What is a Drabble?

by Irwin Lengel

Seeing that I missed my weekly deadline to post an article here, I decided to share with you yet another writing endeavor I became familiar with while on vacation with our son this past summer.

I had several writing goals while with them - one of which was to write a minimum of 200 words a day and while missing this deadline, I must admit that I did pretty good meeting the goal of writing 200 words a day while there.

But I digress - back to the Drabble.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a drabble is - allow me to provide you with the definition:

A drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

When I wasn't in the mood to do the 200 words, although as mentioned, I did pretty good with that goal, I took a stab at writing a few Drabbles one of which I will share here now:

"I was just sitting there minding my own business. At first he went to the table next to me. But then appearing that he could not make up his mind where he wanted to sit, he slowly made his way to my table. Before I could react though, he was on the chair next to me. Not being satisfied there, he picked another chair where he stayed but a minute. When I thought he was leaving, he changed his mind and decided my arm was where he wanted to be. That was it – enough already, Splat! Another fly gone bye-bye!"

What can I say - I must have had too much time on my hands.

Until next time!

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by: Ricardo

Irwin, IF you have come to the place where you are writing about flies, perhaps it is time to search out something that stimulates your creative juices a bit more than flies! I do applaud your desire to "write" on a daily basis....it seems to compel you and that is a good thing....I, also feel driven to put pen in hand!

Sleepless nights
by: Winifred/Michigan

My son used to give me Stephen King's books for my birthday; but after a while, it would take me longer and longer to read them.

The books were usually lengthy, and the scary subjects (i.e. It, the clown, the ghostly twins in The Shining, Carrie's bloodbath, Misery's amputating fan...etc,) caused me to lose sleep!

After a few years, I started reading "Sleeping Beauties" and find now that I really missed King's books and the way he describes a character so vividly. Now I'm back to sleepless nights.

"Siri, play a lullaby", listening to waves on the sound machine...finally, MSNBC repetitive newscasts works!

Wendy: Yeah, I would likely sleep and have nightmares!

Morning Coffee
by: Wendy, www.retirement-online.com

Sometimes I like coffee, sometimes I don't.
Coffee must be mild and full of cream, not heavy and undrinkable mud. I like Bailey's Cream (dairy cream, no alcohol, though that is also good) in my morning coffee. There are no flies in my coffee -- shoo fly shoo! Back to my work, after reading Irwin's slightly disturbing drabble on the demise of a fly!

<<< GRIN! >>>

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