A Home in the Howling Wilderness: Settlers and the Environment in Southern New Zealand
We really hang out for Fridays at the Book Council. Okay, it's nice that it's the end of the week and all, but it's #fridayshorts that really excites us. Every week we get to read 20-odd wild, wacky and creative takes on how to use 6 simple words, from writers, poets and tall tale tellers from all over NZ. Each tweet is a story, and the variety astounds!
Here are a few of our favourites, and the words that inspired them:
report, energy, aggrieved, bike, fellowship, sale
Elrond's options report has the Fellowship quite aggrieved. The ring's energy for sale? No way. Bike to Mordor? Is he crazy? @cphowe
cargo, obstreporous, quirk, squish, jolly, shape
Buttocks squished to near human form by tight cargo pants, her quirky, jolly high-heeled totter belied an obstreperous persona @malcolmgunn
catastrophe, rockstar, palm, 1.45am, flap, bison
1.45am. Palms on the rockstar's bison tattoo, I gently push him off the ledge. His shirt flaps as he falls. catastrophe averted. @librarykris
pun, knight, nuptial, patent, ant, jam
An amorous glamorous knight by night, by day he put ants in pants & set puns on the run in the patented pre-nuptials he penned. @margolanagan
calamitous, scalp, canny, relax, fief, skip
The canny lord's heart gave a skip for joy. With no calamity in his fiefdom, he could now relax and await his scalp massage. @IreneNZ
austerity, dentist, snip, tangle, stride, think
Austerity tip: if you don't think you can pay the dentist, it's a snip to tangle him in floss and stride off. @first_lines
cough, mist, shock, curious, map, hospitality
The bacterial mist of his cough covered me. I stood in shock, map in hand. Curious, I enquired about his idea of hospitality. @MaryFrances110
We began the #fridayshorts hashtag in July 2010, with the advent of our twitter account and nothing better to do on a Friday. The rules are simple - take the six words, put them in a 140-character tweet, and hope to win the kudos at the end of it. No prizes, but loads of satisfaction for wordsmiths.
Join us on twitter on a Friday, at @nzbookcouncil, and #fridayshorts your day away.