WELCOME BACK TO the weekly six. And if it’s your first time: welcome! Six words in total to tell a story. Why six you ask? Because five isn’t enough. (Incidentally, Hemingway likely wasn’t the genius behind the famous six word story about baby shoes):


Some circled. The rebellious vultures triangled.

Dinner with parents. Thanks to taxidermy.

“Eat your greens! Then go flying.”

Organ transplant. No anaesthetic. No…instruments.

‘MY CHILD!!!’ Ripples unnoticed, disappearing tentacles.

Silent witnesses: tongues in jar collection.


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53 thoughts on “Weekly Six XVIII – SIX WORD STORIES

  1. WOW
    These are AMAZING!!!
    How do you do it??????

  2. Heh heh. “Dinner with parents” and “organ transplant” are deliciously dark. 🙂

    1. Merci beaucoup. Dark goes so well with the six work format. Happy six worders are so hard to conjure.

  3. I was thinking of your series, Lion, in connection with the anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
    ‘Lamp’s out! Where are the matches?’

    1. Nice one bookheathen! ☺
      Did it start on Pudding Lane? Or is that a myth?

      1. It’s probably true!

  4. crisp brevity… tell cthulhu to give my kid back.

  5. Vringed at that dinner with parents. Unfortunately, in-laws wouldn’t fit.

    1. Haha, I think a hyphen creates one word 🙂 In-laws would be a hot favourite to replace parents lol

  6. Excellent as always – the organ transplant one just about shades it for me this week but they are all high quality!

  7. At least no vultures are squares……and cheers to the voodoo surgeon! 😀

  8. You’re lion! No…I’m cheater
    worst puns ever! hehe

  9. All of them, except for the one about eating greens, made me shudder (that’s a good thing :-)). Eating greens before flying is wise – an ideal balance of safety and risk.

    1. Eating greens, every kid super hero knows they have to eat them, but resistance is like with any other kids.
      Glad to have the shudder effect 😃

  10. Your stories are great! They’re like tiny plot puzzles. Since seeing your blog on 6 word stories, I make them up while doing brainless tasks (which is most of my day). So thank you for introducing me to such a fun, imagination exercising, game.

    1. Thank you Kira ☺ and you are welcome.
      And they are great fun for a mind game, I find myself thinking of them at random times too.

  11. WOW! These are flipping awesome. Go you!

      1. Ha ha. It means: you are welcome!

  12. “Dinner with parents. Thanks to taxidermy.” Very Norman Bates! Great collection!

    1. Thanks ☺ And yeah, right up Bates’ street.

  13. I think when the legend becomes bigger, go with the legend. I’ll still attribute the baby shoes thing to Hemingway, but now he gets an asterisk in the record book.

    Nice six word tales.

    1. Yeah, I think I will too out of habit. Funny how the facts can feel unwanted in some scenarios. And cheers for dropping by!

  14. Vampire bites. I bleed. It lives…

  15. Man needs heart. New one broke.

  16. Oh my, I love the vulture one.

    1. Thanks jac, I enjoyed flipping that one ☺

  17. Varied mix there. Bit of light and shade, then then lights went out lol. Gruesome. but good.

    1. Haha, yeah true. Thanks.
      Sometimes I think about putting out a weekly edition that is horror…or comedy…oe whatever, sometimes the stories go better as a genre.

  18. Another fantastic collection. Have you considered publishing a book in the future of all of your 6 word tales? I don’t know if it’s a good idea, honestly, but you do these so well! I do love the taxidermy one. Sent my brain running into a psychological murder mystery.

    P.S. That link about Hemingway just broke my heart a little. His 6 word story about the baby shoes has been one of my favorites and I’ve been inspired by it from time to time and now you’re telling me he practically plagiarized it?! Why would you do that to my poor heart, Fionn (and Hemingway!) lol

    1. I appreciate the support, I have thought about it, but it’d need to be a compendium I think, like 1000’s long to be worth buying.
      I was pissed off too that Hemingway didn’t write it, it’s such a deeply ingrained part of his mythology. He was pretty smart though, because he made money passing off someone else’s story…but yeah, kinda wish I didn’t know.
      And that’s the dangers of reading my blog 😀 :O

      1. Yeah I figured you would need a gigantic stack in order to make these 6 word tales publishable, hence my saying I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea lol. But like I said, you do have a knack for these and you write some of my favorites that I’ve read. So maybe a idea on the back burner in case you ever wake up one day and realize you just write your 1001st 6 word tale 😉
        And ahh but your blog makes the danger worth it.

      2. Thanks Jade ☺☺
        28×6= 168…I have a ways to go, but it’s an idea I will keep in mind.

  19. VictoryInTrouble August 31, 2016 — 3:58 PM

    Ooh, you went dark! I like the dinner with parents one. So creepy!

    1. Thanks VIT. Happy ones are near impossible to write in few words lol

      1. VictoryInTrouble August 31, 2016 — 4:10 PM

        I’ve never tried these six word stories. They seem hard to do- even the dark ones.

      2. It’s like reverse engineering a story. Give just enough info so the readers mind can fill in the blanks.

      3. VictoryInTrouble August 31, 2016 — 4:13 PM

        I know, I just suck at being succinct. So do you come up with a scenario first and then shrink it to six words?

      4. I cannot give away my secrets…I fear I have said too much already…actually, what you said is essentially it. Think of a topic or scenario and get shrinking.

      5. VictoryInTrouble August 31, 2016 — 4:44 PM

        Sexy six word stories- what do you think, Fionn? Should I try it? 😄

      6. VictoryInTrouble August 31, 2016 — 4:58 PM

        I’ll get thinking! 😀😈

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