Monday, December 31, 2012

Trifecta: Week Fifty-Eight

Welcome back, Trifectans!  And a very happy New Year to you as well.  If you're out and about this New Year's Eve, please be careful.

This weekend's Trifextra was judged by the community.  Coming in first place was Lumdog with One Down. . . A Few to Go!  Does your family know about your blog?
Children shielded
From blog stories about divorce and subsequent relationships 
Upon hearing son’s great news,
I gushed, “I’ll post that on my blog.” 
“What…” he said, “…you have a blog?!!!”
One demon exorcised.
Second place this weekend goes to Gina at Does Anyone Care What I Write? with Do I Make You Uncomfortable?  Gina has proven that she can dish the compliments out, but now we'll get to find out if she can take them as well.

And third place goes to Linda Vernon who gave us One Afternoon at Beelzebub's House.  Linda is known around these parts for her clever humor.  Once again, she did not disappoint.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who linked up.

It's not something we usually do here, but we wanted to check in and see how you guys are doing.  The holidays are winding down, and while this season is one of joy for many, plenty of people struggle their way through the holidays.  It probably comes as no surprise to most of you that writers, as a group, suffer significantly higher rates of mental illness than their less-gifted peers non-writers.  The editors of Trifecta may or may not understand that dynamic on a cellular level, and we just wanted to remind you all to take good care of yourselves and to reach out for help if you need it.

If you need someone to talk to or some help getting through, don't hesitate in seeking it.  Here are some places you can look to for help.  (Don't be put off by the interesting web design.)

That gives us a nice segue into our one-word prompt of the week.  This week we want you to write on the third definition of:

survive

1: to remain alive after the death of <he is survived by his wife>
2: to continue to exist or live after <survived the earthquake>
3: to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand <they survived many hardships>

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.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone!!  Please join us.

46 comments:

  1. I love that you are reaching out and recognizing how many writerly types have a tough time during the holidays. Really, thank you for doing that.
    I miss you guys, but have been peeking in when I can.
    Keep up the awesome!

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  2. Oh dear, we've tipped our psychotic hands with that last prompt, didn't we? The Trifecta editors are actually concerned for us. Best we tread carefully or we'll be in a ward ;)

    Just kidding, of course. The Trifecta editors' love for their Trifectans is pretty clear with every post. <3

    I find it interesting that the second definition of survive is not the first definition. When I think of survive, I think of natural disasters or near-death scenarios--not someone who has had a close loved one die before him/her. Or maybe the order of the definitions is determined by something else. Anyway! Interesting plot. How to use, how to use...

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    1. *interesting PROMPT. .....>__>

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    2. Haha! Hey now, listen, we love all of your stories. And we invite the creepy and the sad and the funny and the light. We don't judge that, and we don't think your stories represent your headspace. We just know, personally, some folks who are struggling right now. And we wanted to say that we care about you. And encourage you all to take care of yourselves.

      Happy New Year, Draug! Thanks for all of your support this year.

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    3. Now I feel warm and fuzzy. <3 Happy New Year!

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    4. touching Draug's icon - by golly, you DO feel warm & fuzzy! :)

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  3. Congratulations to the winners, who were truly inspired!

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  4. Holidays are tough. Thanks for asking.

    Despite this, I'm psyched to get back in for the New Year, and survive does seem an apt way to do so.

    Happy New Year, Trifectans!

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    1. I'm with you, Kymm. They are tough. On the bright side, now we don't have another one until Valentine's Day--which is a pretty lame excuse for a holiday anyway. :-)

      Happy 2013. Make it a good one.

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  5. most deserving winners - and surely not to take anything away from them, but I'm adding myself to that winner's list (& I'll bet many others will too) because...I've had such a FUN time with these Trifecta challenges & with gaining so many afresh alliterate allies (aka new blogging friends), I feel like I've won quite a blessing! ;) -j

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    1. Aw, that's cool! We're glad to have you on board. Happy New Year!

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  6. Thank you, editors, for caring - and for posting help links. Surviving is a challenge sometimes, and we all just need a (virtual) hug at times.

    So . . . HUGGLES to all my writerly friends, editors, and fellow strugglers. HAPPY NEWEST OF YEARS - I'm told 2013 is the first year since 1987 to not have a repeating number within itself. Soooo a new beginning, there, too.

    Blessings and hugs.

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    1. Wow, with the number thing. That's bizarre!

      Happy New Year!

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  7. Congrats to all the winners! I'm a little sad that I wasn't able to vote or read everyone's entry this weekend because I'm out of town and doing everything on the phone was a little more difficult than I thought it would be (darn slow Internet connection!)

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  8. Also... Is there a way for me to subscribe so that I would get an email when Trifecta post up new entries? I'm having difficulties locating where the link/button is :(

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    1. I thiiink the RSS subscription link invited me to subscribe by e-mail, but I signed up eons ago. It's definitely possible, though, because I get an e-mail every Tuesday with Monday's content and Saturday with Friday's content.

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    2. There's a dialogue box on the sidebar to "subscribe to". If you head over there, you'll get it in your inbox! I think it does show up a few hours after the post goes live, so if you want them sooner, just check back here when the posts are scheduled. They always post at the same time on Mondays and Fridays.

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    3. Oh thank you! Looks like I couldn't see it because I was accessing it from my phone. Sometimes I have trouble with my phone's browser and so accessing the challenge through my email is much more convenient :)

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  9. I am not surprised by, but in awe of, the spirit and support of this community. I started here sometime last February, maybe even January, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every week, minute, second. Thank you for helping me end a challenging year with a smile on my face and warmth in my heart! Have a wonderful "turning of the page", however you chose to do that tonight. Be safe and see you on the other side!

