Exertion was not in Sly’s lexicon, indeed, it was an alien concept, to boot. He liked to hang out and move, very slowly. Now, although a vegan,but not choosy, he couldn’t resist the banana leaves left on the trail. So, a skip and a jump, he had them. No-one saw him.

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12 thoughts on “Sly, the Sloth, busts a move

  1. Dermott, I tend to agree with “boring” — yours are one of the few 50 word prompt stories I consistently enjoy reading. I believe I understand the purpose of the drill, but as a reader, 50 words alone rarely fascinate. I find even the great ones frustrating.

    I want the rest of Sly’s story, dag-nabbit!

    Plus, although I get that pro-writers must understand how to write to word count, I have never been a fan of metrics-based writing – word limits less-so than targets (NANO goals included).

    But then, metrics and artistic endeavors are strange bedfellows in most arenas, yes?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • In my own case, Madelyn, they are the writer’s version of a warm up, a stretching exercise. I look at the prompt and think about it for a couple of hours, then I write it. My own writing is taking up a lot of time in my day, so blogging is a diversion, an interlude.

      • Bound to.
        I heard of an old folk tale from one location where sloths reside.
        A baby sloth says “Moma I am hungry,”
        She says “Very well I will go and find you some fresh leaves, but you must not leave this tree trunk, or step out onto the branch,”
        The young sloth waits, for a day. Concerned he peeks out and steps onto the branch.
        His mother calls back from the end of it.
        “I told you not to leave the trunk,”

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