Monday, October 8, 2012

Trifecta: Week Forty-Six

Wow, you guys took to that metaphor thing like a fish to water.

Ba-dum-chhh.  (Incidentally, maybe one day we'll use the Urban Dictionary for our third definition.  Now THAT would be entertaining.)

This weekend was judged by the community, and you guys voted Trudging Through Fog's Ephemera as number one.  She chose the photo of the highly-decorated pub and gave us this:
My memory of my father was full of ephemera: mental snapshots of his face, pages of promises kept and broken, all posted against the pillar of my mother’s refusal to speak of him.

Second place goes to Lumdog who wrote on the same photo in The Cluttered Room.  Coming in third place this weekend, Linda Vernon also chose the same photo for her short, Piedmont Poink Loses His Job.  You can tell it's Linda by the super-creative name, right?

Great job to all Trifectans this weekend, and congratulations to our winners.  A special thanks to those of you who remembered to get your votes in.  It was, as usual, a super close race, with the final deciding votes coming in just before the bell.

Thank you also to those who stepped up to leave a comment on last week's critique.  We are really enjoying the critiquing process at Trifecta, and we have heard that our writing community appreciates it, too.  Please swing by and leave a bit of feedback on this week's critique.  If you have something of your own you'd like reviewed, please send it to us at  We accept anonymous submissions, too.

On to this week's challenge.  We usually try to choose prompts that don't lead the writer down an obvious path.  Indeed, some of our favorite posts require a third or fourth reading to even find our one-word prompt.  This will almost definitely not be the case with this week's challenge.  I can't help it.  I'm a huge fan of Halloween, and the third definition of this word is just too clever to pass up.

This week's word is:

1a : a permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life
  b : an instance of dying <a disease causing many deaths>
2a : the cause or occasion of loss of life <drinking was the death of him>
  b : a cause of ruin <the slander that was death to my character — Wilkie Collins>
3 capitalized : the destroyer of life represented usually as a skeleton with a scythe

Mwahahaha.  Have fun.

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.


  1. Destroyer of life...That sounds so CHIPPER. xD

    Congrats to the winners!!! I like these community-judged things. Makes it all the more thrilling oooo

  2. I love the creativity of this group!

  3. Oh so deserving were these three. I'm all over the third definition of any word from the Urban Dictionary! Pretty please.

  4. LOL! I'm enjoying it. Congrats to the winners.

  5. Congrats to the winners!

    Re this challenge- was I the only one who immediately thought "Death awaits you all, with nasty big pointy teeth"?

  6. Thanks to the Trifecta Community and congratulations to the other winners. I loved both of their entries.

  7. Fun! Yes... I just said "fun" about writing about death personified. Don't judge :-)

  8. Thank you so much for giving my little ditty a thumbs up! What a bunch of fabulous metaphors and similes everybody came up with this weekend! :D

  9. It occurs to me that using the Urban Dictionary would be totally appropriate for Trifecta Week Seventy-One (assuming I did my math right...). :)

  10. It is a sad thing that J. Robert Oppenheimer died before he could submit his work to Trifecta.

    I am become Death...

  11. my entry is just a little light-hearted poem inspired by a painting i came across. really enjoyed this prompt!

  12. Destroyer of Worlds.

    Ah, the Gita...not written by Oppenheimer, just quoted.

    1. True -- quoted and made famous. But you are absolutely correct that he didn't write them. And damn it the Bhagavad Gita would have made great Trifecta material, too.

  13. Congrats to the great entries!

    For this one, I had fun and allowed myself total creativity freedom... Who knew death could be such fun! And thanks to Linda Vernon - in a way she inspired my spin off!

  14. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday..and I also happen to like writing about death. Excited to read the responses for this one.

  15. This was an interesting prompt, and it took me in strange directions.

  16. Gahhhh!!! I missed it! :(
    If anyone is interested, here's my piece for the challenge hahaha

  17. OH no, I missed it too! Just too late! So here's mine...
    (Natalie Amatera)