Short Story: The Writer’s Lament #BlogShorts

The Writer’s Lament
by Tom B. Taker

The deadline loomed. A blank page mocked him.

He pounded the desk with his fist, spilling his gin.

“Dammit,” he moaned.

Then he knew. Inspired fingers leapt to the keys.

This post is part of the BlogShorts challenge. June 2011 – 30 stories – 30 words – 30 days.

11 responses

  1. The best so far. Driven to drink…a true writer’s lament. 🙂


    1. Thanks! I thought the gin put a nice spin on it, too. Maybe one day I’ll regale you with the time I drank an entire bottle of gin in one sitting, by myself, in the dark. Coincidentally, that’s the same night I broke the toilet. Weird.

      Boy were my roommates mad at me.


      1. You tell me that tale then I’ll tell you my Southern Comfort story. Not pretty.


  2. Perhaps a collaboration is in order?

    The bottle of Tanqueray is just one of my two classic drinking stories. Both show me in a very classy light. I can’t wait to share.


    1. I’m a Bombay Sapphire lover myself. But hey…that’s why I’m here. To show you the error of your ways.

      Question: you can show an old dog new tricks…right? 😉


      1. I’m partial to Tanqueray. I guess I’ll have to do a taste test. Then we’ll see about that old dog.


  3. I wouldn’t cry over spilled milk, but I would over spilled gin.

    Bluecoat and Hendrick’s at our house.


    1. My homework is growing!

      When I’m pouring shots and I spill on the counter, I don’t cry. I just bend down and slurp it up. It can be very beneficial having no dignity.


  4. HA. Loved it. Loved it lots and lots.


    1. Thank you very much. And here’s a secret factoid about this story. When his fingers were finally inspired, this is what they wrote:

      The deadline loomed. A blank page mocked him.



  5. Powerful. Very nice piece.


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