Monday, March 31, 2014

Trifecta: El Fin

We are, admittedly, having a hard time with this.

We've read your latest posts over and over, exchanged our favorites, whittled and debated, but we haven't made much progress at all in choosing three winners.  Again.

To be fair, judging was never the best part of this site.  It certainly was never the easiest.  It's difficult, and some have publicly argued, unfair, ridiculous, pointless, and hurtful.  Perhaps.  It's definitely capricious.  There was never a rubric for judging, though there was, at one point, talk of creating one.  A lot of the same people won over and over again.  We were accused of favoritism, sexism, and even laziness.  In the end, though, we all knew where those feelings came from.  It sucks to lose.  It's downright awful to feel as though your work didn't measure up against the guy sitting next to you.

We hope now, as we close our doors, that you will really listen and truly believe what we've been telling you for the past 2 1/2 years, that each of you contributed something equally important and absolutely crucial to this community.  There's the woman who tirelessly, selflessly cheered the rest of us on.  There's the guy who turns every other writer in the room into a sister, a brother, a friend.  There's the one with all the amazing photos that make us think.  There are people, not a small number of them, who supported Trifecta just to support its editors.  There are the habitual late-linkers and the habitual early-linkers, those who gave us illustrated hilarity and those who regularly offered up poetic genius.  We have loved the talented quirk, the inspired innovation, the soul-crushing honesty, the depth and the wit.

Over two and a half years, we developed internet crushes on guys whose writing makes us weak in the knees.  We've blushed while vehemently cheering on some saucier links.  We've been grateful warehouses for the words of some seriously intelligent, courageousstrong women.  Artists, in the truest sense of the word.  We have been floored by your generosity, sense of community, dedicationsupport, authenticity, and respect.

We feel creepily protective over our newer, younger writers.  There were so many of you we wanted to know better.  A year is a long time, two and a half years even longer, but it's still never enough.  You know, we always asked for your blood.  We know it isn't always easy to spill.

We were honored to have played a small role in developing serialized awesomeness.  We laughed every. single. time. you guys asked for more words or left us hanging with what we gave you.  Some jokes never get old.

You let us in.  You trusted us with your secrets.  Our real goal for Trifecta was to offer a safe space for people who had words to share, and you guys made it so.  We hope you take that and spread it far.  The internet needs more Trifectans, and we are so excited to see what comes next for each of you.

Goodbyes suck almost as much as losing.  It is going to feel awful to miss you, but we hope we won't need to.  Please use the linkup below to leave whatever you want to leave, as many times as you need to leave it.  If you have a challenge you want people to know about, please leave that information here. If you want to exchange email addresses, Twitter handles, whatever it is you kids do these days, this is a good space to do it.  If you want to refer us to a Trifecta post that you thought was amazing, please do.  If it's not yours, give attribution.  If it is yours, stand up and take credit for how amazing you are.

It has been a wild ride, and we have learned so much.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

39 comments:

  1. You called me a wit! Awwwww! Thanks Guys! I'd try to say something witty but the tears! THE TEARS!
    Thanks to the trifecta team and to everyone who has provided excellent writing and kind comments throughout the years.

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  2. I'm not handling this well. I'm pacing between anger and sadness and I do neither worth a damn.

    Yes, you pegged me perfectly, saying I tried to turn all of y'all into family. This is why I'm not dealing with the virtual doors of Trifecta, well.

    Anyone who tells you they can do what they do without community is a liar. Trifecta made me a better writer. Without you, none of my books would've happened.

    Thank you.

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  3. I've never been great with serious posts, which is why I tend towards quirky things like zombie penguins and whatnot. But, seriously, Trifecta has been a wonderful thing these past few years.

    Each challenge was a highlight of my week, every Monday and Friday morning. So many challenges, so many wonderful stories and words. Thank you. As the song goes...
    "So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye.."

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  4. Wonderful farewell post! It would've taken me six months to get all those links in there :) It was a beautiful walk down memory lane (and my link is "dedicated"... haha addicted is more like it.)

    Over the last two years, I've grown quite attached to this challenge and community. Every Monday and Friday at 7AM (my time) I'd check for the new prompt word. If during the school year, I'd have my phone outside while I waited for my son's bus to come. (I know- that's a sure sign of addiction!) I didn't "win" very often, but I won anyway because I 'met' some wonderful writers that I plan to read even PT (Post Trifecta). I appreciate the encouragement and support I received here, as well as the hard work the editors put into it to keep things running. Thank you!!

    P.S. I probably won't submit a link. I've amassed quite a collection of Trifecta writings over the last two years and I'd hate to read through all of it again. They're all linked up on my "Writing Prompts" page anyway! My most memorable entry though, was my first one, which also took bronze. (The beginning of the addiction...)

    I don't do goodbyes very well, so I'll leave at "see you later." And I hope I do.

