Monday, May 11, 2015

The Shortest Real Story

(Reclaimed from Bubblews, where it appeared on July 22, 2014. Image credit: Clarita at

A certain new Bubbler whom I will not name just posted something s/he claims is the shortest story in the world. It's not a real story; it's a joke about how easy it is to beat the minimum length requirement by just dumping in a load of tags that don't relate to the content of a Bubble.

Well, I can relate. Bubblews now demands that every post feature a graphic, and then the new software ruins any photos we've taken the trouble to write stories around. (The Bubblews graphic I was using, as a protest, was an unrecognizable grayed-out blur.)

Er-hem...fellow know who your readers are. Don't they deserve better than this? BubbleWS is a site for frivolous froth and feel-good blog posts, but can't you at least write about flowers, or cute things children and pets do, or what the weather's like in your part of the world?

Anyway, here, in its entirety, is the shortest real-life story I've read so far:

"For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."