Sunday, 16 October 2011

Succinctly Yours Week 30

Grandma's Goulash at Succinctly Yours hosts this microfiction meme.J

Each week she posts a photographic prompt for inspiration and the challenge is to write a story using no more than 140 characters or words. 

Below is this week's photo followed by my offering. As an extra challenge, a word is offered for inclusion and this week’s word is toil.
Earning pocket money was important. Was there no other way to crack crab shells? It seemed too much toil for so little reward – and it hurt!

(140 characters)


  1. Bravo for the little boy willing to earn his pocket money! Nice take on the photo!

  2. @Helen - I'd go penniless;-)

  3. Oh, ouch! Maybe he should wear heavy duty boots. But, then, who wants to be at the beach in the summertime with boots on? Maybe he can be like Tom Sawyer and charm his little sister into stomping on crabs.

  4. Ouch. I have enough trouble with crab shells when I'm using the proper nutcracker things!

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Hi J.B. ~~ Welcome to Succinctly Yours!
    I think that doing the crab shells sure beats picking up cans for pocket money.

    My grandmother in Oregon took us kids to the beach many times to find crabs for a crab boil. I don't ever remember finding any.

  6. Love the pic and your attempt. i have to try my hand at micro-fiction.

  7. Bravo. Any comment beyond that I would make would take more than the number of your required characters.

  8. What a wonderful reminder of the benefits of hard work.... I'd probably go penniless if this was my task too. Smiles.

  9. Great photo - and toil is such an obliging word, I should put it into practice more often ...
    Isabel x

  10. When life settles down some around here I'd love to join that meme! You did a fantastic job!
    Thanks and hugs~

  11. @Pat - I think he should reconsider his footwear, too;-)
    @Kay L - I'd love to try the crab crackers but shellfish doesn't agree with me:-/
    @Jim - hi Jim! It's a long time since I played SY.
    @Damyanti - microfiction certainly cures verbal diarrhoea;-)
    @Mary - just for fun I counted your characters - 104:-)
    @Reflections - there's hard work and there's impossible!
    @Isabel - I like the word - not the action;-)
    @Sush - thank you, Sush. I look forward to your participation:-)
    @Kay - ouch indeed!

  12. Love this! I can imagine the pain...

  13. Ouch! That's a good one! Thanks for all your commments on the last few posts-just catching up on them tonight!

  14. Oh my goodness, I can feel the pain!

  15. @Sarah - thank you! I've been catching up, too:-)
    @EGWow - I know! What was I thinking;-)

  16. I can say it right back: Clever!

  17. wow I could imagine that would hurt. Very creative will read you next week.

    Jack and Jill

  18. That would be a painful way to earn money. I think I would try to borrow a hammer from somewhere.
    Ouch is right!

  19. @Friko, Larry, SquirrelQueen - thank you :-)

  20. Had to google the translation of toil :-)

    Poor boy. If only he'd have used his head.

    And picked up a rock from the beach I mean ;-)

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  22. I remember Hickory Nutting (harvest days) out to my Auntie's farm. Gunny sacks were filled with our pickings, that were then left to "dry." When the hickory nuts were ready, us childlings would march on the sewn-shut bagsful to easily break away the shells from the hard hickory nuts. Such good and loud fun! I'm thinking this is the way to go for your little crab-sheller as well!

    Fun story-->Thanks!

  23. @Sparkle - thank you! Hickory nutting sounds great fun. Collecting chestnuts or cobnuts pales into insignificance by contrast:-)


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