OTM's Novel Challenge

Friday, November 09, 2007

Transcript

November is National Novel Writing Month. So, we’re presenting a challenge to you. Write a novel in 12 words or less and send it to us at onthemedia@wnyc.org. Or post it here in our comments section. The deadline is November 19th. We'll read our favorites on the air Thanksgiving weekend. Good luck!

Comments [678]

ellen alva hales from Alameda, CA

The awakening of male sexuality came to her
as Billy Edward’s hamstrings.

Nov. 19 2007 10:16 AM
Mursalata from Grand Rapids, MI

Entries from my English 100 class:

(Volunteered entries)

Andrew: I aimed and shot at a big buck, then it fell.

Kelsie: The brown dog was little, then it became big and tall.

Michael: Dawn of humanity, cradle of civilization of human and natural resources.

BilliJo: There was a warrior, who was lost. His family was very sad.

Nicole: Purple rain. Pink clouds. Drunk rainbow.

(Coerced entries)

Kelly: My father spanked me when I swore at a bully. Mom laughed.

Greg: They laughed, they cried, they died.

Casey: The car hit a tree. The ambulance came. No survivors were found.

Evelyn: Ugly woman falls in love with an attractive man and they got married.

Meralys: In love with Jaydon. Family doesn't approve, run away and be happy

Tyler B: A man in the world, lives to be a legend.

Cam: I sat down as nothing and walked away with everything.

Nicole: Bunny ran. Bunny Laughed. Bunny died.

Tyler H: The play began, I caught the ball, and I scored a touchdown.

Kaitlin: There once was a boy, who lived in the forest but died.

Nov. 19 2007 10:13 AM
Dax from Alabama

“Reflection”
He shot himself to death, aiming at a face in the mirror
“Plane Down, 1969”
In the cemetery sea not even an oil slick marked their grave
“Farmer”
Died at dusk, pushing a mule across the field with a plow

Nov. 19 2007 09:58 AM
Bob Yeager from Youngstown, OH

12 word novel submission:

Findley died. Sally cried. As a single tear fell, she solemnly flushed.

Nov. 19 2007 09:54 AM
Joe Rising from Viroqua, Wisconsin

Thanksgiving Metamorphosis

Awakening, the world spoke loudly, understanding, they smiled - thankful for this life!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone....

( 12 word novel entry)

Nov. 19 2007 09:45 AM
Kerry Krafthefer from Chicago suburbs

How much?

One million, three hundred thousand, six hundred and eighty dollars and change.

Nov. 19 2007 09:45 AM
Maureen J. Quinn from Princeton, NJ 08540

MENTOR POWER

Dark skinned Teen, run down school.
Mentor enters, a new life begins.

Nov. 19 2007 09:37 AM
Kati Loy from Knoxville, TN

I heard you were recently deceased. So, that's why you never called.

Nov. 19 2007 09:37 AM
Marilyn Krafthefer from Chicago suburbs

Eggs, butter, flour, sugar. Add chocolate chips. Equals grandchildren eating cookie dough.

Nov. 19 2007 09:33 AM
Denise from utah

Before she stood up, she was lifted away. I will always remember.

Nov. 19 2007 09:31 AM
Kerry Krafthefer from Chicago suburbs

I felt prolific so I wrote two novels...

They suffered, then the bountiful harvest, invited all and thanked the Lord.

Chapter one: Tolerance
Chapter two: Understanding
Chapter three: Trust
Chapter four: Unity

Nov. 19 2007 09:28 AM
Anne Baynton from Whitefish Bay, WI

For the OTM novel challenge:

It was the best of contests. It was the worst of contests.

Nov. 19 2007 09:01 AM
Beth Canfield from Grand Rapids, MI

I dream you into reality. Luck or fate? Maybe both.

(My 12 word or less novel)

Nov. 19 2007 08:54 AM
Deborah Carr from Wellesley, MA

Everyday I take the easy way. No stress. Today will be different.

Nov. 19 2007 08:49 AM
Tom Lavoie from vermont

3 more entries:

Meteors thuds. Lava spluts. Dinos die. Humans rise. See above.

----

"Elect me. I know nothing." "I know less." "You win."

----

Swept down the river, she found new life as a podiatrist.

Nov. 19 2007 08:39 AM
joyce c from st louis MO

Here are six (now five*) novels, each in 4-9 wds.

1. Chris moved on. Terry didn't.
2. Earth warmed. Everything changed, including their family.
3. Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof.
4. She thought they'd know better by now. Apparently not.
5. She finally told the truth. Everything changed.

Darn! Cyberspace ate my first batch, and I've forgotten a whole novel.

Nov. 19 2007 08:37 AM
Tom Matchak from Glen, NH

If I ever get off this gravel road, I'm never coming back.

Nov. 19 2007 08:31 AM
Anita Rafael from Vermont

TITLE: Invention, Marriage and Career Move

Myra knew it wouldn't work. Nevertheless, Tokyo was fun. Luckily, she knits.

The End

Nov. 19 2007 08:31 AM
Anita Rafael from Vermont

TITLE: Martha - An Autobiography

I made billions. Prison didn't count. Tivoed, I cook, cook, cook forever.

The End.

Nov. 19 2007 08:27 AM
joyce c from st louis MO

Six novels, each in 4-9 wds.

1. Chris moved on. Terry didn't.
2. Things went smoothly until the crash.
3. Finally she told the truth. Everything changed.
4. Earth warmed. Everything changed, including them.
5. She thought they'd know better by now. Apparently not.
6. Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof.

Nov. 19 2007 08:26 AM
s-r mahieu

story#1 title:pride :: My turn!Thanksgiving! Everyone take a seat. ... Pie? Forgot sugar?!? Not sweet! story#2 title: November Fever :: Cat up tree. Yellow dog jumps; hunter's last chance. Dang! A dog. story#3 title:Novella Fotunella :: Read! the news; Bush is schooled by all dictators. Be not fooled!!

Nov. 19 2007 08:21 AM
Debrorah Carr from Wellesley, MA

I can't without you. Yes I can. I did it. Bye.

Nov. 19 2007 08:17 AM
Ted Herwerth from Northport,N.Y.

Title: Organic Food Ameliorates Ailments!

Organic food has "colleagues" to replace what ailment stole, eventually, of course.

Nov. 19 2007 08:12 AM
Pamela Roeller from Litchfield Park, AZ

The lifeless planet had only a few remaining buildings to keep company.

Nov. 19 2007 07:36 AM
Pamela Roeller from Litchfield Park, AZ

His enormous lottery winnings enabled him to create his own private Hell.

Nov. 19 2007 07:35 AM
William Planz from germany

Pain of taking a drink was greater than the pain of stopping!

Nov. 19 2007 07:19 AM
Renee Pugh from Grand Rapids, MI

Hot chocolate in her coffee stings the teeth. Early morning, piling homework.

Nov. 19 2007 06:57 AM
William Planz from germany

12 word novel:

Once, Glacier sped
Then, Glacier slowed
Now, Glacier stopped
Tomorrow, Glacier dies

Nov. 19 2007 06:57 AM
Bruce Brockenborough from Paducah, KY

Each time I enter a public restroom, I'm relieved to see urinals.

Nov. 19 2007 06:31 AM
Janet from Brooklyn NY

If I could sleep with the radio on we'd still be together.

Nov. 19 2007 06:21 AM
Toby Axelrod from Berlin, Germany

TITLE: "So-so, or not?"

That that was, was so so-so, that that that wasn't, wasn't.

Nov. 19 2007 06:17 AM
Toby Axelrod from Berlin, Germany

Never had I encountered someone so extraordinary, nor would I ever again.

Nov. 19 2007 06:10 AM
T. Greene from Massachusetts

BANG!

"AHHhhhh."

"The butler, ..."he's DEAD."

"Ah ha! The master did it!!!"

Nov. 19 2007 06:07 AM
John from Austin, TX

Hitting The Beach

The ill-equipped schoolboy looked confused as the first bullets ripped through him.

Nov. 19 2007 06:07 AM
John from Austin, TX

Before the Collapse

Heather made her last call as the heat grew unbearable. Angles waited

Nov. 19 2007 06:05 AM
Ted Herwerth from Northport,N.Y.

Title: Experience Trumps ALL!

Trauma, long ago, fixing futile, rebuilding with organic food successful...wiseman patience!

Nov. 19 2007 05:54 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

My son would have been 25 this year.
If he had lived.

Nov. 19 2007 04:36 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

She was positive she was adopted.
And crushed that she wasn't.

Nov. 19 2007 04:30 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

Fire.
Her cat saved her life.
So why wasn't she happy?

Nov. 19 2007 04:28 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

Forget your sign.
I'd rather know
Your expiry date.

Nov. 19 2007 04:21 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

"Jesus Murphy" Grampa yelled.
Never knew till then.
That He was Irish.

Nov. 19 2007 04:15 AM
Cliff Arbuckle from Napa, Ca

Title: Dr. Meth

"Our basement exploded," explained my naive client. "My uncle is a scientist."

Nov. 19 2007 04:09 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

My hair is white at 50.
Time to start living, I think.

Nov. 19 2007 04:05 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I was wrong.
Short novels are easy.
It's winning that's hard.

Nov. 19 2007 03:50 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

They said I would never amount to anything.
I showed thm.
Maybe.

Nov. 19 2007 03:45 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

Who knew a blind girl could shoot a gun?
Came in handy.

Nov. 19 2007 03:42 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I had no idea.
Really.
That hairpiece is so natural.

Nov. 19 2007 03:40 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I bought a dress today.
Took me back to 1975.
Bad idea.

Nov. 19 2007 03:37 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I found a home for my battered spirit.
Then had to leave.

Nov. 19 2007 03:26 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

Dinner menu in her head.
Clutching grocery list.
She never saw death.

Nov. 19 2007 03:25 AM
Avery Burke from San Jose California

Anna cries every night: The baby looks too much like his father.

This is my novel submission

Nov. 19 2007 03:22 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I loved you.
I don't now.
Wait.
I never did.

Nov. 19 2007 03:18 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

My kitten dreams and yelps.
His nightmares aren't anything like mine.

Nov. 19 2007 03:15 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

I left the snow and ice for eternal sunshine.
And blossomed.

Nov. 19 2007 03:12 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

No one told me the wig was a bad idea.

Nov. 19 2007 03:09 AM
Dennis DeGhelder from San Jose, CA, USA

Time begins.
Life evolves into Man.
Man bad--
Starts WAR!
Ends time.

Nov. 19 2007 03:07 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

To be Jewish in a Catholic body is hell.
But strangely ecstatic.

Nov. 19 2007 03:04 AM
Cathy Browne from Redwood City CA

She was born blind.
But not stupid.
And she proved it.

Nov. 19 2007 03:00 AM
Brenda J. Wolfe from wisconsin

MY SISTER HAD WRITTEN FATHER'S OBITUARY-HE IS
SURVIVED BY ONE DAUGHTER.

Nov. 19 2007 02:59 AM
Brenda J. Wolfe

MY SISTER HAD WRITTEN FATHER'S OBITUARY- HE IS
SURVIVED BY ONE DAUGHTER.

Nov. 19 2007 02:55 AM
Richard Blyth from los Angeles

12 word novel

An Old Man's Thoughts

Life.
A blink,
A sigh.
A tear into the river of time.

Nov. 19 2007 02:54 AM
Jeff Mack from bellingham, wa


Sorry for the spelling error.

Title: The Listener

If you're hearing this message "on the air," something went terribly wrong.

Nov. 19 2007 02:54 AM
Brenda J. Wolfe

Novel in 12 words

MY SISTER HAD WRITTEN FATHER'S OBITUARY-HE
IS SURVIVED BY ONE DAUGHTER.

