“You feel like home,” I smiled, head on his chest. “Like my bed after a party or a long vacation.”

“So basically, you have fun elsewhere, and come to me when you’re done?”

That wasn’t what I meant.

Trifecta’s prompt for the week:

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:

That wasn’t what I meant.


One More Chapter

Trifextra: Week 101




Just one more chapter,

Just one last look;

I’ll concentrate harder,

Forget what this took:

A childhood of isolation,

Adolescence in pain,

Young adulthood in abstinence,

Can’t let it have been in vain.


*N.B: My inspiration: Studying for entrance exams as a student.

Photo credit: Thomas Leuthard / Foter.com / CC BY

A Beast of a Belly

Trifextra: Week Ninety-One

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.


Trifextra: Week Ninety

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.

Et tu?

I know what comes next.

Christmas Wagers

Friday, September 27, 2013

This weekend we’re asking for 33 of your own words about a famous trio. The trio could be from literature, from history or from pop culture.


“When I showed him his past, he almost cried!”

“Pshh. I freaked him out with Ignorance and Want.”

“Please. One fake tombstone and he became a fan of Christmas. Fork over the cash.” 

Think Twice

Friday, August 2, 2013

This weekend we’re asking for 33 of your own words inspired by the following photo.


[ another head hangs lowly ]

Streetlight Girl with…

Laptop Bag or Wardrobe-in-a-bag?

Hunched Teenager:

Angsty or starved?

Mother and baby –

How long sidewalk-mired?

“Another head hangs lowly” –

“Another day for you and me in paradise.”



*NB: Zombie is 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.

…also, Another Day in Paradiseby Phil Collins, needs no explanation.

The Many Responsibilities of Black Crayons

Friday, July 26, 2013

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.

Black crayons

Are ground to stubs fastest,

Being responsible for:




The sky’s lower limit


(When the artist matures)




Last but not least,

Fingernail painting.

Gold and Glitter

Friday, July 19, 2013

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:





Common metal,

Simple ring;

Eyes water and speak,

Volumes more

Than libraries offer;

Spotlight and center stage

Unnecessary now,

Because all that glitters

Isn’t gold;

But gold, rubbed clean,

Always glitters.

I do.


Emotion. Filterless Transcription.

Friday, July 12, 2013

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.

Emotion. Filterless transcription.