Plenty of times over the past two and a half years, we’ve given you the beginning of a story and asked for you to complete it. This time, we are giving you the end, and we are asking you to start it for us. We want 33 words in addition to and preceding the following:
Thirty years ago, Roald Dahl published the book Dirty Beasts, a collection of poems for children about weird and wonderful animals. The last poem, however, is called The Tummy Beast about a boy who thinks there’s someone living in his belly. Your Trifextra challenge is to write 33 words on a beast in an unusual place. No swamps or forests or caves, we really want you to take your beast out of its comfort zone.
I just couldn’t take the heat anymore. Snagging a Mickey-Mouse-shaped ice-cream off the stand, I collapsed on a park bench and wolfed it down. Somewhere my demonic beast of a waistline cackled.
Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, wrote, “It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.” We are looking for a 33-word explanation of what scares you (or your character).
We sit together, my best friend and I, in comfortable silence.
Then she walks in, my other best friend; suddenly his jokes are only for her.
*NB: Zombieis one of my all-time favorite songs: to play and to sing. [I got to perform it at the Hard Rock Cafe once, so very very good memories attached to it! ] I initially fell in love with the song because of the feel of the song and that its backstory is haunting: It was written by the band The Cranberries as a protest song in memory of two boys who were killed in bombings by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1993. If you want to know more, you can read more about the bombings here. It will make you appreciate the song that much more. Also, for anyone who missed it, and in explanation of my note, the picture used for this weekend’s prompt is titled “another head hangs lowly”, the intro line of the song Zombie.
We want you to follow suit and give us a thirty-three word piece that has a color in it. Use the color to describe anything you like, or use anything you like to describe your color, but keep it creative and keep it short.
On now to this weekend’s Trifextra challenge. This weekend we are giving you three words and asking for you to give us back another thirty of your own, making a grand total of thirty-three words. Your words to work with are:
One of our editors was recently lucky enough to slowly roast on a bouncy, mechanical floor thisclose to nearly 900 other Portlanders for a reading (of the third chapter of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and subsequent Q&A by Neil Gaiman. One of the questions asked of him was, “Can you tell us your writing process in three words?” He replied, “Glare. Drink tea.”
This weekend, we’re asking for you to sum up your own process with just three little words. Give us dry wit, pathos or otherwise. And remember, we like your blood on the page. Put it there.