Nov. 19 2007 02:51 AM
Jeff Mack from bellingham, wa

Title: The Listener

If you're hearing this message "on the air," somthing went terribly wrong.

Nov. 19 2007 02:37 AM
Howski from Bremerton, WA

Don't Cry.
I'm Ashamed.
I Really Love You.
I Can Explain.

Nov. 19 2007 02:05 AM
e-man from chicago, il

life's too short. five'll do.
the end.
wait...seven. no, nine!
sh*t.

Nov. 19 2007 02:03 AM
Back from the Brink from West Yellowstone, MT

Wild buffalo, migrating from Yellowstone, are gunned down by Montana cattle barons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joSrf7Qi7Cw

Nov. 19 2007 02:03 AM
Howski from Bremerton, WA

The Cat Saw.
The Mouse Leaped.
Life Or Death?
Who's Smiling Now?

Nov. 19 2007 01:56 AM
Howski from Bremerton, WA

Froze..

Time Stopped As I Saw "The Place".
We Were Lovers Long Ago.

Nov. 19 2007 01:54 AM
Howski from Bremerton, WA

"Don't Touch That!", I Said.
He Didn't Listen.
I'm All Alone Now.

Nov. 19 2007 01:52 AM
Colin Brown from Silver Lake, California

"She may be ugly but she's all mine."

"What women really want is a girlfriend with a penis."

"The only kind of luck I have is bad luck."

Nov. 19 2007 01:45 AM
Nickolas Furr from Jackson, MS

INSOMNIA

Up late with coffee and 15 spare minutes.
Nice contest, bed now.

Nov. 19 2007 01:43 AM
Colin Brown from Silver Lake, California

"all men secretly wish they were soldiers, gangsters or heroes"

Nov. 19 2007 01:42 AM
Dan Brister from Missoula, MT

It's a lonely life for a losing liar; cheating at solitaire.

Nov. 19 2007 01:41 AM
Nickolas Furr from Jackson, MS

VISITOR

From the stars it came, skirted the atmosphere, and vanished.
Why now?

Nov. 19 2007 01:38 AM
Nickolas Furr from Jackson, MS

MULTIPLE

Sometimes I ask:
"Are these my hands today?"
And someone else answers.

Nov. 19 2007 01:34 AM
Gregory Francis Bird from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Private papers, public sale.

Nov. 19 2007 01:30 AM
Nickolas Furr from Jackson, MS

DOUBT

A blast, then blood. Did he deserve it?
God, I hope so.

Nov. 19 2007 01:29 AM
Gregory Francis Bird from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Private papers, public welcome.

Nov. 19 2007 01:26 AM
Nickolas Furr from Jackson, MS

PRESSURE

"Yes!" He insisted.
"No," she refused.
"Yes."
"No."
"Yes."
She paused. "Okay."

Nov. 19 2007 01:25 AM
Colin Brown from Silver Lake, California

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn." by Ernest Hemingway

Nov. 19 2007 01:21 AM
Pete Bratach from San Francisco

The beer went down easily. It's the only thing that ever does.

Nov. 19 2007 01:03 AM
E. Brown from Philly, PA

She gradually discovered that the Golden Rule does not apply to masochists.

Nov. 19 2007 01:00 AM
Paul Rodgers from Cincinnati, OH

I found poems called “Death” on her nightstand: she was gone forever.

Nov. 19 2007 12:55 AM
Anna Clemenger Peekstok from Seattle, WA

A western:

Blood-soaked ace on the card table. Saloon doors swing.

Nov. 19 2007 12:44 AM
Anna Clemenger Peekstok from Seattle, WA

He left his wife for me. Years later, it’s my turn alone.

Nov. 19 2007 12:38 AM
Kathryn Akatiff from Palo Alto, CA

Land of liberty
Went mad with power.
Flip that damn burger, Fatso!

Nov. 19 2007 12:30 AM
Gwen R from Ft. Worth, TX

My eyes’ celestial journey halted as the fireflies danced at my feet.

Nov. 19 2007 12:20 AM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"A Child's Tale"

The cat finally got revenge. “Nobody likes a whiner,” he purred viscously.

Nov. 19 2007 12:18 AM
Anna Clemenger Peekstok from Seattle, WA

My fantasy/sci-fi submission:

She smiled, and cast her eyes upon me. They bounced.

Nov. 19 2007 12:17 AM
Julie from Michigan

That will be one too many. So we won't bring her.

Nov. 19 2007 12:15 AM
Leah Lau from San Francisco

Buddhist shrine. Grandmother's portrait in cherrywood. Her dead gaze never left me.

Nov. 19 2007 12:03 AM
A. Norman from Maryland

Title: "Dutch"

"I'll pay." he said.
"I'll pay." she said.
They agreed.
They ate.

Nov. 19 2007 12:03 AM
Virginia Bennett from Lincolnville, SC

For your consideration:

There was no warning sign on the road.

Everything was happening exactly as those in her nightmare.

Shockenly, there was no film in the camera.

Tearing off his mask, the surgeon slumped to the floor.

His reflection did not appear in the mirror!

The warning label had been removed from the pill bottle.

Nov. 18 2007 11:58 PM
Andrew Bellware from New York

Sex with my mom? I'm outta here. Oh no. I'm blind now.

Nov. 18 2007 11:48 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

They said "I do" but in my head I was screaming DON'T.

Nov. 18 2007 11:43 PM
Daniel Bennett from Washington, DC

Call my Starbucks barista. Ask "is she male?" Then wait for wail.

Nov. 18 2007 11:41 PM
A. Norman from Maryland

Title: "Deathbed"

"I'm dying; my life is flashing before me."
"Where are my glasses?"

Nov. 18 2007 11:41 PM
dokterd from Kansas City

Strike, a silent keyboard. I'll catch up on the tan and sleep.

Nov. 18 2007 11:41 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

EASY ASSEMBLY. Who are they kidding?

Nov. 18 2007 11:33 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

The directions said the chair would hold 250 pounds. It didn't.

Nov. 18 2007 11:32 PM
Amanda Takemoto from winchester, virginia

"Would you "tup" if you had the opportunity?"

"No way!"

Nov. 18 2007 11:31 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

It's fun to get a real letter. Something that's not a bill.

Nov. 18 2007 11:25 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

Seizures. Autism. Why my kids? Who will love them after I'm gone ?

Nov. 18 2007 11:21 PM
so-called "Austin Mayor" from Chicagoland

Together, they pledged to win the next, and last, election.

-- SCAM

Nov. 18 2007 11:20 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

My mother said she gave up baseball when the Dodgers left Brooklyn.

Nov. 18 2007 11:19 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

Home was a ham sandwich on Pepperidge Farm bread. I miss that.

Nov. 18 2007 11:16 PM
Ravi Sojourner from Ann Arbor, MI

Little did she know that the unexpected detour would lead back home.

Nov. 18 2007 11:06 PM
Helen Thordarson from Santa Cruz, California

Short novel entry:

Record almost broken.

Nov. 18 2007 11:00 PM
Steve Raap from Nekoosa, WI

You're fired!" bellowed Brad.
"For what?" Steve cried.
"Speling erors, you dumas!"

Nov. 18 2007 11:00 PM
Ravi Sojourner from Ann Arbor, MI

Little did she know that the unexpected detour would lead back home.

Nov. 18 2007 11:00 PM
R. Abrams from Brooklyn, New York

His last meal never arrived; it was a false pardon.

Nov. 18 2007 10:59 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: The Frat Boy, The Genie and a Substantial Loss in Federal Tax Revenue

“To Hell With Georgia!” he cheered during the football game.
“Wish granted.”

(Hey, the big Tech/UGA game is this week...)

Nov. 18 2007 10:57 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Making a seven course meal isn’t hard. Effectively hiding the poison is.

Nov. 18 2007 10:57 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

“What time is it?”
“Time for you to get a watch.”
“Jerk.”

Nov. 18 2007 10:57 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

I'm so lonely. Will this ache every stop? Help me.

Nov. 18 2007 10:51 PM
martha swartz from reading PA

title of novel: we are won!
pregnant. sick. emergency. premature. separated. isolated. tubes. wires. time. healing. homecoming. motherhood.

Nov. 18 2007 10:50 PM
Rob Wolfson from Paramus, NJ

The Great American Novel (abridged)

Like all of us, he died never knowing what it was about.

Nov. 18 2007 10:49 PM
Steve Raap from Nekoosa, WI

He stretched his neck across the writer's block, welcoming sweet steel relief.

Nov. 18 2007 10:48 PM
Caitlin Kennedy from Baltimore, MD

Kissing cousins. Licking dangerously. Mom and pop to twisted tots. Grandma rolls.

Nov. 18 2007 10:48 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

Joey said, "Your mother has stories about everything even Epsom salts."

Nov. 18 2007 10:47 PM
Mary Chambers from Hooksett, NH

He left me to raise Peter on my own. I thanked him.

Nov. 18 2007 10:42 PM
Joseph Luna from New Haven, CT

Wake. Shower. Groom. Dress. Rehearse. Walk. Arrive. Order. Sit. Fidget.

Meet her.

Nov. 18 2007 10:42 PM
Steve Raap from Nekoosa, WI

"Stupid contest!" she screamed.
"But I could win," he whimpered.
"Fat chance!"

Nov. 18 2007 10:41 PM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"The Birthday"

“Dinner parties should be easier for septuagenarians,” she lamented.

Reticence prevails again.

---

(this is fun!!!)

Nov. 18 2007 10:37 PM
Margaret Springer from Louisville

As a writer she'd love this shit. That's only seven said mom.

Nov. 18 2007 10:35 PM
Steve Raap from Nekoosa, WI

His stretched his neck across the writer's block, welcoming sweet steel relief.

Nov. 18 2007 10:35 PM
Joseph Luna from New Haven, CT

"Son?"
"Yeah?"
"Did I ever tell you about..."
"Yep, you did."
"Oh."

Nov. 18 2007 10:34 PM
Julie from Michigan

I thought This house will feel so empty soon. It does.

Nov. 18 2007 10:31 PM
Caitlin Kennedy from Baltimore, MD

Kissing cousins. Licking dangerously. Mom and pop to twisted tots. Oh my!

Nov. 18 2007 10:28 PM
Noah Hazel from Marked Tree Arkansas

OTM entry 12 word novel

Title -50 and counting

Fifty years together, two great children, Thank you Sally.

My best friend

Nov. 18 2007 10:25 PM
Micahel Springer from Louisville

Two entries for the writing contest.

Her epitaph: I told you this house was killing me, you bastard.

When she said he pissed her off, he thought she was joking.

Nov. 18 2007 10:25 PM
Steve Raap from Nekoosa, WI

Slicing turkey for one at last, George smiled at his knife's accomplishments.

Nov. 18 2007 10:24 PM
Judy Alter from Fort Worth

He had flair. She turned out to be practical. History. Inevitability.

Nov. 18 2007 10:23 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

“Here?”
“No.”
“Here?”
“Nope.”
“How about here?”
“Definitely not.”
“Here?”
“That’ll work.”

Nov. 18 2007 10:23 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

The fountain bubbled peacefully in sharp contrast to Sal’s final moments.

Nov. 18 2007 10:22 PM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

The open wilderness can be deadly. That’s why Al lives in Boston.

Nov. 18 2007 10:21 PM
Judy Alter from Fort Worth

He had flair. She turned out to be practical. History. Inevitability.

Nov. 18 2007 10:18 PM
J. Klein-Dial from Bennington, NH

No one knew Bill killed Sally. Guilty ulcers killed Bill. Karma wins!

Nov. 18 2007 10:17 PM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"My Good Boy"

The fire was absolute.

Sirens.

"Mother is gone," James biked away muttering.

Nov. 18 2007 10:15 PM
Judy Alter from Fort Worth

He had flair. She turned out to be practical. History. Inevitability.

