This post is a bit from left field, but it is about a meal, and if you squint hard enough you might can believe it’s set in the UK, which would count toward the travel theme of this blog.
My short “One Hour” is featured today on Paragraph Planet, a creative writing website that features 75-word pieces on one topic. “One Hour” is one of four pieces I submitted as a Christmas sequence, with each piece offering a different point of view. The sequence was inspired by one of many holiday dinners at headquarters, so now I can’t say nothing good never came out of a crappy meal at my desk.
Check out “One Hour” while you can. The pieces change daily. I’ll post an update when the others appear.
REWIND: This is “One Toy” — the piece that appeared 12/29/10
One toy. Dad let me bring one from the tree. It’s really cool! Just what I wanted! It makes noises and lights up! I’ve been playing for hours! Dad says it won’t be much longer. Really. He’s eating the last of Christmas pie now, but it’ll be a bit until we go back to the apartment. He says it’s his job to watch over the important news people working tonight. But he says I’m more important.
UPDATE: This is “One Hour” — the piece that appeared 01/18/11
One hour. Another hour to go, and I can take the boy home. I don’t much like spending Christmas watching over the news folk, but it’s better than not having a job. At least they fed us all pretty well. That’s two meals I won’t have to buy. I couldn’t get the boy much, but he seems to like the gadgets well enough. He’s not as interested in the football. Maybe I can change that tomorrow.