Monday, October 29, 2012

Trifecta: Week Forty-Nine

Though I know it scared some writers away, the weekend prompt was one of my personal favorites.  I love the originality it inspired in you all.  The responses we got this weekend ran the gamut from political to historical, personal to humorous.  One thing is certain: Trifectans never fail to impress.

This weekend was community judged, which is always a nice break for the editors.  It also gives the community an excellent opportunity to weigh in with their opinions about who ought to be taking home the title.  As a side note, November 15 is Trifecta's one year anniversary, and we plan to roll out some changes during that month.  One of the changes that we will be putting into place is to make every third Trifecta community judged.  Currently, we judge all of the Trifecta entries, and only have community judging on every third Trifextra.  We hope adding the community element to the weekly challenges will help encourage you guys to stand up for and promote your work while reading more carefully the works of the others.

On to the winners.  First place this weekend goes to Lumdog for his timely piece, CEO Zombie.
CEO Emiline Boyd finally broke through the glass ceiling. Now, this bullshit press conference.
“Is your mother the Haiti Zombie?”
“Yes.”
“Do you eat human flesh?”
“No, except my lazy-ass employees. Next question?”
Second place was a tie between Gina's haunting piece, Time Travel, and Lance's hard-hitting socio-political response.  Two very different responses to the prompt, and we love that you guys enjoyed them both as much as we did.

Third place this week goes to Barbara from the Purplemoose Gazette who gave us a beautifully creepy response to the photo in her Zombies Among Us.

Congratulations to all four of our winners this weekend!

Thank you to those of you who left a comment on Lance's piece for critique last week.  Your words are very valuable, and we appreciate them.  There is a new piece up for critique this week.  Head over to our critique tab to leave some feedback.  Remember: you don't have to be an expert to have an opinion.  These writers want to know how their words sound to their audience.  Please take a minute to tell them.

Another bit of housekeeping: as some of you have noticed, the post comments from Trifecta editors have fallen off quite a bit.  Rest assured, we continue to read and value each and every submission that comes through, even if we are unable to comment on each one.  While we're talking about comments, please consider turning word verification off for your Trifecta posts.  We get quite a few comments from the community about the hassle of Captcha, and we can't say we disagree.

Although we could, technically, borrow inspiration from Halloween yet again, this week we thought we'd take it in a different dark direction with the following one-word prompt:

WHORE
1: a woman who engages in sexual acts for money: prostitute; also: a promiscuous or immoral woman
2: a male who engages in sexual acts for money
3: a venal or unscrupulous person

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.

30 comments:

  1. Such great winners! And four of them too! :D

    I always hated Captcha, but I didn't want to say anything because I felt it wasn't my place...I figured if a writer requires Captcha verification, he/she must have a good reason. Still, do the Captcha peeps even review some of their images? More often than not I have to refresh for a new one because one or both parts of the number/word combo are unreadable. :I

    I lol'd at the prompt. But the first two definitions are so commonplace, it seems strange to know a third definition refers to crookedness or dishonesty. Hmmm...as Pooh would say, Think think think.

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    1. Pooh and "whore" just don't seem to go together in my mind. :-)

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    2. Well, Pooh would do just about anything for some honey. :)

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    3. ...I think with that comment I just made my original comment much worse lmao

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  2. Congratulations to all four writers, this week's stories were really interesting to read, especially as I felt really stymied by the prompt. Could be the three children (some sick) buzzing around me ... But all four most definitely deserving of the recognition.

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  3. why, thank you, fellow writers and readers. I am honored.

    and, captcha . . . yeah - I think it is a default with some of the blogging programs (thank goodness I have a tech savvy daughter and my own domain), but it would be lovely if folks would go through their permissions and turn that off.

    More often than not (depending on time constraints and, sometimes, plain cussedness) I do not comment on posts that have captcha. :(

    I also prefer the url/name option as opposed to google and such, but understand why those are offered. Would be nice to have that option as well.

    /rant :)

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    1. One of the (many) issues with Captcha is that the poster will often assume his/her comment has posted and click away from the site, not seeing the word verification box. It's wasted time, in that sense.

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  4. Oh! Apologies to Trifecta peeps! >__< I was so sure I had word verification off for my blog because it never asked for it when I replied to all of your lovely comments. But I double-checked just now and realized it was on. I'm sorry for putting you all through the hell of Captcha. It is off now, I think. :)

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    1. *snort*! Hey Draug, you could do penance by telling me if you get a captcha on my blog. I turned it off ages ago, but have heard that this does not always work on Blogger, they continue to "captcha" peeps anyway. Pretty please?

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    2. I just checked and it looks like your blog was kind enough not to verify if I was human. My plan for robot domination has claimed another victory (:<

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    3. A year ago, when we first started talking about Captcha, someone had to tell us that we actually had it enabled on our blog. Ooops.

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    4. *snort*. Thanks for checking, Draug. You are quite the reliable robot. I have worried about whether or not I still had it turned "off" since the last update by blogger. Those software peeps are hard to control.

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    1. It was a pretty raw and honest post, Lance. Congratulations.

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  6. Thank you Trifecta community. And congratulations to the other winners!

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  7. thank you for my criques. My therapist will also thank you for the extra visits it will require me to use.

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  8. Congratulations to everyone who, not only "won" but, who received any votes along the way, as well as, positive comments on their blogs. I truly appreciate all of the comments I receive from such a talented and creative group of writers. It makes me feel as though a smidgen of what I write has merit. That encourages me to continue on.
    So, thanks to all for your comments.

    Although I am not here to win, as it were, (after all, I am Canadian), if you pop over to Lance's blog, you'll see that my "Zombie" video is better than his "Zombie" video!!!!! Not sayin' anything....just sayin' :) Good lucl everyone in the next challenge.

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  9. That would be...."good luck" everyone. Ooops!

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  10. Thank you Trifecta community! I'm beyond thrilled, honored and humbled by this. Zombies are fun stuff and I enjoyed reading all the creative entries! Now on to those unscrupulous. Have a great week!

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    1. Oops! Congratulations to Lum, Lance and Barbara!

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    2. Thanks Gina. Congrats to you too! Great piece!!

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  11. Not my best post - But Sandy is knocking (lapping?) at my door. Already lost a chimney cap and a gutter. #notfun

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    1. That's not nice of Sandy! But nothing you write is bad. You're very talented.

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  12. I'm back. A little piece called "A Fortune Told". :)

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  13. The strangest thing happened! A ghost stole my entry. I hope it was an accident. I reposted it.

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  14. Ok. I was fired up to do this. First draft came in at 550 words. Severe and painful editing and I'm down to 420 so am facing reality. I may not make it this week. Have fun!

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    1. Of course you can! Trim, trim!

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    2. If I can bring 1900 words down to 997 for a critique submission, you can break 420 down to 333! Go go go! Rah rah rah! \^__^/

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    3. come on, I had more than 550 last week! use all the good old trimming techniques and you'll get it down to 333 :)

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    4. Even though it's the day after Halloween, it's never too late to murder your darlings.

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