Friday, March 1, 2013

Trifextra: Week Fifty-Seven

There was a flurry of messages and questions regarding this week's word and whether it should be used as a noun or a verb.  As the noun usage was an extremely difficult challenge, we opened it up to either.  We received some excellent entries on both sides and we were more than impressed with those that managed to fit in the noun use.  Bonus points all around to those who did.  Of course those points are strictly paid out in our respect and admiration.  We're glad to sit on the sidelines this week and leave the tough choices in your capable hands.

This week you gave first to Draug who gave us Introductions.
The atmosphere within the car was one of ease despite the chaotic meeting of the driver and his passenger an hour before. Meeting, however, was not the first term that came to mind when describing their encounter. Abduction was closer to the truth.

“Where are you taking me?” the passenger—a woman of twenty-five—asked. Her voice was loud in the confines of the car where only the faint hiss of the highway rolling under the wheels broke the silence. That hiss occasionally slipped into a sharper cough whenever the car, being no doctor, found and dipped into a pothole. The woman’s narrowed hazel eyes, focused on the driver, reflected each street light flash.

“Aren’t you more interested to know who I am?” the driver asked. “Let’s have introductions. My name is Jon Winder.”

“Angela Thorn.”

“I know,” Jon said. He looked ashamed of admitting this foreknowledge.

“Alright, the formalities are over. Now do you care to tell me why you kidnapped me? We’ve been driving for an hour now. If you’re going to rape and kill me just pull over and get it done with, will you?”

“You seem far too accepting of such a possibility.”

“I can’t fight against you. I got that much from the way you yanked me out of my bed. You’re strong. You’re fast.” Angela paused and added in a small voice, “And you can drop thirty feet from a window without a scratch.”

Jon smiled without humor. “So...”

“So,” Angela echoed. She glanced at the car’s digital clock. “The sun rises in two hours.”

“I have a reservation in a hotel another half-hour down this highway,” Jon said.

“Am I your prisoner? Or a late-night snack?”

“Neither. But it’s a long walk back to your house and not everyone on the road is as benign as me about their intentions.”

“Benign?”

“I knew your mother personally,” Jon said.

Angela paused. “…And do I know you?” she asked in a whisper.

“We’ll get to that,” Jon replied.
Your votes put Le Bohemian Writer in second this week.  It seems you guys appreciate the creepy as much as we do.

Third place was a three-way tie.  We're leaving it as it is.  In third place is Lumdog with A Lesson in Lasagna, Deana with The Worst Pick Up Line, and Ted Strutz with One Last Piece.

Congrats to all of our many winners.  It really says something about the quality of your work that a group of your peers found it to be top notch.  Well done.

Remember the weekend challenge is also community-judged.
  • For the 12 hours following the close of the challenge, voting will be enabled on links.  
  • In order to vote, return to this post where stars will appear next to each link.  To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite post.
  • You can vote for your top three favorite posts.
  • Voting is open to everyone.
  • You have 12 hours to vote.  It's not much time, so be diligent! We'll send out reminders on Twitter and Facebook.
For the weekend challenge we're asking for exactly thirty-three words written in first person narrative. Have fun with it and we'll meet you back here on 3/3!

30 comments:

  1. You guys...are too much. I'm always stupidly stunned into surprise whenever I place by vote, and first place is even more stupidly stunningly surprising. You're all amazing. Astounding? Magnificent? There is no word glorious enough for you all.

    And I'm in amazing company as well! I'm flattered to be considered a contender among such amazing, talented peeps. I'm really glad there were so many winners. Ties are the best. We need more ties. <3

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  2. Wow!Congrats Draug,knew it was a great piece & am so glad I read & commented on almost all the pieces,including those of the winners:-)

    Congrats to Le Bohemian writer,Deana,Lumdog & Ted for their exceptional pieces & so well judged by the community:-)Great to see so many of you up there.

