Saturday, March 31, 2012


This week's Trifextra Challenge:

Write a horror story in 33 words, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill. 


No one’s home, 
but the shower 
is on. 
she goes to 
the water source. 
the steam-fogged mirror,
she sees 
no reflection. 
inside the curtain, 
she finds 
her own 
lifeless body.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Beast

This week's word is cheap.

cheap adj \ˈchēp\

1   a : purchasable below the going price or the real value
     b : charging or obtainable at a low price <a good cheaphotel> <cheap tickets>
     c : depreciated in value (as by currency inflation) <cheapdollars>

2   : gained or done with little effort <a cheap victory> <talk ischeap>
     b : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities <feeling cheap>

The Beast

Bitter disappointment --
Is a deflated understatement.

Like an anchor, her aching heart fell,
While toward her throat her stomach expelled.

Each time she stood up, winded and scarred,
The Beast knocked her right back down, hard.

"Don't worry, honey, it'll happen one day;
Just relax; give it more time," they would all say.

But in hopelessness she is used to wallow,
For time is cheap when dreams are hollow.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Evidence

This weekend's Trifextra Challenge:

For your prompt this week, we are giving you the first 33 words of a story. You need to complete it with 33 of your own words.

The Evidence

“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion. 

She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

He put down the newspaper clipping of their college-aged son wearing a hoodie amongst friends. The backdrop: Union Square.  

“Though he lied about where he was going,” she said, “you’re proud of him.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


This week's Trifecta word is:

clean (adjective)

1: free from dirt or pollution
2: unadulterated, pure
3 a : free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind <a candidate with a clean record>
 b : free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and from the use of obscenity <a clean joke>
 c : observing the rules : fair <a clean fight>

Please remember:
  1. Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  2. You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  3. The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  4. You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.  (No cleaning, cleaned, cleans, cleaner, cleaning lady, etc.)
  5. Your post must include a link back to Trifecta.
  6. Please submit your post's permalink, not the main page of your blog.  For example: not


Television bleeping is on the rise --
Too many obscenities we must disguise.
The Idol 'Bleep Stick' was graciously given
To the spontaneous, foul-mouthed judge, Steven.
Substituting with random punctuation marks
Is a frequent way to knowingly hallmark
Expletives that are not appropriate
For the eyes of young literates.

Some say it's overkill,
But to mommies, it fits the bill.
Because Notting Hill's character, Spike
Wears a T-shirt that most parents dislike.
Even when the bleeper is on,
One cannot prevent this unforeseeable one:
It's important to keep language clean,
Since an emergent reader will ask, "What does 'Fancy a Fuck' mean?"

Saturday, March 17, 2012


This weekend's Trifextra challenge is to write a story entitled 'Lost' in exactly 33 words. The word 'lost' can only appear in the title, not your 33 words.


Buckle toddler into car.
"Where’s your right shoe?"
Retrace steps in store with toddler in tow.
No luck.
Panting, sweating.
Give up.
Go back.
Toddler spots shoe just behind wheel of car. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


This week's Trifecta one word prompt: trail.  Check out the third definition of trail (below), and respond, using the word exactly as it appears, in no less than 33 and no more than 333 words.

trail verb \ˈtrāl\

1     a:  to hang down so as to drag along or sweep the ground
       b:  to extend over a surface in a loose or straggling manner <a vine that trails over the ground>
       c:  to grow to such length as to droop over toward the ground

2     a:  to walk or proceed draggingly, heavily, or wearily : plod, trudge
       b:  to lag behind : do poorly in relation to others

3:     to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams <smoke trailing from chimneys>


"Is that there a shooting star?"
Ask my boy of a line afar.
In the dimming late afternoon sky,
Over the horizon a streak I spy.

"No, I think it's an aeroplane!"
And my girl begins to explain.
"The dot in the front leads the line,
And the tufts of smoke trail behind."

"Oh," he says, quite content,
And studies the line on its descent.
She smiles, and looks at me,
And in her eyes delight I see.

I look at them in quiet amazement
My heart imprints this endearing moment.
For I hope that they will always find
Teaching and learning from each other, kind.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An Argument

This weekend's Trifextra challenge is to give us a story or snippet of a story which includes, in exactly 33 words, a justified exclamation point.  Make us believe that your exclamation point simply needs to be in your story.  The writer with the most believable exclamation wins.

An Argument

I’m most important,” concludes Period.
Comma stammers, “No, it’s I, idiot.”
I ask the questions, you hear?” inquires Question Mark.
Alas, Exclamation Point bravely shouts, “But only I can follow the word ‘Hark!’”

Saturday, March 3, 2012


This weekend's Trifextra Challenge:
Complete the following story in exactly 33 words:

The phone rang at 4am.


The phone rang at 4am.
The annoying string of sharp, staccato rings yanked me from deep slumber.
No good news arrives at this hour.
Bracing myself, “Hello?”
Nothing but muffled noises echoed into my ear.
Friggin' butt call.