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The swings creak. The slides throw long shadows. Here is where we shared an orange. There is where your sister skinned her knee. Little dramas, all grown up.

Come, children, new playgrounds await.

This post was written in response to the final Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt:

For the final challenge here at Trifecta, we considered some flash and dazzle, a wild prompt to send us off with a bang. What we realized was the most achingly beautiful, haunting and dazzling words we’ve read from our brilliant community have been the ones you chose when you were given the freedom to write with abandon. So we’re lovingly, and eagerly, placing the choice in your hands. There’s no topic, no word, just a free write. Go anywhere your mind wants to travel. Take us there too. Just make it count, leave your blood all over this page. Thirty-three words exactly. Of course. We couldn’t end it any other way.

I’ll miss you, Trifecta. Hope to see you all in new playgrounds.


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.


I resisted you as long as I could. But in the end, what choice had I? You contrived to worm a confession out of me, and won an admission in three little words.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekly prompt, which has new rules! Gone is the 333 upper word limit – we are now restricted to exactly 33 words.

You should write a creative response using the third definition of the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response must be exactly 33 words. This week’s word is:

WORM (transitive verb)

1a : to proceed or make (one’s way) insidiously or deviously<worm their way into positions of power — Bill Franzen>
b : to insinuate or introduce (oneself) by devious or subtle means
c : to cause to move or proceed in or as if in the manner of a worm
2 : to wind rope or yarn spirally round and between the strands of (a cable or rope) before serving
3 : to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of<finally wormed the truth out of him>



Colors have connotations. They imply. Your voice, tinged with ochre, reflects the westward sky and I think of endings. I deflect, offer up my blue eyes, distant and deep as night. You smile.

That wasn’t what I meant.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge Trifextra prompt:

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.

So, to clarify, you write 33 words and then you tag on the five that we’ve given you.  Our five come after your 33 for a grand total of 38.

Tipping Point

I am an obsession, a twisted fulcrum.  A distracted smile, and you tilt thusly. A gaze too deep tips you back. I etch my name across your back. It lingers when I leave.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekend Trifextra prompt:

This week we’re asking for exactly 33 of your own words about love gone wrong. But we’re asking that you not use any of the following words:


This weekend’s Trifextra challenge is community-judged! For the 48 hours following the close of the challenge (starting at 4:00 PM Pacific/7:00 PM Eastern on Thursday), voting will be enabled on links.  In order to vote, return to the Trifecta Writing Challenge site where stars will appear next to each link. To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite posts. You can vote for up to three, and voting is open to everyone!