    Now,on to the weekend challenge-tough for me-have never written in first person I think but then Trifecta always comes up with ones that forces us to expand our horizons & step out of our comfort zone-nothing attempted ,nothing gained,no?And I see that Draug & Sammy Davies have already done the deed!So here goes-be back in a jiffy ,lol!

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    1. Thank you, Atreyee, you're always so kind! :D

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  3. Congrats to all the winners!!!!

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  4. 33 words to be completed by 3/3 . . . you certainly know the way to this moosie's heart!!

    congrats to the chosen :)

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  5. Congrats one and all.. I like ties.. spread the love.. all well-deserved.

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  6. Thank you Trifectans. I really enjoy the support and encouragement here. You are all welcome for killer lasagna!

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  7. Wouldn't it be fun to have three three-way ties?
    Congratulations times five!
    Don't think I hit everyone this time around, but will do bette this weekend.

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  8. Just so ya know.......Hayley appreciated all of your kind words. She says she wants to write another story so, come Monday, hopefully, we'll be back n business. A special thanks for the shout-out Hayley received via Trifecta's Facebook site. That was a very nice surprise.
    Congratulations to all of the winners this week. Good luck to everyone his weekend. Thanks to all of you for helping Hayley.

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  9. I appreciate the warm Trifrctian welcome. Thanks for reading my stories, and even voting for me.

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  10. @daily shorts,cannot access your link-this is the message I am getting-"You are not allowed to edit this item"?What edit-I can't even see it,lol!Please check-wonder if its only me who is unable to see your post or what,thank you.

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    1. Thanks for the notice. I loaded the wrong link. I couldn't find a place to correct it, so I uploaded again. This time it is the correct link. I do apologize for that. You can check it out here: http://ashortaday.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/what-i-long-for/

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  11. This does not meet the criteria, but you prompted this poem. So I thought I'd share it before trying again for just 33 words.

    http://thisindieflower.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/emile-benveniste/comment-page-1/#comment-57

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    1. Thanks for sharing this! Heading over to read it now.

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  12. I'm new to this but I don't see a word for the weekend challenge. Did I miss something in the instructions?

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    1. Barbara already answered this, but I'll chime in, too. (Thanks, Barbara!)

      Our weekday challenges are one-word writing prompts. Our weekend challenges are always a little different but always involve the number 3 somehow. So this weekend we want 33 words written in the first person. Next weekend, we'll want something different.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Thank you. But I didn't see those instructions on this page. It starts with announcing the winners of the weekday challenge so I'm a bit confused. But thanks for that extra info. I'll pay more attention as I go along!

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    3. The instructions are a bit buried this weekend. They are right under the rules for the challenge, the last two or three lines of the post, right above the responses. I had to read the post a couple of times to find it, and I'm a veteran of this site! :)

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  13. the instructions are to write 33 words in FIRST PERSON. :) Hope you will enter, Meredith

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  14. Congratulations to all the winners!! Very well deserved!! Congratulations Draug!!

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  15. Even though I got to work at the really short challenges, I like them the best. I get a chance to read everyones. Sometimes when you have a long 1000 word essay you find yourself thinking, what did I read and you have to backtrack and never get to anyone elses. Thanks.

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    1. Our 333 word challenges do present an additional challenge in the way of finding the time to read all the others. Our official stance is to do what you can and make sure you're doing what you need to do to keep this a rewarding experience for you.

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    2. I *love* these short challenges: how to tell a story in so few words; how to eliminate all but the most necessary bits. It is such a useful exercise, and such fun, too!

      (Count the above - HA! Once you start writing in 33 words, you can't stop.)

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  16. I have to say, choosing only 3 favourites from all the amazing submissions is no easy task. I don't know how you Trifecta editors do it every week!

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    1. Now you see why we willingly hand over the reins every third week! :-)

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    2. Oh yes - I'm on to your cunning plan! ;-)

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