Friday, May 21, 2010

Norman's Perfect Murder Scheme -- A "Flash 55" Post


Being the wordy sort, to say the least, I've only tried a "Flash 55" story once before. Here's my second attempt.

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Norman wanted to kill Burt!

Burt had countless friends. (Potential witnesses!)

Burt inhabited an island cottage on a small lake.

Late tonight, Norman insured (via binoculars) that Burt had no guests. Norman grinned, knife at his side, and dove into the lake. (No boat rental, no evidence!)

Only then, Norman remembered that he couldn't swim...

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And now, for something much more serious:

I just learned that May is ALS Awareness Month.

I have more than a passing familiarity with this disease, unfortunately.

In my sidebar, I have a link to something which I, my own worst critic, refer to as "Probably the Best Thing I Ever Wrote." It's an as-yet-unpublished memoir that began as a proposed seven-part series of blog posts on my old, retired "David'Z RantZ" blog, entitled My Island. I say "began" because typically, I ended up writing a lot more than I'd originally intended. I finished the story twenty-eight chapters (and an epilogue) later!

If you're one of those who misses my multi-part stories, you might want to check it out for yourself. As a friendly warning, I should mention that it's a bit "saltier" than my usual "Foxyblog" entries. Nothing remotely pornographic, I hasten to add, but there's a very important reason why the personnel in this story act more like "real people." It's because they are -- or were -- real people.

Having said that... you're on your own. I hope you sample the first four or five chapters before deciding whether or not it's your proverbial "cup of tea." And even though it was posted almost two years ago, I would absolutely love reading any new comments which you wish to add.

End of commercial message. Thanks for your time.

12 comments:

  1. almost perfect...lol. though he did commit a murder, kinda. nice 55 SF...

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  2. @John: Yeah, innit? I'll check yours out when I get home tonight.

    @Brian: I thought of that, too, while I was plotting it!

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  3. Maybe it was a shallow lake?
    Excellent 55 Silver Fox.
    Thanks for another fine contribution. Thanks for visiting, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

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  4. @G-Man: Shallow lake? Cute. Hope your weekend kicks ass as well!

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  5. LOL Norman wasn't very clever was he? :)

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  6. @Akelamalu: Just too concerned with his mission, I guess.

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  7. Seems like old Norm outsmarted himself.

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  9. hehehe! I hope Norman 'insured' himself, for the sake of his wife ;D

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  10. Having been approached by my agent to play Norman in an upcoming Broadway musical based on a short story by David M. Lynch, I feel I must ask, "What is Norman's motivation?" As I am a serious actor of the "method school of acting," I feel that to get into the head of the character I play, I must understand the motivation behind everything, from the plotting of a murder, to the simple act of breathing. Please provide me with the proper motivation, so that my portrayal of Norman will secure a Tony Award. Thank you.

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  11. @Skip: I'll send you all the info you need in a private email... along with an explanation of the whole "Flash 55" concept.

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