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Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday 55

Alright folks, the object of the game is to write a story using exactly 55 words. Susie is the one that started it all, but she has passed the monitoring duties into G-Man’s capable hands. So if you participate, be sure to leave a comment on his blog so others will know how to find your story.

The pink blanket slips from her fingers, floats to the floor. She stares at it, unbelieving. The painted faces of clowns on the wall smile at her, taunting her. Their faces swell and distort as the heat in the room rises. Flames lick at her skin. Her broken heart slows…stops. She doesn’t need it anymore.


At 4:28 AM, Blogger G-Man said...

Being a mystery writer you always have these 20 little scenarios or so that could apply to your stories.
You always make me think.
You are so brilliantly descriptive..
And you add a wonderful touch of class to the 55 crew..
Thanks for playing this was Great....G

At 4:45 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Wow, Galen. I really appreciate that. :D I'm thoroughly enjoying the 55 crew and I find that more and more it's not just on Fridays. :D

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

The clowns did it. They are EVIL and they started the fire. No, don't tell me they are two dimensional when we all know the truth. Clowns are baaaaaad.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, it could be the clowns. :D

It could be the mother so heart broke from losing her daughter, set fire to the room and killed herself, unable to live with the grief.

Or it could be the daughter was the victim of unspeakable abuses and set fire to the room to escape them the only way she knew how.

or it could be that the fire is metaphorical for her grief. The flames licking at her skin, the cleansing effect of coming to terms with it and the broken heart slows and stops, because she doesn't need the broken one anymore, she has a stronger one now.

Honestly, Every time I look at it, I see a different story. :D

At 7:39 AM, Blogger lime said...

giggling at kelly. i agree it was the clowns.

seriously though, i know the story i read but it's interesting to realize, as you say, how many different stories could possibly be contained in those 55 words. and each one grabs your heart. like a rohrshach test in story form rather than inkblots. that's masterful!

At 7:44 AM, Blogger myrtle beached whale said...

I despise and fear clowns.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, Lime. The clowns get a bad wrap. :D Thank you for your kind words.

Sorry, Myrtle Beach. I should probably advise you to steer well clear of my current WIP when it is realeased as its plot revolves around a killer in a clown mask. :D

At 8:26 AM, Blogger ciara said...

clowns are scary!

my goodness, all the 55's just get better and better. i'm still unsure if i'm going to join up yet. many people have encouraged me to give it a try, but i'm intimidated by 55's like yours! LOL

i really enjoyed this one.

At 8:31 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol about the clowns, Ciara. Thank you so much, but don't be intimidated, be inspired. :D I'd love to see you do a 55. :D

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Akelamalu said...

It could be the mother so heart broke from losing her daughter, set fire to the room and killed herself, unable to live with the grief

That's how I read it James but as you say there are various scenarios possible. Fantastic writing as always James. :)

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

As always, a great 55.Like the great horror writer you are, you keep us guessing and I like that.

Have a good weekend!

At 11:48 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Thanks, Akelamalu. That's what I was thinking when I first wrote it. :D

Awww, I really appreciate that, Breazy. I hope you have a good weekend too. :D

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, James: I thought it was the child, herself. And clowns have ALWAYS scared me. Yeah, they have to take the wrap.

My 55 is up.


At 7:08 PM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, we'll blame it on the clowns. then. :D

At 7:08 PM, Blogger jillie said...

Oh man...I just HATE clowns!!! The freak me OUT!

EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! lol

At 7:13 PM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, remind me to leave out any mention of clowns when I write the blurb for my current WIP. :D

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

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At 4:59 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

Hmmm...intriguing. I'll have to investigate it.

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