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Saturday, December 11, 2010

I had an e-mail the other day from an American girl who said this:

"You are brilliant."

Unfortunately, anyone who begins an e-mail like that undoubtedly wants something, and sure enough, she went on to say this:

"I read your short, micro stories. I would love it if you could help me by reading my work & giving me feedback."

Apparently, having polluted the fount of knowledge in schools across New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania, I've now made it into the New Vista High School, in Boulder, Colorado, where my micro fiction forms part of their class on '20th Century American Literature'. Which is interesting because I'm British and I wrote it in the 21st century.

Obviously, such academic adventures haven't always gone well in the past, but I have a lot of confidence in these particular students. Let's face it, their school's clearly named after Windows 7, and I'm sure their Principal's no quitter.

QuitterOh, hang on, he is.

But still, I'm certain the students of Boulder will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of literary excellence. They've already compiled a list of stories they've found, along with a one-line description of each. Three of mine make the shortlist, along with such straplines such as:

"If you like a story that makes you think, read this."


"A woman enters a contest to win a lifetime supply of pork. Funny stuff happens."

Which is pretty much all you need to know.

My favourite, however, is the description of my story 'No Moon'. Having spelt my name wrong, the author then proceeds to define the piece thus:

"This story is about a man and bushes."

Interestingly, that also describes the life of Saddam Hussein.


Dave said...

Could you help me with my homework?  I'm sure my sermons would be better received if I had a few of your witticisms dotted through them.

Phil's Mum said...

Their descriptions wouldn't inspire me to read your micro-fiction, but as I already HAVE read it, I can tell everybody its very clever!