My Six Word Story

Two babies cry, one is fed.   -M. Taggart

 

It’s no secret that Ernest Hemingway is my favorite author.  This is my first six word story.  When I feed Gavin I find myself thinking of little ones going without. Their cries shredding the night, falling on ears without care.

My grandfather was orphaned as an infant. I’m proud to say I see a bit of him in Gavin.

 

 

Hemingway Quote

‘If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.’ – Ernest Hemingway

I worry that the bulk of today would read a brilliant paragraph written in this style and the missing 90% will go unseen.

 

Ernest Hemingway – Quote

‘Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.  But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.’ -For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.

And today I edit chapter 27 which contains the best line I feel I’ve written to this point. Hemingway continues to guide me and is the best teacher I’ve had.

Cheers.

A Moveable Feast – The Restored Edition

‘When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagement, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.’ -Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

It matters not which end of the spectrum–  early Hemingway, later Hemingway; I always find his words to be exacting and important to me.

I’m reading the ‘Restored Edition’ of The Moveable Feast.  Hemingway wasn’t finished writing this story when he died.  It turns out a chapter was added that he hadn’t written and the first published version contained that chapter and edits that ought not to have been made.  Sean Hemingway, Papa’s grandson, obtained a copy of the original manuscript and again published the work in the proper format.  This edition contains a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the sole surviving son of Papa.

Read on, it’s good for the Brain. -M. Taggart

EH 2723P  Milan, 1918 Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer. Portrait by Ermeni Studios, Milan, Italy. Please credit "Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston".
EH 2723P Milan, 1918
Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer. Portrait by Ermeni Studios, Milan, Italy. Please credit “Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston”.

The truest sentence that you know

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

I write my most focused writing early in the morning. I take Papa’s advice and I do my best. I’m thankful to have such a teacher as him.

The Garden of Eden – Ernest Hemingway

I was on my deck. I was within a few pages of being finished. I remembered there was a small portion of a cigar left in the grill. I put the book down. I felt the familiar sadness when nearing the end of a book that’s taken me.

I opened the grill cover. The cigar sat looking pathetic and slightly damp and flaked and brittle too. It was perfect. I lit the cigar and struggled to not cough as I sat down. The book was waiting.

I finished the last page with the spent cigar in my mouth and cigar smoke ranging always near my eyes. I took a pull from my beer and said cheers to Papa.

This book is now among my most treasured.

‘Now, he told himself, you must try to grow up again and face what you have to face without being irritable or hurt that someone did not understand and appreciate what you wrote.’ The Garden of Eden. Hemingway

Hemingway – Write the hardest one

‘You’d better write another story. Write the hardest one there is to write that you know. Go ahead and do that. . . . Go ahead and start the new one tomorrow. The hell with tomorrow. What a way to be. Tomorrow. Go in and start it now.’  -The Garden of Eden. Ernest Hemingway

I’ve now started the hardest story I know and It’s begun. – M. Taggart