Nov. 18 2007 10:14 PM
Judy Alter from Fort Worth

He had flair. She turned out to be practical. History. Inevitability.

Nov. 18 2007 10:13 PM
Amy from New Jersey

"Denim"

Incomparable joy! Pull them up, zip, button. They haven't fit in years.

Nov. 18 2007 10:13 PM
Amy from New Jersey

"Ex"

He doesn't know where you are. He can't hurt you anymore.

Nov. 18 2007 10:11 PM
Joseph Luna from New Haven, CT

A plane takes off. A plane lands. Everyone is ok. Except me.

Nov. 18 2007 10:08 PM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"6:45 pm"

Considering the universe, Susan abandoned the bisque. Dinner: a waste of time.

Nov. 18 2007 10:07 PM
Nirav from New Jersey

Wearing a smile, she said, "good morning." I fell in love again.

Nov. 18 2007 10:02 PM
Emma (edited by Daddy) from Austin, TX

A novel in twelve words, by Emma, four years old.
Adapted by her daddy from her 31 word opus, “In the Shadow of the Moonlight”

In the moonlight, a tiny, tiny, little bird hatched.

It was me!

Nov. 18 2007 10:00 PM
April L

I lived sweetly, swinging in the wind, while daydreaming of better days.

Nov. 18 2007 09:51 PM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"The Trip"

Hong Kong was a lifetime ago. Weeks later, he unpacked her suitcase.

Nov. 18 2007 09:48 PM
Fletcher Barton from Westchester County NY

2 more -

She started complaining early, upside down!

Three days after his execution, he was seen up and about.

Nov. 18 2007 09:39 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

“My wife, my son, my kingdom for a thirteenth word!” cried the

Nov. 18 2007 09:38 PM
Miriam from Virginia

But, it is my job to be verbose, she said on television.

Nov. 18 2007 09:36 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

She was short.
Her story, too.
There ain’t much else to tell.

Nov. 18 2007 09:32 PM
Lynda Allen from Fredericksburg, VA

Two submissions....

The wolf called. She followed, finding wisdom between shadows and the moon.

Brittle memories shattered as time took him from her. Finally, they reunite.

Nov. 18 2007 09:32 PM
R. Deskolnikov from Demorest, GA

Falling into that black hole didn't kill him. Losing his gravitas did.

Nov. 18 2007 09:31 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

A mathematics career was denied me. So I wrote twelve word novels instead.

Nov. 18 2007 09:29 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

George’s parachute was shredded.
A religious man, he said his final… Splat!

Nov. 18 2007 09:19 PM
Renee Gick from Dallas

"The Trip"

Hong Kong was a lifetime ago. Weeks later, he unpacked her suitcase.

Nov. 18 2007 09:18 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

Depressed with writer’s block, it was me or my novel.
The End.

Nov. 18 2007 09:16 PM
Patricia P from Boston

Cancer scared her. She asked us not to leave. We stayed forever.

Nov. 18 2007 09:15 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

“Joe died,” spat Earl.
Ed nodded.
Short on words, they buried him.

Nov. 18 2007 09:12 PM
Bruce Minturn from Seattle, WA

Six words into his first novel, Sam's lonely wife murdered him.

Nov. 18 2007 09:10 PM
Melanie McGhee from Maryville, TN

Here's my entry:
The Novel's Title is "Crocodile Tears"

She thought graveside tears fooled them.
Wrong.
Handcuffs bruised Lillian's bejeweled wrists.

Nov. 18 2007 09:00 PM
Marla Landers-Renouf from Salem, NH

The feline empire collapsed, its best young minds gone soft on milk.

Nov. 18 2007 08:53 PM
Crafton Timmerman from Charlotte NC

Cancer Condolences, Addiction, Remorse, Sobriety, Weakness, Sobriety Again, Relocation, Hired, Breath Again

Nov. 18 2007 08:49 PM
Crafton Timmerman from Charlotte NC

12 Words 14 Months

Cancer
Condolences
Addiction
Remorse
Sobriety
Weakness
Sobriety Again
Relocation
Hired
Breath Again

Nov. 18 2007 08:45 PM
Crafton Timmerman from Charlotte NC

12 Words 14 Months

Cancer
Condolences
Addiction
Remorse
Sobriety
Weakness
Sobriety Again
Relocation
Hired
Breath Again

Nov. 18 2007 08:42 PM
David Murray from Bloomington

Here are four 12 word novels:

A twelve-word novel? Damn you NPR, another Sunday evening lost. Writer's Block.

Justice, his intent, his enemy was stronger and winners write history

He, a virgin, sought her, the prostitute. Intercourse inevitable; innocence lost again.

It started happy, grew sad, became blinded by depression; now rests peacefully.

Cheers

Nov. 18 2007 08:42 PM
Álvaro Esteves from Lisbon, Portugal

"Black Trees on the Wall"

She turned off the lights. Moonlight was enough to end it all.

Nov. 18 2007 08:40 PM
Drew Sellers from Ohio


12 word novel

Title: Myth Busters: Fire and Flatulence

Surveying burnt boxers, braised buttocks, & baked-beans, Jamie announced, "Myth confirmed."

Nov. 18 2007 08:37 PM
Dale Hancock from Pullman, WA

The cat lady perceived a Disney idyll; the little birds discerned Guantanamo.

Nov. 18 2007 08:36 PM
Alvaro Esteves from Lisbon, Portugal

My own original 12 word novel

"Mother's Calling"

My mother saw a falling star.
I got burnt.
She did not.

Nov. 18 2007 08:31 PM
Jen Daly from Cincinnati, OH

Her death of embolism, I revived her but she passed before arrival..

Nov. 18 2007 08:27 PM
Michael Rubinstein from Silver Spring

"Impermanence"
by Michael Rubinstein

A single phone call and your life will never the same.

Nov. 18 2007 08:27 PM
Alvaro Esteves

Felicity tribute:

"Can't wait to see what the city looks like when it snows."

This is obviously not mine... it's from Felicity's pilot episode by JJ Abrams.

Nov. 18 2007 08:26 PM
Michael Rubinstein from Silver Spring

"Insignificance"
by Michael Rubinstein

A man lived and then he died.

Nov. 18 2007 08:24 PM
Marc Rosen from Bloomfield Hills, MI

Each book, half-read, left his thoughts ill-formed. Never an argument done.

Nov. 18 2007 08:21 PM
Luke Baron from Madrid, Spain

Summer left, leaves fell. Trees forget each year the cold naked winters.

Nov. 18 2007 08:20 PM
Marc Rosen from Bloomfield Hills, MI

Bold stallion, muscled and lean. Femur snaps. Glue.

Nov. 18 2007 08:19 PM
Marc Rosen from Bloomfield Hills, MI

Fools wed
Fury reigned
Love lost
Passion stained.

Nov. 18 2007 08:18 PM
Madeleine Crouch from Dallas, TX

My 12-word novel, "Moby Dick Reloaded"

The white whale returned. He slimmed down, got revenge and an agent.

Nov. 18 2007 08:17 PM
David Villa

Oh, c'mon people. A non-entry:

How to Write a Novel in Twelve Words or Less

See title (s'il vous plaît).

Nov. 18 2007 08:17 PM
David Schmetterer from Princeton Junction, NJ

He broke his bat, hung up his cleats, but kept his mitt.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce brought us this masterpiece:

"From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."

Nov. 18 2007 08:14 PM
Tom Lavoie from vermont

a few novels:

Having lunch. She called. Accident. Our baby died. Thirty years ago today.

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Snuck under the fence. The carny caught me. Hired me. Life changed.

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Hopped freight. Went West. Found me. Flew home.

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Loved. Screwed up. Lost. Exist only for and because of our children.

Nov. 18 2007 08:12 PM
Ellie L from MA

Caught, while dreams lapped at the Old Man, a lionfish. Finally, release.

Nov. 18 2007 08:12 PM
Rich Lisle from Cudahy, WI

Spies - bombs- pretty women- computer codes- explosions We saved the world!

Nov. 18 2007 08:12 PM
Sue from Westchester, N.Y.

She gets cancer. Gets dumped - by voicemail. She recovers. He doesn't.

Nov. 18 2007 08:12 PM
Charles Gibson from Wisconsin

Hunter spys his trophy buck. A shot is fired, the hunter's struck.

Nov. 18 2007 08:10 PM
Dale Hancock from Pullman, WA

"I shall not miss that rendezvous," slurred Ike in a tequilla haze.

Nov. 18 2007 08:05 PM
Siri Gottlieb from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Copy boy internship set life course. Lived off and on the media.

Nov. 18 2007 08:01 PM
Laurie Greenwald from NYC

Entry for novel competition:

Old Story, New Twist

Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy goes to lost-and-found.

by Miranda Mareian and her mom, Laurie Greenwald

Nov. 18 2007 07:58 PM
Dale Hancock from Pullman, WA

His life was a series of historical murals painted on crumbling stucco.

Nov. 18 2007 07:57 PM
Droege/Laning Family from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

The Droege/Laning Family Sits Down in a Restuarant and Writes a Novel

She knew she was successful when the coughing stopped.

Nov. 18 2007 07:54 PM
Harold from Chicago IL

title: marriage

You hear, you laugh, you smile, you know, she loves you.

Nov. 18 2007 07:49 PM
Miles Coulton from Arlington, VA

OTM Novel Challenge:

Passing fires forever burning, a shimmering sign stands unknown. He reads: "Manhattan".

Nov. 18 2007 07:36 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

A coffin, listed for free on Craigslist.
I won't need it.

Nov. 18 2007 07:35 PM
Mursalata from Grand Rapids, MI

My OTM challenge collection:

1. We’re war returned, silently flat.

2. Flushed, fragmented pieces unsettles more than nine months could imagine.

3. “Umm, you really don’t see the elephant in the room?”

4. She's a great mother only because she never intended to have kids.

5. He wrote history; now, she's writing hers.

6. He chose politics; she bore it.

Title: Ayat and Rachel
7. The girl thinks, “Marriage? Martyrdom?” before she wears a bomb to market.

Title: Rachel and Ayat
8. The girl thinks, “Study? Hangout?” before she’s blown up at the market.

Nov. 18 2007 07:31 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

Twelve words.
Just enough for an introductory sentence, plot, denoument, and climax.

Nov. 18 2007 07:27 PM
marty from Emigrataion Canyon

Realized it was everything I thought it wasn't. Right from the beginning

Nov. 18 2007 07:25 PM
H Gross from Chicago IL

A new day. Yesterday is no more. Tomorrow is still unknown.

Nov. 18 2007 07:24 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

Dying.
I hear you.
Did you say "It's OK to let go"?

Nov. 18 2007 07:24 PM
Kory Beach from NJ

I dropped my pen. I picked it up. I forgave myself unwillingly.

Nov. 18 2007 07:21 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

It was years ago.
She's still beautiful.
The Grateful Dead play on.

Nov. 18 2007 07:21 PM
Kevin from Connecticut

(below are three entries)

He crawled, walked, ran, strolled then shuffled, all in 87 brief years.

We were in love on our first date and 56 years later.

The marriage was both practical and romantic. There won't be wife seven.

Nov. 18 2007 07:14 PM
Jeremy Basescu from New York

Finally smelling the Pacific, Joe realized his wallet was still in Baltimore.

Nov. 18 2007 07:09 PM
Kory Beach from New

He lived and died in sadness, for he knew what real really was.

Nov. 18 2007 07:08 PM
Jason Mc from Rochester, NY

She had accidentally left the rear window open... what a fatal mistake.

Nov. 18 2007 07:02 PM
Tom Wtright from Newport, Rhode Island

Title: Life?
We were created. We grew. We learned. We died. We went home?

Nov. 18 2007 06:47 PM
Rebecca C. from Lawrence, KS

Alphonse wept. His manuscript had gone missing, and the tart was ruined.

