Saturday, October 31, 2009

What is a Drabble?

According to "A drabble is an extremely short work of fiction exactly one hundred words in length, although the term is often incorrectly used to indicate a short story of fewer than 1000 words. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space."

Here are some examples of drabbles written by me. The 100 words are as counted by MS Word, which is what we used in our drabble contests.

A Final Act of Love

Every morning, for 14 years, Patches ran around the outside of the house three times. This morning she threw herself into the activity until she was just a brown streak but after her run, she fell to the ground. Her eyes were unfocused and she seemed disoriented. She struggled to get up but each time she collapsed.
Sadly, Mary picked her up and took her to the vet. As the vet injected the shot, Mary sobbed. Although she knew there was nothing more she could do for her old and loyal friend, she felt like she was betraying a trust.

A Perfect Property Except . . .

On a Sunday morning drive we noticed a scenic property with an octagon barn and an octagon house.
My heart leapt when I noticed the For Sale sign. It would be a perfect Bed and Breakfast.
We pulled the brass knocker on the substantial wooden door. Upon entering we fell in love with the spiral staircase, leading to a massive master bedroom with a romantic balcony.
We went to lunch to discuss our offer. One of the restaurant’s customers overheard us. “My octogenarian grandfather hung himself in that barn.”
We told the Realtor we’d decided to look for another property.

The Eyes of Texas

An anonymous source at eBay reported a moldy bread auction that ended today with a $100,000 bid. The mold is shaped like the state of Texas.
The seller, Norma owns Paint, the horse half of the sensational llama and horse team of private investigators known as Flickertail & Paint. Flickertail and Paint are the heroes of a series of children’s’ stories including such favorites as Flickertail & Paint in Scotland, Flickertail & Paint in Ireland, The Christmas Caper, and The Missing Pigtails
Disclaimer: Since mold grows, the winning bidder is not guaranteed a Texas shaped mold upon receiving the bread.

If Only

I’d been thinking, if only we had bought the Italianate in the country that we both loved so much, our dreams of a Bed & Breakfast and llama ranch would have been fulfilled and I wouldn’t be sitting here now wondering what if.
Instead, I would be keeping rooms cleaned, bedding fresh, and llamas fed. I’d be meeting new friends and having fun planning and making delicious breakfasts. I’d be getting fresh flowers from the gardens for the guest rooms.
On a whim, I drove past the place today. It’s been torn down to make room for a new highway.

Jeff’s and Katy’s Secret

The floating log didn’t protect Jeff from the debris battering his weakening body. As he was about to lose his grip, it lodged against temporarily stationary debris. Jeff pulled his body onto the shore. Looking for shelter, he found a teddy bear. He curled up against it and fell asleep.
Jeff awakened to the sound of crying. He followed the sound and dropped the bear by the girl’s feet. “Fuzzy!” Katy hugged Jeff. For the next few days Jeff and Katy shared food and warmth. Rescuers found them snuggled together, asleep. “Is this your dog?” Katy winked at Jeff. “Yes.”

The Dress

Her dad was so proud of the dress when he brought it home for her.
She was invited to the prom but, tearfully, she said no. She knew her dad couldn’t afford to buy a gown and she had no mother to make one for her.
“I’ll see what I can do. You shouldn’t miss your prom.” Her dad hugged her.
By the time he earned the gown for her, the boy had asked someone else. She went alone and no one danced with her. She went home crying. And her dad held her in his arms and they danced.

The Super Bowl, According to Dogs

“What a boring football game! Lots of goodies on the coffee table. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?’
“I’m thinking of snatching that sausage and running for a touch down.”
“OK, go for it and I’ll block for you to stall them. “
“I’ll grab it when they least expect it.”
“Quick, they’re preoccupied right now by the Budweiser ad.”
“Oh, no, she saw you grab it. Look out, he‘s trying to tackle you. Don’t worry. I’ve got your back. Head for the kitchen and save half for me.”
“Oh, was I supposed to share?”
“Brat! Next time you block.”

For fun, give it a try.


  1. Those were fun Mary. I really enjoy reading and writing drabbles. And it's nice to see the definition there too.

    I'm just starting on some Thanksgiving drabbles based on the Mayflower. Not sure how far I'll get, but it's a fun challenge.

  2. You are so good at writing drabbles too. I always enjoyed reading yours. It's too bad someone didn't pick up on Reena's 100 word contest idea when she left Gather. I had so much fun with that group.

    I'm sure you'll do very well with the Mayflower drabbles. You may even end up with another book.

  3. This brings back memories, Marge! We had so much fun with the group - Reena