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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

One Line Wednesday: The Official Debut



While out the other day on my morning run, I witnessed a hammer wielding man giving his right rear tire a hearty lasagna treatment.


Don’t you just want to read on? Aren’t you wondering what, exactly, constitutes a lasagna treatment and what hammers and tires could possibly have to do with Italian food, anyway?

If this were a typical post, I’d have to give a blow by blow of the video I happened to catch sometime last week, in which an intense man pummeled a frozen lasagna nearly beyond recognition. A normal post would, likewise, require a description of the local tool toting gentleman and his teetering tire. Most tediously, an ordinary post would call upon me to tie the two vignettes together with some witty wisdom or insightful observations about life.

But not today. Not on One Line Wednesday. No, on One Line Wednesday, vagueness, brevity, and misdirection are the order of the day. One Line Wednesday is a simple celebration of the single good line. No pressure of further explanation. No need to worry if your words are “going anywhere.” None of the tricky transitions or epic endings one might expect in traditional prose.

Here’s the lowdown: Each week, I’ll get things started with the single best line I’ve managed to craft in the intervening seven days –maybe I’ll include the story behind it, but I likely won’t, what with it being One Line Wednesday, and all. Each week there’ll also be one of those cool Mr. Linky widgits that you see below...yeah, there it is, at the very bottom. Just give it a little click, and we'll hope it works :) That’s where you leave a link to your one line post (if you’re an overachiever, feel free to include the story behind your line, but that’s never necessary). Your line can be about anything, as clear or cryptic as you’d like, and who knows—maybe even be true!

If you have no blog, feel free to participate by just commenting as you would for a normal post. If you do have a blog, however, please mention that you are participating in One Line Wednesday, and add a hyperlink to this post. Feel free, also, to copy the official One Line Wednesday image at the opening of this post to illustrate yours, but that’s optional.

But don’t forget the most important thing—have a little low stress fun with the written word. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

10 comments:

GordonWyant said...

i love how my dad was included in this post.. it has been the best one so far now in my opinion. you should insert the video i sent allison.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

What a great idea!
I'm running out the door, so I won't make a blog post this time (cuz I always include photos with my posts), so here's my line:

These are the five minutes of every day she dreads the most.

The Double Dipped Life said...

Got it up! No explanation... I'll just let my readers stew for awhile! :)

Holly said...

Hmmm...interesting (challenge-for me!). I don;t know if I can do anything in one line...I am wordy....I'll be back.

Holly @ 504 Main

nooshling said...

Cloves, I thought, are for cooking - apparently they are also for teeth...
How's that for my one-liner? For explanation: Clove oil is what my oral surgeon treated my dry socket extraction site with. Yes, I ended with a preposition.

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Gordon--so much for preserving your dad's anonymity LOL-thought you'd like that, though...

Jade, we'll have this going again next week, so you'll have plenty of time to shoot your illustrations :) Love your line, though...I'm wondering which 5 minutes those would be for me-HA!

I'm wordy, too, Holly--as my husband pointed out this morning I used "a whole lot more than one line" in my post today--and just look at this mile long comment!

Nooshling, the cloves thing surprises me and not all at once. if I'm not mistaken, in olden times cloves were used for both medicinal and hygienic oral health reasons...I'm just surprised a modern doctor hasn't replaced the remedy with an expensive pharmaceutical. So, now you're pain free and spicy fresh, right?

Loved the links from Bread Box, Jen, and Double Dipped. Hopefully we'll get a few more good one liners in before the day is done...

Anonymous said...

Why can't I tell anyone.....

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Your anonymous status just adds an extra layer of intrigue to your line...

Catherine Wannabe said...

First post to Three-Pronged Outlet in almost a year! WOOT! Check it out!
http://3prongedoutlet.blogspot.com/2009/10/one-line-wednesday.html

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Oh, Catherine--you came out of hibernation for lil' old me? I am so honored...

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