Monday, November 12, 2012

Trifecta: Week Fifty-One (Anniversary Challenge)

Welcome back, Trifectans! Reading through your probabilities and equations was an awful lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a post and leave a comment for your fellow Trifectans.

First place this weekend goes to Viv In France who gave us a lovely, sad, and succinct Probability Equation.
Probability is much the same
as Murphy’s Law.
If something can go wrong,
it will. 
It’s one hundred per cent certain
we will repeat our own actions
if they are to our disadvantage.
Second place goes to Hypothetically Writing who wowed us with a wry humor this weekend.  Same Old Cosine, actually, is a great example of a piece that misses the 33-word mark.  Yet, if you plug it into a word counter, it will tell you that the piece is indeed 33 words.

It's not.  It's 34, but two words in the piece are likely counting as one because of the punctuation separating them (without a space).  As discussed in the comments section on previous posts, Trifecta will continue to respect that different word processors return different results in a word count.  When the upper limit is 33, it's not hard to count by hand.  But let's face it--there is a 90% chance that 98% of you don't manually count your words, and that's okay with us.  Go ahead and call our challenges the 32-34 word challenge if it helps.  We will amend the instructions to include this.  Thanks for all of your feedback regarding this matter.

Third place this weekend goes to Draug, who is knocking them out of the park these days.  Some saw a double entendre in her writing.  What do you think?

Congratulations to our winners!  On to the Anniversary Challenge!  Please remember that this challenge is open only to those who pre-registered.  Those who did not sign up for the challenge, feel free to link up in the comments section--not in the inlinkz.  We'd love to read what you've got, even if you're not officially competing.

To form the teams, the editors entered all of your names into and had the list randomized.  We then divided the list into teams of two, with the odd-numbered person being Team Member A and the even being Team Member B.

So then, here are the teams--if you don't recognize the name of your teammate, please click here to find their link:
  1. Team One
    1. Allison
    2. Draug
  2. Team Two
    1. Lou Lohman
    2. Hypothetically Writing
  3. Team Three
    1. BCIJo (AkaJoanne Edith)
    2. Thin spiral notebook
  4.  Team Four
    1. RogRites (aka BetaRules)
    2. Kat
  5. Team Five
    1. Julia Staley
    2. Natalie Amatera
  6. Team Six
    1. Tania Allen--My Words Are Alive
    2. Kgwaite
  7. Team Seven
    1. Uneven Steven
    2. Melanie
  8. Team Eight
    1. Christine
    2. Jester Queen
  9. Team Nine
    1. Whispatory (Jennifer)
    2. Scholarly Scribe
  10. Team Ten
    1. Renada
    2. Kymm In Barcelona
  11. Team Eleven
    1. Barbara
    2. Kirsten
  12. Team Twelve
    1. Lance
    2. Deana
  13. Team Thirteen
    1. NRHatch
    2. JannaT
  14. Team Fourteen
    1. Lumdog
    2. Gina
  15. Team Fifteen
    1. Mel (ATM)
    2. Michelle (ODNT)
And here is the process:  Upon publication of this post, the challenge is officially open.  We will give you a prompt, and we ask that Team Member A continue this story with an additional 33-100 words of his/her own.  Team Member A needs to publish those 33-100 words in a post on his/her own blog and submit the link on the linkz on this page.  

The baton then passes to Team Member B.  Team Member B must write an additional 33-100 words, continuing the story that Trifecta started and Team Member A continued.  After publishing his/her post, Team Member B must travel over to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge to submit the link to the post on the linky form on Velvet Verbosity's site.  That linky form will go live halfway through this challenge--41 hours after the challenge opens (Wednesday, 2 am Eastern).  

Please keep an eye on the countdown timer on the sidebar of Trifecta to keep track of when Team Member A's part of the challenge closes and Team Member B's opens.  Obviously, the Trifectans are scattered all over the globe, and so are the editors.  The opening and closing times may be in the middle of the night for you.  You'll have to be on your toes!

Team Member B's part of the challenge will close at the regular Trifecta closing time (Thursday, 7 pm Eastern).  Each member has 41 hours to complete his/her portion of the challenge.

