Like many of you, I have endeavored to pen decent prose for numerous writing prompts, word count challenges (ahem….Nanowrimo comes to mind) as well as short story, novella and novel slogs. Flash fiction? I have tons of them. Heck, I have even entered a few lines in an ekphrastic poetry event once.
You want a real challenge? Try writing a piem.
A piem is a literary structural challenge that is a tenet of piphilology, or the use of mnemonics to remember the digits of pi. Yes, that pi. 3.14 etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Sorry, Yul Brenner channeled for a moment.
How does it work?
Each word must have a letter count that matches the corresponding digit in pi.
The most often quoted piem, attributed to James Hopwood Jeans, is “How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.” This equates to 3.14159265358979 (if I counted correctly.)
Give it a go. I am still working on mine, and if successful, will use the pilish writing as a clue in my next novel!
Lastly, before I get back to revising “the novel” I want to say thanks to all for reading. I know there are many shiny things out there to attract your attention and my posts are not always glittery. But thanks for stopping by, thanks for coming back, heck – thanks for reading all the way to the end of the post!
Special thanks to my new subscribers: Corey, Samie, and Marsha (your new? I must have been living in a Google alternate universe for a while…) and also Rebecca (an awesome editor!) and poet Mira. And I can’t forget Emma (another Emma!) and today’s hero – Stella! You all have marvelous stories inside just waiting to hit the paper, and I can’t wait to read all about it!
Now to figure out what happens to Witt Kepler. And have more pie.