Trifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: Just Three Measly Words

It’s time once again for the always challenging and super fun Weekend Trifecta Writing challenge.  Here’s the challenge:

“Robert Frost one said,

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  

We want you to do the same.  Sum up anything you want, but do it in three words.  Your response should mirror Frost’s quote by beginning, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about–.”  And the last four words are yours to choose.”


In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about schizophrenia: just be yourselves.

“Yay! I get to be myself today!”
“No I got to be myself yesterday. It’s my turn to be myself today.”

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Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: Mr. Whistle’s Whittling

The weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is a real bear and I gotta say I got pretty Jack-rabbitted up about it!

This weekend we want you to write a 33-word response using the name of an animal as a verb.

Mr. Whistle’s Whittling

“Mr. Weasel is certainly aptly named,” remarked Mrs. Whistle to Mr. Whistle when Mr. Weasel weaseled Mr. Whistle out of a pretty piece of whittling and went away whistling Pop Goes the Weasel.

Mrs. Whistler’s Mother-in-law

Trifecta Writing Challenge: Gunther Randleroot’s Fortuitous Formula Fail

Hello Dear Readers!  This week’s Trifect Writing Challenge was to write a story between 33 and 333 words using the third definition of heart:  3: personality, disposition <a cold heart>

Gunther Randleroot’s Fortuitous Formula Fail

Gunther Randleroot couldn’t believe his eyes as green tears started pouring out of them.  Of course, they were green tears of joy because Gunther never cried tears of sorrow. Gunther was a Martian and nobody liked seeing a Martian cry especially not his girlfriend, Hazel.

Gunther poured the formula that he had finally perfected after seven years of hard work into the beaker like he was pouring out his heart.

When he looked out the window, he was surprised that everything still went on as usual.  He watched as a herd of sporks sauntered lazily about leaving behind a trail of feathers like they always did.

Stupid creatures, Gunther thought. Didn’t they realize that Gunther Randleroot was now the most powerful being in the universe?

All Gunther had to do was nudge the beaker to the floor, and the impact would release enough energy to destroy absolutely everything!  Gunther took a moment to revel in his new-found power — even though he was much, much too cowardly to ever actually use it!

“Whatcha doin’ Gunthy?” Gunther’s girlfriend, Hazel asked. Gunther jumped! He had forgotten to lock the door again. Sporkfeathers! He didn’t want Hazel to know what he was up to.

“Nothing Hazel dear . . . nothing at all!”

“Ah you can tell me Gunthy! You know you can tell me anything!” Hazel batted several coquettish eyes at Gunther, and he immediately spilled the beans.

Not the formula in the beaker beans, but the can of Martian beans he was getting ready to eat.

Hazel ran to clean them up but slipped (Hazel was all antennas) and sent the beaker crashing to the floor.

Gunther screamed, “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” He closed his eyes and waited for the worst! But then . . . nothing happened.  Gunther looked around. There was Hazel straightening her antenna and through the window he could still see the sporks!

Gunther Randleroot couldn’t believe his eyes as green tears started pouring out of them for the second time that day.

The Trifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: How It All Ends for Spinkz Maccoy

A while back, the Trifecta Writing Challenge was to write the beginning sentence to an imaginary novel:

So here’s the beginning sentence to my imaginary novel:

The Life and Times of Spinkz Mccoy

Spinkz Mccoy

Used car salesman Spinkz Mccoy figured the key to his success was due to the fact that he was as honest as the day is long on the shortest day of the year.

And here’s this weekend’s challenge — writing the closing line:

“You could even change the name from Brooklyn to Betty Ann,” Spinkz Maccoy suggested as he pocketed $27,000 of Betty Ann Spindlemyer’s money while she gazed out the window at her new purchase.

 

 

The Betty Ann Bridge

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Until next time . . . I love you

33 WordTrifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: The Sad Circular Life of Spot

This weekend the Trifecta Writing Challenge involves Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet as saying:

You take a knife, you use it to cut the bread, so you’ll have strength to work; you use it to shave, so you’ll look nice for your lover; on discovering her with another, you use it to cut out her lying heart.

