by James Costello
Ernest Hemingway wrote a story in six words when he was challenged to do so:
â€œFor sale: baby shoes, never worn.â€
Six powerful words that tell a much deeper story than a simple number count would imply.
Over the past few months National Public Radio has run a series of stories about Smith Magazines Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Famous and Obscure Writers and Six Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. The first piece ran in January and is available at this link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18768430. The second ran just before Valentines Day and is available here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100510986. What was also interesting was that NPR also issued a challenge to their audience to write their own six word stories which is available here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/2008/01/whats_your_sixword_memoir.html.
These two stories and the challenge offered by Smith inspired me to create a few six word stories about security:
Windows Antivirus should always be running.
Donâ€™t forget to update your computer.
Likes to click every e-mail link!
Dan, donâ€™t break the Internet, again.
Once infected, donâ€™t trust your computer.
Computer infected, donâ€™t trust husbandâ€™s surfing.
Damn it, Dan, quit breaking DNS.
So, dear reader, now that I have written a few, Iâ€™d like to challenge you. Write your own six word stories for security.
Six words exactly
Tells a story about security.
Make the stories personal
Let it flow
Please either post them here or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am going to compile the ones that I receive as a presentation and possibly go the same way as Smith Magazine and create a book out of them. I will attribute all works to their original authorâ€™s, if you want to be anonymous please let me know.
So, get out there and get to writing â€“ really short stories.