Monday, March 12, 2012

Trifecta Week Eighteen

We threw down the gauntlet this weekend and suggested that the exclamation mark was a difficult beast to tame. Throw in too many, we argued, and you alienate your audience. Use it carefully, and you can really bring your writing alive. And while 58 exclamation marks may sound like rather a lot, when spread over the eqivalent number of posts, I think we can have no complaints. Long live the exclamation mark! (see what we did there...?)

Our first challenge, way back in November, had only 15 responses. But even then, it was fiendishly difficult to choose a winner. Choosing 3 from 58 is almost impossible. In the end, we chose a piece from a relatively recent addition to the Trifecta fold, the superbly named OldDogNewTits. She had what she called a 'Trifecta of Trifectas' this week, but it was her third one, The Audition, that stood out for us:
The Audition
Jack: You can’t handle the truth? 
Director: Good. That’s very good, Mr. Nicholson. But do you think you could try it again? Only this time … you’re furious. 
Jack: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
It's clever; it's simple; it's effective. In second place is sightsnbytes' amusing story of a rather unfortunate mistake. Guys, look away now. Rarely has an exclamation mark been more appropriate. In third place, is latitudesofaday's A Day at the Beach. You'll all be humming the theme to Jaws by the end of it.

For our weekday challenge, we return to our regular one-word prompt. 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.

We wish you well.

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>

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations, winners! Now can we all HANDLE THE TRUTH? This week's challenge was a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading everyone's pieces. Well done! What a great, supportive community it is here. I'm so glad to hop on board.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. We're glad you're on board too.

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  2. Congratulations to this week's winners! (Is that exclamation point allowed?) Can't wait to write to this week's prompt.

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  3. When I saw the blog name OldDogNewTits, I simply HAD to go there, and I agree, that was right on. That take was superb - and one of the most memorable screen moments ever. (!) Peace, Amy

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  4. Oh Wow! Thanks Trifecta. Congratulations OldDogNewTits & Sightsnbytes.

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  5. My first submission to one of your challenges. I look forward to feedback.

    Peace,
    Morgan

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    1. Thanks for linking up, Morgan. It's great to have you on board. Heading over to read yours now!

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  6. argh!!!! Now I have a NEW commenting problem - Have tried to twice comment on Wordpress blogs only to be told I must be logged in - to what? the blog or my email???? So confused. (blame it on my age - it's okay)

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    1. I tried by logging into my email account before commenting - that didn't work, so I'm stumped. I've enjoyed reading the entries, though.

      :(

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    2. It is probably asking you to be logged in to your Word Press account, but it should let you comment. Most blogs have a moderator thing on it where the owner of the blog has to approve your comment before it posts, but as long as you are not saying anything naughty you should be good. ;)

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    3. thanks, Hobbling - this seems to be something new. Frustrating. I mean, I USE WordPress . . . but don't have a wordpress blog per se - my daughter hosts me through her server and I "own" my domain name.

      Will try logging into my own account and in another window attempt to comment on some entries - we will see. :)

      It's sad that the companies make us worry so much about spam and work so hard to comment - sometimes spam slips through on my entries, but I catch the buggers and delete -most often they end up in a separate file - making it easier to delete.

      I don't moderate my comments, but I do read them all - comment away. :)

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  7. Whew. Snuck mine in at the last hour after only 10,000 interruptions by my kids.
    If there's any rogue "MoooOOOOOM??"s in there, my apologies.

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  8. Missed said deadline for same reason. Only mine involved a gigantic spider and an hour of commentary about it.

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  9. i wrote mine before the deadline and forgot to link up. not sure how I missed coming by to link... #sigh

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    1. Share the link with us anyway, Jenna.

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