Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WRITING: Linkedin Micro Story Challenge Completed

Have you written a micro story before? Philip Catshill at the Linkedin group Aspiring Writers Short Story Challenge recently held a challenge titled The Missing Shoe. Generally, there are no prizes or awards, and Philip does not consider it a competition. Participants write a story the length of 1 LI comment, about 1000 characters, punctuation and spaces. Tight, indeed, for a complete story.

I so badly wanted to submit, but just couldn't think of a story line. I had almost a month before the deadline, June 20. Half way through I gave up. When I try to think of a story line of any length, my mind gets tangled and confused. It's not that I don't have ideas. I just can't get them solidified into a story.

Well, on the last day of the challenge, the story finished developing itself, out of nowhere. Over the past month, my longing to participate had flitted in and out of my mind. My sorrow and angst that I could not write a simple, mini story had plagued me every other day. So when the full-blown story popped to mind, I got to work, chopping my story at least 5 times to get it under 1,000 characters. I posted it and boy, am I proud! Amazing what we can do under pressure of obligations and tight schedules! I did not even remember that it was the last day of the challenge. The story reminded me, because it wanted to be published.

If you're interested in reading some of the funny, poignant and dramatic micro stories, visit here: The June 2016 Short Story Challenge. And here is mine.

The Missing Shoe
Sandi Holland

He was determined to find it. He had searched through each home, in many places, and under various circumstances, but no luck. That shoe was the key to his joy, his happiness, his satisfaction. He was asked, "Have you found it?" to which he’d reply, "No, but I know I will!"

To hear Derrick talk, you knew that his successful search was just in reach, and would solve mostly all of his problems. I asked, “Derrick, why do you search like this? Shouldn’t you just let it go?” With fervor he replied, “No! I know that I can find it! Just need to change where I’m looking and how!” He had turned away in disappointment, as if to say “You don’t believe in me either.”

No, I didn’t believe him. I don’t think Derrick will ever find his missing shoe. No matter how many times he relocates, changes jobs, finds new romances, and copies the lives of others, he’ll never find it. In reality, it is always “if the missing shoe was on the other foot. If someone else’s shoe was on my foot, then I’d be happy."

The Creative Seller


Artsy Craftery Design Studio said...

Working on the July challenge, "The Dance."

J C said...

Awesome story, Sandi!

Artsy Craftery Design Studio said...
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Artsy Craftery Design Studio said...

Hi Judie! Thanks for reading and commenting. I was at your blog recently, reading your Haiku. Then I went to the host's blog to read about the friday, I think it is, Haiku group. I enjoyed visiting. Didn't leave a comment because I'm not part of the group, though I have left a comment before.

Artsy Craftery Design Studio said...

I have decided to move on from the Aspiring Writers' Short Story Challenge at LI. My story disappeared from the group, and it is possible that LI censored it because of perceived offensive word(s). I am not sure that was the reason, but I know that it happened to another group member.

I appreciate LI's carefulness in weeding out undesirable content, but I don't want to have to pick through my stories for words that MAY erroneously signal red flags. I don't have the time either. Everything that I write is family-friendly.

Our society has taken normal words and phrases, and made them into obscene content. It is a shame, because I don't write anything near erotica or explicit. I think if LI is going to censor like this, they should have a crew who actually reads and processes the flags. In that way, unoffensive posts will remain.

I have enjoyed participating in the writing challenges in this group, so I am considering running my own now, through my website, or at a social site like G+. If I don't do that, I will look for another group to join. G+ has a lot of them. I really would rather just write, and not have the responsibility of managing a group.

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