Welcome to my world! My name's Nik, and I'm a British expatriate who has been living in Paris, France for the last five years. Even though I never planned to stay in Paris for very long, now I'm here I've no plans to leave soon - the beauty of Paris has never worn off, and so far it's been a five year long vacation! Enjoy my ramblings...

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Short stories

Wired had an article about very very short stories. Apparently Hemingway felt his best work ever was;

'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.'

Wired asked a bunch of modern writers (including William Shatner?) to have a go, and to write something with six or less words. There were some pretty good ones, and some not so good ones, although Mr Hemingway's was still head & shoulders above them all (ok, as a fan I'm a bit biased). Hmm, on writing that I'd just like to curse a certain shampoo brand...

Anyway, while waiting for my laundry to finish (took quite a while as the machine kept breaking down), I had a go myself. The Wired article was mainly for sci fi, but I thought I'd broaden my topics a little;

'Hate you! Ah, no, love you.'

Sci Fi:
'Time travel, carreful what du chângchinese.gif'

'Damn you Admiral! Hard to starboard...'

Crime thriller:
'A clue? Dashing detective, that's you!'

Hollywood file
'Captured! Run around, big explosion, free!'

'Look out Scooby doo! Meddling kids!'

Seems I'm a bit partial to exclamation marks, and I wonder if using apostrophes is cheating?
Still no Hemingway beaters, although I'll save the last for one from Wired's article, which was Joss Whedon's (Buffy creator);

'Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.'