Nov. 18 2007 06:37 PM
Susan L. Shah from Wadsworth, OH

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Nov. 18 2007 06:36 PM
TG from cyberspace

"IMPORTANT THINGS"
Media matters. Big media bungles. Some people work on reporting important things.

Nov. 18 2007 06:27 PM
Susan L. Shah from Wadsworth, OH

"A Haiku Pursuit"

Gradual advance . . .
Sudden sensitivities ! ! !
Surely dates this fall?? ?

Nov. 18 2007 06:24 PM
TG from cyberspace

"GEORGE JR."
He lies. He steals (elections). Henchmen help subjugate and subvert the constitution.

Nov. 18 2007 06:18 PM
Loren Cole from Austin, TX

Fairy Tale:

Frozen damsel, monster awakens - thaws rampages gushes is vanquished. Hero dies tragically.

Nov. 18 2007 06:11 PM
Brittany Horn from Cincinnati, OH

Classes are over for the semester which means job searching is nearing.

Nov. 18 2007 06:09 PM
Bob David from San Rafael, CA

It might have been her: car on a country road. Gone too.

Nov. 18 2007 06:04 PM
Kevin Welsh from Belmont, CA

She peaked, in a funny sort of way. It was long enough.

Nov. 18 2007 06:03 PM
Laurie Eckhout from Juneau, Alaska

Okay, here are my ten, 12-word novellas:

More ghosts than people attended what became her final birthday party.
~~~~~
Sunrise illuminated the torn tent, smears of red and large paw prints.
~~~~~
Fishing was his life. She hated fish, but never said a word.
~~~~~
Only Oliver (and rats) knew what was buried under that abandoned house.
~~~~~
Their dogs' leashes became entwined. Then, they did too, till she strayed.
~~~~~
Offstage, married Emily and James played their dramatic roles with real weapons.
~~~~~
Grabbing photos and his urn, the widow wheeled away from the flames.
~~~~~
The daisy's last petal sealed her fate, at least for that summer.
~~~~~
Even their honeymoon in Venice couldn't convince her she loved him, ever.
~~~~~
John loved his apartment. Then his wife discovered it and ruined everything.
~~~~~

Nov. 18 2007 05:55 PM
James from Brooklyn, NY

The leaves dried and fell early the autumn she left me.

Nov. 18 2007 05:50 PM
Linda Pilgrim from Boston

Novel in 12 Words and 6 Chapters

She met.
She connected.
They loved.
They conflicted.
They separated.
Onliest again.

LP, November 2007

Nov. 18 2007 05:48 PM
Dale Hancock from Pullman, WA

"Goodbye friend," said Thomas, as Ike swirled belly up toward his destiny.

Nov. 18 2007 05:48 PM
Russell Hill from Upper West Side, New York, NY

The search for love, happiness, light.

Your potential, your life, your afterlife.

Nov. 18 2007 05:47 PM
Ken R. from Boca Raton, FL

I struggled to write a twelve-word novel. I pondered, I finished.

Nov. 18 2007 05:47 PM
Matthew Pavleshyn from Belleville, MI

"What is it?" she asked.
"This. To me, this is heaven."

Nov. 18 2007 05:47 PM
Waleed Hazbun from Beirut, Lebanon

Epiodes I-III:
Knight’s love kills queen. Father turns darkside. Twins born hidden. Republic falls.

Episodes IV-VI:
Son learns force. Destroys Deathstar. Save sister’s rebellion. Discovers father. Defeats Darklord.

Nov. 18 2007 05:43 PM
Ken R. from Boca Raton, FL

Like a 'Lifetime' movie, he surprised her with betrayal; she killed him.

Nov. 18 2007 05:39 PM
S. Pike from Memphis

ISO
Meaning
OBO

Nov. 18 2007 05:37 PM
Rita Harris from Madison, WI

Dear Boy,
Nice to meet you but, sorry, no way!
Later,
Girl

Nov. 18 2007 05:31 PM
David Hill from Upper West Side, New York, NY

Tormented artist.

Completing the great American novel in twelve words is very

Nov. 18 2007 05:30 PM
Jennifer Horne from Cottondale, Alabama

Here are my three entries for the 12-word novel. Thanks for the creative challenge.

“The Adulterer”

Dying, he wonders: has his life been adventurously deceptive, or deceptively adventurous?

*

“A Marriage”

Their garden kept them together. She plowed, he weeded. Bounty, they shared.

*

“Road Trip”

Beef jerky, lost mountain, frog song, desert breakdown, kind woman, long night.

Nov. 18 2007 05:26 PM
dokterd from Kansas City

Holidays are best represented by pie, any kind of pie. More pie?

Nov. 18 2007 05:25 PM
Anthony Case from Morristown, TN

He moved away. She didn't follow. Maybe they'll both find someone new.

Nov. 18 2007 05:25 PM
David Hill from Upper West Side, New York, NY

Twelve word novel win changes life!

Fame, drugs, adultery, sorrow, tears, blood!

Nov. 18 2007 05:24 PM
Malika from New York

Mum's advice: wear the hand of fatima for luck. I've lost it.

Nov. 18 2007 05:20 PM
Bria Knorr from Minneapolis, MN

To the store, little lady. Ask for ribbons, not thread.

Nov. 18 2007 05:16 PM
Andrew from Maplewood NJ

In. Space. No one can hear you. Was it just a dream?

Nov. 18 2007 05:06 PM
WH from Beirut, Lebanon

Open Window. Fell Forty Floors. Concrete Pavement. I Will Never Love Again.

Nov. 18 2007 05:06 PM
Kimberly from MI

A lifetime together, maybe. Abnormal cells, Cancer. Saying i do, A chance.

Nov. 18 2007 05:02 PM
Heidi Carney from Severn, MD

My 12 Word Novel

"I do very well in retrospect," she said. He agreed. Then left.

Nov. 18 2007 05:02 PM
W.C. from Oregon

Novelette 5 or so:

Title: At the vet's office

"Myelopathy. Degenerative. Hereditary. Enjoy him while ..."

"He's too young!.............Dammed backyard breeder!"

Nov. 18 2007 05:01 PM
Jen Dolinksy from Washington, DC

I thought we had a future. But you voted for Bush...twice.

Nov. 18 2007 04:58 PM
Allison from Cincinnati, OH

And her last words were, “every thing is love.” And it is.

Nov. 18 2007 04:57 PM
Anna Pervukhin from New York, New York

Befriended rat congeals beneath (when hurled?) brick.

Nov. 18 2007 04:51 PM
Pamela Roeller from Litchfield Park, AZ

She was vain and cruel; our undetected revenge- her untreatable facial hair.

Nov. 18 2007 04:48 PM
Bill Keller from Basking Ridge, NJ

Trauma timeless
sits behind eyes, waits
recovery, an orphan
poked a passerby.

Nov. 18 2007 04:47 PM
Pamela Roeller from Litchfield Park, AZ

As planned, the ultimate playboy overdosed on Viagra on his ninetieth birthday.

Nov. 18 2007 04:46 PM
Pamela Roeller from Litchfield Park, AZ

At eighty, her hips plague her. At thirty, they'd paved her way

Nov. 18 2007 04:45 PM
Pamela Roelle from Litchfield Park, AZ

As planned, the ultimate playboy overdosed on Viagra on his 90th birthday.

Nov. 18 2007 04:42 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

She wants to marry me.
Forty-Six. Bachelor. Scared.
Let's Do It!

Nov. 18 2007 04:41 PM
Pamela Roelle from Litchfield Park, AZ

Vain and cruel, our undetected revenge was her dark, untreatable facial hair.

Nov. 18 2007 04:41 PM
S. Pike from Memphis

iso
meaning
obo

Nov. 18 2007 04:24 PM
Nick from Brooklyn, NY

Disregarding warnings, I invented time travel. You were right. Now I am.

Nov. 18 2007 04:20 PM
Marianne H. from Phila.,PA

Her son's sudden, violent end relieved her of the heaviness of hope.

Nov. 18 2007 04:18 PM
w stewart from az

I want her wirh me, or me with her. So sad she's dead.

Nov. 18 2007 04:14 PM
Douglas Darling from Louisville, Ky

This is for the 12-word novel contest. The title is:"No Health Care."
Blazing love for her, you know the feeling. Slow agonizing inevitable death.

Nov. 18 2007 04:14 PM
Liz's dad from Phila.,PA

With pen in hand, her fourteen year old spirit took flight.

Nov. 18 2007 04:14 PM
Liz R. I-H from Phila.,PA

...and with that, she succumbed to the thick, heavy feeling of depression.

Nov. 18 2007 04:12 PM
w stewart from az

She's now dead. I am so alone. I want her wirh me

Nov. 18 2007 04:10 PM
Jeremy Wynette from Denton, TX

Without it they'd never have known, which they realized couldn't have been

Nov. 18 2007 04:07 PM
John from NYC

A Mystery

Bang! Dead. Whodunit? Wife? Mistress? Business partner? Detective smokes before solving: butler.

Nov. 18 2007 04:06 PM
Alistair McHarg from Ambler, PA

12 Word Novel

À La Recherche Du Orignac Perdu

Montague “Monty” Entwhistle Moose, Viscount of Basingstoke, failed to outdistance his heritage.

Nov. 18 2007 04:00 PM
Ken R. from Boca Raton, FL

I don’t know what I don’t know. Many teach, few learn.

Nov. 18 2007 03:51 PM
Wendy K. Mages from Cambridge, MA

One sock, tattered and abandoned, lies near the gutter. No one notices.

Nov. 18 2007 03:49 PM
Daniel from Charleston, SC

"No one reads these novels," he thought, as he wrote another one.

Nov. 18 2007 03:46 PM
Ken R. from Boca Raton, FL

Sally and Bob slip, they repeatedly start to go wrong, but don’t.

Nov. 18 2007 03:43 PM
Daniel from Charleston, SC

Novel writing drove him mad. What good is that English Major anyway?

Nov. 18 2007 03:42 PM
Ken R. from Boca Raton, FL

Unjustly expelled, he traveled the world. He saw, he learned, he returned.

Nov. 18 2007 03:36 PM
Judith Arneson from Belmont, MA

(Title: F*** Cancer)
Useless in scrubs, I watched a bald daddy wave bye-bye through glass.

Nov. 18 2007 03:35 PM
Daniel from Charleston, SC

That scent! Memories of Francesca. - too late; Sarah's coming down the aisle now.

Nov. 18 2007 03:32 PM
Erin Tower from New York, NY

Dog Gone. People whisperer. Douses.

Nov. 18 2007 03:13 PM
Madeline Charles from Boston, MA

Title: Single

I fell in love with two men. They loved each other.

Nov. 18 2007 03:06 PM
Anna Pervukhin from New York, New York

GENRE: Horror

TITLE: Pity the Evil

NOVEL:
A hail of bullets. The organism disappears down NYC sewer grating.

Nov. 18 2007 02:57 PM
Susan Watkins from Alexandria, VA

12-word novel "Numinous Experience"

Joyless life.
Near drowning. Surrounded by light.
Resurrection through a numinous experience.

Nov. 18 2007 02:50 PM
Gale Hannigan from Texas

12 word novel

Holidays
Taunted and bloodied, crying cousin Michael was told "Leave the girls alone."

Nov. 18 2007 02:48 PM
Anna Pervukhin from New York, New York

GENRE: Historical Romance

TITLE: What Looms Ahead?

NOVEL:
Her well-formed hands tighten around shuttle. So this is why I suffered.

Nov. 18 2007 02:44 PM
Gabriela Geselowitz from NY

I wrote a twelve word novel, one that actually had a plot.

