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Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Short-Short Story Now Published


Notice the warning sign on each front leg.
Certified by Guiness, I have no doubt, the photo shows the World's Largest Rocking Chair. We passed by this amazing piece of welding in Missouri on our way from Pennsylvania to Arizona. It actually took a couple of tries for us to find it. I guess we weren't expecting it to be right there in the open, because we saw the sign on the chairback, and drove right by, not registering that it was the actual rocking chair until we swung back around.

We parked right in front of it, thus getting the full force of the advice painted at eye level on each leg: "Please Don't Climb." What were these people thinking? What's the point of the world's largest rocking chair if you can't sit in it and take a picture to show your envious friends? The variety store was doing a brisk business in wood carvings and local wines.

It didn't take a lot of imagination to come up with the micro-story "The World's Largest Rocking Chair (Accident Report)." I thought about it in the context of the events of 2010, and challenged myself to keep the story under 420 spaces while including the name "Eyjafjallajöküll," and the incomparable Short, Fast, and Deadly has included the result in its "Year in Review." Enjoy it here!