Robin Hawke


How early?
March 22, 2012, 10:21 AM
Filed under: Six Word Stories, Three Sentence Stories

Beep Beep. Snooze. Beep Beep Beep.

 

On the road with an ancient laptop. Spent yesterday getting the wireless card working. The hours devoted to troubleshooting technology are as numbing as that third sentence.



Six Word Stories, December
January 10, 2012, 3:07 PM
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I write a six word story every day for DIY Romance. In the past I’ve gathered together a week’s worth to post on this site. That’s changed with the new year. Now, I’ll gather a few of my favorites from the past month to share. If you enjoy six word stories, and wish to receive daily doses, wing on over to DIY to subscribe. Otherwise, join me here with a monthly dip in the pool:

Their commute became his or hers.

Their timing produced an underdone mess.

Easy loving was hard on Minnie.



A Week of Six Word Stories, December 13-19
December 20, 2011, 4:06 PM
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John explained his love with texts.

Lara chose to believe Ray’s love.

Easy loving was hard on Minnie.

High tech solitude visited the newlyweds.

Somebody whispered an I love you.

The prizefighter crashed on Lori’s bed.

Early days. The rush thrived on promises.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, December 6-12
December 13, 2011, 3:40 PM
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Sandra winnowed his objections over steak.

Sylvia’s memories, fractured by doubt, haunted.

Bob rewarded punctuality. Tina caught notice.

Through Pete, Penny discovered poached eggs.

Hard muscles softened under Tom’s care.

Rose petals perfumed the hotel bed.

His pocket. Her ring. Nellie’s key.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, November 29-December 5
December 6, 2011, 1:39 PM
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Flora’s thoughts circled: kisses, groceries, kisses.

His love, glacier slow, upheaved her.

Larry pushed through Rosie’s bashful boundaries.

Kate loved the landscape. Michael’s jaw.

Michael grazed on Lydia’s pouty lips.

If we are, I need commitment.

Their marriage was a fizzy alliance.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, November 22-28
November 29, 2011, 3:35 PM
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Battle weary; love ready. Escape planned.

Michael carried the burden. Sally’s deed.

Exposed, Jeff’s castle of love tumbled.

They held hands during movies, still.

Moonlight, sunlight, starlight, neonlight—incandescent kisses.

Imperfect ring tempered holiday cheer.

Hopes carried them over stoop, threshold.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, November 15-21
November 22, 2011, 3:36 PM
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A synchronous orbit followed starry eyes.

First look, interest. Second, acute awareness.

Jacob pulled Molly. Into arms, future.

Felicia read him, undeterred by handwriting.

Jazz laughed in response to love.

His infidelity, hers? Did it matter?

Carnivals of feeling attended lover’s burial.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, November 8-14
November 15, 2011, 2:09 PM
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Plumed love letters stayed their relationship.

The professor admired his saucy Juliet.

Hit. Run. Hide. Cower. Hit back.

Late, the peacock’s escapade was noticed.

“Who will kiss me?” asked Beak.

Undefeated by temptation, Chantal’s eyes cheated.

Sour fruit. Usual date. Pucker up.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, November 1-7
November 8, 2011, 3:50 PM
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Lousy job. Rushed commute. Loving partner.

Forty years: ten love, thirty honor.

Flimsy dress. Shivers and warm arms.

The magic maker carried her purse.

“Love redeems,” Tony pressured toxic Lydia.

Consider me wicked, my tough love.

Facing fears, Sally opened door, embraced trooper.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, October 25-31
November 1, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Marriage recall: one ghost, one valentine.

Fawn misremembered the pick-up line.

Transatlantic home bound. Sure. Nervous. Sure

Two halves; two pennies. Wrench wanted.

Sorry, sorry, sorry, please, not again…

Complications. Ridiculous, if he’d stop yelling.

Current waypoint: a friend, a distraction.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, October 18-24
October 25, 2011, 1:20 PM
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The marriage flourished: reverse-engineered love.

Jet lagged, she threw herself. Home.

Anonymous missive. Flattered, she awaited another.