Nov. 18 2007 02:41 PM
Gale Hannigan from Texas

12 word novel

Holidays

Taunted and bloodied, crying cousin Michael was told "Leave the girls alone."

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 PM
Jeremy Yoder from Moscow, ID

For fifty long years, the empire fell. He understood when Facebook crashed.

Nov. 18 2007 02:24 PM
ginjg

That's harder than I thought. Next time I'm using zen training wheels.

Nov. 18 2007 02:13 PM
Estevan Carlos Benson from East Hollywood

I'm not sure where it went. I must've changed. There it goes...

Nov. 18 2007 02:03 PM
Mark Clark from Traveling the US

They journeyed to answer questions that they were unable to solve alone!

Nov. 18 2007 02:03 PM
faith m from san diego, ca

a correction:

Today, I thank you for your sacrifice.
Other days, I curse.

Nov. 18 2007 01:55 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

Title: Pillow Talk
"I'm scared."
"Me too."
"It's a baby, not the world's end."

Nov. 18 2007 01:48 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

Shiny-wet tarmac.
Everything stops to watch the flag-draped box hoisted.

Nov. 18 2007 01:44 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

"Look, the tumor's gone."
"Yes, Doctor, but stem cells..."
"I know, but..."

Nov. 18 2007 01:39 PM
Noa Nir from Arlington, Virginia

I am twenty and in kindergarten. I don't know how to share.

Nov. 18 2007 01:27 PM
René M

"Never again!", he swore, knowing the futility of his oath. The End.

Nov. 18 2007 01:23 PM
jamie hansen from Port St Lucie Florida

"Conspiracy," uttered the vixen.
Villians lurked.
Running through shadows, we wore out.

Nov. 18 2007 01:18 PM
Noa Nir from Arlington, Virginia

Before she could suffocate him in soiled-pinafore kisses, she grew up.

Nov. 18 2007 01:18 PM
Edmund Galperin from Pittsburgh, PA

Digital dream girl,
Let's telepathically reunite.
I'll wait for you in cyberspace.

Nov. 18 2007 01:12 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

Title: Love is a Fickle Mistress
For Sale: two cruise tickets to Bahamas.
Wanted: one way to Shanghai.

Nov. 18 2007 01:12 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

If titles are ok, here is one for my earlier submission:

Title: Till Death Do we Part
Estate sale. Antique toys, skis, camping gear, canoe, croquet set, rocking chairs.

Nov. 18 2007 01:07 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

Title: The Tea Party Mystery
"Inspector Bagshaw, the poisoned crumpet conclusively proves the killer to be … ARGHHH-GACK!!"

Nov. 18 2007 01:07 PM
Kat Kruse from Chicago, IL

When she awoke the world had gone grey. When she slept, blue-green.

Nov. 18 2007 01:01 PM
John Defazio from Long Island City

First you didn't like it, then you did, then you didn't again.

Nov. 18 2007 12:58 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

The Diary
After 50 years, I know my father's name and who killed Anastasia.

Nov. 18 2007 12:54 PM
Jean Synodinos from Austin, TX

While she looked at her book, he read her face.

Nov. 18 2007 12:53 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

The Inheritance
"… to Amy, 10 million dollars.
To my son, my how-to-get-rich book collection …"

Nov. 18 2007 12:53 PM
Jean Synodinos from Austin, TX

She slipped, falling into character, needing an Emergency Room for the soul.

Nov. 18 2007 12:50 PM
Katie Hass from Clinton Twp.

Guitar, Bass, Drums, microphone, minifridge, martini. What a great band practice.

Nov. 18 2007 12:48 PM
M. T. Matchak from Albuquerque, NM

She stared into an ocean of screaming souls, and still lived on.

Nov. 18 2007 12:48 PM
jeanine farrell from philadelphia pa

Well, I warned her: chickens do *not* like to ride in cars!

Nov. 18 2007 12:47 PM
Katie Hass from Clinton Twp.

Composed song. Became famous. Success makes life complicated, but now I'm rich.

Nov. 18 2007 12:44 PM
Alistair McHarg from Ambler, PA

12 Word Novel

À La Recherche Du Orignac Perdu

Montague “Monty” Entwhistle Moose, Viscount of Basingstoke, failed to outdistance his heritage.

Nov. 18 2007 12:40 PM
Elliot Offen from Derry, NH

"Forced Conversion"

Jesus this, Moses that, Abraham hit me with a wiffle ball bat.

Nov. 18 2007 12:32 PM
Nancy Anne Rose-Chism from Oregon

Estate sale. Antique toys, skis, camping gear, canoe, croquet set, rocking chairs.

Nov. 18 2007 12:22 PM
Matthew Ashbrook from New Jersey

OTM Novel Challenge

TITLE: Holiday Visit

Ding-Dong! "The Einsteins are here. Late again." "It's all relative, dear."

Nov. 18 2007 12:21 PM
i8tokyo from Kansas City

The turkey exploded. Which it seems, set the mood for the day.

Nov. 18 2007 12:17 PM
Chuck Baynton from Whitefish Bay, WI...

LOVE STORY
"Was that a smile?"
"It was."
"About?"
"An imagined future."
"Together?"
"Together."

WAR STORY
"I would serve God and country."
"That's one too many masters."

COMING OF AGE STORY
Randall. Not junior. Randall the third. A banker. A diplomat. Now me.

SCI FI STORY
Centuries later, useless tin, it still orbited every three hours. Why stay?

THINK ABOUT IT STORY
A weapon so horrible it could never be used. They believed that.

TRUE STORY
Read more novels this week than in all my prior life. Thanks.

Nov. 18 2007 12:07 PM
Mitch Young from Effingham NH (White mountains)

Ducks are good for commercials but don’t build your life around them.

Nov. 18 2007 12:02 PM
Gabriela Geselowitz from NY

I tried to find myself. Instead, I found shoes. Such is life.

Nov. 18 2007 12:02 PM
W. C. from Oregon

Novelette 3:

Title: Investigation Report

Negligent homicide. Four dead--undercooked turkey.
Suspect is comatose. Charges are pending.

Nov. 18 2007 12:01 PM
W. C. from Oregon

Title: A turkey at half-time

"E-MER-GEN-CY!"

"Move! Turn it back on!"

"Refrigerator won't close. Go make sandwiches!"

Nov. 18 2007 11:55 AM
Mitch Young from Effingham NH (White mountains)

Later he would say he was sorry, but it was too late.

Nov. 18 2007 11:54 AM
Mitch Young from Effingham NH (White mountains)

I loved her too much and she loved me not enough.

Nov. 18 2007 11:53 AM
Niesha White from Brooklyn, NY

Tongues mash together to build word castles, and sculpt ideas into roses.

Nov. 18 2007 11:46 AM
W. C. from Oregon

Novelette 2:

"Mommy! When the toilet paper gets small it unrolls by itself!"

"Oh?"

Nov. 18 2007 11:45 AM
W. C. from Oregon

Novelette 1:

Title: Motor voter

"Fred! 'Investigators seek spouses whose mail-in ballots mysteriously disappeared!'"

"Pass the butter."

Nov. 18 2007 11:42 AM
Carolyn Edelstein from Edgewater, NJ

A CEO hired an artisan. Bartering good talent down makes great sport.

Nov. 18 2007 11:38 AM
Niesha White from Brooklyn, NY

Halvah slipped under the sheets with the sugar cookie in forbidden revelry.

Nov. 18 2007 11:35 AM
gotham ghost from new york

Pony-Tailed Lawyer Defends Queens Land Mogul,
Climatic Dangerous Chase Scene Included

Nov. 18 2007 11:31 AM
Mitch Young from Effingham NH (White mountains)

Maynards Dogs

Maynard lives with dogs, one barked the other like to dig holes.

Nov. 18 2007 11:30 AM
Donna Bridges from Hunker PA

Father Muchinsky tossed his collar into the church's flames, not looking back.

Nov. 18 2007 11:25 AM
Niesha White from Brooklyn, NY

Her dreams were worn down into shapes she mistook for ordinary objects.

Nov. 18 2007 11:24 AM
Ed Gaskin from Cleveland, Ohio

Life
Six billion souls, six billion lives, six billions hopes, six billion struggles.

Success
I accomplished the impossible, loved the world and danced to the grave.

Infant Tiny
Across the face of the Deep, dark and vast, we merrily paddled…

Nov. 18 2007 11:20 AM
Eileen Rogers from Knoxville TN

Finally understanding what life had meant, she closed her eyes to die.

Nov. 18 2007 11:20 AM
Donna Bridges from Hunker PA

My 12 word novel. Father Muchinsky tossed his collar into the church's fames, not looking back. donnab from pa.

Nov. 18 2007 11:19 AM
Ben Churchill from Chelsea, NY, NY

When the vacuum swallowed his bone,
the dog's darkest suspicions were confirmed.

Nov. 18 2007 11:12 AM
Todd V from NYC

Sit. This will take a while. You see your mother is dead.

Nov. 18 2007 11:12 AM
Norma Jost from Austin, TX

Mathematics teachers know: more math means more money. Why not for them?

Nov. 18 2007 11:10 AM
Sam Grimes from Austin, Texas

Wrestling to overcome ghosts of victims past, the clown tightened the noose.

Nov. 18 2007 11:09 AM
Jennifer Turnbough from Jersey City, NJ

Colored smears upon your shirt once made my face look pretty.

Nov. 18 2007 11:04 AM
Murdoc from Massapequa, NY

Everything about you makes me want to die. Now I want pie.

Nov. 18 2007 10:59 AM
Karen Bancroft from New York

Novel Submission 11/18/07:

She sighed. He pried. She cried. He denied. Who lied? Hearts died.

Nov. 18 2007 10:56 AM
Moya L. from Taiwan

Judah caught a glimpse of the sky
and died
without light.

Nov. 18 2007 10:38 AM
Gary Greenberg from Durham, NC

12-word novel

Three years after transplant, Medicare stops. Borrowed kidney still needs expensive care.

Nov. 18 2007 08:58 AM
Craig Keefer from Pawleys Island, SC

Powers out. TV grows dark. Kids fighting. Day saved! Battery powered radio.

Nov. 18 2007 08:38 AM
Geoff Gayle from Minneapolis MN

*Neanderthal's Last Sigh* by Geoff Gayle

Sahara dried behind us, separated clans. We murdered for snow and soil.

[OTM, please feel free to omit the title of this novel if it breaks the word-count rule. Thank you.]

Nov. 18 2007 08:25 AM
John Garrison from Boston, MA

My submission is the actual name of a traditional tune, in this case a Scottish pipe jig:
"I would have preferred you first, but not now, sir."
...which, when you think of it, could serve as the Cliff's Notes version of most of Jane Austen's novels.

Nov. 18 2007 08:24 AM
Stephen Brown from Urbana, Ohio

At the communion rail, she held his hand. My God, what does this mean?

Nov. 18 2007 08:24 AM
Stephen Brown from Urbana, Ohio

Martin and Bobby. The ache, the longing never ceases, never lessens.

Nov. 18 2007 08:21 AM
Stephen Brown from Urbana, Ohio

Afraid yet calm, she laid him down, thankful for the shepherd's help.

Nov. 18 2007 08:03 AM
Sue R. Morin from Boston, MA

Here's my 12 word novel.

Charles, Mom died. What! How much? You darling! Let's run away, Charles.

Nov. 18 2007 07:07 AM
Kent from Los Angeles

Planet of the Apes (abridged)
The apes are here. They rule us. We must overthrow them again.

Nov. 18 2007 04:35 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Re: Mark Weaver’s 289

She tossed Fluffy’s leg back on the tray, shouting, “More barbecue sauce!”

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Homeless

“All in.”

Turn: Queen.

“No King! NO KING!” he shouted.

River: King.

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: A Curious Day in Brooklyn

His first mistake was in assuming that most people are basically good.

