Sunday, September 16, 2012


A while back, I was doing all these short story challenges, which I found kind of fun. Stuff like, write a story with no prepositions. Or, write a story where no sentence has more than three words. This was one of the more challenging ones:

Write a very short story of one paragraph (50+ words) without using the letter E

Agonizingly difficult. Here's my attempt:


"Congratulations, happy birthday!" Mark said to his old dog Sparky, who was now 13. "Your manhood starts today."

Sparky's bar(k) mitzvah was that day and Mark said d'var Torah for Sparky. That night, Sparky drank his first alcoholic drink. Mark also bought him his first razor.

It was a good day.


  1. Was it a bar mitzvah or a bark mitzvah?

    You should read A Void by Georges Perec. 300 or so pages. Not a single e in it.

    1. That is actually really funny. I am going to change the story now to rip off your idea :)

  2. OK, I'm impressed. (No a's) Tricia

  3. Thirteen has two e's in it. Use two, four, or six. Problem solved!

  4. Bar(k) Mitzvahs don't happen at 2, 4, or 6. They happen at 13. Poor dog, though, having to wait until the advanced age of 13 to be a man. All that youth wasted. Tricia

  5. You may be aware of Georges Perec's novel "La Disparition", 300 pages long and written in French without using the letter E. It was translated into English as "A Void", again without using the letter E.