He uses one object, a knife, to flesh out a character and to tell a story in a basic three-part dramatic structure. We want the same from you. Give us 33 words (exactly) that tell us three different uses for one object


The Sad Circular Life of Spot

See Spot run

Run run run

See the mailman

Mailman mailman mailman

See Spot bite

Bite bite bite

See the cop

Cop cop cop

See Spot run

Run run run

See the mailman . . .

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Until next time  . . . I love you

 

 

 

Trifecta 33-word Fable Writing Challenge: Dinner at the Fable Buffet

Hello Dear Readers!  This weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge was to write a fable in 33 words!  They certainly keep us on our toes over there at the challenge! So here goes:

Dinner at the Fable Buffet

A cat and a parakeet were dining on pie when the cat remarked that he really should be eating the parakeet to which the parakeet replied, “Shut up and eat your Puddy Tat pie.”

Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta Writing Challenge: The Life and Times of Spinkz Mccoy

Here’s what the Trifecta Writing Challenge  was for this weekend:

For this weekend, we want to play on an oft-noted literary concept: that of the opening line of a book (also known as an incipit, if you’re fancy).  A great first line can reel in the audience, set the pace for the entire piece, and make for an enjoyable read right off the bat.  Conversely, a weak opening can lose readers before the characters even have a chance.  There are lots of great sites and books dealing with the idea of the incipit.  Here’s just one.

So here’s the beginning sentence to my imaginary novel:

The Life and Times of Spinkz Mccoy

Spinkz Mccoy

Used car salesman Spinkz Mccoy figured the key to his success was due to the fact that he was as honest as the day is long on the shortest day of the year.

And there you have it, Dear Reader! This challenge was a lot of fun — I highly recommend it!

This Weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge: Anne

This weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to retell our favorite book in 33 words.

Anne

There once was a girl named Anne Shirley

Whose hair was carrot-red curly

Went to live at Green Gables

And then switched the tables

And made them all love her quite purely

Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: How I Managed to Stick My Finger Up Steve McQueen’s Nose

Here is this weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

” We want a real account of a period in your life that can be clearly identified by (wait for it) the number three.”

How I Managed to Stick My Finger Up Steve McQueen’s Nose

When I was 17, I got a job working at The Iceburg Drive-in,  a family-owned hamburger stand.  Everything was rather make shift and, in the hot weather, we had a lot of trouble keeping flies from coming in.

There was a window in the front where people would walk up and place their orders.

To complete a transaction without flies getting inside,  you had to push the screen open from the inside, take the person’s money and then quickly reach outside and curl your hand up and around the outside wood base of the screen to pull it back down again –a task we performed all  day long.

Now I know it’s unbelievable but one of our regular customers was a guy who looked exactly like Steve McQueen. Naturally whenever we would see him coming, we girls would practically shove each other out of the way to get to be the one who took his order.

The first two times I was too slow and someone else beat me to the punch.  But the third time Steve McQueen showed up I was ready, and positioned myself at the window with pad and pencil at the ready.

I carefully wrote down deluxe hamburger, side of fries and large Coke in my best handwriting,  just in case he might have been impressed with that kind of thing, you know.

Then I opened the screen, took his money, made change and handed it back to him, imagining all the while there was a one in a million chance he might even be the actual real Steve McQueen!

But when I reached out to curl my hand around the base of the screen to close it, I accidentally, somehow – and god only knows how –  managed to stick my finger up Steve McQueen’s nose!

It all happened so fast.  We were both utterly  stunned.

After that, whenever Steve McQueen showed up, and the girls would jockey for positon at the front window,  I would quickly maneuver myself to the back room.

How it happened only God nose!

Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta Weekend Writing Challenge: Poor Poor Björn

This weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write a story in exactly 33 words using the sentence “It wasn’t the first time.” as a prompt.

It wasn’t the first time. After Björn Björngenjorgen slipped on a cooked eel and hit his head resulting in intermittent amnesia, there wasn’t a day that went  by where poor Björn didn’t say, “I wasn’t Björn yesterday . . . was I?”

Poor, poor Björn

Until next time . . . I love you