Friday, January 4, 2013

Trifextra: Week Forty-Nine

Raise your hand if your New Year's resolution was to write more.  It's the only way I can explain sixty submissions this week.  Good thing my New Year's resolution was to read more.  See how we complement each other?

We saw lots of new faces this week.  A big thanks to everyone who reached out with warm welcomes.

Coming in first place was Uneven Steven who gave us this lovely, cold little poem:
So cold
the tracks of cars
are ice waves
threatening to crack
the ankles
of anyone foolish enough
to cross them.
Too cold
adults complain
their snow pants swishing
greetings –
survive, survive, survive -
exposed skin
forgotten children
hands on hips
blowing mock
thick winter scarves waxing,
round faces raised
white ships
of breath
Second place goes to Goodbye Whoopee Pie who wowed us in the complete opposite direction with a lovely tale of hope, Spring.

And rounding out the trifecta is Cheese Doodles and Other Misunderstandings who brought back the beauty of the simple life with Summer Respite.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who linked up this week.  This was a very difficult week for judging, with so many fantastic entries.  One of these days, we're going to announce the top fifteen or so posts we struggle to decide between.

Before we move on to the weekend challenge, I'd like to direct your attention upwards to the new Featured Trifectan tab.  It's a new year; it's a new Trifecta feature.  In an attempt to get to know you guys a bit better and to shine the light on individual community members, we've started a relay-style interviewing process.  How it works is that we picked our first Trifectan to interview.  That Trifectan will then pick the next one and write up a short piece about him/her.  The baton will continue to pass in this way so long as the interest is there.  So click on over to learn more about our first featured Trifectan!

On to the weekend challenge.  As you'll recall from your elementary science class days, the structure of the earth can be divided most simply into three sections: core, mantle, crust.  Here's a diagram.
Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /

Give us 33 words from it.  Interpret the prompt however you wish--literal, metaphorical, or somewhere in between.  If you would like to use the image on your own blog, you must properly credit it.

Good luck!


  1. this is to think. :)

  2. Love the new feature and of course I love the winners this week--all very much deserved (: Sixty entries to sift through...The judges are very brave peeps!

    What a peculiar prompt! How am I going to interpret it? How will others interpret it...?

  3. Wow, this is different. Pondering, pondering.

  4. Thank you Trifecta for this very different prompt hope my submission gets validated.

    1. Dear Trifecta I see a red mark-X beside my name...I hope my entry has been received.Please check...regards
      anjum wasim dar

    2. hi
      no one else can see your red check but you. . it simply means you can delete your entry if you want. check on a different device and see if you can see your entry once you click it :-)

  5. Thank you for the third place nod. I now have a complete set of 1st, 2nd , and 3rd. A true Trifecta! Paula J

  6. congrats to all - I have not made it through all the submissions yet . . . slow down writers. (I kid) WTG Trifectans!

  7. those took us through some seasons - and all very well! Congrats! I think I've missed some along the way this week, but the ones I've read were all amazing, many with great entertainment value. -j

  8. Wow, I am very honored to be in the winning bunch, especially with so many great entries this week. I hereby resolve to submit more comments on others work - sorry for being so lax lately.
    And great job Trifecta with the new featured Trifectan tab - love to learn more about all of the talented writers on the site here :-)

  9. Congrats to the winners!

    And yay on the Featured Trifectan ! One of my goals for 2013 was to make this wonderful safe place my place to dive into writing and really let loose! Getting to know everyone is going to make that so much more easier and lets me feel a part of!

    1. Awesome, Lucy!! Thanks for describing us as "safe." That's exactly what we're going for.

  10. Congratulations to all the 3 winners:-)And,I agree with Draug,hats off to the Judges at Trifecta for being able to choose just 3 from the amazing entries this week-I would have still been scratching my head,(good that I am not a Trifectan judge,eh?)lol!

    The prompt this weekend really made me doubt my limited abilities as a newbie,but I hope that I have been able to do a reasonably fair job:-)Now off to read what my fellow Trifectans have come up with-time to have a literary feast;-)

    1. I've been kicking that prompt around for awhile, wondering how people would react to it. After seeing the stuff the Trifectans are capable of, I thought it was high time to throw everyone a curve ball. I haven't read any posts yet, but I'm sure yours is great!

  11. Congrats to the winners! And wow, there are some really amazing submissions to this topic. I didn't think you could do much with this one but I was completely wrong! Wow! Like seriously, reading everyone submissions has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what can be done. I'm feeling very inspired right now and wanted to share! :)

    1. You are so right Kim-in fact,I overcooked the rice-twice-got so lost in my literary pursuits,lol!What a talented lot this bunch of Trifectans are!:-)

    2. I implore you--think of the rice!

    3. LOL!I got flak in exchange-from every direction(gleeful laughter)

  12. This is my first shot at Trifecta. Though I've been stalking the site for a while. Thanks to all for the warm welcome. It is my plan to be writing more this year, and I hope to return to this as well as other sited to improve my writing.

    Now back to the reading...

  13. This was my first post on a challenge here, and I'm excited for tomorrows prompt! This will keep me writing with purpose during my school break and I dare say I doubt I'll be able to kick the habit even once school starts. I am really liking what I have seen so far of this community! Good stuff, Trifecta!

  14. I want to thank everyone for their kind comments and warm welcome. It's been a pleasure this week, and I look forward to writing with you all again!

  15. I was so thrilled that what I wrote felt so close to my heart that I forgot to check back to see who won. So many of the pieces were so fabulous and I am thrilled that I placed second. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Everyone was so lovely to read and to comment. It has made my month and chased away the winter blues for sure. Thank you again!