Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mussel Shells


This week’s entry is an excerpt from my short story, “Lost at Peter Bottom,” which has been selected by Tales From the South for their September 18th show at Starving Artist Café  in North Little Rock, AR.  This may not have the level of humor you’re used to from me, but it fit well with the prompt and gave me a chance to toot my own horn at the same time.                                      
Photo by Susan Wenzel.
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 Mussel Shells

There were rocks to skip and mussel shells to scoop sand from the water’s edge. Why did I ever leave the safety and security of such an oasis?
The answer is simple. Greed.
This was a fishing trip. The primary goal when fishing is to catch fish. We had worked this hole quite a while with no success. I tried various types of bait, often leaving them in the same spot for an eternity of two whole minutes without getting so much as a nibble. Frustration mounted with each passing moment.  The length of my patience could be measured against the point of a hook—with plenty of room to spare.

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Russell. I can't wait to hear your reading. This is a great excerpt and I especially like the last line -- fantastic!

    And thank you for your suggestion on my poem, too.

    --Jan
    http://janmorrill.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/fridayfictioneers-flashfiction-shell-phone/

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  2. An eternity of two minutes... and so it seems to the young. Nice one Russell, hope your reading goes well.

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  3. Congrats on your upcoming reading! Good luck and have fun.

    I enjoyed your excerpt and laughed about the line "the primary goal of fishing is to catch a fish." Loved your last line, too.

    I haven't written one yet. Waiting for inspiration as we pack to leave for a few days.

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  4. Okay, I'm on the board! Read mine at http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com

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  5. That last line is a definite keeper! I'm afraid this reflects all too clearly how I would fish, if I ever took the timeto go fishing...

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  6. Congratulations! It's always a pleasure to read your stories. Wish I could come to the reading!

    Here's mine:

    http://glossarch.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/that-this-ocean-may-rise-fridayfictioneers/

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  7. like the fishing references, well done

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  8. Well, hot dog! Congratulations. That is good news. Will we be privy to the finished piece? (I taste more than a little but of Old Man and the Sea...great job!)

    ~Susan

    (Now...write a mermaid bra story! haha)

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    1. There will be a YouTube video of the reading out a couple of days after the show.

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  9. Hey...not fair. It ended so abruptly. I want more. Good luck with the reading. Will you share "Lost at Peter Bottom" with us sometime in the near future? Tks for visiting mine.

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  10. I can relate. Unless I've misread your post, your enthusiasm for fishing matches mine for golf--too much down time.

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  11. Great horn-tooting! And congratulations!

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  12. Ooh, completely different from your usual fare, but I enjoyed it. The analogy at the end is particularly striking. Congratulations on the reading too!

    I'm over here: http://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/friday-fiction-shells/

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  13. I LOVE the last line- "The length of my patience could be measured against the point of a hook—with plenty of room to spare."
    Nice!

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