Monday, April 24, 2006

Neel Mehta does this thang where he writes a short story each week, with the caveat being that the story must be exactly 55 words in length. He calls it "55 Fiction Friday". Other bloggers have hopped on the bandwagon.

This is intriguing to me, but aside from the occasional exaggeration into absurdity, I have no abilities in the area of fiction. I will, however, attempt to write a 55 word non-fiction blog entry about my most recent trip to a public restroom. Here goes:

A man stood in front of the restroom door. "I can't open it. I just can't," he admitted cheerfully.

Warily, I opened the door and he peed alongside me, regaling me with unwanted tales of germophobia and OCD. Afterwards I washed my hands slowly to see how he'd exit the bathroom.

He used his elbows.


Janelle Renee said...

I wrote my first one the other night. I don't know if I want the world to see it yet. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll post it tomorrow.

Neel is great. Now that I think about it, he is too good. Down with Neel! (Just kidding, Neel.)

qiliax-- A laxative formulated specifically for porcupines.

Mike said...

Yeah, post that baby! The worst that can happen is that it will be horrible and you will be shunned worldwide. Odds are low that people will die as a result of your post.

I'm a the-glass-is-half-full kind of guy.

Neel Mehta said...

I think 55 Nonfiction would be a terrific counterpart. (This one reads like fiction anyway.)

Welcome to the fold. Joining us, JR?

Mike said...

Yeah, I'll leave fiction to the creative people. I may revisit this form, however, the next time I have a topic like this, where it's a short little slice-of-life experience.