Friday, 12 October 2012

Trifextra Week 37

This weekend they are challenging us to write 33 of our own words to build upon the following:
On the count of three...
We can choose to include those words if we want, but they do not count toward the 33 words of our own.

“On the count of three!” she cried.
I’ll be honest, it surprised me. I’m no Lothario, but I’ve had my share of pillow talk. Being ‘counted in’, though, was certainly a first.
And it quite spoiled the moment.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Trifextra: Week 6

It's another 33-word challenge over at Trifecta. Stories so short that even I could manage one. The challenge was to complete the following story in exactly 33 words:
The phone rang at 4am.

Still awake, Jen watched him scramble to put it to silent. Eyes now shut, she allowed him to think her asleep.  As he tiptoed out, she curled up and pulled the sorrow close.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Macbeth: His Secret Diary

A response to Trifextra Week 4. We had to take a famous story, poem, book, or fable, and retell it in exactly 33 words.

This girl is definitely the one. I can tell -- I can read people.

She just wants to be a good wife and mother. She never interferes.

She’s going to be good for me.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Trifextra Week Two

Over at Trifecta, our weekend challenge asked for something a little different. We wanted a complete story in only three sentences. Here's my effort:

Only Three

They met, the two of them, and decided that only three could be used.

Trifectans everywhere chewed thoughtfully on ends of pencils.

One hundred and twenty sentences later, forty stories had provoked, amused, challenged, inspired. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012


Over at Trifecta, we're asking the community to tell us a little bit about themselves. For some reason, they wanted to know a little bit about us too. So, my answers:

What is your name (real or otherwise)?
David Moore (AKA The Silent Editor)

Describe your writing style in three words. 
Sporadic. Short. Serious.

How long have you been writing online?
I'm only new. It'll be a year in March.

Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? 
I really enjoy Velvet Verbosity's 100-word Challenge. I created my blog for her challenge.  I really enjoy it because she only ever asks for 100 words. Hence the name of the challenge, I suppose.

Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. 

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? 
A colleague of mine (who is a published author) told me to write about 'what I know'. I told her I knew very little. Patiently, she then said to write 'about things that had happened to me'. I told her nothing had ever happened to me. She then (a little less patiently) told me to use the 'what if?' technique. I had no answer to that one and that is now exactly what I do.

Who is your favorite author? 
It's a huge call to name just one author. I'm reading William Boyd's The New Confessions at the moment and everyone should read his Any Human Heart. He's a brilliant storyteller and if I ever do write this novel, I'm sure you'd see his influence.

How do you make time to write?
I don't make time to write nearly as much as I'd like. I ought to, but I don't. It's a big part of 2012's New Year Resolutions. I'm hoping to increase blog posts to at least once a month...

Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. 
I hope we get some good answers for this one, because choosing new words ain't easy.

Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn't miss reading.
I like this one: It's far from spectacular and it won't win any prizes, but I chose it is because it was the first writing I'd ever put up for other people to read. Dave's Friday check-in a few weeks ago talked about how difficult putting our writing out there is; it's something I still struggle with.