothes for her because we were too poor to buy them. Your SYs are always fun to read, Lisa!

  19. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm  

    Love the contrast in these two! What wonderful stories you could write from them…:)

  20. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm  

    I used to have a Chatty Cathy. Wish I knew what happened to it. I like your take on the photo, though – or takeS.

  21. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 13, 2011 at 11:06 am  

    I love #2, but thought, hey, wait a minute, is she talkin' about me??? LOL. I used to have a Chatty Cathy doll, though I was never too much for Barbie's (though I did love making houses and furniture for my sisters for them).That sure is a great picture. Kathy M.

  22. Comment by K9friend
    July 14, 2011 at 7:55 am  

    The Chatty Cathy analagy brought back some memories. She was quite the "item" back in the day. So much so that the Twilight Zone did an episode featuring a similar doll…except this one said things like, "My name is Talking Tina and I'm going to kill you." Definitely made me NOT want to get a talking

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