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: 2-Star Rating

The airbag deployed. Unfortunately for Sally it was in the other car.

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Usually It’s Just a Suggestion.

This time it would have behooved Ted to follow the speed limit.

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: The Headstone Store: Special Order

“There’s only room for twelve words, but she needs room for thirteen.”

Nov. 18 2007 02:38 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Sometimes I Hate My Job

The check bounced. His head didn’t.

Nov. 18 2007 02:37 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Tuesday

“What do you mean? Why wouldn’t we dump him in the river?”

Nov. 18 2007 02:37 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Untitled

If it didn’t matter, it wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Nov. 18 2007 02:36 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: The Trash Collector Never Asks Questions

There’s not much two 90-lb ladies can do with a 200-lb corpse.

(yeah, this is kind of cheating...)

Nov. 18 2007 02:35 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Radio Frequency Leakage and the Unfortunate Massacre.

The alien finally understood that Mr. Ed was Earth’s only talking horse.

Nov. 18 2007 02:35 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Robert

He was like an eggplant -- interesting to look at but rather useless.

Nov. 18 2007 02:34 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA


Title: Fish Fry

“Oh crap,” thought Flounder. Goldie was right about not eating stray worms.

Nov. 18 2007 02:33 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA


Title: The Good Doctor’s Intern

“Did it move?”
“No.”
“Then when?”
“After we get more lightning, idiot.”

Nov. 18 2007 02:32 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA


Title: Wrong Day to Pay Bills

Unfortunately for Harry, that's when the aliens launched their horrific attack.

Nov. 18 2007 02:31 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Bob’s Magical Mystery Object

“I found it under the couch alongside a half eaten oatmeal cookie.”

Nov. 18 2007 02:30 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: Punch Air Holes Here

The alien noticed the instructions only moments after the humans were dead.

Nov. 18 2007 02:29 AM
The Prolific George P. Burdell from Atlanta, GA

Title: I Wouldn’t Drink That

“I hate it when she’s right,” thought Howard as his heart stopped.

Nov. 18 2007 02:27 AM
Judy Savauge from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada (Niagara Region)

My 12 word novel, based on my life:
Title: changing

Healthy. Happy. Tired. Sick. Bed. Rest. Drugs. Isolation. Frustration.
Doctors sigh. Goodbye.

Nov. 18 2007 02:18 AM
Susan Marie Caruso from Lake City, FL


The journey, regrets, triumps, mistakes and risks made her life worth living

Nov. 18 2007 12:48 AM
Gerald Biederman from Osaka, Japan

OTM's Novel Challenge:

She visited her mother's grave . .
to apologize.

Nov. 18 2007 12:32 AM
C.N. Dong from Richmond, CA

Title: Fulfilling the Prophecy

Vacuumed up spilled ashes. Buried urn. On tombstone "Life Really sucked."

Nov. 18 2007 12:27 AM
jared g from new york

the man with the pencil thin mustache has been tracking me

Nov. 17 2007 11:45 PM
mirage from Harrison, NY

Inertia kept her in bed until her own smell drove her out.

Nov. 17 2007 10:48 PM
Mursalata from Grand Rapids, MI

He wrote history; now, she's writing hers.

Nov. 17 2007 10:48 PM
Mursalata from Grand Rapids, MI

She's a great mother only because she never intended to have kids.

Nov. 17 2007 10:33 PM
Benjamin Beatty from Pasadena, CA

Title to post 314: Harold's Journey

Nov. 17 2007 10:04 PM
Benjamin Beatty from Pasadena, CA

Harold took off his shoes and wondered where his feet had gone.

Nov. 17 2007 09:57 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

It's called "Riding Metro Home Last Night"

I missed you.
This is my stop.
Stand clear, doors closing.
Don't...

Nov. 17 2007 09:42 PM
richard gillespie from bowie md

"I missed you."
"This is my stop."
"Stand clear, doors closing."
"Don't..."

Nov. 17 2007 09:36 PM
martin lebofsky

@my novel contest entry: with compassion, he clicked the icon and eradicated her virtual reality.

Nov. 17 2007 09:34 PM
Marlin Wengerd from Millersburg, OH

I love Mark Weaver's entry about the soaring like an eagle. Good stuff Mark!!

Nov. 17 2007 09:25 PM
Marlin Wengerd from Millersburg, OH

They run from the room, choking, gasping. Leroy just sits and grins!

Nov. 17 2007 09:09 PM
tmm from Red Bank, NJ

To find out how to get it right, all those next times

Nov. 17 2007 09:08 PM
Bob Zuchowicz from Waterford Michigan

Twelve word Novel
Titled- Nothings Ventures'

Nothing came and did nothing, nothing happened, Nothing thought...nothing gained, What?!?

Nov. 17 2007 09:01 PM
S. D. Jacobson from Brooklyn, NYC

For reasons that were important, he began to pray.

Nov. 17 2007 08:44 PM
L. Kainz from Richmond, CA

Title: "Ezra"

In my eyes you saw our children. Now I hold a grandson.

Nov. 17 2007 08:43 PM
Chris Hahn from Fort Lauderdale, FL

You were the only one who ever understood. I still miss you.

Nov. 17 2007 08:03 PM
Susan Watkins from Alexandria, VA

12-word novel in memory of Buck

Buck was strong, a teaching horse for 20 years.
Cancer was stronger.

Nov. 17 2007 07:36 PM
Tom Auld from Falls Church, Virginia

He thought: "creeds survive in faith, loyalty." Then, he sent the message.

OTM novel challenge.

Nov. 17 2007 07:00 PM
Tom Wieder from Ann Arbor, MI

Like his famous, demanding father, he was a resigned professor of history.

Nov. 17 2007 06:33 PM
Philip Rousselle from Austin Texas

My entry:

She said yes. He couldn’t believe it. The terror was so delicious.

Nov. 17 2007 06:32 PM
D R Wear from Warrenton VA

[The tag on her gift read] "25 Dollars"

You can say it.
No really, it's fine.
Just say it, ferchrissakes.

Nov. 17 2007 06:16 PM
D R Wear from Warrenton VA

[12 word Novel title:] Five Seven

And five
with seven in the middle
that’s Haiku four U.

Nov. 17 2007 06:12 PM
David Wear from Warrenton VA

[Title] Five Seven

And five
with seven in the middle
that’s Haiku four U.

Nov. 17 2007 06:03 PM
Andy Femino from Pembroke Pines, FL

Autobiography
"A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Grave"
br Jack Douglas

Nov. 17 2007 05:53 PM
Janet Goldmark from Manhattan, NY

HOVERING:
I wonder why it works that worry waits forever.

Nov. 17 2007 05:32 PM
Don Pollins from Takoma Park Md

"Everything is Dirt"

Dirt equals Earth.

Earth equals World.

World equals Universe.

Universe equals Everything.

Nov. 17 2007 05:09 PM
S. Dye from Alexandria, VA

If it were not for the end, I'd never have begun.

Nov. 17 2007 04:44 PM
Belicia from cincinnati ohio

The ring and the letter would bring me hope or heartache.

Nov. 17 2007 04:24 PM
Alan from Scotland

It was either the Wine or the Book. But they said both.

Nov. 17 2007 04:17 PM
Anthony Flinn from Spokane, WA

Like cats on a fish head, Angela's glances pulled his will apart.

Nov. 17 2007 04:07 PM
Mark Weaver from Wauwatosa Wisconsin

Louise's love of poodles was only overshadowed by her love of barbeque.

Nov. 17 2007 04:05 PM
Mark Weaver from Wauwatosa Wisconsin

He dared to soar with the eagles. Briefly.

Nov. 17 2007 04:05 PM
Jason Marcus from New York, NY

This would have been Richard Brautigan's entry (from "Revenge of the Lawn"):
"The Scarlatti Tilt:" "'It's very hard to live in a studio apartment in San Jose with a man who's learning to play the violin'. That's what she told the police when she handed them the empty revolver."

Nov. 17 2007 03:41 PM
James Browning from Strand Bookstore, NYC

"What's wrong?" "I can't find Whiskers." "Oh... Did you check the pool?"

Nov. 17 2007 03:34 PM
Sagar P from North Bergen, NJ

I saw Katz. Dent saw Katz. I shot Katz. Dent went home.

Nov. 17 2007 03:33 PM
Al & James from Strand Bookstore, NYC

Legend says he rose from the grave: the first vampire, Jesus Christ.

Nov. 17 2007 03:32 PM
Stacia McLaren from Westland, Michigan

OTM challenge:

"I love you" she said.
His heart exploded then, and he died.

Nov. 17 2007 03:28 PM
B.J. McKinley from CT

Title: Teeny Tiny Bootstraps
Cuts his losses; walks away.
Dreams again; finds way.
Bright new day.

Nov. 17 2007 03:14 PM
Rose K Murphy from Jackson Heights, NY

Physically exhausted, she lived a vibrant, exciting life of the mind.

Nov. 17 2007 03:11 PM
Rose K Murphy from Jackson Heights, NY

She traveled the world to find her self. It was at home.

Nov. 17 2007 03:10 PM
Rose K Murphy from Jackson Heights, NY

Once upon a time there was a long, beautiful story. The end.

Nov. 17 2007 03:09 PM
Joyce Springer from London, England

Mini-novel:Fire rained down on the armadillo who swallowed his tail and vanished.

Nov. 17 2007 03:05 PM
David Babson from Syracuse, New York

A Political Novel

"Hillary's an evil lesbian!" raged Limbaugh, and the nation yawned in unison.

Nov. 17 2007 03:04 PM
mirage from Harrison, NY

another novel:

she wandered around her apartment as if she had somewhere to go.

Nov. 17 2007 02:13 PM
Fletcher Barton from Westchester County NY

2:

Her baby's chin is shining; she folds a handkerchief and reaches back.

Yellow leaves, rise and reattach, green! - for then she would love me.

Nov. 17 2007 02:13 PM
mirage from Harrison, NY

My novel:

I would visit...but all they talked about was your NOT visiting.

Nov. 17 2007 02:12 PM
Peter A. Balaskas from LA, CA

Passion drives us until infinity explodes. Then, we softly laugh and snuggle.

Nov. 17 2007 02:05 PM
Mark Schubin from New York City

Epiphany

"Should've made a copy," she thought as her home office exploded.

Nov. 17 2007 02:05 PM
Scott Smith from Grants Pass, Oregon

two novel entries:

In the end, as at the beginning, love. In the middle, chaos.

Now they never use the orchard, but won't cut it down, either.

Thanks, great contest idea.
-Scott

Nov. 17 2007 02:01 PM
faith m from san diego, ca

mommy died.
chloe cries,
davey sighs,
daddy denies.
time passes.
we survive.

Nov. 17 2007 01:41 PM
Frank Bryans from Kalamazoo, MI

A medal for you, purple, white, gold. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Nov. 17 2007 01:32 PM
Al & James from Strand Bookstore, NYC

"I almost committed suicide, but Cursed To Breathe saved my life." "Fag."

Nov. 17 2007 01:03 PM
martha may from new york city


CHOICES
All of life's possibilities inevitably narrowed to only one. Here it was.

ACCEPTED TEMPO
She swept the floor listening for the cry that measured her life.

LITERARY EVOLUTION
The cliches, the stereotypes, the superfluous survive like roaches.

THE NARCISSIST YOU KNOW
She should and could have just stayed with her husband.

Nov. 17 2007 12:52 PM
James Browning from Strand Bookstore, NYC

I heard Hemingway was an asshole; I heard he is dead now.

Nov. 17 2007 12:37 PM
Al Angel from Strand Bookstore, NYC

Ernest Hemingway heard my story and rolled gently over in his grave.

Nov. 17 2007 12:36 PM
bill swiggs from nyc

yes

Nov. 17 2007 11:56 AM
Marc Rothman from New York City

A 12 word novel

We were Juan and Yan.
We won sun
We are one.
Done.

