Friday, February 15, 2013

Trifextra: Week Fifty-Five

We've got a lot of awards to hand out this week, so let's get right to it.  For last weekend's reading Trifextra challenge you voted Deana into first place with a lovely quote from Lousia May Alcott's Little Women.  This quote was actually 34 words, which was most likely not caught by the word counter due to the ellipses between words.  We let it slide because it's a great quote and this was community judged.  We wanted to keep the power in the hands of Trifectans, but it's a good reminder to count your 33 words yourself.
“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all.”
In second is Deana's hubby, Lance, with a quote from the book that inspired his blog design and changed his life, Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club.  Taking third is Hypothetically Writing with a perfect 33 from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

For this week's dwell challenge, first place goes to Steph from People Do Things With Their Lives for her piece, It Was Too Easy.
Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into the tiered white city Angela slowed, studied the railing, first one side then the other. It was midday, and the sun shimmered like a mirage from the golden dome of the Palace of Fine Arts. 
The tourists got lucky today. Today was all sun and no wind. The city is a chilly affair in summer. Any guidebook will say as much. Yet there they were hunkered down for the two-mile stroll in their shorts, and newly purchased sweatshirts, San Francisco emblazoned in thick block letters across ample chests. 
On the morning Angela woke and told her husband she didn’t want to be married anymore it happened that it was the 75-year anniversary of the bridge. Out of the many stories this occasioned one told of the fifteen hundred people who had flung their desperate souls over the rail, an average of two per week. Some forty survived. Angela didn’t wish to dwell on these statistics. Yet dwell on them she did. Asked why they had chosen the bridge the survivors invariably offered the same response: It was too easy
Angela could offer neither her nor her husband’s family a satisfactory explanation for removing herself from the marriage. No one understood, least of all Angela. She imagined leaping over the rail in front of the ill-clad tourists. She wondered if anyone would notice. That’s what one of the survivors said. If one person had stopped to ask if he was all right he wouldn’t do it. No one had questioned his tears. Instead a tourist had asked if he would snap her photo. He did, she walked on, and he vaulted over the railing. He hit the water feet first and survived. 
Angela hoped to track down the survivor to divine how his life had changed. In the meantime she scanned the bridge for the lonely and the desolate. She wanted to be that one person who noticed, that one person who saved a life.
Kymm in Barcelona takes second with Town Called Irony.  Kelly from Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams rounds out the top three with Pocket Full of Taconite.

The winner of the Sylvia Plath quote glass is finallyMom.  Send us an email with your address and we'll get it right out to you.


Kudos and thanks for sharing to all of our wonderful winners.  We also wanted to give a shout out to our newest and youngest Trifectan.  She is the 5th grade student of one of our loyal Trifectans, Tom from Cobbie's World.  Welcome Cheyenne!  We hope to see you back for another challenge soon.  Keep writing!

For this weekend's challenge we're asking you to include some hyperbole in your piece.  It doesn't have to be the whole piece, but it needs to be in there, and we're looking for 33 words, as usual.

Good luck and have fun with it!  

24 comments:

  1. Such a great start to a Friday with all of these winners and a shout-out to a young Trifecta participant :D Everyone was so flipping amazing.

    ooh another literary term for a Trifextra. And hyperboles are so much fun (:

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  2. Congrats times eight (cause I'm including Cheyenne). Really love Steph's piece. Also, http://youtu.be/gH4LDiPr7U0
    And love that Kelly's is also song referenced.
    And I am over the moon about hyperbole!!!
    !!!
    Oh, and thanks for the silver!
    !!!

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    1. Cheyenne and I went over your advice and she was quick to agree that your were correct that she shouldn't have used, "they" when only one animal made the kill. Thanks for giving us a teachable moment.
      Congrats on silver! Well deserved.

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  3. Congratulations to all of the winners! Truly well deserved. If anyone liked my "Advice" column piece this week I have decided to make it a regular thing. You are invited to send your questions to the good doctor and his interesting take at http://joe2stories.wordpress.com/doctor-joe-agony-uncle/
    You know you want to! :)

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    1. I loved Doctor Joe's advice. I'm thinking hard on a question right now.

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  4. Thank you. Now the jokes about Little Women beating up Fight Club will begin in my house.

