12/06/2011 11:35 am ET | Updated Feb 05, 2012

Beautifully Illustrated Stories In Just 420 Characters (PHOTOS)

These stories all began as Facebook posts, an exercise in compressing tales into the constraints of only 420 characters, including spaces and punctuation. I call them 'tales' for, in the ones that work best, there is a narrative arc that takes place in the space of a breath. The pictures are drawn from the same well as the stories, a place of dreams and impressions and overheard conversations. They are not meant to illustrate the stories, but rather to suggest tales of their own. My new book "420 Characters" is out on Dec. 6. has many more stories. It's a lovely volume that fits snugly in a stocking.