Green Eggs & Ham: A Novelization – Part 3 & 4

My “9 Tricks for Organic Dialogue” used a spoof novelization of a scene from Green Eggs & Ham. One thing led to another, and now I’m writing a dramatic novelization of this Seuss classic. This post contains part three and four. You can check the first two parts here.

Green Eggs and Ham: A novelization.

Part Three

If you give a stray scraps of meat, it’ll keep coming back. Eventually, it’ll make pitiful yowling noises outside your door. That’s the short version of how I wound up adopting Fiona Rebecca Alberti the Third, the unofficial mascot of the Alpha Tau fraternity house.

She was a collective secret. No animals were allowed, but all of everyone helped me tuck her away. Her nickname amongst the Alphas was “frat cat,” but I told her—told Fiona, that is—that she was too much of a princess for a name like that. I scratched her behind the ears and told her “FRAT” was just an abbreviation. Fiona Rebecca Alberti the Third. Feline royalty. (more…)

Green Eggs & Ham: A Novelization – Part 1 & 2

I used a spoof-novelization of a scene from Green Eggs & Ham in a December article of mine. One surprisingly popular comment was: “Now I really want to read a dramatic novelization of Green Eggs and Ham.” My response was, “Challenge accepted.” I’ll talk more about this challenge in another post. For now, let’s leap into my novelized version.

Green Eggs and Ham: A novelization.

Part One

If you want to know more about me, you’re reading the wrong story. Maybe after I die some out-of-work biographer will stumble across my obituary and decide I need to a proper burial of words. Who will this biography say I am? I have no idea

How does anyone answer the question of “who” they are? Are we what we like? What we do? Where we go? The people we care about or the memories we make? It’s all too complex for me, and God knows this world has its fill of people—of philosophers and songwriters—trying to answer that question already. I won’t chime in. But if you really need to know who’s telling you this story, here goes:

I am Sam. (more…)

BCF #1 Prompt 2: The River’s Shore

Greetings fellow writers,

The second BCF prompt is up, and my entry is complete. You’ll find it below, after a few thoughts about this flash fiction competition.

A Few Words About How Awesome BCF Is

Business Card Fiction was started by Lillie McFerrin (who I’ve had the great pleasure of doing flash fiction with before), Ruth Long (infamous in the online flash fiction scene), and J.D. Wenzel (who, in his awesomeness, masterminded the BCF concept) . The notion of BCF is simple: You write a piece of flash fiction designed (and even formatted) to fit on the back on a business card. (You’ll see my second entry in a moment, so don’t worry if you’re confused.)

I love BCF because it allows an opportunity to take the notion of flash fiction and put it in an interesting, actionable context. Normally, when we have these 150-word (or shorter) pieces, we’re goofing around for the sake of it. With BCF, we’re playing with a contextual frame for presenting our work. You could actually print these things on business cards, and what a fun way to show yourself off as a writer! I may well print some up in the not-so-distant future. (more…)