I love these “Bottled stories” Michael writes –
Everybody needs a hobby and this is mine. I’ll write a short-short story, print it out, and place it in a bottle. This particular bottle once contained Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey, one of the great tipples of the world. It may even (I forget) be the bottle that I brought back from my first trip overseas in 1982, back when each bottle was individually numbered by hand.
After the story is placed in the bottle, I sign and date the glass with a diamond-tipped pen. Then I cork the bottle and Marianne covers the top with sealing wax. After writing a letter of provenance, I destroy every copy, physical or electronic, other than the one inside the bottle. It is now, in the original, unspoiled sense of the word, unique.
8 thoughts on “Bottled stories”
Not quite every copy, Mr. Swanwick.
[Hefts Fubar hammer]
There’s still the matter of the copy in your brain…
Wouldn’t it e even more one-of-a-kind if you wrote the stories by hand instead of printing them on a computer?b
I hope you use acid free paper and archival grade inks.
… that whiskey is fantastic! I’m going to go try and order some right now!
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