Responses will be judged by editors of both Trifecta and 100 Words.  We are looking, obviously, for a good, well-written story/scene.  Punctuation counts.  Grammar counts.  It would be wise of you to run your portion of the story past your team member before linking up.  It's very serious business, but most of all, it's fun.  Relax.  Try something new.  Learn about a fellow Trifectan.  Enjoy the process.

Here we go.  When Trifecta first started, Joules was not an editor.  She was on the other side of things, and she won the first two Trifecta challenges.  Here is her first-ever Trifecta response.  It's 38 words.  We want you to give us the rest of it.
Charts and optimal dates and preferential temperatures. One line or two. As if she could summon whatever it is that makes up the human soul as easily as she could a cab on a busy New York avenue.
If you have questions regarding the challenge, please reach out to us first through comments on this site--they come straight to our inbox and have the advantage of being read by the entire community.  Twitter is great, too.  Please don't message us through Facebook as it may be awhile before anyone reads your message.

Good luck!  Have fun!!


  1. Joanne Edith, I look forward to writing with you.

    1. Tara,
      It has been a pleasure. I loved the way you finished it off! Thanks for being a good team-mate!

  2. *cough* Some saw a double entendre in *her* writing *cough* :D It's cool, I don't mind at all.

    I don't know what I'm doing to knock it out of the park these days. I am swinging kinda randomly most of the time xD My next entry is just going to be about Death writing innuendo through mathematical equations. That should allow me to make a full sweep of all places. xD jk jk

    First and second places were amazing, as were everyone else's entries! I'm honored to be associated with all of you wonderful writers :D

    I hope I do Allison some justice, although to be honest Joules's piece is a tough act to follow! Hello teammate, if you are out there! :)

    1. I was bored.

      Who knew Death writing about innuendo could be so fun?

  3. Great prompt for the Anniversary Challenge. Off to put on my writing cap and uncap my pen.

    Janna ~ I'll shoot you a draft before linking.

  4. Way to go 1,2 and 3! Equation- and NaNo-challenged me sat this one out. Hope to have saved up some inspiration to *finish off* wherever Renata goes with this.

  5. Congrats to the winners this weekend!

    I hope I can do Joules and Kelly justice this week! Prose is not my usual approach.

    1. Oh, and this is Tania, aka my words are alive. A renewed path brings with it a new name.

  6. Hey, here's an idea. Exchange twitter handles and twag each other (Hah- I just made up a word for twitter tag) when you post! It'll make everybody all jealous and curious and they'll come play every week so they don't miss our fun, right?

  7. Oops . . . I'm so excited about the Anniversary Challenge that I forgot my manners. :oops:

    Congrats to Viv, Draug, and Hypothetically Writing. There's a 100% probability that I loved all three of their submissions.

  8. Jessie . . . TWAG?? hahahaha

    too bad I'm not a twitter-er/twag-er/tweety-bird-er. Kir and I made do with the old fashioned email exchanges.


  9. Though the challenge says to "give the rest of it", would it be permissible for words to be added before the given prompt? Or must we simply continue it. I think there would be more cohesion to what I'm writing if I give some preceding words; however, if not, I shall persevere.

    1. My 2 cents: I'd rather have it proceed as smoothly as possible from the prompt; stand alone; I would try to do the same for part III.

    2. Your portion needs to follow the prompt, not precede it. Just to keep it consistent. Thanks!!

    3. Thanks, just wanted to be sure!

      Kymm, since I'm not certain of another means to communicate with you, I've posted a response on my blog. Please feel free to review and comment on it. Then, I will link it on here after your approval. (;

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  10. Good luck everyone! I look forward to reading!

  11. Good wishes to all participating Trifectans.
    Even though I am not participating officially, I could not resist working on the first leg of the prompt.

    Want to take up from here?

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  13. 1 1/2 hours left for the remaining three teams to get their entries in. Please submit them by 7:00pm EST at:

  14. PLEASE tell me I didn't miss it.... I kept an eye out but big things happening in my life at the moment and I'm afraid I may have missed it... :-(

    1. I'm sorry to say that you did, in fact, miss it. The links closed several hours ago. :-(

    2. Oh no!!!! My biggest apologies to my team mate, I'm so sorry to have let us down :-(

    3. Oh no!!!! My biggest apologies to my team mate, I'm so sorry to have let us down :-(