One molecule. Her love—one atom.

A reprieve, my bald one. Rest.

Pilot seeks anyone serious, young, faithful.

The widow collected frogs, shells, antiques.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, October 11-17
October 18, 2011, 1:46 PM
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David fumbled with words, not meaning.

Apprehensive, worried, Mike turns on television.

Terence and Lily endured. Ten days.

First kiss, fancy; second, giggles, better.

Their relationship was one long monologue.

How you talk to me? Enough.

An inner song began. Old tune.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



Reception

I wrote my first six word story on August 19, 2011:

Love seconds, if I hit redial.

I was cheered, lucky:  a college friend immediately emailed her support for more short short writing. She said something about marathons and sprints–I wish I could recapture her words–the gist was that training for marathons requires intensive, powerful bursts of exercise.

Since August 19th, I’ve written a six word story every day.

Almost one month later, on September 11, I attended an outdoor craft fair in Old Alexandria, Virginia. The streets were closed to traffic. Men in tuxedos walked out of a church, looking for something to eat. I sat down on a four inch stone window ledge and wrote in a spiral bound (notable for all the words I’ve crossed in it) notebook:

The bride kept dancing with Steve.

That month I submitted the story for a contest…and I won! My story will be published in Fast Forward Press’s next anthology of flash fiction. The prize is beyond thrilling and, like my best friend, provides me with another straw of incentive to continue writing.

Thank you Lys, thank you Fast Forward Press, thank you blog subscribers, thank you anonymous men in tuxes.



A Week of Six Word Stories, October 4-10
October 11, 2011, 2:02 PM
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She rejoiced in darkness, welcomed light.

She provided his soul a home.

Nolan benefited from remembering her charms.

A lullaby. That’s what it took.

One Great Dane. One Poodle. An accident.

They slept alone, always danced together.

When it became difficult, he stayed.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, September 27-October 3
October 4, 2011, 3:56 PM
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They kissed, forgot hour, minute, second.

A chalky pallor turned to roses.

A house, six children, two cultures.

Jonathon handed me sunflowers, forgetting allergies.

The scandal came home, a shadow.

He kept horizontal, her daily yoke.

“We’ll be friends?” Then the lie.

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, September 20-26
September 27, 2011, 3:05 PM
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Late nights, scrambled mornings, afternoon delights.

Bouquets of dried roses filled room.

A failure to connect. The nerve.

Fifty grand ring. Two dollar steak.

The proposal stayed on Mike’s tongue.

Lori still does his dirty laundry.

The soldier home; it wasn’t over.

 

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(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to submit your own.)



The 100th Post

For years, I’ve wanted to challenge myself to do something, anything, for 365 consecutive days–besides breathing, feeding and dreaming.

Imagine 365 six word stories. How will they distinguish themselves?

I’ve never identified myself as a blogger, but here I am, 100 posts here, almost 50 posts on DIY Romance, with a grand ambition: a six word story, a three sentence story, writing challenges–writing daily stories for a year, and, if I manage that, an ambitious five years of storytelling. Well, at least three, if the power stays on, there aren’t any earthquakes or hurricanes, and I keep my appendix.

Imagine the stories. Thousands of stories. Simply put stories. Stories I’ve written. Every darn day.

I’m familiar with the creative process. I understand pushing addled I’ll-refine-it-later and regurgitating it-worked-then ideas. These always precede another stage of creation—the one I wish would visit me every day—the stage where I crack my limitations to drop something of value.

Imagine 365 days of telling stories, all the fits and starts, the mental pounding I’ll take, the mirific, stopdrous, pleajorvous eurekas.

I’ve lived my life striving to be a better person. Every darn day. If stories renew our love for life, realign our priorities, or help us feel more compassion for others—then my daily posts will stand as celebrations of that quest.



A Week of Six Word Stories, September 13-19
September 20, 2011, 2:06 PM
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She walked dog. He pushed baby.

Pairs, couples. The search was vain.

Mocking whistle. Hasty retreat home.

Carpaccio. Ballet. Dubonnet. Then civility disappeared.

