I’ll level with you: I’m crushed. It wasn’t about stats, it was about stories. Now, I won challenges – no false modesty – but more: I won you over. It’ll be different, won’t it, now?

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  Trifextra prompt, and the news shared today by the Trifecta crew:

After 2 1/2 amazing years of Trifecting, we are announcing that at the end of this month, Trifecta will be officially closing its doors.

And here’s the prompt:

So, Trifectans, let’s make these last weeks the best ever. Go for it. Jump out of your comfort zones, run wild. Like a bird of paradise, strut your most funky and colourful stuff. Just don’t forget to pay attention to the prompt! Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? This week’s challenge: You’ve got exactly 33 words and one of them must be a palindrome.

Don’t worry – I’m not all bitter. 🙂 This was just my Monday morning, undercaffeinated gut reaction. Expect many laudatory offerings over the next couple of weeks! xoxo

Edited to add:

I posted this over on the Trifecta site. Figured I’d say it here too.

I hardly even know where to start. I mean, the editors know how much I love this place. And I’ve probably annoyed more than a few people with my overenthusiastic cheerleading. Seriously: it’s the first place I go on Monday mornings. But I do understand, a little, what kind of time and energy it takes to keep a site like this running. And the way Trifecta has grown over the last few months! It boggles the mind, that they could keep up for so long. So many, many thanks to Lisa and Joules for their hard work and the hundreds of hours of pure pleasure – both in reading and in writing – that they’ve given us.

Like many others, I came for the challenges and stayed for the community. OK, and the challenges too. But there really is something special about the folks who hang out around here. I’d love the opportunity to keep in touch, keep conversing, keep reading. I’d like to know about some of your other favorite prompt and writing sites (and share a few of my own). I want to follow you all on Twitter (@hanolsy) and run into you on Goodreads (trudgingthroughfog – though I’m woefully inactive over there).

Also, I’d love the chance to do a Trifecta retrospective, where folks could link to their favorite (of their own) Trifecta/Trifextra entry. Maybe it placed in the top three. Maybe it didn’t, but you’re particularly proud of it. Maybe it was something that took you out of your comfort zone, or something that really resonated with your readers, fellow Trifectans included. Maybe it’s something you wish more people had read. I’m no linky expert, but Editors, do you think we could make room for something like that? No judging, no competition, just a flat-out sharing of what Trifectans have done. I’d love to see that.

24 thoughts on “Level

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    This is so simple and from the heart. You’ve beautifully expressed the loss we all feel. And I love the everyday-ness of your palindromes. Of course, I’m wildly jealous too. I never won, and now I never will.


  2. TNT says:

    Super twist, lovely and genuine. You have so much control! You say exactly what you want to say, how you want to say it, and the reader unconditionally approves. That is respect to the craft!


  3. tnkerr says:

    I like the idea of a retrospective and I look forward to finding more “Trifecta-like” places to play. I discovered Trifecta only recently, I missed a lot! A retrospective would facilitate an opportunity to catch-up.


  4. Kir Piccini says:

    I am always so grateful to Trifecta for the friendships I made and the writing it has inspired. Of course I am not going anywhere, but I still feel the sting of loss of this community as if we had somewhere to go each week. I will miss that very much.

    Thankfully, I will reading your words in my inbox for as long as you weave them my friend.


  5. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Awesome, Christine. I can hear the swooning all the way across the world. And what a lovely few paragraphs as well. I’ll just second you : )


  6. cobourgcobbie says:

    Lovely sentiment. Clever construction. Thanks for being such a talented role-model for me and for everyone who goes to school each week on the fine, fine work you so consistently create. Thanks, as well, for being so supportive of my own attempts. Your encouragement and advice meant a lot and helped me grow. Glad to have a connection that exists beyond Trifecta. Freakin’ Mondays, eh!? 🙂


    • Christine says:

      As much as I’d love to, I know how much work goes into this sort of thing. Lisa & Joules have done an amazing job keeping it going as long as they have. It just wouldn’t be the same without them at the helm. 🙂 I’m hoping we Trifectans can find a new gathering place. I’m already putting together a list of my favorite prompts and writing spots…


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