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This moment. Exactly so.

Click for full size version..There is nothing more I ask, she said,
than this moment, exactly so
& she looked at me & my heart danced
& forever suddenly seemed too short a time

 I was on twitter the other day & I got a note from Christina at Inspiration Flirtation (on twitter: IFlirtation). It seems she was holding a Storypeople-esque challenge on her blog & she was hoping I'd drop by to check it out. Well, I did & when I saw what it was, I immediately went into competitive mode. Not only would I do something, but I'd win. (Yeah, I know. It's something I'm still working through, but at least they've got me weaned off the raw meat now...)

(For those of you who drop by her site, you'll immediately see that it wasn't THAT kind of challenge. It was a creative challenge. A way of jumpstarting your creativity. Can I help it that my creativity jumpstarted with claws & fangs & went bounding off through the countryside looking for innocent victims? You say creative challenge. I say Death Match. Whatever.)

Anyway, I did have the sense to write her back & say that I was thinking of doing something, but I wasn't quite sure it was fair. I mean, it's kind of tricky to do something StoryPeople-esque when you're the one who actually does Storypeople. (I was much better at parodying myself when I was younger. But I've been thinking this way for so long now, that I actually might BE a parody & I'd have no idea. Maybe I should run it by the crew at the Facebook group I Hate Brian Andreas again, just to be sure... :-))

She wrote back & said she'd love to have me join in the fun. So, here it is. An entirely new story. Though I have to admit that the REAL new story has a few more words in it. Maybe four or five more. But, I had to trim it to the 30 word limit that the Death Match demanded...

Hope you enjoy it.

with love, Brian

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Not only am I honored that you were so excited to compete with my readers but I am truly loving the new story! I will be putting each story on the blog next week within it's very own post. I can't wait to direct my readers here to Zen Bandit to see your story guides, your sketchbooks, and all of the other fun things you do!

I have been a Storypeople fan for many years. It started with my parents' love of Storypeople. They came home from a little vacation with a print for me. It was "Principles". I have loved that story and whenever I feel a little impulsive I look at it and realize that that might be ok too. That story now hangs in the room of my very impulsive soon-to-be 3-year-old. She is a very creative little soul who I blog for at

Well, I can't wipe this smile off my face and I'll let you know when we feature your new story on Inspiration Flirtation.

All my best,

Love the new story, but more so love that Ellen posted on the I hate Brian Andreas group on FB! You are my two very favorite people-I-don't-know

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAly

This was perfect. I was beginning to go into story withdrawal. Thank you.

May 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersioisa

Brian, I LOVE the new story.... I love ALL of your stories. Here is my story for the challenge on Christina's blog. I would love it if you saw it!
Peace & Love, Risa

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRisa

I cant believe that someone really felt the need to create an "I Hate Brian Andreas" group on facebook. I love Ellens post on their wall. I personally love your work and find people to be a bit crazy! Thanks for what you do :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPriya

I love this, and I love your work, Brian! My question is: where can I get this?! Did you release it as a print, because I can't seem to find it on your website and this might just be one of my favorites.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCJS

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