What do you see # 32 — The Precision Photograph

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Today’s story has been written by an automatic plot generator. It’s the first time I’ve tried to use one where I’m publishing the story. There is a long line of questions you answer, then the generator pulls them all together. What do you think of the story? To me, it’s funny and not half bad.

The Precision Photograph

A Short Story
by Li

Tom Smith looked at the precision photograph in his hands and felt determined. He walked over to the window and reflected on his condemning surroundings. He had always loved aesthetic Sugarton with its calm, condemned cameras. It was a place that encouraged his tendency to feel determined.

Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of Jerry Haagendaas. Jerry was a bloodsucking victim with a sweating fist and a pale tongue.

Tom gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was an unethical, vulnerable, Magners drinker with an imposing fist and an athletic tongue. His friends saw him as a calm, condemned crook. Once, he had even brought a xenotropic blackmail victim back from the brink of death. But not even an unethical person who had once brought a xenotropic blackmail victim back from the brink of death, was prepared for what Jerry had in store today.

The sun shone like flipping rats, making Tom excited.

As Tom stepped outside and Jerry came closer, he could see the narrow smile on his face.

Jerry glared with all the wrath of 9543 sleazy stale snakes. He said, in hushed tones, “I hate you and I want photographs.”

Tom looked back, even more excited and still fingering the precision photograph. “Jerry, pay me or I share the photos,” he replied.

They looked at each other with resigned feelings, like two stale, steady skunks shaking at a very enslaving picnic, which had blues music playing in the background and two sexy uncles remembering to the beat.

Tom regarded Jerry’s sweating fist and pale tongue.

“I feel the same way!” revealed Tom with a delighted grin.

Jerry looked disgusted, his emotions blushing like a tame, tan telefoto lens.

Then Jerry came inside for a nice drink of Magners.

THE END


This site also generates praise for the story:

Auto Praise for The Precision Photograph

I feel like I know Tom Smith. In a way, it feels as though I’ve always known him.”
–The Daily Tale

About as enjoyable as being hailed on whilst taking in washing that has been targeted by seagulls with the squits.”
– Enid Kibbler

Saying the sun shone like flipping rats is just the kind of literary device that makes this brilliant.”
–Hit the Spoof

I could do better.”
— Zob Gloop

 

Sadje is the host of What do you see?

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Haha! This reminds me of one of my grandson’s book. Where he asked me random questions and filled in the blanks. The result was a hilarious story.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Curiosity got the better of me on it so I tried it out. It turned out hilarious enough to post πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        It is! And one can make sense of it too. πŸ˜‚

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          That’s the coolest part but oh what a strange tale it is πŸ™‚

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Sadje says:

            Yes!!😻

            Liked by 1 person

  2. calmkate says:

    I’d give you 9.5/10 for this hilarious post … the added praise statements really top it off πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! Amazing how much enjoyment to be gleaned from a random website.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. calmkate says:

        lol inspired two more posts from me but didn’t use their twisted composition πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          As twisted as my “regular” short story was, I cringe to think how twisted twisted would be.

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          1. calmkate says:

            exactly, pretty shocking actually …

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  3. calmkate says:

    ok you got me … I went there and generated a ‘twisted’ story … didn’t come with praise statements but there is a twist in most lines πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I clicked on “short story,” which took me to the screen with all of the things to fill in. Once the story gets generated, it also generates the comments.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. calmkate says:

        ah maybe I didn’t scroll down far enough … thanks!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Kate it was the first choice on the page I got to.

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  4. pendantry says:

    I think that that humour must come from knowing what it was that you entered and comparing it with the result.

    Jerry glared with all the wrath of 9543 sleazy stale snakes.

    I wonder what the Scribophile community would make of ‘art’ generated by this machine? Hmm… there’s a thought…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      from that sentence, words I remember are Jerry, sleazy, and snakes. It filled in the rest.

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    2. msjadeli says:

      I just signed up for Scribophile. Feel free to submit the story but don’t say it’s from the story generator, just to see what they do.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. pendantry says:

        Oh, that’s sneaky… getting me to do it. OK, you’re on, sounds like a wizard wheeze πŸ˜€

        Like

      2. pendantry says:

        … I don’t see a message from you on there. Did you send me one?

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      3. pendantry says:

        Argh… I tried, but I can’t do it, it wouldn’t be fair to toy with them like that. And the attempt would probably destroy any reputation I’ve built up there. Sorry!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          No worries.

          Liked by 1 person

    3. msjadeli says:

      What’s your name at Scribophile? I tried the name on your book and not there.

      Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          nothing happened. You don’t have a handle there?

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          1. pendantry says:

            ‘Nothing happened’? Are you signed in to Scribophile?

            Liked by 1 person

            1. msjadeli says:

              I was. Now I’m not.

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              1. pendantry says:

                Pretty sure that link will only work if you’re signed in. Scribophile is ‘members only’.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  I thought I was at the time, but maybe not?

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        2. msjadeli says:

          look in the “newest members” there and you’ll see my picture. send me a message and I will respond.

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          1. pendantry says:

            I don’t know where to look to find ‘newest members’ 😦

            Liked by 1 person

            1. msjadeli says:

              under the author’s tab

              Like

              1. pendantry says:

                ok, found you πŸ™‚

                Liked by 1 person

                1. msjadeli says:

                  I see you πŸ™‚

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  5. Fandango says:

    It sounds like a Mad Libs app for writers. πŸ˜‰

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yep. I got a kick out of it.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I found the story hard to follow. It contained too many unnecessary adjectives like precision photograph, xenotropic blackmail victim, flipping rats, and sleazy stale snakes. I think that your own imagination is far superior to any story that this generator cam create, but I bet this was fun Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was a blast. I really was at a loss with the photo yesterday, which led to my looking for a story generator. I think my head was containing too many things yesterday, which left no room for imagination. Thank you for the kind words, Jim.

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  7. Lol! This was funny in a strange way, Li. I agree with Jim. Your own stories are much superior.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Thank you for the vote of confidence, Punam.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are so welcome. πŸ™‚

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    “The sun shone like flipping rats” that is one to remember.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol I know! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  9. memadtwo says:

    They looked at each other with resigned feelings…how perfect is that? I’m still laughing. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      πŸ™‚ Glad to make you laugh, Kerfe

      Liked by 1 person

  10. judeitakali says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about a plot generator

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I know what you mean. More for laughs than anything at this point from what I can see. So much of the story is right, but what’s wrong is horribly wrong lol

      Liked by 1 person

      1. judeitakali says:

        I guess it has to be an acquired taste

        Liked by 1 person

  11. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh my word! This story is so funny! It seems kind of like Mad-Libs. I’ve never heard of that plot generator place, but I think I’ll check it out. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you liked it, Barbara. I just picked the first choice, but there are so many genres/types there. I think you could have a blast with and I’m planning on going back. You’re right about the mad-libs. My cousin and I used to make up lists as kids and we never laughed so much as when we were doing them.

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  12. ghostmmnc says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  13. Chris Hall says:

    Weird but fun πŸ™‚ I’m sorry I looked up xenotropic though. I like new words but not that one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Wow, just looked it up, sounds very scary!

      Liked by 1 person

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