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Trifextra 41: What’s Happenin’

Andy Rooney created something called “The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.” We want you to give us your own probability equation. Use whichever numbers suit you, and make it about whatever you like, but give us something to think about. In 33 words, of course.

Sounds like Andy Rooney hung out with Yogi “90% of this game is half mental” Berra, who also inspires me once in a while.

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We spend 99% of our time waiting for something to happen. During that 1% of time something happens, 1% is ‘it’ happening. The other 99% is us wondering what the hell just happened.

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Trifextra 40 – Write…Now!

For this weekend’s challenge, in honor of all of the writers throwing rationality (and perhaps sanity) to the wind and writing til their fingers bleed, we’re asking for exactly 33 words about why we write.

Why would I ever pass on the chance for this type of reference?! Sure I had to change it a bit, but it captures the essence of creativity for me.

As “Bleedin’ Gums” Murphy (sort of) put it,
“Writing is a fire in your belly that comes out of your fingers, so you better stick a keyboard in front of ‘em.”

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Trifextra 38: Careful What You Wish

On to the weekend challenge. The Monkey’s Paw, a short story by W.W. Jacobs, is about the strings that come with granted wishes. We are asking you to write 33 words exactly about three wishes that come at a high price to the wisher.

First off, who thought of the Monkey Paw skit from “The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror II?”

Anyway, here are 3 wishes that kind of backfire.

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Rocket ship filled with celebrities shot into sun – it goes supernova.

Prize winning ‘package’ – no blood flow to brain, you pass out!

Acting/ musical/ reality show fame – suddenly awaken…on a rocket ship?!

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Trifextra 37: On 3 – 1…2…

This weekend we are challenging you to write 33 of your own words to build upon the following:
On the count of three…
You can choose to include those words if you want, but they do not count toward the 33 words of your own.

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On the count of three…

I’ll open my eyes; those 19 year old supermodels (twins!) will still be in bed, but my wife won’t be standing at the doorway, with the gun.

Aw, crap.

-Me, 96 years old.

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Inspired by the Irish- attributed adage/toast

May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

I got away with it a little longer 😉

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Trifextra 35 / Zombie Bunnies – A Cold Burning

On to the weekend challenge. This week we’re again asking you to stand on the shoulders of another writer. But this time that other writer is you. Take one of your former Trifecta or Trifextra 33 word entries and build upon it with another 33 words. If you are new to the challenge you can use a Trifextra entry from one of the other community members, with their permission of course.

The first part, with the prompt, is here: The Setting Sun (Will open in new window). This is Allen’s POV at that same moment.

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Isolation shadowed Allen’s departure. His sister, a hostage. His girlfriend, a plot line. His sidekick, too conflicted in loyalties. The clearest relationships were with his enemies. Allen was going to make them closer.

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Interested in the Zombie Bunnies story? Keep reading!

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Trifextra 34 – Game On!

This weekend’s challenge is:
Describe something that is three different things at the same time.  Oh, and do it in 33 words.  Structure your response however you want; it doesn’t have to mirror Mr. Gaiman’s form.  Feel free to leave us guessing.  Just make it your own, and make it good.

The Atari Game System:

It was a state of the art gaming experience.
Then it was obsolete, not fit for a landfill in Mexico.
Now it’s ‘old skool’, still fun and PC compatible!

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I still have my collection in a closet (I dug it out of storage a few years ago. No I haven’t hooked it up to a big screen TV. Yes, ET is there. Joysticks are broken, paddles are ok. Manuals are crisp and new.


Will put it on eBay soon. Unless you’re makin’ an offer 😉

Now they all fit here.

On 2 CD’s we have 155 games between them,
with manuals, commercials, prototypes games and even mp3s.
Sure looks like it takes up less space!

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Trifextra 33 – Three Tines

This weekend’s challenge is:

The Rule of Three is a writing principle that asserts that, in writing, groups of three have the most impact. This week’s challenge is to write 33 words using the Rule of Three somewhere among them. It is up to you to interpret the rule, just make sure to use exactly 33 words.

I thought about this and while reading the Wikipedia article, noticed there were stories/tales with 3 characters used as examples. So I thought up my own fantabulous trio that you may notice from time to time. I present to your voting selfs – “A Tale of Three Forks”.

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Skinny fork claimed, “salads start every meal perfectly.”
Heavy fork bragged, “I’m the main attraction!”
Dainty fork boasted, “I’ll satisfy every sweet tooth.”

Spoon, Plate & Knife agreed – “Get the forks outta here!”

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Trifextra 32 / Zombie Bunnies – The Setting Sun

In this weekend’s challenge, we are given 33 words and told to add 33 more.

Sound familiar? Yes, this prompt took me back to where it all began, so so why not use the opportunity to take the story a little further. Just a little.

TFX’s words are in italics, my words are bolded.
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The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction. She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.

Carly looked past the cracked window as Allen walked into the sunset alone. One way or another, he was gone. She turned so the camera wouldn’t see the tear. The show was over.

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For the entire Zombie Bunnies experience, here is the main page!

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Trifextra 31 – Sum of 3

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.

With this weekend’s challenge, we have now done 3, 33, 333, and 3,333 words. So either there will be a 33,333 challenge (rivalling NaNoWriMo) or a contest where we remove 3 words from a sentence. I don’t know which frightens me more.

Until there, here’s what I know about that.

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about food.”

Follow the recipe.

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Trifextra Challenge 22 – Sunny Side Up

This week we’re revisiting an early Trifextra prompt: retelling. This time, we’re asking you to retell your favorite book. In 33 words. Nothing like a challenge. We are sure you’re up to it.

I picked my favorite childhood book (well one of many!).

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

I still have it, worn, yet full of memories.

In the land of Chewandswallow, citizens didn’t buy food. Weather determined their meals (organic?). All was well until overcooked broccoli and pea soup fog rolled in; then a pancake covered the school (lucky!).

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