Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: The Ostrich


Every Friday authors from around the world gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, all inspired – regardless of genre – by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome.This week’s photo has been provided by John Nixon.

Here’s my story, prompted by John’s photo. Thanks John.

The Ostrich

“Some pros don’t know to quit.”

“That’s one hell of a tune.”

“Claimed an Austin. And that he’s going for an Ostrich!”

“Nobody ever did it. He can only get one on a par 7 – if he holes this shot. More likely shooting his temperature!”

“My butt’s stinging already on account of that Calcutta.”

“You bet on this goon?”

“Hate to admit it.”

“You need your head soaked.”

“Belly! I’m heading for the clubhouse. Goofball’s going nowhere fast.”

“Twanging’s driving me crazy.”

“Bunch’a whiffs.”

“He’ll say waggling.”

“Last hole he had yips.”

“Ball’s out! He’s holed it!”

“Genius player!”

(c) Ann Isik 2013
100 words

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39 Responses to Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: The Ostrich

  1. marymtf says:

    So many amazing and diverse ideas coming out of that one photo. Golfing clowns! That image is surely going to haunt me for a while. 🙂

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  2. vbholmes says:

    Good one–and most time-appropriate with the US Open ending last night.

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  3. Dear Ann,

    I feel better only in the fact that I’m not the only one mystified by the dialogue. The mental image of these guys in golf outfits is entertaining. I’ve only recently made myself learn the terms bogey and birdie and what they mean. 😉

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • annisik51 says:

      Yes, it was never going to make sense as a story on its own. I suppose it was an opportunity for me to experiment with specialist nomenclature. As part of a bigger story, it would work and be an extra texture. Thanks for reading. Ann

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  4. I’d say fore (that’s the only golf lingo I know, but it sounds good)

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  5. Hannah says:

    I didn’t understand a word either. Game lingo is hard for the outside. I have two colleagues who play bridge and I never understand what they say either!

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  6. petrujviljoen says:

    Was wonderfully confused.

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  7. I like the dialect.

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  8. I’m not a golfer and understood only some of the comments, but the ending was funny anyhow – so I’d call this a successful story!

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    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks! I was interested also in that it might have shown how achievement is about not giving up and going for the impossible. The two golfers dialoguing were not centred on the game, but on beer and gambling and ‘rubbishing’ the golfer who achieved the impossible. Thanks for your kind comments. Ann 🙂

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  9. The outfit makes me think of Bertie Wooster playing golf and I did recognize a good number of the terms, but I’m not a golfer, either.

    janet

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    • annisik51 says:

      Hi Janet. I was commenting on your story as you were commenting on mine! What synchronisation! I see what you mean about the Bertie Wooster connection. Golfing outfits ARE quite odd, aren’t they? The world of golfing is getting weirder by the minute. I should take it up – after all, many think of me an an ‘oddball’. Thanks for reading. Ann

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      • I played only once many years ago (except for a class in college.) Off the first tee, I drove the ball quite close to the hole–on the 18th! 🙂 I soon realized I’d just have to not worry too much and tried to relax. I did par one hole on the back nine, but that’s been it for me. Golf’s not really my sport. I played a LOT of fast pitch and then slow pitch softball, ran track, played volleyball, would have played hockey if they’d had girls’ hockey “back in the day” and, of course, ride. I might take up biking one of these days, too, as Bill bikes. But no golf.

        janet

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      • annisik51 says:

        I can follow some of your golfspeak now I’ve researched the language for this story – I know what ‘back nine’ means. I’ve done quite a bit of sports too ‘in my day’. I don’t know softball. I ran cross country and the half mile at school. I played hockey in goal for the county as well as school, and netball. I did ballroom and Latin American dance, ice dance, and used to run 5 miles a day at uni and play Badminton. Now I bike and walk and garden and sing (singing is an athletic activity, despite all the fat sopranos!). Rode a horse only once. Couldn’t get it to stop so I could open a gate! Like horses though. 🙂

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      • Laughing at the gate story. If you ride long enough, you always have lots of stories. I sing with the praise team at church and love it. I’m an alto and I realize I’ll never be a professional singer because my chest is much too small!!! 🙂

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      • annisik51 says:

        Ha! ha! The chest of course is not everything! The anatomy, from the viewpoint of singing, is an interesting subject.I’ve read that Maria Callas’ voice suffered after she lost a lot of weight.

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  10. I didn’t understand a word of it. But enjoyed reading it. Enjoyed the language. Like a poem.

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    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks for reading Patrick. Yes, I saw the figure as a golfer and looked for some golfing vocabulary. As you see, golf-speak is quite bizarre. Decided to build a dialogue between two golfers. I have never played a game of golf in my life, so would not have understood a word of it either had I come across my story as a reader! A golfer might detect my golfing ignorance in this however. It was a good exercise. Ann

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  11. Ann, what a whacky tale! Nicely done! – Amy

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  12. tedstrutz says:

    You are too funny! I could picture clowns on the course the whole time, and found myself wondering what each was wearing. Thanks for putting my link on.

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  13. rheath40 says:

    Thanks for the pingback sweetheart. I dig your story. Very much so.

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