    Congratulations to my friends lumdog and Barbara! I love what they write and share here!

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  10. Linda, I meant Linda who knows how funny I think she is and the laughter she provides me weekly. I need to wear my glasses or not read comments before making my own. My apologies! Damn! I'm happy for 2013 to get here! Fresh starts....

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  11. Congratulations to Gina and Linda. Two of my favorites. Happy and safe new year!

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  12. Congratulations to all three of the winners. Your work is consistently excellent and I am pleased that, as the year draws to a close, you are all getting to share in the spotlight. Your kudos are all so very well-earned.

    Congratulations, as well, to you fine folks at Trifecta, for offering a helping hand to those who may need one at this time of year. That is a noble gesture on your part and one that shows how keenly you understand that writing is, often, about more than the mere writing of words. You have helped create a wonderful, caring place for everyone to be themselves and, for that, you should feel very proud. Thanks for the hard work that goes into making Trifecta such a great experience for us all, week after week after week.

    To everyone who shares their work and/or their commentary on this site, in 2013, may you continue to take pleasure in creating Art with Language. Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tom. Happy New Year!

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  13. A warm hello to Trifecta & to all my fellow Trifectans & wishing you all a very Happy New year too:-)I must be the newest member here,but though just a week into this, am hooked!I have been talking about Trifecta & this amazing community to anyone who even lends me half an ear:-)

    Am looking forward to a wonderful year of mingling with & getting to know some awesome minds here:-)

    Hearty congratulations to the three deserving winners-Lumdog,Gina & Linda-amazingly creative pieces,enjoyed each one:-)

    Last,but not the least,thank u Trifecta for caring & making us feel so valued:-)

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  15. i don't know why but everytime i read a trifecta challenge and sit down to write...it is only love stories that come to my mind...guess i love u Trifecta:P:)

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    1. Awwww. We don't get a ton of love stories. They always seem to appeal to our community though. Guess we're all a bunch of softies after all. Happy New Year!

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    2. i will give my share of love stories..i specialize in that genre..happy new year to u too..!

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  16. Congratulations Gina and Lumdog! You are both the bees knees!! This was a hugely fun challenge as they all are and I look forward to them every week. Thank you so much Trifecta Editors for bringing pizazz to my blogging life. I can't even remember what it was like blogging before I discovered the "Challenges" and I don't want too! All the best in the new year to everyone!

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    1. Linda, I was reading Dr. Seuss to my kids last night and realized that you're pretty much the modern-day, female Dr. Seuss. We read this one: http://www.mit.edu/people/dpolicar/writing/poetry/poems/tooManyDaves.html and the names are sooooo Linda Vernon. Which means sooooo awesome.

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    2. I just have to add, I love Dr. Seuss and I agree, Linda could kill writing children's stories. But then, she kills at writing stories for us grownups too! And, I totally love Gina's matter of fact every day life writing. I emulate both of them at every opportunity!

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    3. Oh my gosh!! Your comments have my brain, Peanuts, positively giddy!! I absolutely love Dr. Suess. Thank you so much for the link! My mother read me Dr. Suess all the time when I was little and I've always read nursery rhymes and enjoyed reading them to my kids until they got too old and wouldn't let me anymore! HA! I'm going to go read that link right now. It's been far too long since I've read him! :D

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  17. Well fuck. I just deleted my blog. Can you delete my link above and I'll resubmit when I get that entry fixed. My restore point was from before yesterday, unsurprisingly.

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    1. WTF? How'd that happen? Grumble grumble. It was good, too.

      I'm going to leave your link for right now, if you don't mind. I'm going out of town, and we've been talking about you all in numbers, not names. So maybe it'll get sorted out and I can leave it up, but if not I'll take it down later, ok?

      Good luck.

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    2. I have the right thing there now. And I posted from a public computer the first time, so I can't like go back and delete my own. Story is the same - I had it saved to disk. I just had to recreate it on the blog. I was trying to sort an issue on a subdomain and decided to just wipe it out instead. And wiped the main blog instead. Slow applause begins .... now.

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  18. Thanks for the links Trifecta. I have often thought creativity was linked to some mental/mood/medical disorders. Insomnia has got to be linked too.

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    1. I think Mother Nature decided along the way she'd have to temper all that awesome with a little crazy. :-)

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  19. BTW - I would argue that mental illness isn't any more prevalent in artistic types than others, just that we are more visible about it by nature of the artistic stuff.

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  20. I have a question-on some of the Blogger's pages I am unable to leave a comment as I do not have a website-so what do I enter in that field(url)?

    Also, am never able to access Lisa D.B.Taylor's blog-always get this error msg,"Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to www.neebeep.com"was wondering why?Thank you.

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  21. Ah. This is all many of us can hope for, it turns out. Just to survive. How do you come up with these prompts? I enjoy them immensely.

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  22. DANG! I missed the deadline, and I wrote my first poem of the year. Well, if anyone wants to see it, here is the link: http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/04/twofer/

    Happy New Year, my fellow Trifectans! Peace, Amy

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  23. Just noticed your ask about mental health. When you grow up with drunks, holidays are hard. Some memories are embedded in your muscle sheath, you know? And the diaphragm tightens and it's all crap. But because I'm manic depressive and have PTSD, I have good providers and proper meds, plus an amazingly supportive hub and daughter, who texts every day from California.

    I urge all who get the Winter Blues to try a "happy light," a full-spectrum light that will help boost Vitamin D levels. Also know that we, as artists, are in danger of being "cleaned" from the gene pool, because along with brain disorders come alternate ways of looking at the world... and art. Think of a world without van Gogh, Woolf... A.

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