Pickled Spanners

In a pickle. What kind of phase is that? Now you’re in a pickle. A more fitting phrase would be – now you’re fucked! Maybe pickles are fucked. Drowned for months in brine after being ripped from their vines, only to be eaten… Yeah, fucked. Being in a pickle is bad enough but it’s worse when you are not the only pickle left in the jar. It’s a pickle jar – it’s airtight.

So how does one find themselves in a pickle? Simple really, you go with the impulse – spanner. You came up with it – make something with it. You must have had an idea when you said it. It wasn’t because you were wearing a spanner around your neck, was it?

Yes, yes it was.

It’s getting out of the pickle that’s the hard part. You have to think. Attempt to free yourself from the airtight pickle jar. Take a firm grip on your imagination and twist.

The bolts had come loose once more. It wouldn’t be long before the thing fell apart again. It really was a piece of crap but it was mine and it was all I had. What a pain, a physical pain in my head. Pounding like a hammer, crushing like a vice and sharp as a chisel. Take the drugs, my spanner, tighten the bolts of my pain and close shop on the migraine.

Cheh – it’s not even a drabble…

9 thoughts on “Pickled Spanners”

  1. I like it. A story in a story. I could benefit from expansion even.

    I also like the way you likened a migraine to a machine that’s malfunctioning. You would know, huh?

  2. This is a cool way to write your way out of a writer’s block. Nice mix of themes and the obsession over an idiom has a very familiar feel – the way something you say all the time suddenly jumps into focus and you realise what you’ve been saying and ask what the hell does it mean?

    For some reason, the use of profanity fucking works here. :)

  3. Groovy!
    Nice descriptions of pickles and their life – “Drowned for months in brine” – eep!
    Also: I dig stories in stories.

    The last line didn’t quite work for me.
    It was little of out style with the rest.

  4. This is an original approach, and very self-conscious about the act of writing; you have to mentally dig at what’s going on here, which make it dense and interesting. I was a bit confused by the initial pickle/spanner relationship, which didn’t quite seem to follow (maybe you use a spanner to open a pickle jar that’s closed too tightly?), but I liked the morphing of the image into taking “a firm grip on your imagination” and twisting.

  5. This is one of my favourites.
    I really liked the discussion of writer’s block and felt much the same when trying to write for my own theme some weeks ago. A difficult interesting think to talk about and the revolutions around the idiom are cute.

    In the second sentence I assume you meant ‘phrase’ not ‘phase’ and this caused me some confusion.

    ‘Take a firm grip…’ – great sentence.

    I was less keen on the italics paragraph but it worked okay for me. The last line seems a little out of context – somehow the breaking down between writing micfic and talking about micfic bugged me here.

  6. I really enjoyed this and found it very clever. It conveyed the stream-of-consciousness way that thoughts work very well. I liked the flow of ideas from in a pickle to pickles in a jar to spanners to the embedded story and back out again. Unlike the others I really liked the last line. It fitted very well with the vibe of the rest of the piece and connected nicely to our discussions about word limit.

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