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October 24 2006

An exclusive Joss Whedon story. It won't be what you expect.

Comments to be six words long?

I would try my hand at a six-word comment, but I'm just not clever enough.

Here's a dull yet complimentary six words, though:

That was a good find, Simon.
Blog posts news story. Much rejoicing.
Story concise. Link direct. Happiness ensues.
Excellent illustration of less is more.

In all seriousness, though, a number of the submissions are great examples of how saying less can give more meaning. Hemingway's original 6 word story is pretty darn disturbing because of what is said, for one, but also what is not said. Compare that to a horror movie where you having 3 mediums in use (words, visuals, and music) whose sole purpose is to be disturbing and I don't know that a movie could be made to match Hemingway's story.

As to Joss's submission, blast if it doesn't leave me asking "WTF, give me a sequel! I want more!"
Whedon, Atwood: brevity and wit. Nice.
Whedon uncharacteristically vague towards context. Killer?

New Atwood book available. Bookstore bound.
Very haiku; great writers triumph again!
Read it. Enjoyed it. Left comment.
From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
- Gregory Maguire

That's my favorite.
Believe in faith, humanity, and love.

Love and sacrifice are Buffy's gift.

Too few words for bright minds!

Ok, im done. No really! Seriously!
Your comments are great. Me proud.
Very entertaining stories. Moving along now.
Wish I could write that well.
Diverse authors yield diverse stories, sorta.
Would that I could do this.

Joss Whedon, my master, strikes again.

Joss Whedon. Gesundheit! Haiku! Simon proud.

Love David Brin. Sigh. Clever much?
Special clever words. Fiction geniuses spoke.
I like Alan Moore's one. Good.
Lacks rocket launcher and emotional resonance.
Anyone else thinking "Graduation Day Part 3"?

[ edited by malcolm on 2006-10-24 12:03 ]
Insightful. Witty. Take off that dress.
wow! That was very shiny, indeed.
Trust Joss to deliver. Morbid, much?
Six words? Leaves me wanting more.
Popular theme:technology goes kablooey. Hmmmm.
If less more, Moore is least.

Joss Whedon rules. Love that guy.

(though not in the gay way)

Whedon writes story ? Check. Head ? Checked.

Like flash fiction. Perfect loo reads ;).

Something from Warren Ellis, months old:

Here's a little story I wrote on LJ the other week:


The little girl sat crying on the park bench, clutching a pink
backpack with an envelope sticking out of it. I sat next to her,
phone in my hand. Are you lost?"

"No. My mummy and daddy died and I have to live with Grandma
who hates me so I'm running away."

"Oh, honey," I said. "I'm so sorry about your parents."

"Grandma makes me do horrible things and when I complain she
makes me read the note mummy and daddy left me before they died."

She gave me the envelope. The note inside read:

"You made us do this."

Warren Ellis 2006

6 words ? No. Story ? Most definitely.

(edited per Simon's blurb request. Ish)

[ edited by Saje on 2006-10-24 14:25 ]
So many feelings from 6 words

Snickers, thrills, shudders, tears and sighs

Major chills from Warren Ellis story
Great find, Simon! Made my day.
Love you, Simon! Writing class today.
Saje - best Ellis stories found on net.

Have you read the Falconer series?

Many concise quotes and advice there. I mean in the link above. But also in Falconer - raw Ellis.

[ edited by havok on 2006-10-24 15:17 ]

[ edited by havok on 2006-10-24 15:18 ]
I chomp on waffle, and grin.
Read stories. Jolt! Joss's of course.

Liked others lots, but no jolts.

Thanks Saje. Good Warren Ellis story.

Simon, love link and comments suggestion.
Hurricane Paul weakens. Bomb the school!

Come as you are. Penis optional.

Save the cheerleader. Save the world.
(That's not mine, but it works.)

Blood red floor. Fade to white.

[ edited by Nebula1400 on 2006-10-24 15:43 ]
Whedon! Whedon! He is our man!
Move it along, nothing to see.

'Cos thank God, I'll never tell.
David Brin: having too much fun.
Joss Whedon: disturbing AND funny.
Whedon, Atwood. Also, Orson Scott Card!

But, where pictures?
fantastic mental break! Looking back at the professor now...
Orson Scott Card ripoff. Overdone. Suprised?
I came. I saw. I enjoyed.
Nine-faced glowbug. Sum hearts more.
Whedons good, now when's the movie?
Sides hurt, imagining various dellusional images.
Pretty good. My favorite post today.
Read campy saga. Much giggling ensued.
My eyes hurt, Buffy died again.
Firefly Crashed, Serenity Revived, we dream.

ETA: I didn't realize Margaret Atwood was recognized outside of Canada. Colour me surprised. Had to read two of her books in high school, Cat's Eye, and Handmaid's Tale. I quite recommend Handmaid's tale, its abit creepifying actually consider the present we live in(and that book was written 20 years ago i think?)

[ edited by kurya on 2006-10-24 19:19 ]
Gown Removed Carelessly. Head, less so.

Joss writes hot scene. Adds gore.
Detach credits from stories - many guessable.
Six word stories? Literaracy teachers angry.

Handmaid's Tale in America: Coming Soon.

(see also):

Heinlein's Revolt in 2100 -- theocratic nightmares
Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing: Dys+U-topias
OOO, thanx for the tip, QG.

Joss writes hot scene. Adds gore.

Joss, too kinky for my taste.
I'm sorry, I don't get it.
Liked the stories. Politics, less so.
Tried to write short story. Couldn't count.
Gown Removed Carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon

Joss, when do we get the movie adaptation of this story?

Seriously though, that's just really funny for some reason.
Whedon's great. Sequel soon? Just kidding.
The dead can walk... and sing!
Gown Removed Carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon

Plot for Goners? Mia wills it.
Some writers too serious. Joss not.
Faulty concision often leads to derision.
Deadlines looming. Procrastinating on Whedonesque. Frak.
Midterm grades due. Here I am.
Mental anguish. Give Americans Angel Collection.
Joss locked in my basement. Stories!

No, really. Let's kidnap that guy!
That Joss, he rocks my socks.

Tonya J: I hear ya!
Lawyers from Universal killed Browncoats' love.
Drinking beer with Joss. In dreams.
ETA: I didn't realize Margaret Atwood was recognized outside of Canada. Colour me surprised.

Margaret Atwood has been very well-known in the U.S. for many years, particularly in feminist circles. (Admission - I read Handmaid's Tale when it was released.) I'm surprised to see her considered a sci fi writer. True, The Handmaid's Tale is set in a future time, but more in the way that 1984 is. Although I have to admit the giant squid story certainly has science fictiony elements.
She's dead. Wrapped in plastic.
--David Lynch
Can't believe this one hasn't been listed yet.

"Out - for - a - walk. Bitch."
"Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so."

Already filmed as "Teacher's Pet," almost.

[ edited by WilliamTheB on 2006-10-25 03:26 ]
Should numbers dictate, "a VERY exclusive..."?
fade2dust: "Lawyers from Universal killed Browncoats' love."

"Cease and Desist" Makes Activists... Begin

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