Butler’s book was inspired by two concepts:
1.) “After decapitation, the human head is believed to remain in a state of consciousness for one and one-half minutes.”
2.) “In a heightened state of emotion, people speak at the rate of 160 words per minute.”
The premise of the book is that once each character is presented and their cause of beheaded-ness is explained, their final, headless thoughts are given to us in the form of 160 words. She has some examples over on her blog, including one she wrote for herself as though she had been beheaded. Wow, that sounds gruesome when you write it down.
Anyway, she said: “It would be pretty awesome to see what you guys could come up with. Any takers? Post and link back? Anyone? Is this thing on?” Well THIS thing is on, so I’m giving it a shot.
Edward Hotspur, beheaded 15 minutes after going on stage by a fallen spotlight
The twilight, the sky, they are beautiful as you as I remember as I believe as I have always believed and always will, and it’s turning colder and darker which I have always loved, as I have always loved you, all of you, and this will not be the end, somehow, because somehow I will live on to see you all, to see you grow, to celebrate this, cold and dark and wet, fading but restoreable through your eyes, your hopes that I wanted to fulfill, have I succeeded, tell me you were happy, tell me you felt loved, I wanted us and nothing more
What can you come up with?
Edward Hotspur (and Nicole Marie)