Friday, October 23, 2009

VE's Very First Friday Flash 55

My good friend Galen over at Mr. Knowitall hosts a loose collective of bloggers that participate in what is called "Friday Flash 55". The concept is to write a creative story/whatever using only 55 words.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile (and you lurkers...I know you have too) then you know how agonizingly long my posts are. I know you're thinking, "will he ever get to the point?" I know you're secretly skipping to the last paragraph and commenting off that. You don't fool me at all!

So, the question is...can VE do it? Can he actually limit himself to 55 words, do something creative, tell a small story and have it be funny?

You be the judge...

Slowly it accumulates over time, each small, fragile individual component becoming one with the overall collective. Subtle movements form its shape and in turn it provides protection against the elements; a buffer of security from unwanted visitors.

“Oh for God’s sake get rid of the belly button lint. Men are so gross,” says the wifey-poo...

51 comments:

monica said...

:o)) you did it!

Mrsupole said...

You mean I have been reading the whole post when all I had to do was just read the last paragraph or look at the last picture.

Okay if those are the new rules, then my comments are going to be VVS and NSM.

So just to save everyone who thinks they do have to count or for those who cannot count to 55, I counted them all and since wifey-poo has the hyphen, this does make it 55 words exactly.

So VE, I am very impressed. But at the same time I am saying Ewwwwww!!!!

God Bless

SPIG

Mrsupole said...

SPIG means Second Place Is Good, just in case someone things I am saying some kind of slur word. I was not.

God bless.

Oh and TPIG too.

And if you can't figure that one out, oye.....

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

oh *vomit*

(and secretly, awesome)

Kurt said...

But that was 176 words!

Nessa said...

Since I only read the last paragraph, all I can say is, "Poo."

Well done and way to fall to the pressure of the 55.

Flash 55 - Home of Our Own

The Incredible Woody said...

Men are so gross.

Jill said...

FUNKY!!

You did the job!

Beth said...

You did it!
Concise, creative and funny.
(I'm still rather fond of your long posts though...)

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

The best 55 word work of non-fiction I've ever read;-)

VE said...

monica - Whew...another pressure challenge off my plate. Ha! As if I had anything on my plate...

mrsupole - Third play is good. See, some things I can figure out...

kelley - Ha! Good to see you swing by once and awhile. I'm just as guilty though...

kurt - You know, I was just waiting for the one who would could the intro too. Congrats...

nessa - Oh, you're a 55 veteran. We newbies are lucky to even know 55 distinct words...

incredible woody - Nice summarization!

jill - Well if you're going to call it a JOB...ughh. You know how I feel about work...numb!

beth - Don't worry...I'll be mind numbingly long again on Sunday (although I have another sneak post on Saturday...I just like to mess with the readers that are fighting in the blog roll tally)

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - Ha! Let me guess...it's the only one you've read. Figures...

Roy Scribner said...

You mean I could have just lurked, all this time? Damn!

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed that. Great 55. Funny.

ReformingGeek said...

Sheesh! I was scrolling down and nearly missed your post.

Good job!

Elizabeth said...

Very funny, and unfortunatly accurate when it comes to my husband.

VE said...

roy - No...I hold you to a higher responsibility. Quit whining that its not fair...fairs are overpriced...

anthonynorth - Welcome...thanks. It was a first try...

reforminggeek - I knew it. You were looking for that last paragraph...

elizabeth - That's what makes it so funny...nearly everyone can relate.

G-Man said...

Some people even keep it in a jar!
Excellent 55 My Friend...
It's fun, it's creative, it's EASY!!
Thanks for this whimsical contribution...You Rock!!

ryan field said...

Excellent. And with a surprise ending too.

I thought it would be toe cheese.

Quirkyloon said...

Nicely done VE.

A little bit of belly lint can go a long, long way.

Now excuse while I hurl.

Anne said...

i was wondering where you were going with that.

why is she even that close?

Brian Miller said...

ha. you did it marvelously VE. belly button lint is like clouds...you can just marvel at all the shapes you see.

been doing 55 for about 3 weeks now, lots of fun!

Chef Kar said...

Wifey-poo is right ~ gross! But well done gross.


Mine is up as well.

Friday Flash 55 ~ Drifting.

Enjoy your weekend,

Chef Kar

Alice Audrey said...

