The Talking Heads

Last year, during a writing conference, I was introduced to Hemingway’s short story, Hills Like White Elephants. Since then I’ve been exploring the power of dialogue in my story telling. I’ve always enjoyed writing dialogue, but everything can be taken to a new level.

For my fifty-five word short story, I decided to forget all of those pesky descriptors and stick with talking heads. Enjoy.

“Dude, are you gonna eat that?”

“What? No.”

“Still pining for Jadan?”

“Just finish so we can go.”

“Thought so. And if I told you she just walked in?”

“Shut up.”

“I hope you’ve been practicing. Hey Jadan!”

“What are you doing?”

“I’m just giving you a…whoa. Really? Oh man. Abort mission. Cookies tossed.”


About Jo Schneider

Jo Schneider grew up in Utah and Colorado, and finds mountains helpful in telling which direction she is going. One of Jo's goals is to travel to all seven continents—five down and two to go. Another goal was to become a Jedi Knight, but when that didn't work out, Jo started studying Shaolin Kempo. She now has a black belt, and she keeps going back for more. An intervention may be in order. Being a geek at heart, Jo has always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy. She writes both and hopes to introduce readers to worlds that wow them and characters they can cheer for. Jo lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her adorkable husband, Jon, who is very useful for science and computer information as well as getting items off of top shelves.

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