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  5. Thank you! My first Trifecta win! I'm posting that badge to my site today! And congrats to all other winners. Deana's Louisa May Alcott choice was my favorite. And to Kymm and Kelly congrats as well! Terrific entries - I loved them both. And I hope to hear from Cheyenne and her classmates. What a week! Thanks to the hard working Trifecta editors for their super human effort in reading all the entries as they travel around the globe!

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    1. Cheyenne was thrilled to hear from you, Steph and, from everyone else who took the time to provide support and encouragement. It was an extremely positive event for Cheyenne. I am hopeful that, as it all sinks in, she will contact the group to say thanks. But, for now, she is totally blown away. I say thanks, on her behalf, for now. :)

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  6. Congratulations!!!!! I actually had the chance to read all the entries this time, and wow, what a difficult thing it was to vote on only three!

    Special grin at our youngest Trifectan. Always write your heart out, Cheyenne.

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    1. Thank, Corinne. I will pass your message on to Cheyenne. I hope that this experience inspires her to continue to believe that she has the stuff to be a success in life. She is a really great kid......what needs to happen is for her to believe that she is that great kid, too. This experience helped contribute to that, for sure!

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  7. Needed this boost of confidence. It's been a tough month. Thanks so much!

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  8. I knew something was up with that Alcott quote... but did not think Deana would stoop so low... and that Lance, riding in on his wife's coattails for second. But judging by the title of his blog, I'd better zip it up!

    Wowza! What about Cheyenne? Her teacher must be beside himself. A true Trifectan now. To paraphrase William Inge... 'Come Back, Little Cheyenne'!

    I have no idea what a hyperbole is, so I'd better go look it up.

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    1. The whole class liked your offer of showing orcas to Cheyenne should she ever happen to be in your area. At first, Cheyenne was a little concerned because she thought that you meant that you were coming to pick her up to show her these orcas of which you speak. Needless to say, I let her know that the offer was only valid if she ever travelled to your part of the world. We looked up San Juan Island on the internet.....lovely place! :) Would you show me the orcas if I ever came down? :)

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  9. Congrats to all of the winners and thank you for your votes. I love the idea for this weekend challenge!

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    1. Congrats to you Bo and all the winners.

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  10. Jester your link goes to this exact same Trifecta page, just to let you know. Couldn't see your link. You might want to fix it. :)

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  11. wOw, so much heavy metal coming at one family, they're going to have to put on the Kevlar! Congrats to you all!

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  12. Thanks muchly for the bronze; with all the patterns of threes we have around here, coming in third is kinda ironic. :P Congrats to all the winners; Little Women is a great book and a great quote source. :)

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  13. Congratulations to all the winners in this Tr-series;-)Am sure all the winners hooped,skipped & jumped or were over the moon,floating on cloud 9!

    He!he!I see you all have caught on to what I was trying my hand at-love this weekend's challenge-off to exaggerate;-)

    I remember telling my students,"I have told you a hundred times",& they would be trying their hardest not to giggle,lol!

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  14. First of all, on behalf of Cheyenne, let me thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness and generosity of spirit toward one of my students means a great deal to me. You folks truly are special people.
    As for Cheyenne, the impact of your warm words of praise remains to be seen. At present, my take is that she is thrilled but, at the same time, completely overwhelmed. Like many of the kids at my school, Cheyenne has a back story that would break your heart. I am fairly confident that she is not used to having waves of genuine, sincere praise wash over her as your words did on Friday. Although she has not said anything to me yet, I believe that being invited into the Trifecta community as a bone fide Trifectan means a lot to her. I consider this experience to be akin to planting seeds of hope. Hopefully, in time, with continued effort and growing confidence, Cheyenne will return for challenge #2 and, hopefully, start doing them on her own, without my help, in the future. Cheyenne asked to share your comments with the class and we did. This spawned a surge in interest from the other kids but, for now, the spotlight is Cheyenne's alone to enjoy.
    In any case, this experience was a tremendously positive one for Cheyenne. Thanks again for being, not just great writers but, great people, too.

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    1. Tom. I am so happy she has responded so well to all the attention. Please tell her she is welcome any time (I'm sure I can say that for the other Trifectans). I have to say that you impress me as one terrific teacher. I just wish there were more out there like you.

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  15. Tom,
    For some reason I can never reply to replies...
    So glad Cheyenne took my comment the way it was intended. Rock on, teacher Tom!
    And thanks for the congrats.
    Kymm

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    1. You are most welcome. Totally deserved. :)

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