Second date. Postponed. Again. Quiet phone.

Broken glass on weed-free lawn.

Honey-do list: Milk. Wine. Find lawyer.

Link to posts like this one.

(These stories were posted, one by one, on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to be inspired and add your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, September 6-12
September 13, 2011, 1:58 PM
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The bride kept dancing with Steve.

“People hitched back then. Our story.”

Shallow eyes appraised grandma underwear, pearls.

My friend’s moist breath soothed, healed.

His promise broken, she asked forgiveness.

Generation X,Y? Separate languages, lovely kisses.

Ant and grasshopper argument about retiring.


(These stories were also posted on DIY Romance, where you will find six word stories about love. Feel free to be inspired and add your own.)



A Week of Six Word Stories, August 30-September 5
September 7, 2011, 3:19 PM
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Word: Syncopated
Syncopated snores interrupted, he grabbed bat.

Word: Clothes
Losing clothes, sense, she added acquaintances.

Words: Shave Kit
Removed crocodile shave kit. Mouthed remorse.

Word: Hangline
Delicates on hangline; boxers on bushes.

Word: Avatar
Deceptive avatar signals interest, bares poem.

Word: Perfume
Aromatics in frying pan. Perfume neglected.

Words: Portrait
Dog-eared photo, blown up. Folded flag.

(These stories were also posted on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories. Feel free to be inspired and add your own.)



New, I Hope Improved

I have a new lease on this blog. Friendly encouragement, glee crafting six word stories and understanding (of how to mesh my readers’ wants with blog and personal requirements) are providing excitement for the days ahead.

I’ve changed categories; I’ve moved posts, added new, deleted a few.  Most importantly, I’ve discovered the joys of self-imposed constraints. Budget constraints, spatial constraints, time constraints all play a part in the creative process, often for a project’s betterment.

The six word story provides and demands an imposing, but redeeming, constraint. I noticed that many six word stories might be divided into three sentences, so I’ve adapted the six word story into a three sentence story constraint for this blog. I’ll post my DIY Romance six word stories here, too, but weekly.

Excited, engaged, no longer thoughtless, bursting to tell–it’s good to blog. The first three sentence story went up today. Come back tomorrow for another.



A Week of Six Word Stories, August 23-29
August 29, 2011, 2:34 PM
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Word: Diamond
Insipid diamond for suit, six figures.

Word: Spark
A spark, paper tinder, wafted away.

Word: Tangled
Entangled limbs, ready heart, tangled thoughts.

Word: Kept
Avoided marriage, kept love, orange chair.

Word: Approach
Novel approach; he bit; she smiled.

Word: Prelude
Intact roses, prelude to slippery words.

Word: Overlook
I said yes, overlooking the obvious.

Words: In bed
In bed, passing martinis with chatter.

 

(These stories were also posted on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories.)



Six Words
August 28, 2011, 5:44 PM
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DIY Romance is up and running. I find myself tinkering with it, so it is still under construction and may continue to change its appearance. Its purpose is to build a community of people interested in toying with words and challenge each other to add content in the form of six word stories. Ten words, a paragraph–they’re ok, too.

It’s been fun choosing six words, even something to do everyday for a year, a puzzle, a challenge, a learning tool. Each word brings satisfaction as it slips into place.

I’ve discovered six word romances are bittersweet; it is more difficult to find that happily ever after tone; they have a way of being real.

 

Note: I’ve begun to title the posts with a word, the beginning place, the word that prompted my (almost daily) six word romance and welcomes yours.



Six Word Stories
August 22, 2011, 6:05 PM
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A friend of mine and I have started another blog together. We hope it gains traction; it requires cooperation—in the form of six word stories, ten word stories, hundred word stories.   Eventually, longer stories in which our readers are invited to help us sort out what happens.

Join us and submit your six word stories! (We’re not quite sure how it works yet, and will take advice.)

DIY Romance



Where Stories Count

This blog? Where stories count:

I share short-short stories on this blog: Three sentence stories and  flash fiction in response to writing challenges.