Friday, September 21, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different


Nice, but it ain't no Rocky ...

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Every Friday the talented writer Madison Woods posts a writing prompt upon which many writers base their own individual 100 words or less stories.  All these stories are posted,  and folks across the internet get the opportunity to read how other peoples' interpretations of the very same prompt are so much better and more creative than their own.

At least,  I think that's the point. 

Anyway, today's prompt is up above,  and I made up the story below.  To be honest, it is actually 106 words long so I expect to be disqualified and yelled at by Madison. 

So if you should comment, be kind!


Of the Statues in Philly

“I see an angel in despair over the state of mankind,” said Brandon. “What do you see, Dad?”

“Well, it looks to me more like an angel about to throw up.  Probably after a big night of partying.”

“What about three wings?  I perceive it as the artist’s way of dramatizing the angel’s anguish.”

“Nah, it’s to show how whacked the angel is.  He’s not seeing double, he’s seeing one and a half!”

 “It’s cool how art is subject to multiple interpretations and responses,” said Bran.

“And I hope your response, kid, will be to help repair the world.  Mine, after I drop you off? Getting me a drink!”

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33 comments:

Madison Woods said...

LOL, love your unique spin on things, Perry. Thanks for joining us! Another funny one in the ranks to offset to horror and sci-fi some of us are prone to doing. No one will yell at you for using six extra words.

Perry Block said...

You mean I could have even squeezed out another 6 or 7? Then I could have achieved brilliance!

Thanks for welcoming me, Madison. I'm going to try to participate when I can. And let me add one more thing:

KD McCrite, eat your heart out!

Madison Woods said...

Hahahaha! Oh now we have jabs being delivered across the blogosphere...uh oh.

janet said...

Nice to have you join us, Perry. Except for the drinking, it reminds me a bit of a exhibition-long monologue I did for myself and a friend while at a Picasso exhibit (only we were both more on Dad's side, while those standing in rapt admiration were on Brandon's side.) As for the number of words, don't post how many there are and let any number nazis count them themselves! :-)

Ilyan Kei Lavanway said...

A refreshing story with great humor and several solid messages woven into it. Excellent work!

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Bill Baldwin said...

Perry, isn't "yelled at" every grown man's fear? We are air conditioned sedans trying to rip off the hood and race down the highway, not concerned that we have three wings. Of course I write this from a Brasilian resort where all of the young girls are wearing bathing suits we term G strings (sorry Madison) and I am afraid my 3rd grade teach will upbraid me for my behavior.
Having a wonderful time, wish you could be here!

brainsnorts said...

send pics.

brainsnorts said...

i always tell my kid that i'll be thrilled when there's a day she's smarter than me. but not in this way!

billgncs said...

good one! I think I need a drink!

Adam Ickes said...

Welcome to the fold! Seeing one and a half- I like that.

Boomie Bol said...

Nice one!!!

Perry Block said...

Well, yes, but it's kind of light jab.

I promised my friend April Grace I'd take it easy on her ...



Perry Block said...

Thanks for the welcome, Janet.

There are such things as "Number Nazis?" As if I didn't have enough to worry about in life!

Enjoyed sniffing around your piece too.

Perry Block said...

Thanks very much, Ilyan.

When you figure out what the solid messages were, please let me know!

Perry Block said...

That day for me came one afternoon when I was diapering Brandon.

I'm thrilled that at least one of us is mature, level-headed, and self-confident. Since I clearly had no shot at that, who better than him?

Thanks for your brainsnort.


Perry Block said...

Sounds great, I'll get us the first round!

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Adam!

I appreciate your welcoming me to the fold and a half.

Perry Block said...

Thank you very much.

But it was all the prompt,not me!

Perry Block said...

I am afraid I will upbraid you for MY not being there!

A Brazilian resort with young girls? I just got back from a week in Costa Rica with middle-aged iguanas!

Thanks for writing & happy birthday!

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Fun take on the prompt. The dialogue was believable. Perception is everything, isn't it?

vbreverb said...

Chuckled when I read your story, guffawed when I read your bio.
(Signed:) President of the Justin Bieber Fan Club at the Abe Vigoda Home for Very, Very Old Jews.

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Rochelle!

I always try to make my dialogue believable except for the times my character uses words greater than two syllables and doesn't mispronounce them.

Then you just gotta go with the suspension of disbelief! Thanks, again.

Perry Block said...

So you're the one with the crappier life than mine!

We must get together some Saturday night and talk quilting. I'll bring the extra dry scones.

Thanks for writing.

lora said...


Hi Perry. Welcome to FFers. Nice "first" take on photo prompt. Don't worry about the few extra words. Madison is cool about it. After this week, I think I'll join the dad for a drink.

vbreverb said...

I resent your disparaging my life, and by extension, my position. Justin promised to stop by The Vig to collect a couple of pints of blood. Oops, sorry, that's Bobby Pattinson who's due in next week. Shall I save you a syringe? (A fine red always goes well with scones.)

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Lora, but you'll have to catch up.

The dad is already up to two or three.

jhardyb said...

Glad to see you join the Fictioneers party, Perry. I've been a twitter follower for a long time, and it's nice to see yet another side of your work! Loved the dad's approach to the statue, though he could learn a thing or two from the kid! :)

Hope to see more of your stories in the future!

John

Perry Block said...

He could always learn a thing or two from the kid, if only he would learn.

Sure I know you, John, nice to see you in this venue. Going to check out your blog right now.

K.D. McCrite said...

I can't eat out my own heart because I need something with some nutritive value. Perry has sucked up all the good humor (Good Humor??) vitamins that were dispersed this year, and I'm left with ... nothing.

K.D. McCrite said...

In spite of possibly ugly jibes directed at yours very truly, I still heart Perry! You are the funniest guy around, P.B.

Perry Block said...

Ugly vibes? Really?!

You mean at my age, even my vibes are ugly? I comb my vibes every day, although they are thinning precipitously.

Here's a heart vibe back at you. To the most "supporting-est" guy around!

Douglas MacIlroy said...

Dear Perry,

Haven't seen you in ages. Thanks for stopping in. Your humor is a good match for Russel's and you dragged Ms. McCrite kicking and screaming back into the fold. How wonderful.

Aloha,

Doug

Perry Block said...

Good to see you again as well, Douglas. Yes, I excel at dragging Ms. McCrite, often by her hair if necessary.

I've got you back on my Tweet Deck and will be watching your blog. Thanks for writing!