Every once in a while, something fun happens on Twitter which rises above the usual background noise that is people telling each other where they’re eating or who they’re hanging out with, or spambots pimping you with some shitty product because you dared to use a word in your own tweets that’s a keyword from their “marketing database” designed to annoy the shit of pretty much everyone. And if none of that ends up boring you to tears, you can always read my tweets.
Today’s example of something more fun? One of the trending topics was “#sixwordnovels.” As you can guess, the point was to tell a story (novel?) in six words.
The topic was raging pretty well early in the day, and I periodically dropped one here and there when I had a free minute or two. Here’s what I tossed out there. What follows are the complete tweets as I posted them:
- God sighed. “Time to start over.” – #sixwordnovels
- The editor said, “Add more vampires.” #sixwordnovels
(This one got a retweet from somebody at Pocket Books. Alas, no novel contract, though ;D)
- Girl meets werewolf; werewolf eats girl. #sixwordnovels
- Armstrong said, “Those aren’t our footprints.” #sixwordnovels
(I tweeted this one a while back, when Tor was sponsoring a little “Six Word SF Story” contest on Twitter. So, technically, this one is a reprinted novel.)
- Satan’s first day sucked. “No matches?” #sixwordnovels
- Here’s a self-serving bit for #sixwordnovels: The last world war…really wasn’t.
(Friend Kevin Mellon (@kmellon) quickly hit me up with a reply: “Follow that up with a tweet about your next book. ” This begat my last submission of the day….)
- @kmellon Next book? The Shedai awoke, very pissed off. #sixwordnovels #STVanguard
I guess this sort of thing beats reading the chatter about Justin Bieber….
(On an unrelated note, when I performed a spell check on this entry before posting it, it flagged “STVanguard” and then offered five alternatives. The fifth option was “sphincter.” Make of that what you will. Hmm….)