Trifecta Writing Challenge: I’d Rather be Hyphenating

Hello Dear Readers!  It’s time for the Trifecta Writing challenge which is as follows:

This weekend we are bringing you back to class with a little refresher course on compound modifiers.  We are talking about two words that combine together to describe something.  Such as a well-rounded individual or a one-way street or a lightly-oiled pan.  Here’s a fun Trifextra trick: conventionally, if the compound modifier comes BEFORE the word it modifies, it requires a hyphen and counts as one word.  If it comes AFTER the noun, it doesn’t need a hyphen and counts as two. For example:
The well-read woman had an extensive vocabulary. (7 words)
The woman was well read and had an extensive vocabulary. (10 words)

. . . . Because it’s only 33 words, we’ll count using our eyeballs instead of our machines, counting each hyphenated modifier as one word.  We encourage you to do so as well.

I’d Rather Be Hyphenating

Eyeball-counting editors

They certainly excel

At counting words upon the page

And other things as well

A hyphenated modifier

Never counts as two

As long as dashy-little lines

Are stuck between the two.

Hyphenated word poem
“Let’s see . . . 27, 28, 29, oh wait . . . that’s not a dash, that’s a coffee stain . . .which would bring it up to 30 . . . .
 Photo Credit:  No one will admit to it.

Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta 33-Word Challenge: A Likely Story

Hello Dear Readers!    It’s time for the weekend Trifecta Challenge.  The challenge is to add 33 words to these three words:  charge, century and lost for a total of 36 words. 

A Likely Story

“How’d you buy the Admiral refrigerator, Colonel?”

“Charge card for the Admiral, Admiral Kernal, Sir!”

Where’s my Colonel Sanders Chicken, Colonel?

“Uh . . .”

“This century Colonel!”

“Must’ve lost it in the Admiral, Admiral Kernal”

colonel Dorel Linda Vernon Humor
“Don’t look at me!  I’m not even full, Sir!”
Geiser Frères Colonel Dorel wiki pictures


Until next time . . . I love you

Trifecta 33-Word Writing Challenge: Waiting to be Happy

The Trifecta Weekend writing challenge is:   We want you to give us thirty-three words of advice.  Your advice can be to anyone or about anything.  We only ask that you make it uniquely yours.

Waiting to be Happy

We are what our imaginations dream ourselves to be. 

The trick is in learning to work the imagination to our advantage.

We might as well be happy while we’re waiting to be happy!

Smiley Face Linda Vernon Humor
The Happiest Woman in the World

Until next time . . . I love you

33-Word Trifecta Challange: Pickles the Snake

Hello Dear Readers!  It’s time for this weekends 33-word Trifecta Writing challenge where challengers were asked to write 33 words containing an IDIOT therein . . .  so naturally I thought immediately of my buddy, Al Gore, Al Gore Idiot Linda Vernon Humor but then I realized I had read the prompt wrong.  Ha ha!! Oops, my bad!!

Therefore, the following 33-word entry has been amended to contain an IDIOM therein:

Pickles the Snake

Pickles the snake was up in arms

Cause she had to work in a walk in

But Pickles the snake had to use her charms

In order to coax her pet croc in!

Humorous Idioms, Linda Vernon Humor

Until next time . . . I love you

P.S.  This post is dedicated to the real-life Pickles, the pet snake of my Blogging Buddy, Bucky over at behindthemaskofabuse.

33-Word Trifecta Challenge: Al Gore Conquers the Crossword Puzzle

Hello Dear Readers and welcome to Saturday, where you aren’t reading this because you are outside enjoying the wonderful spring weather unless you’re inside at your computer reading this in which case * high five* !!

This weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write 33 words using these three words:




Al Gore Conquers the Crossword Puzzle

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


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Until next time . . . I love you


33-Word Trifecta Challenge: Etched into a Stone

Hello Dear Readers! This weekend’s 33-word Trifecta Challenge is as follows:

The word lithium comes from the Greek word lithos, which means stone  (  This weekend, we want you to give us a thirty-three response using the word stone as one of your thirty-three words.  You can use any definition of the word that you’d like, but we are specifically looking for serious, well-conceived entries.  This isn’t the weekend for light-hearted posts about the difficulty of posting before the linkz close, and we are not looking for hilarious commentary about your cats (THIS time).  We want something serious and deep from you guys this weekend, because the sun is starting to shine a bit more, and we think we can handle it now.  Take your time with it and give us your very best work.

Etched into a Stone

Carve thy bust

In injudicious stone?

Thou must?

Maketh not

A thing beheld

Upon thy

Wizened throne

The jamboree of C’est la vie

Of destiny unknown

Tis merely thine own hieroglyph

Etched into a stone

LInda Vernon Humor Poetry, Embedded in Stone

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Until next time . . . I love you

33-Word Trifecta Challenge: The Day I Answered Some Emergency Room Questions

Hello Dear Readers.  The Weekend Trifecta 33-word writing challenge is to write exactly 33 words in first person narrative.

The Day I Answered Some Emergency Room Questions


“Irene,” I said.

“Last name?”

“Iver,” I responded.


“Needle.” I stated.


“In my eye.” I explained.


“Sewing eyelets.” I answered.


“What?” I demanded.

“Nothing. Hurt?”

“AY!-yi!-yi!”  I answered.

LInda Vernon humor, picture of woman with patch over her eye.
I, Irene Iver, am moving to an eyelet-free inlet I’ve had my eye on since the Ides of March. Don’t try to contact me.