LOL! Good one. You had hardly any problem at all getting to the point.

Welcome to FF55!

VE said...

g-man - Thanks. It was fun. I'll pop in from time to time and support it.

ryan - That would have been a likely candidate too. Perhaps even a booger. There are so many opportunities and so little time

quirkyloon - Instead of quirky we'll have to call you hurley. Wait, there's already a company with that name...

anne - Why is she that close? Some things will always be a mystery...like women...

brian - Plus...they don't rain on you!

chef kar - Gross is as gross does.

alice - My gnomes are rolling their eyes and suggesting I got lucky...

hope said...

If this is a first, KEEP IT UP! [Um the writing, not necessarily the lint collection].

Thanks for visiting me..have a great weekend!

Baino said...

I've seen a few of these around the blogs and they're pretty cool . . .why is belly button fluff blue? I don't get it personally but . . .apparently it always has a blue hue.

Felicitas said...

That was deeply disturbing... yet very funny. You caught me totally off-guard with the punch line. Bravo!

Uncivil said...

"Slowly it accumulates over time, each small, fragile individual component becoming one with the overall collective."?????
I thought you were referring to Frosty the Snowmans gnads or something?

VE said...

hope - "Keep it up?" Most of my regular readers know better than to give me such an easy target quote to play with...muhahaha

baino - You seemed to be our resident expert on the subject. Have you done the difinitive work in this area?

Felicitas - Welcome and thanks. I keep people guessing because I have no real clue what I'm doing...

uncivil - Ha! That would have worked too. But I'm sure Frosty is a trademarked character and some stuffy office person would be trying to shut me down...

Gladys said...

Now VE you've read my blog you know there is no way in hell I can post less than 1000 words. Heck I have a hard enough time commenting in less than 55 words. Besides I can't drive 55!

Hit 40 said...

You have a wifey???? Who would have thunk!!!

....she should just lint roll your belly while you are asleep. The wifey is slacking!!

Steve E. said...

They told me long ago: "Take the lint out of your ears, and stuff it in your mouth.

I been fairly quiet ever since, but I hear good!

And it is PEACEFUL around here!

Mama Zen said...

Ewww!

ryan field said...

"Perhaps even a booger. There are so many opportunities and so little time"

LMAO...

Janna said...

What a neat idea!
Maybe I'll try something like this for the Jannaverse.

Does it have to be EXACTLY 55 words, or can it be "55 or less"?

Megan said...

Nice ending! Wait, what am I saying??? Ick!

Megan said...

Oh, and in regards the roll - as long as Kurt keeps going on trips, I figure I'm a safe bet for the Top Ten...

VE said...

gladys - Ha! Maybe a 1055 for you...

hit40 - I KNEW you women were up to things while we sleep...

steve e - That's good advice!

Mama Zen - Oh come on now, letter your inner lint out...

ryan - Boogers are quite versatile

janna - I'm not sure. I thought it had to be exact.

megan - So you're the one that keeps funding him for those...

lifeshighway said...

I came for a laugh. I left with a vague feeling of nausea.

Agreeing with wifey-poo.

Jaime said...

That was great. And gross.

lime said...

bravo! maybe a bit gross but i love the 55s with a little quirky twist at the end.

Dee said...

thanks for reminding me I have to clean mine too! lol

VE said...

lifeshighway - See how that works, sometimes you pick what's behind door number three when you should have traded for what's behind curtain number two...

jaime - Can't have the sweet without the bitter...

lime - And you have to twist to remove that sucker... ;)

dee - I try and be helpful here...

Mona said...

Ewwwww! I could never have guessed what it was going to be, although I had a fair idea that this was leading to something yucky!

VE said...

mona - See...you knew instinctively that I would go over to the gross side! You're a natural born Fantastical Nonsense reader...

Jessie said...

You did an excellent job!!! never saw that ending coming!!!

i hope you continue the 55's.

smiles,

VE said...

jessie - I'll probably do them sporatically. I already do a theme thursday and I don't like to get too bogged down with a rigid format to the blog. But occasionally they would be fun.

Carla said...

lol. Well done.

VE said...

carla - Thanks. You sure disappeared for awhile. Traveling again, weren't you?

subby said...

Didn't Opus knit a sweater form belly button lint?( ref the comic strip OPUS by Berke Breathed )