Nov. 17 2007 11:46 AM
Jim McDonald from Ypsilanti, MI

I sold my car, left my wife, and walked east toward Cleveland.

Nov. 17 2007 10:31 AM
Francis Pisney from Iowa Falls, Iowa

The Fog of War

Righteousness. Ignorance of history. Confabulation.
Destruction, death, and destabilization. History of ignorance.

Francis Pisney

Nov. 17 2007 10:19 AM
Barry Blitstein from New York City

The Secret Service caught me with my foot in the television set.

Nov. 17 2007 10:18 AM
James from Brooklyn, NY

The leaves dried and fell early the autumn she left me.

Nov. 17 2007 09:38 AM
Artie Bootle from newark, new jersey

Little women with big hair took a long journey to far places.

Nov. 17 2007 08:29 AM
Grace Babakhanian from New York City

Beginning: He's dreamy. Middle: He snores. End: Hated him at first sight.

Nov. 17 2007 08:25 AM
Beth Schachter from Manhattan, NY

Novel Title: Fantasies of an Imagined 21st C Granddaughter
Novel: My childless grandmother imagined me. Grandma loved snow. I only imagine snow.

Nov. 17 2007 08:21 AM
Grace Babakhanian from New York City

Went to bed a frisky colt, woke up a withered nag

Nov. 17 2007 08:17 AM
jeffrey farber from nyc ny

He Left. She stayed. Their children cried. Their parents died.

Nov. 17 2007 08:11 AM
Glenn Ribotsky from Queens Village, NY

OTM novel contest:

"But, Mother, he smells so good!"

Nov. 17 2007 08:09 AM
Tom Keating from Grand Rapids, MI

Short Novel.

After thirty years she was gone. Who was he alone?

Nov. 17 2007 08:06 AM
June Cross from New York, NY

He finished. Brought his wife home. But their lives were irrevocably lost.

Nov. 17 2007 08:05 AM
Avery Dame from Tuscaloosa, AL

Guess Who's Helping Cook Dinner:

“Pot. Kettle. From this coupling no good can come,” said the Spork.

Nov. 17 2007 08:04 AM
Lulu Miller from Brooklyn

Palm Reader's Digest

Love. Loss. Death. ... Next?

Nov. 17 2007 08:01 AM
Kim Hunter from Detroit, Post Industrial America

Those Who can't Do
A Novel

The hotel's ashes left the fire safety instructor feeling less than vindicated.

Nov. 17 2007 07:55 AM
frantz bernier from Roselle,New Jersey

For the love I have for for WNYC,I will coming tonight

Nov. 17 2007 07:52 AM
Kim Hunter from Detroit, Post Industrial America

Coldblooded or Not so Great Expectations
(A Twelve Word) Novel by Kim D. Hunter

His murder was anticlimactic. She'd been written out of his will.

Nov. 17 2007 07:34 AM
D-lish from Paris, France

January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. November. December.

Nov. 17 2007 06:56 AM
S. A. St. Germain from Manhattan

Naked, she pressed his old t-shirt to her -- it smelled of earth

Nov. 17 2007 02:01 AM
matt darriau from Brooklyn, ny

Jeffery was born striving. He attended music conservatory and died impoverished.

Nov. 17 2007 12:07 AM
Chuck Baynton from Whitefish Bay, WI...

...which is the Milwaukee area.

Tough to beat Hemingway, even with double the words. My only effort worth submitting so far:

A weapon so horrible it could never be used. They believed that.

Nov. 17 2007 12:03 AM
matt darriau from Brooklyn, ny

Unicyclist, Byron, rode for help. Upon return, his tent was ablaze.

Nov. 17 2007 12:00 AM
Jimmese Wilson from united arab emirates

Title: Newark, New Jersey

We built an ark and floated down the Passaic River into the wilderness.

Nov. 16 2007 11:41 PM
Jimmese Wilson from united arab emirates

Title: The Dubai Fog

Horded together, enveloped in golddust, lives the wretched of the earth.

Nov. 16 2007 11:31 PM
Leo Donohue from Livingston, NJ

Matthew/Luke:
Manger/Wisemen? Where did you get your material?
Mark/John

Nov. 16 2007 10:15 PM
Leo Donohue from Livingston, NJ

Matthew/Luke:
Manger? Where'd you get all that other material?
Mark/John

Nov. 16 2007 10:05 PM
Aaron Wolen from Richmond, VA

The journey would be long, dark and perilous, so I stayed home.

Nov. 16 2007 09:39 PM
Phil Porter from Oakland, CA

Twelve 12-word-or-less Novelas

Janene laid the shotgun by the inert body of her ex-husband’s girlfriend.

Lobsters everywhere clacked their claws in glee when the French chef died.

Sheila drank but never missed her first act music cue.

Each day, I find myself thinking less about Sylvia’s damn pink poodle.

Elwin sighed. I turned the other way.

Who knew? That old lady with the knitting needles was a terrorist.

Bush won. Gore lost. Al got the Prize.

The birds were silent, but that didn’t alert us to the crocodiles.

Eagle’s soar. Butterflies flutter. I take the bus.

Twelve attempted the stunt. Eight succeeded. Four were hospitalized.

Emily smirked at Joe’s crude joke, then voted him off the island.

OK, so there were only eleven. Who’s counting?

Nov. 16 2007 06:49 PM
Elisabeth P

Teachers never believe , "My dog eats homework," even when you bring proof.

Nov. 16 2007 06:08 PM
Elisabeth P

I went swimming.
The shark had lunch.

Nov. 16 2007 05:58 PM
Gil O'Gara from Greenfield Township, Iowa

Despite her parents' advice, the bad child DID talk to the stranger.

Nov. 16 2007 05:37 PM
Katie Tobin from Alfred/Dansville, New York

Dieter left the lights on and the door unlocked but never returned.

Nov. 16 2007 05:22 PM
wayne from NYC

The gods threw her into my path, I almost ran over her.

Nov. 16 2007 05:10 PM
Kale from NYC

The road man emitted stale nicotine, oil, spent gunpowder, and rusty water.

Nov. 16 2007 03:20 PM
william coelius

His first breath was his last. No words, but definitely a participation.

Nov. 16 2007 02:56 PM
Danny Thompson from Worcester, MA

12 Word Novel:

A crossroads? No. His path was chosen years before the coin landed.

Nov. 16 2007 01:48 PM
Maggie from San Marcos, Texas

"Eventually we were all be touched by each other, not then, but eventually."

Nov. 16 2007 01:46 PM
Byron King from Baltimore, MD

I saw Jesus and Judas playing tennis. Judas was up a set.

Nov. 16 2007 01:17 PM
Drew Fox from Cincinnati, OH

Life is tough, but you have grit your teeth and move forward.

Nov. 16 2007 01:04 PM
Amanda Ombrello from St. Louis, Missouri

Title: A Bacteria's Life
Cough, cough---YES, I'm free!.....But what's that?.......... Antibacterial soap---I'm dead.

Nov. 16 2007 12:11 PM
Dale Smith from Conway, AR

Frying bacon naked, unexpected pop, detestable.

Nov. 16 2007 08:35 AM
David Villa from San Marcos, TX

On the other hand, I don't know when to stop. Addictive fun, for which I blame the editors. 12 words:

It ends. Was I a success? Who'll remember? So this is how.

Nov. 16 2007 01:53 AM
matt darriau from Brooklyn, ny

Unicyclist, Byron, went for help. On his return the tent was ablaze! 12 words......

Nov. 16 2007 01:21 AM
David Villa from San Marcos, TX

Writing a novel is hard work! You spend fifteen minutes weighing "woman cries" or "maiden weeps" and fifty minutes regretting your choice. That's an hour wasted on an entry that doesn't stand a chance. No offense, but most of the submissions here are pretty lousy (yes, including my own). I've read a few REALLY good ones, though. Wow!

Nov. 16 2007 01:03 AM
Michael Long from St. Louis, MO

Twelve-word novel entries:

1) "Hey! Don't shoot! The war is over. By the way, who won?"

2) Weighed down with degrees, he loudly professed before learning the lessons himself.

Nov. 16 2007 12:53 AM
Bill Cyr from Stoughton, MA

Gasp!
Exhale.
Silence.
My last breath.
What could be more worth it?

Nov. 15 2007 11:03 PM
Phil Mars from Chino CA

Chromosome-combining, DNA-providing conception grows, develops, proclaims breathtaking announcement: "wah"!

Nov. 15 2007 10:21 PM
Steve Humphrey from Kalamazoo, MI

Roommate wanted: must be neat, responsible, and good listener (unlike my ex).

Nov. 15 2007 09:28 PM
Steven Strauss from Brooklyn, NY

Donald's fascination with pirates got him nowhere with the ladies. Go figure.

Nov. 15 2007 09:22 PM
Cathy Engstrom from Johnston, Iowa

Mrs. Peacock.
In the billiard room.
With the candlestick.
Free at last!

Nov. 15 2007 09:15 PM
Elizabeth Schwebel Wind

The atheist's story:
He was born, lived, and died.
The End!

Nov. 15 2007 04:18 PM
Ellen K. Schmidt from New York, NY

The obituary was neat and concise. The life was so much more.

Nov. 15 2007 04:16 PM
Elizabeth Schwebel Wind

The atheist's story:
He was born, lived, and died.
The end!

Nov. 15 2007 04:10 PM
Ellen K. Schmidt from New York, NY

A broken man rebuilds with faith he never knew he had.

Nov. 15 2007 03:47 PM
John Bisson, MD from Burlington, VT

OTM Novel entry (#2):

Familiarity breeds.

Nov. 15 2007 02:43 PM
Stan Pinkwas from Brooklyn, NY

Trade Center bombed, war declared. A million dead, the war goes on.

Nov. 15 2007 02:22 PM
John Bisson, MD from Burlington, VT

OTM Novel Challenge:

He said she said that's what she said.

Nov. 15 2007 02:20 PM
Tina Lampman from Gulf Breeze, FL

Novel Challenge entry:

She lost him in War
Alive but gone
She remained 5 forever

Nov. 15 2007 01:46 PM
Ellen K. Schmidt from New York, NY

He questioned everything; discovered treasures. Alone, he shared them with his cat.

Nov. 15 2007 01:18 PM
Robert Haveson from Monmouth Jct, New Jersey

Yes, lately he pays more attention to love, war, and pickles.

Nov. 15 2007 12:57 PM
Troy Brinson from Chicago, Illinois

Actually, here is my novela submission, entitled "Big Girl": Loved her baby bed.
Cried in her toddler bed.
Daughter sleeps now.

Nov. 15 2007 12:55 PM
Troy Brinson from Chicago, Illinois

Here is my novella submission

Nov. 15 2007 12:49 PM
Robert Haveson from 403 Northview Dr, Monmouth Jct, New Jersey

12 word novel entry

Yes, lately he pays more attention to love, war, and the environment.

Nov. 15 2007 12:33 PM
Robert Haveson from 403 Northview Dr, Monmouth Jct, New Jersey

12 word novel

Yes, lately he pays more attention to love, war, and our environment.

Nov. 15 2007 12:25 PM
Bill from Dallas, TX

And so, she arrived unannounced. He saw her and at once understood.

Nov. 15 2007 11:28 AM
Melissa Elwood from Bucks County, PA

Two entries in the Novel Challenge:

The river flows peacefully along the bank as we watch sadly.

The man fell and there was silence, followed by screams and cries.

Nov. 15 2007 09:09 AM
Steve Elwood from Bucks County, PA

My entry for Novel Challenge:

He made snap judgments of people that were too often accurate.

Nov. 15 2007 09:04 AM
Pat Osbakken from Burlington Wi

Mother's words sticks stones break bones but her words forever hurt six.

