What Is This?

This is a collection of extremely small stories. At the start of 2020, I decided to use Rory’s Story Cubes to write a daily story. This worked out well; I’d roll a selection of dice the night before, let the images percolate overnight, and then write the story on my phone during my morning commute to work.

And then the pandemic hit, and I didnt have to take the bus. Adjusting to working from home threw a wrench into my routine. Story writing took a break while I muddled through my days.

I picked it up again, at the start of 2021. I don’t remember when I started to fall behind, but I again stalled out because of “pandemic life” and evolving routines.

There is no good reason to delay putting these stories online any longer. So, I’m pushing them up now. Parts of this site still need to be finished too, but with over 100 stories, I’d rather have them online for the world to see.

At some point, I’ll start writing again. Maybe not everyday—I’ve struggled to sustain that twice now—but a couple times a week feels ideal.

Please enjoy these ugly little things. I hope they inspire you to make your own connections between disparate imagery and allow you to explore those thoughts in new and wonderful ways.

—Dave

The Premise

  1. Randomly select and mix 3 sets of Rory’s Story Cubes.
  2. Randomly draw 9 cubes from the 3 sets, and shake and roll them.
  3. Do a quick word association or mind map with the displayed cube faces.
  4. Attempt to write a “not offensive to my eyeballs” story using those cube faces.
  5. Repeat.

About Rory’s Story Cubes

I am not affiliated in the least with Rory’s Story Cubes. I am a huge fan though.

While teaching ESL in China, I routinely carried a few sets of the original cubes (in the orange box) into my older classes. Having groups roll the cubes and try to come up with a story was a good, fun way to get the talking flowing. The collaborative gaming nature of the cubes makes them an excellent teaching tool.

Before I returned to Canada, I gave my sets away to other teachers.

I soon realized that this was a mistake, as I had the idea to help my sons with their speaking and writing. So, I went and bought some new sets. That led to me wanting to better my own writing ability with the cubes, at which point I learned there were nine different sets (not including specialty sets like Star Wars). I bought them all and this writing challenge truly took off.

Again, zero affiliation, but if you’re looking for something that doesn’t take up much space and can be used for some creative fun, definitely grab some and give them a try.