Friday, January 11, 2013

Trifextra: Week Fifty

You Trifectans are really making us editors work for our money in 2013.  Well, maybe not for money.  More for love.  The love of writing and the love of being exposed to such disparate and unequivocal talent.  And it's a good thing we love it because sixty-nine entries is quite a lot of reading for one evening and makes it quite difficult to chose only three.  

First place goes to Yer Pirate with his hilarious piece that proves that clever Murphy right when he said, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  We're just glad it didn't happen to us. 
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions!” 
She turned smartly and marched off through the ankle deep snow in red high heels. By the time I had come down the stairs, she was nowhere to be seen, even though I only lived two floors up. I glanced at my open window. Neighbours on balconies stared back through cigarette smoke screens, attracted by her scream up to me. 
She’d cornered me. It was true, with that question of hers. 
“Well, my intention is…” I’d started. And ended. Her slap was sincere and her departure fast. 
And now the neighbours below me were shouting, in that damn language I didn’t understand, shouting and gesticulating at me rudely. I stood in my towel, work shirt, and unlaced boots. 
The bath! Right! Still running. Must have leaked through. 
I ran back upstairs to the flat. The door was locked. Key. Key. I patted my towel stupidly. The neighbours below came out to the landing, shouting loudly, both wearing lime green tracksuits, her dark purple toenails looking like vampire bat’s feet, and his yellow ones looking like something I turned quickly from. My neighbour across the landing from me came out but gave a little “oh” seeing me in a towel, and slammed the door again. I tried my door, just once again, on the off-chance. Soap suds bubbled from underneath it. 
The shouting continued from downstairs. I smiled. 
Then there was a “bang!” The neighbours hesitated, I froze. 
The popcorn! Great. Forgot that too. The smell of burning pervaded the landing, and wisps of smoke crept through the cracks in the door. I looked at the neighbours. They glowered at me and growled, werewolves now. 
My towel dropped. My neighbour opened the door and slammed it shut again. There were screams downstairs from the women. I scrambled to pick it up. 
“You are a terrorist,” the policemen said later, between the bars in the police station, “but you have a visitor…”
Second goes to Hello, Cheney with a piece that sucks you in from the first killer line and keeps you fully engaged with the pacing and foreboding.  Brian from pinionpost completes the trifecta with his piece about a man fighting to retain his memory and his sanity.

Congrats, winner's circle.  Check out the winning pieces if you haven't already.  Check them out again if you have.  Trust us, they're worth a second look.

Also, be sure to head over to our Featured Trifectan tab to learn about one of our most loyal and loved Trifectans.  We plan to switch these out every other week or so, so be on the lookout.

This weekend we're asking for 33 words about a new beginning.

Good luck!

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the winner trifecta!!!

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  2. What's gonna happen when we crack 100 posts one of these days? (:

    Such great winners! <3 I enjoyed reading all of them, and the winners well-deserved their places.

    A new beginning? I almost missed the prompt. Just one little sentence...but then new beginnings are hardly so simple (:

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  3. Congratulations to all the 3 winners-enjoyed all the three(plus the remaining 65 wonderful entries).Yer Pirate's piece ofc had me rolling in laughter-I even read it out to my daughter-it was so funny,loved it!

    Now,the Trifextra prompt-new beginning?I can already see 18 submissions,wow!Such a talented bunch we have here!

    Ok,let me try my hand & see what I can do with this one:-)

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  4. Wow, thank you all who voted for me, I am HONORED! There is such great talent around here!

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  5. I wish I could figure out how to comment on Tumblr posts. I loved mollymawkattack's piece this week and last as well, and can't figure out where to say it!

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    1. If you have a tumblr, you can reblog the post and add your two cents to it. But...you have to have a tumblr lol

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    2. Here's an example:

      http://draug419.tumblr.com/post/40337823423/starting-now

      I used my tumblr to reblog bsoist's post (#5 up there in the link list) and I was able to leave a comment (:

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    3. Ah - I don't have a Tumblr. I barely have a Wordpress. :)

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    4. hi! I've got a tumblr myself and solved this issue by adding disqus to it. I'll force mollymawkattack to do it as well (given im his girlfriend i think im entitled to do so right?), because he is awesome and never trusts me when I tell him. So maybe he will when you do :)

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    5. That would be awesome - yours was the other one that frustrated me! :)

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  6. I wrote mine, and linked it .. but then forgot to post! Finally posted today. Where is my brain!

    *skips off to read others' contributions*

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  7. So I missed reading this yesterday, but found it before the sun was up. Glad to have the early inspiration...some great posts this weekend!!

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  8. Confession time, folks! I feel like a complete Ass, I have to say.

    Yesterday, I posted my link. It was about how having a baby sets you off on a new path in life. Nothing wrong with that topic. However, I included a photo of my Mother-in-Law holding my first born child, just after birth. It is my favourite of all of our "birth" photos because it shows Gramma simply beaming with love for her first Grandchild.
    After posting the link, I walked away from the computer and begin reflecting about my post and, in doing so, I realized that my photo showed one of the highlights of Gramma's life yet, I wrote only about myself. In my post, I wrote that becoming a Dad had made me less self-absorbed well, apparently that is not the case. So, in order to make things right, at least in my mind, I have written a second 33-word poem, all about my Mother-in-Law and have included it in with my original link. This is the poem that should have been written in the first place.
    Not that I was in contention for the "win"-Lol but still, I withdraw from any formal consideration for the top three awards. However, I am leaving the link active for your reading pleasure. The sentiments expressed in both poems remain heartfelt. Thanks.

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    1. I think the fact that you went to all that trouble just shows how un-absorbed in yourself you are! :D

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    2. Tom, I don't know you yet, but you certainly seem like a man with a bit heart, and that's a wonderful quality. Will check out your blog and comment there. Peace, Amy

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  9. Am a bit net-constrained this time round and have no way of access save my ancient phone. Tried linking up but it isn't working :( can i still be part of the challenge if i link up here? Please look me up @www.rashscribbles.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/the root of the matter

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    1. I can link you manually. I think. Let me try.

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    2. I'm going to cut and paste your link and take a look. I, too, was unable (but late!). Amy

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  10. Draug, you weren't first! You're slacking my friend, you're slacking! Joking of course.

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    1. *sputters* I--That is--Why should--Who said--

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      I was busy D:

      lol

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  11. Wow, tons of entries this week. A terrific way to start a Sunday morning reading such terrific work. Good luck everyone.
    dk

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  12. There are so many imaginative and creative writers in the Trifecta community that I realize I'm out of my league but I enjoy submitting once in a while anyway....Diane

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    1. Diane, no one is out of anybody's league here. We are all in it together! My problem is missing the deadlines, LOL. Amy

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  13. Well, I fell on my butt last night and sprained my ankle, laid up all day. MISSED THE DEADLINE! And now my sorry butt is in a sling and I'm on painkillers that would make Dr. House jealous, but for what it's worth, I liked this prompt a lot! Peace, Amy

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  14. Oh, the link to my poem is
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/13/the-journey-trifecta/

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