Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Week Nine

This week saw a dramatic decrease in your characters' homicide rates, but that false sense of security came packaged with a decrease in the overall functioning of your characters' interpersonal relationships.  Cutting remarks, cutting glances, marriages falling apart over duck a l'orange--there were not a lot of happy faces this week.  Except for those of your judges (yes, one girl and one guy).  Discord tends to create good writing, and this week was no exception.

This week's winner is Aphrodite's Glass Box for her intricately-described dinner between the ubiquitous out-of-love yet happily-married couple.  The writer reminds us that taking action requires great courage, even if (or perhaps especially if) the action being taken is one of simply walking away.
Close But Not Closer 
She smiled as she talked to the food on her plate, her ennui growing increasingly more oppressive. The sex had come to a standstill and the conversation hadn't taken long to follow. What she didn't know was why. What he didn't know was that she didn't care anymore. Their last discussion brought her to her knees once in pleading tears and again in supposed remedy. And for two weeks they had managed to cordially invite one another to witness their definition of living. But tonight the bitter taste of truth felt shoveled farther down her throat than a forkful of duck a l'orange. 
Her utensils clinked a lonely melody as she meticulously crossed them over her plate. She released an audible sigh and stared at the top of his bowed head until even he couldn't ignore the weight of her stare. But his eyes glanced up only momentarily. It was that familiar, cutting glare that still successfully intimidated her. So she swallowed her bravery once again, and instead set about washing their plates.
Our runners up this week include Thin Spiral Notebook's Leftovers, a tightly-knit essay on the packing-up of the holidays and Satu's Sunken City, a beautiful, sad story of giving up hope against the backdrop of a lonely city.  Congratulations to all of our winners.  You guys make the judging process enjoyable, if not easy.

This week's word is a tricky one.  The third definition here is not the one you're most likely thinking.  This week's prompt is:

weep transitive verb

1: to express deep sorrow for usually by shedding tears

2: to pour forth (tears) from the eyes

3: to exude (a fluid) slowly : ooze <a tree weeping sap>

You saw what we did there?

Reminder: responses must be between 33 and 333 words.

And now, if we can, we'd like to turn your attention briefly to a little matter called The 12th Annual Bloggies.  Many of you probably know of the Bloggies, the longest-running weblog award.  Nominations are currently underway and are open to the public.  We would be honored if you would consider nominating Trifecta.  We would love to grow this competition, and a Bloggie would be a huge step in that direction.  Being awarded a Bloggie would ultimately lead to a greater exposure for your writing--talents we believe worthy of a wider audience.

You may nominate for multiple categories, but we think we have the best shot at either Best Topical, Best Group or Best New Blog.  Please take a minute to look it over, if you like.  Nominations close on January 15.  We appreciate your support.

Now write.  Go!



11 comments:

  1. Congrats, Aphrodite's Glass Box. Loved that one! Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Satu! It's an honor to be the featured writer this week! I think we all write because we have something to say, not because we want to say something. And props to the Trifecta crew for providing us a forum to exercise that verbal muscle!

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    2. We hope you'll keep exercising it. :-)

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  2. what I love about this competition is how being among GREAT writers (well worthy of all caps) can sometimes make me feel like a really crappy writer - which encourages me to try to become a better writer. :) Loved all the pieces this week - great choice on the winner and runners up.

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    1. Ha ha! I can see that, Barbara. I've felt that way too, when reading really good writing. So long as it inspires you to try harder and keep writing. . .

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  3. Wonderful winning piece this week. I love the twist on the "knees" line; almost slipped by me.

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    1. Glad you picked that up, keve! It's subtleness was intentional, like the way the male in the piece has infiltrated the mind of the female, nearly undetected. Bonus star!

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  4. I'm not linking up though I used the word. my piece doesn't suit the word count. However, it was fun to actually participate this week!

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    1. Leave us a link in comments! Even if it doesn't fit the requirements for submission, we'd still love to read it.

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  5. I had to sit this one out, I just didn't come up with anything useful. I'm glad to see so many entries though. Will take some time to read them all. But I'll give my best. :D

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    1. Satu, thanks for taking the time to read the other entries. We love the idea of a writing community, and feedback goes a long way in creating that. Hope you'll get the time to join us this week.

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