Posts Tagged ‘trifextra’

Omne Trium Perfectum

In Fiction on June 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

English: Three Ek Knives

Omne Trium Perfectum

They say bad things come in threes: misfortunes, children, crimes.

Omne trium perfectum, I say.

My brothers and I are three, but I’m youngest—the charmer. I lure the victims.

Then: Three cuts.

This 33-word story is my response to this weekend’s Trifextra challenge: Third time’s the charm. I went creepy with it, clearly. Check out the rest of this week’s stories for all kinds of great reading fun.

And happy weekend everyone!

*The phrase “omne trium perfectum” is Latin and roughly means “everything in threes is perfect/complete.”



In Fiction on June 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

orange sunlight



is the artifice of adulthood.

We are industrious

in our pursuit of complication—

of noble strife.

Promotions, office drama, coffee preferences,

scraping cents.

But summer

is the soul’s breath.


Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

On Damāvand

In Fiction on May 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm


On Damāvand

We sit on sleeping fire, on Damāvand, where the dragon Dahāg writhes in his bonds.

We see our city, older than myth, and its transient seething.

The hill shakes; our hearts are inflamed.

This is my response to the weekend Trifextra challenge, from the friendly folks over at the Trifecta Writing Challenge. The prompt this week is the picture up above, provided by mohammadali on Flickr.

The photo is of Tehran in Iran, and my story draws on some old Persian myths. Check out this wikipedia entry if you’d like to know more.

Happy weekend!

Dear Characters: A Confession

In Fiction on May 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm


Dear Characters: A Confession

I’m going to kill you. Please don’t fight it.

After all, you either die on the page, on your own terms, or you die when they close the book. Which is worse?

A quick 33 words for the weekend Trifextra challenge. Head on over and read the rest of the entries (it won’t take you long)!

Happy Friday!

Life in Onomatopoeia

In Fiction on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm


Life in Onomatopoeia




 Honk honk
Tappity tap
(Adulthood) Read the rest of this entry »

The Kingdom

In Fiction on April 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm


The Kingdom

In legend is a kingdom,
far-flung and rooted
in the perfect traditions of nature,

where trees,
heavy-hung with fruit,
line leafy walks (and there is time to walk them).

Are you there now?

For this Trifextra, since it’s such a nice day out and it’s almost the weekend, I thought I’d take a lighter approach (guess I’m just in that mood this week). The prompt was simple enough: Use at least one compound modifier and write a 33 word story.

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. Head on over to Trifecta to find out!

The Aquilifer

In Fiction on April 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Gravestone for Roman soldier, showing the vexi...

The Aquilifer

The aquilifer stood, his golden eagle red with Roman blood. The entire century had been lost in the charge, and only enemies remained.

He made himself ready—as all who stand for something must—to fight.

This is my story for the weekend’s Trifextra challenge, which was to use the words Charge, Century and Lost to write a 36 word story. (An aquilifer, for those interested, is the Roman standard bearer responsible for carrying the eagle, the symbol of the legion, into battle).

Happy weekend everyone!

The Gods Are Sleeping

In Fiction on April 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Dark sky

The Gods Are Sleeping

“The gods are sleeping, dreaming the world—dreaming us—but their dreams have been darker of late: Loam turns to ash and the sun retreats.”

“We must act, lest these nightmares wake them.”

(photo credit: theseanster93)

Let’s get metaphysical. This is my response to the weekend’s Trifextra writing challenge, which was to write 33 words inspired by this Paulo Coehlo quote:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Obviously I took the prompt pretty broadly, but hopefully it still worked out. I thought making it a dialogue between two unnamed speakers would give a good bit of mystery to it, but I’d love to here what you think.

Happy weekend everyone!

In the Details

In Fiction on March 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

John Henry Fuseli The Nightmare

In the Details

The night comes

and the devil wakes.

(His mind is restless).

You climb from bed in a rage

to confront the intruder,

but find only mirrors, faces—

and sins etched in the details

These 33 words are for the Trifecta Writing Challenge’s weekend Trifextra (I’m trying to do more of these shorter challenges). Click through for more micro stories, and have a great weekend!

For The Birds

In Fiction on January 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Empire State Pigeon (photo credit ZeroOne/ photo on Flickr)
(Photo credit: ZeroOne / / CC BY-SA)

For The Birds

You can wheel through the sky and skewer the clouds, or you can spend your life low and leave your mark (if you know what I mean).

Just remember: It’ll eventually rain.

This is in response to this weeks Trifextra challenge in which you’re given a prompt and asked to write 33 words on it (the photo being the prompt this week). Read the rest of this entry »