Like Hiaku, Only Much Longer

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420 Characters is a book of stories (limited to 420 characters each, including spaces and punctuation) by illustrator Lou Beach.“I started out filling in the ‘status update’ box on Facebook withshort fiction musings rather than the usual b.s. last year,” Beach toldme. “Turned out people liked them and I liked the challenge of creating anew story each day.” Since posting a 420Characters fan page on Facebook the other day, he has gotten over 400 fans! “I interested my famous friends in doing readings (here)and some established writers for blurbs and voila!, handsome littlesite for the wee tales. I’ve got several hundred stories which I’llswitch out on the site regularly and more audio as well. I keep writing,hoping someone will extend a check.”

Here’s one of the stories:

THE PRISONER OF NOISE stood before the bathroom sink,fingers in his ears, head down, mouth wide open, willing the sounds inhis head to spill into the basin – the yelps and booms, screeches,screams and howls, crashes and groans, explosions and roars and babeland bangs. What if they formed a hairball of din, clogged the sink,scared the children when they came in at night to pee? He closed hismouth, went back to bed.

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