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Short short story: a WW contest

A WASHWORDS CONTEST!!!!!!

Write me the shortest short story you can.

Winner gets a prize! (tbd) Reaaaddddy setttt gooooo.

In my “work” fun for DCBlogs, I noticed over the last few weeks that content across the area seemed to be… well, shrinking.

Chalk it up to the beaaauttiffffull weather or maybe (probably) I’m/we’re still not looking in the right place. DCblogs founder Pat had another thought: Writing reducer, thy name is Twitter!

He has a point; not only were there fewer (DC-related, clean, funny, sweet, or otherwise engaging) posts out there, but some that did catch my eye, were literally only as long as their title. That got me thinking….

Twitter’s “thing” is that you leave status lines of 140 characters or less only (think facebook, if you’re umm new to this whole interweb thang; or IM, if you are really new, or umm the p.s. at the end of a letter to your BFF (best friend forever) at sleepaway camp if you have NO idear what i’m talking about.

Full disclosure and/or comfort if you’re in that latter group: I had a brief romance with Twitter, early in my blogging time, and admit being pretty solidly in the “eh?” category now. But what I DO like about twitter: the simplicity, the parsimony of saying something in very few words and letters, as few as possible.

Many former journalists, wanna-be-writers, editors, readers of 8 million page reports put out by government agencies can appreciate that I bet.

So, with a nod to the loverly six-word memoirs, and sites such as this, I present: A WASHWORDS CONTEST!!!!!!

Write me the shortest short story you can.

Winner gets a prize! (tbd) Reaaaddddy setttt gooooo.

The fine print:

  • Leave all entries in comments and/or present a link on your blog.)
  • Deadline Next Thursday April 30, 6 p.m. (when I usually work on my Friday DCBlogs entry.)
  • My scoring algorithm is still in development completely at my whim, but I can tell you there’s points for story, points for short, and bonus points for working in Washington and words.

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(Almost)Wordless Weds.: A very special blossom

Sometimes, even when (especially when?) I’m exhausted, work-overloaded, multi-tasking, dreaming in a million different directions, I am just struck by the sheer beauty around me.

Washington in the springtime (and the fall, and DEFINITELY Xmas, and heck even summer… sometimes… in the evenings) is just mesmerizing beautiful, in a way that cannot fail to fill one’s heart with joy, however fleeting.

[Photo by KGM on Flickr]

In fact, it’s my favorite type of awe – the one that is found among the ordinary. A journalism professor teaching a class to a group of high school journalists in “summer camp” (yah, I was that kid) told a group of us part of the role of the journalist is to “make the ordinary extraordinary.” Life can do that sometimes.

Question/Thought/ Prompt: What are the moments / sights/ experiences that turn ordinary into extraordinary for you? That cheer you from gloom, inspire or afflict you?  Post a comment and/or write /show me on your blog (just be sure to come back and tell me about it.)

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DC Blogs noted… March 27

Friday is DCblogsin day… I recommend you go there – DCblogs – EVERY day; it’s first on my blog list… but here’s a few sneak previews from today’s blogs…..

Hey, did you know you could find out the time your next bus arrives via a Metro beta test that’s ummm working NOW? Well, ya can and some officials are telling WMATA not to be squeamish about the surprise pre-release party. Greater Greater Washington lays it all out for you. Zimmerman urges Metro to embrace “beta testing”

Riders will access the information on the Web, via mobile devices, or by calling a hotline. Metro staff plan to release the service in June, but it’s been working, and many riders had found it quite useful and most often accurate.

Crazy Days and Nights says Washington DC Is The New Los Angeles. Like, totally. Let’s go clubbing.

The Culture Wars shares a subway platform with Britney fans. The Culture Wars.: It’s Britney, B*tch: Yes, this is what one does before a concert.


Cheers, happy Friday, and goooooo CUSE.

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