Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #95

Norma was rather fond of the contraption created by her hair stylist, especially the medallion in the midst of it all that seemed to indicate she had won an award of some kind. But then the Federal Aviation Administration stepped in and asked her to leave the country because she was interfering with the radar at local airports and planes were unable to land…


Originally published in “Crusty Pie” on 03/22/15 and “Bonnywood Manor” on 03/04/16. No changes made. I do get a little nostalgic when I look back on the original Crusty Pies that truly fit that site’s tag of “Big Pictures. Tiny Stories.” (It was fun telling a story in as few words as possible.) After a while, some of the stories became epics far bigger than the pictures. Perhaps I should go back to the original concept. Thoughts?


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  1. In the 1980s my designer hairdresser in the smartest part of London created an upswept ‘do with a beaded plait that hung in front of my eyes. On day three when I fell over outside Harrods because my eyes were fixated on the damn thing, I returned and had him alter the mood away from boss-eyed edgy. I think it would be good to return to that concept on Crusty Pie and keep the lengthier tomes for Bonnywood. Defining them both and showcasing your versatility.

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    • Good point. Of course, because I can never leave anything alone, even when I manage to create a Crusty Pie that is pithy and wise in just a few words, I then bloat the hell out of it when I eventually re-post it on Bonnywood. (And we all know that the Crusty Pies eventually end up on Bonnywood. It’s the Circle of Life.) I suppose I could endeavor to keep the two sites separate, but I don’t know if my soul can accommodate that…

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      • I’m just in awe that you run two blogs at all. I fail miserably most of the time to create the content for one! I must remember to follow the Pie – I keep getting distracted (it only takes a blade of grass or a change of wind direction to achieve this!)

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  2. To answer your question: I suppose it depends on your definition of “tiny” – I enjoy this series, a lot. I don’t mind if the stories are several paragraphs long.

    As a matter of fact, today I was somewhat disappointed it wasn’t longer.

    On reflection, though, what else is there to say about THAT updo?

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    • This is the dilemma I face. There are two camps at Bonnywood, one that favors the shorter bits and one that relishes the longer. I try to land somewhere in between, but in my heart I much prefer the longer runs where I have time to flesh things out, even if some folks give it up and move on without reading the whole story…

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  3. I think the Academy should have had an award for biggest and most crazy hair design/wig design. What is on Norma’s head would have easily been a winner in that for sure.

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    • Yep, your comment went to the dreaded Spam folder. I approved it, so I’m not sure why it’s still not showing up. I think it might be a conspiracy. Somebody out there does not want us to know the truth about Indian jewelry…

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  4. I always wondered how they walked with that sort of thing on their heads. It’s a wig obviously, because nobody can grow their hair that long and voluminously … can they?? Apologies to any hirsute person I may have offended.. Trying to walk and balance that sort of mess on one’s head probably led to the invention of the corset (whale bone is pretty damned sturdy), for mere back support if not to give those huge skirts they also wore in that era something to dangle from. It also explains why many of those ladies spent a lot of time sitting down (if they could find the chair with those skirts). But after about a half hour (max) I suspect one wanted nothing more than to go somewhere private and take everything off and just breathe for a while.

    As to brevity? You do what suits you best dear. Me? I’m a fan of longer actually… 😉 (not that this wasn’t simply marvelous as is).

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    • That hairdo just makes me tired. I guess this is just what people did for entertainment before the invention of Netflix. I never would have survived at Court during the era of Marie Antoinette. Or any Court, really. I’m all about comfort and easy access to both food and restroom facilities. That’s all I really ask… 😉


  5. Interesting question you put forth. I will answer it with an observation: I am quite fond of newspaper comics and pretty much I read every comic whether they are several panels or one, well-drawn or not, witty or lame. But I notice that without fail, the ones I become most devoted to are the single panel comics and I think it’s precisely because of the challenge they face.
    Even years later I’ll chuckle when I remember them — such as the “Rhymes with Orange” one showing a man walking by a maternity shop with a sign in the window announcing a sale on girl scout uniforms. The caption read: “Herman can remember the exact moment he became a Conservative.” 😅

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    • Well, naturally, I take this as a challenge, and I will see what I can do with the pithy. I’ve always been intrigued by the “six-word story” competitions and such, but the few times I attempted such I would break the limit within the first two seconds. Ten minutes later I would have a novella. Not necessarily good, but a novella nonetheless.

      This conversation gives me pause, though, in that I had just recently been contemplating rerunning the Past Imperfect based on the submission from yours truly. Instead of the re-post, perhaps I should take another run at it from a concise angle rather than the five-page epic that I spewed instead? Hmm…

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      • I’ve been taking a cue from Claudia, , and have tried composing two sentence narratives. We both have a tendency to add a bit of short verse at the end, but it is still easier to contain a narrative in two sentences ( those sentences can be very long & complex, but still grammatical – Joycean stream of consciousness is fine just don’t emulate Immanuel Kant or Hegel). 🙂

        You could try the approach suggested by the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. It features a Mysterious Photograph. Readers are invited to submit a 250-word (or less ) flash fiction story based on the photo .

        I must point out that “Trumpian stream of consciousness” is an oxymoron ( with apologies to all oxen ).

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        • The paradox with me: If no one is expecting me to write in a certain way, I can write in that certain way. It’s the introduction of rules and, most importantly, the expectation such carries when my well runs dry. I blossom with anarchy… 😉

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  6. She was disappointed. She planned on wearing it to Trump’s anniversary party – she had a it designed by The Mueller Investigation & H.Earring Team. A very high frequency wireless design made just for such a presidential function.
    She just went to the Women’s March instead, a better crowd of people anyway – and a really huge crowd, nothing like it in over a year. 🙂

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