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  5. I'm just disappointed in myself for not finding the strength to stick with the prompts - it really is was a great community. It's a big loss for the writing world out there...

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  6. Too bad it's going away. I don't care much about winning anything. Anyway, I didn't see not winning in this case as losing, just as not-winning. That was never why I participated anyway (on the rare occasions when I did.)
    I honestly prefer there not to be winners or losers but only sharing. However, I'm a very non-competitive personality.
    Good luck to you.

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  7. OH Trifecta..I'm going to miss your words, your prompts and your community very much.

    But I also know in my heart that it's not a place for me to ask "why?". Life, I'm learning, comes with the unexpected losses and then, before you know it, another door opens and light shines in on your dark rooms.

    So we don't say Goodbye, we say, "I'll see you soon!" or "Come join me over here" or even "I'll always be here for you and because of you. Thank you for that."

    thank you for all your support, for your work and words, for your words to me on my last piece. My tricycle training was an integral part of my writing growth and that is because I had such patient, encouraging coaches/friends/mentors.

    Much love to this community, you're in my heart and in my head forever and ever.

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  8. Your post is making it even harder to say goodbye. Even when I didn't feel the inclination to write or my muse was on vacation I would still stop by and read what others had written. Trifecta opened my ears and my heart to a plethora of new writers and a collection of new friends.

    I will miss the creative prompts and wish everyone in this Trifecta neighborhood much success and many whispers from the divine breaths of inspiration.

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  9. There is nothing I can add or say that hasn't been said above. Wait! There is somethings....You both, this place...CLASSY! I bow down with appreciation and gratitude!

    I don't do well, at all, with goodbyes of any kind, big or small, and especially as kind and caring as the one you gave us above. So it's hasta luego from me to all of you. These last two and a half years have been priceless to me for a whole bunch of reasons. I guess I did have some words.

    Everyone, please keep in touch!!!

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  10. Dearest editors and Trifectans, I love you all. It may sound grandiose, but thanks for changing my life. Seriously. I would never have stuck with writing without you.

    I have a tendency to hoard my friends. I don't let go easily. So, I'm hoping some (most? all?) of you will join me over at yeah write (http://yeahwrite.me). I'm running a new little micro-fiction/micro-blog challenge there. If you liked the shorter Trifextra prompts, maybe our 42-word gargleblaster will pique your interest. And maybe we can keep the community together a bit longer. Here's the original announcement: http://yeahwrite.me/kickoff-155/

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    1. Christine, I am working feverishly on mine! Actually, I'm waiting at the dentist's office but my thoughts are on star gazing!

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    2. I participated one time and like the challenge, but will definitely be back. My muse is slowly re-awakening and I need a home for her.

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  11. Wow. I get a shout out too. Thank you so much. You made my blog whatever it is today. I don't know how to thank you enough but thank you still.

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  12. parting is such sweet sorrow. Thank you for the many times you challenged me and let me be a part of the gang. Life gets busy and I have missed the last few link-ups, although I did post a goodbye in comments. Blessings to all on your continued journeys. Life has been made sweeter in the knowing of you.

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  13. I will sincerely miss this community. I stumbled upon it at a chance moment, and I have been enraptured since. I am never one to turn down a challenge, and I faced the fiercest one here-with myself. I was inspired by the talent and creativity here; each writer throwing out a piece of themselves in a work of art. It gave me the drive to write, to improve, to creative something tantalizing and new. And, from what I've read, it has the done the same for many.

    Thank you!

    And, undoubtedly, I'll be see you and everyone soon- somewhere, somehow! (;

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  14. Trifecta proved to be very special. I'm a young writer, Lord knows if I'll ever get good, but I had trifecta. In Trifecta I felt like a writer. You're all amazing people: thank you, and I wish you all the best.

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  15. THANK YOU! This link up launched my foray back into fiction. I hadn't written a story since high school. It' s very easy to get lost in term papers and then thesis. Then the next thing you know, you're working and all your writing becomes policies and spreadsheets and emails. You reminded me of the little writing see that still lived within me, the one that motivated me to start a blog. It just needed a little bit of water.
    Maybe I'll finish The Guest one day!

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  16. A heartfelt, beautiful farewell post! To associate my latest post with "won" is a special honor. I always enjoyed this community because of the inspiring comments and countless creative entries. It made me better, it gave me new ideas and best of all, it made me believe in my craft. To say, I am going to miss this space, is an understatement.

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  17. I cannot even begin to imagine how long the post above took to craft, both in love and in technical logistics...but it is absolutely indicative of your amazing hearts for the tender 'heart of the artist.' And much of what made this place a safe haven, a weekly inspiration, and a JOY to write for.

    Some of what I wrote for this site has since been published. THANK YOU. Some of what I wrote for this site helped unlock a turn of phrase, or a concept, for another piece. THANK YOU. ALL of what I've read here has inspired, educated, delighted and changed me. THANK YOU.