Nov. 15 2007 07:33 AM
John Vesbit from Grand Rapids, MI

Jonas stood atop a dune on Lake Michigan. Hemingway was right.

Nov. 15 2007 06:35 AM
Liz Mims from Texas

We traveled oceans to find God was underneath, unadulterated, undying inside ourselves.

Nov. 15 2007 06:21 AM
Pat Osbakken from Burlington Wi

The morning’s promise worn through the day vomiting the night’s My Lai.

Nov. 15 2007 01:41 AM
M. Poché from Columbia, MO

< or = 12 word novel:

A single drop in a single reservoir, on every continent, will suffice.

Nov. 15 2007 12:47 AM
Peter M. from Chantilly VA

God flooded Louisiana. "Too many gays."
God dessicated Georgia. "Too many evangelicals."

Nov. 14 2007 10:56 PM
Ada Ada from manhattan

She dreamed herself out of reality again. The silence awakens me.

Nov. 14 2007 10:34 PM
Eberhard Grundelheim from Screaming Rock, AK

Small men on Viagra swarmed over Mrs. Teitelbaum's coiffure, boxing the lice.

Nov. 14 2007 10:14 PM
J K MacDoran from Sanford, FL

12 Word Novel:

"...another tour?"

"sorry..."

"WHY?"

"Orders."

"THE KIDS!...Me!...us?..."

"...'his' surge rules."

Nov. 14 2007 10:07 PM
Carol Hansen from Perris, CA

She fell loudly. Daddy awoke. They took her away. I miss her.

My novel in 12 words.

Nov. 14 2007 08:57 PM
frantz bernier from Roselle,New Jersey

Miou will be for ever the girl I meet when I was fifteen

Nov. 14 2007 08:15 PM
Janece Hass from California

The shell in her palm was all that would accompany her home.

Nov. 14 2007 07:37 PM
Ann Lundquist from North Kingstown, RI

My GAN (Great American Novel)

Renouncing meticulous plans, Ruby LIVED!

Nov. 14 2007 06:39 PM
Shannon Hammock from California

I had something to say, but seeing you now, it doesn’t matter.

Nov. 14 2007 06:09 PM
Elizabeth Wager from Jamestown, NY

Mario d'Medici became a cobbler after continuously throwing himself at women's feet.

Nov. 14 2007 05:41 PM
Peter G from New York, NY

Her eyes scream a thousand dirty things, never repeating herself.
I'm hers.

Nov. 14 2007 05:41 PM
Grace Feuk from Burnsville, MN

12 word novel submission:

She was poisoned -- her sleep impenetrable; but, kissed, she awakened to love.

Nov. 14 2007 05:26 PM
Peter G from New York, NY

Her eyes scream a thousand dirty things,
never repeating herself.
I'm hers.

Nov. 14 2007 05:19 PM
Sara from Arlington Va

For the first time ever, she cut across the corner. Everything changed.

Nov. 14 2007 04:10 PM
David Arthur from NYC

December met May. Love ensued. The split yielded heartache. Life goes on.

Nov. 14 2007 03:39 PM
Joe Dempsey from Chicago, IL

He was glad. The president was finally dead. He'd better go now.

Nov. 14 2007 03:36 PM
Rosie Jonker from Louisiana

"Don't bother Frederick while he's playing his cello," said the severed head.

Nov. 14 2007 02:29 PM
Rosie Jonker from Louisiana

Sadly, she never found out about the birds, or the violin.

Nov. 14 2007 02:17 PM
Steven W. Merrill from Crestline, California

Twelve Word Story

Evolution of a Relationship:
Trust. Must Trust. Mistrust. Distrust. Disgust. Collect Dust.

Nov. 14 2007 01:25 PM
VL from Philadelphia

He vomited outside, wiped his mouth and went back for one more.

Nov. 14 2007 12:34 PM
Nancy Lichak

Fuzzy blankets and diapers wrap around her life ninety years after birth.

Nov. 14 2007 12:05 PM
Diane Bellomo from Baltimore, MD

For OTM's Novel Challenge:

The planetarium show started. She slept.

Nov. 14 2007 11:02 AM
Mursalata from Michigan

Flushed, fragmented flesh unsettles more than nine months imagined.

Nov. 14 2007 10:29 AM
Laurence Berg from New York

Suddenly, his heart knew, after so long. Did she still have doubts?

Nov. 14 2007 10:24 AM
Jenny Mueller from New York

She found the bra in his suitcase. She tried it on. Bastard!

Nov. 14 2007 10:22 AM
Andrea Bult from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nurses came running. "Code Reds" were rare in the Pediatric wing.

Nov. 14 2007 08:54 AM
Cynthia Bogard and Michael Strebe from Wading River, NY

Our entry is taken from the front page obituary of Norman Mailer by Charles McGrath in this past week's New York Times.
Except for a few pronouns, the last word, and our suggested title, this is an exact quote about Mailer from the McGrath piece. We thought it worked as a great suggestive novel too.

Prodigious drinker, drug taker, womanizer, devoted family man, would-be politician...dead.

Our suggested title: Naked

Nov. 14 2007 08:26 AM
Dale Hultgren from Minneapolis

As requested, returning women’s broken locket from crash site.

Nov. 14 2007 08:09 AM
julie from princeton nj

The condom broke.

Nov. 13 2007 11:26 PM
Michael Springer from Louisville

Here's my entry:

My doctor told me that brain surgery is never routine, but still...

Nov. 13 2007 11:13 PM
Grace Feuk from Burnsville, MN

Novel:

She was poisoned -- her sleep impenetrable; but, kissed, she awakened to love.

Nov. 13 2007 10:21 PM
Derek from Clemson, SC

Climbing down from the trees and finally walking upright; their story begins…

Nov. 13 2007 09:24 PM
D. Spencer from Northville, MI

Life is a game
and sadly we've failed.

OTM Novel Challenge

Nov. 13 2007 09:08 PM
J. Spencer from Northville, MI

OTM Novel Challenge

Prologue: United States of America
Epilogue: United Race of America

Nov. 13 2007 09:07 PM
AC Kramer from Los Angeles, CA

She sighed.

It was all terribly important.
And none of it was.

Nov. 13 2007 08:10 PM
Brian

Body of cop's third wife exhumed; fourth wife still missing

(this novel contains material quoted from publicly available sources. in fact, the whole thing was a link in the newsfeed on my gmail account.)

Nov. 13 2007 07:47 PM
Tina Doug from Royal Oak, MI

opps. need to do a correction to my above novel.
Title- The Sign Says'Time Flies'
Signing up-Lamaizze classes, pre-school, practices, colleges, nursing home. Signing out...

Nov. 13 2007 06:57 PM
Tina Doug from Royal Oak, MI

She's set me in front of this computer, gone in the kitchen, & says she won't feed me until I've done a novel, so here I go.:
Title- Time Flies
Signing up-lamaizze classes, pre-school, practices, colleges, nursing home. Sign-out.

Nov. 13 2007 06:50 PM
P. A. Byrd from Virginia

Title: "Happy Hanukkah!"

Text: "Happy holiday"?!? Nobody celebrates "holiday." Meaningless, offensive words. Try instead "Merry Christmas!"

Nov. 13 2007 05:55 PM
P. A. Byrd from Virginia

Title: "Feminist Manifesto"

Text: "Ms."?!? I'm no whore! I AM: authoress, heroine, administratrix, mayoress--PROUD woman.

Nov. 13 2007 05:48 PM
Gaye Boston from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In this think nest.
Just ice frees me.
So sigh at tea.

Nov. 13 2007 05:32 PM
Gaye Boston from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Can the apple, to reserve preserve, sow teachers reap a greed culture.

Nov. 13 2007 05:31 PM
Gaye Boston from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grandpa turned dad to my newborn; sister, and mom never knew.

Nov. 13 2007 05:29 PM
tuxedomoon from Fargo, ND

27 ways of looking at the world always made me wonder why.

Nov. 13 2007 03:50 PM
Ginni Carrican from Bushnell, FL

James! We're finished! It's over! I eat steak now!

Nov. 13 2007 01:09 PM
Ginni Carrican from Bushnell, FL

Never recovering from running over her toddler grandson, she hung herself.

Nov. 13 2007 01:09 PM
Jon O. Neher from Renton, WA

Alexander gazed across the horizon and said, "I shall have it all."

Nov. 13 2007 01:07 PM
Nicole Mallotides from New Jersey

She writes the letter and licks the envelope, never to be opened.

Nov. 13 2007 12:54 PM
sarah burton from Garden city, MI

In the room filled with unknow.
the doctor speaks, as i cry.

Nov. 13 2007 12:41 PM
Bob Quinn from Seattle, WA

This just in---the world will end at 7pm. Details at 112.

Nov. 13 2007 12:33 PM
Mursalata from Michigan

so much fun I had to do anther one...

“Umm, you really don’t see the elephant in the room?”

Nov. 13 2007 12:07 PM
Nancy McCoy from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

My OTM novel challenge:

Young mother finally sits: she imagines, "if only polyandry were legal here........."

Nov. 13 2007 11:38 AM
Timothy Basarath

I wept for I had no home but merely wandered the earth.

Nov. 13 2007 11:12 AM
Deb Rose from Morganton NC

Her children visited rarely. Busy, busy, they said. She planted geraniums. Smiled.

Nov. 13 2007 11:05 AM
Nicole Mallotides from New Jersey

Their hands are separated by the glass.
She hopes for his innocence.

Nov. 13 2007 11:00 AM
Autumn Canfield from Denville, New Jersey

He's gone. Now, her tears fill the emptiness where he once resided.

Nov. 13 2007 10:59 AM
Amelia deGuzman from jersey

A flier, she fell. Time, violent, crashed over all assosciated, painted red.

Nov. 13 2007 10:59 AM
cassie pollari

the little girl cried herself to sleep that night. why dad? why?

Nov. 13 2007 10:52 AM
Tanya Ortiz from Rockaway, NJ

The mother whimpered dutifully when she recieved the handshake she never wanted.

Nov. 13 2007 10:52 AM
D. Art Newman from Williamston

With homage to Hemmingway's six word novel:

For Sale
Old china
Used only twice
for wedding and funeral wake

Nov. 13 2007 10:47 AM
Charles "Luke" Lukey from Seattle, WA

He quit drinking for Trina. Who would he get if quit smoking?

Nov. 13 2007 10:16 AM
Sharon Weems from Chicago, IL

"You must deliver today", he said after the ultrasound. Baby came early.

Nov. 13 2007 10:16 AM
Charles "Luke" Lukey from Seattle, WA

Minimalist seeks woman. Must be low maintenance.

Nov. 13 2007 10:11 AM
Mursalata from Grand Rapids, MI

We're war returned, silently flat.

Nov. 13 2007 09:48 AM
c. Newman from Michigan

Please ignore my previous submission for the novel challenge; it was more like a first sentence. here's my best shot :)

Eggs hatching. Baby turkeys sing gobble-gobble. Turkey heaven comes. We gobble.

Nov. 13 2007 09:36 AM
Dale O. Norgan from Capac Michigan U.S.A.

my submission for the novel challenge.

FOR SALE
neatly folded American flag.
Never flown, only used once.
Thanks!

Nov. 13 2007 09:21 AM
Emily D

Harvey hated that his parents were vampires, so he married a Catholic.

Nov. 13 2007 08:46 AM
c. Newman from Michigan

Past thanksgiving days with its turkey, dressing, undressings, and gluttony of sins...

Nov. 13 2007 08:03 AM
Andrew Szmelter from Canterbury, UK

My entry for OTM's Novel Challenge:

Fingers click. Onion’s no longer apple but the president’s now a target.

Nov. 13 2007 07:30 AM
Andy Morales from Poway, California