    I wish you every bit of occasional ridiculous GLEE there is in this wacky, often excruciating word world, as you move on, hopefully with projects of your own. I hope to stay in touch with some of the writers I've fallen in love with here.

    And I'd like to invite everybody who doesn't already know about it over to the Writer's Digest site to join Robert Lee Brewer's April PAD (Poem A Day) Challenge. There are some awesome incentives this year, as well as a daily prompt to keep your pen moving.

    http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-faqs-and-tips

    I, personally, will be deeming Tuesdays "33 Words" day. No matter what else I write that day, for which prompt, I plan to pen something of exactly 33 words, in your honor.

    With deep gratitude, appreciation and respect...and more than a few tears...wishing you all the best.

    De Jackson (WhimsyGizmo)

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  18. Oh, the internet crush is mutual, Trifecta and Trifecta editors ;) Even if I took periodic and lengthy breaks from posting, I've loved it every time, and you lot can't be given enough credit for taking the time to read all the entries, every week, and offering your feedback.

    I'll of course be on the lookout for new and different prompts, but I can't imagine anything that approaches the depth and quality of the stuff that's been posted here. If it exists, please point the way! Until then, I'll just have to work on my longer pieces.

    Adieu, Trifecta, and thank you! Until we meet again...

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  19. Loved all the Easter Eggs you left here. I hope this is only "until later" and we can still keep in touch, and continue to encourage and support each other. I've already started my Reader file so I can stalk all of you.

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  20. Just wanted to thank you all, and Trifecta. It's been a wonderful place to share my words and to read the words of others.

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  21. Thanks for the lovely closing letter. I appreciate the shout out and was happy to contribute to the terrific sense of community that Trifecta held for all of us. I wish you luck in the days and months to come. You deserve everything good that life has to offer. Thanks for helping me and, so many others, find our Voice. We are better for having known Trifecta. Thank you all.

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  22. so so sad to say goodbye. I'd only just begun. Thank you for being here. Thank you for inspiring. Thank you for judging just so we could say unfair, ridiculous, really? But all in all we know they were all great. I'm thankful to have found you last year even though I've been remiss for the latter few months. Hope your next venture is as fulfilling. au revoir!

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  23. So long and thanks for all the fish.

    I didn't participate as often as I might have liked, but I certainly enjoyed it when I did.

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  24. Thank you for so many opportunities to try subjects and ideas I had never written before. Thank you for being the conduit to so many wonderful writerly types. Thank you for this great window of time.

    I've enjoyed this and grown as a writer because of Trifecta. I can't explain how much I appreciate that. Big hugs to allllllll of you!! :)))

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  25. Such a great final farewell! Very clever and must have been time-consuming for you, but then you are going out the way you have been throughout.....dedicated to giving of yourselves, your time, your energy, your inspiration! All the best to you :-)

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  26. At this bittersweet time, the only thing left to say would be… Despedida! Au Revoir! Arrivederci! Sayōnara! Namaste! Aloha! Farewell! (Saying "goodbye" in a 33 finale words seems only appropriate, don't you think?)

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  27. Thank you for everything you've done in the way of making a home for writers...it has been well worth it...

    I wish you all joy for the journey and ink for the spilling...enjoy this one wild life!!

    From the words of Mary Oliver, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

    I say, inspire and be inspired...stir the waters as you certainly have for the last two and a half years here. :)

    Thank you!

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  28. I have to leave a last message.. It has been lots of fun to post and read.. But alas I had to give up after realizing I could never fit into my schedule to fit this into my other writings.. One of the things I don't want is to link and run.... I'd rather read all entries. Every one. But time never allowed.

    One thing I hope is continue to write - and our paths will cross elsewhere.

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  29. i enjoyed this place...feels bit weird when something you grow fond of shuts down :o

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  30. Ah, I had a busy weekend (stretching so far as to go from Friday to Tuesday) so I could only come here today. I was half hoping there would be something new... I guess it really is the end this time...

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  31. Holy shit, what?! I finally feel sort of settled into my life with a new baby (took a long effing while, he's 7 months old today) and came here to get back into the groove of things and see what my blogging colleagues are up to and I find THIS. I don't understand... I feel very sad about it. Gonna trudge through previous posts to find out how this decision was arrived upon... But I wish everyone the best and hope I can connect in some other corner of the internet with the writers and editors I came here today to re-connect with...

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  32. why is it as soon as i love something, it vanishes. i truly believe i am the harbinger of death:) oh well, it's been a lovely ride... on to something else to kill...

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  33. Argh. I had been hoping to come back here to flex my fiction fingers at the keyboard for a while instead of just taking on poetry. And I've returned only to find you have departed. Sad. I wish everyone well.

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  34. Coming up on the third Trifecta-less month. Does anyone else keep checking back here to see if anything new has popped up? ;)

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