Category Archives: Trifextra

Weekend 33 word challenge.

Trifextra 87 – What Might Have Been

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‘How’s the new book coming along?’ queried the agent.

‘First draft complete. Have a really good feeling about this one – the working title is The Two Musketeers

‘Sounds fabby Alexandre  – keep me posted.’

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These 33 words form my ‘famous trio’ themed entry into the Trifextra 87 writing challenge. 

This piece became my fourth effort to get into the Trifecta Writing Challenge winner’s circle – my first in the weekend Trifextra – achieving a third place. As ever I am flattered that those judging (my fellow writers!) saw something in my work. 

Trifextra 86 – 45th September 3419

MDX05~Try-Try-Again-American-Proverb-PostersMy alarm sounded.

We were here – again.

“45/09/3419”  flashed the ship’s chronometer.

Week 73198’s Trifextra was famed throughout the galaxies;

I was determined to win it – eventually.

Could today finally be the day?

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These 33 words form my ‘time travel’ themed entry into the Trifextra 86 writing challenge. 

Trifextra 85 – Pledge of Allegiance

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Oh Blessed Trifecta how so you tease,

Another prompt – another chance to esteemed judges please.

To write, to delight is the weekly goal,

Oh Blessed Trifecta (and Trifextra) you have my soul.

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This 33 word apostrophe forms my entry into the Trifextra 85 writing challenge.

Trifextra 84 – Natural Born Leader

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Doggie whines from his garden tether.

On the sofa he reposes,

Smug.

The impudent loft of his crown

Emanating domination,

Majesty,

Purrfection.

King Cat is in residence –

Ruler of all he surveys.

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These 33 words forms my entry into the Trifextra 84 writing challenge. 

Trifextra 83 – Home By The Sea

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Our dreams were of gold

Chasing clouds across the sky

Seeking rainbow’s end

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This first ever attempt at a Haiku forms my entry into the Trifextra 83 writing challenge. Apologies to all lovers of Haiku for this intrusion into your world. I hope you can forgive me one day. 

Trifextra 82 – Teletales

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Hello <Insert Name>, thank you for ordering AMCO International Bedtime Services.

Please select from one of the following story themes:

1 Handsome Princes

2 Ponies & Puppies

3  Pageant Queens

4 Repeat Options

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These 33 words from my entry into the Trifextra 82 writing challenge.

Trifextra 81 – Life At First Sight

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From the very first moments the senses form.

Shapes and movement; blacks and whites.

A loving mother’s face.

In time focus and control; spectral appreciation and wonder.

The full kaleidoscope of life revealed.

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These 33 words from my entry into the Trifextra 81 writing challenge.

Trifextra 80 – Like Father, Like Son

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Every night it was the same for Vera’s boys.

Dribbling, drooling, tears and tantrums.

Jimmy Jnr’s swollen gums and impending first milk tooth was his excuse.

Jimmy Snr was just a rotten drunk.

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These 33 words from my entry into the Trifextra 80 writing challenge.

Trifextra 79 – A Life in Silhouette

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He puts down the money and leaves.

Emptiness. Despair. Doubts.

She turns to the sleeping child.

He wants nothing – just her love.

Once so much hope.

She doesn’t dare dream any more.

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These 33 words from my entry into the Trifextra 79 writing challenge. A brilliant photo prompt this week, really had me thinking. Hope I have done it justice.

Trifextra 78 – The Ring

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White hankies wave.

The beast staggers, bloodied but aware.

His final tormentor moves in closer.

Their eyes meet; in that moment there is acceptance.

Blood drips. Sweat sheens. The final blade is thrust.

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 78 writing challenge.

Apologies if this seems distasteful but in researching ideas for this piece I stumbled across bullfighting. Thought it was worth upsetting a few people if in the end it perhaps helps to raise awareness. For more info on the campaign against bullfighting please go to http://www.cas-international.org/en/news/

Trifextra 77 – We Shall Overcome

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Nervously she twiddled her wedding ring as the consultant began.

Stage IV.

Her eyes began to water. Only briefly.

Not time yet for self pity.

This fight wasn’t over.

It was just beginning.

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These 3words form my entry into the Trifextra 77 writing challenge.

This piece is dedicated to organisations such as Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care for their unrelenting attempts to find treatments and possible cures for this absolute brute of a disease. Please help them and others if you can.

Trifextra 75 – In The Line of Duty

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Sheriff Johnson’s team had everything they needed.

Motive, fingerprints and two eyewitnesses.

One thought filled his mind as he focused on the suspect through the bars.

“Why son? Where did we go wrong?”

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These 33 words form my entry into the Trifextra 75 writing challenge.

Trifextra 74 – Homage to the Homonym

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One you tie, one you take, one you draw.

The first is a bow.

The second is a bow.

The third is a bow.

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These 24 words form my entry into the Trifextra 74 writing challenge.

Think I am possibly stretching the limits of the brief but in my defence it is one sentence followed by three which are saying the same thing i.e. it’s similar to the prompt! I’d also say by the time I wrote mine a lot of good ideas had been taken so I had no choice but to lurch to the fringes for something a bit different. 

Ahoy Trifectans!

whoamiAs a regular entrant into the creative writing challenges hosted by the Trifectan gang  I thought it time to let my fellow writers know a bit more about me. Not a lot more but enough to be going on with!

1. What is your name (real or otherwise)?

My name is not a pseudonym. I am not anonymous. I really am Paul Clements.

2. Describe your writing style in three words. 

Raw. Developing. Mine.

3. How long have you been writing online? 

My main web output over the last 15 years was a sports site on which I wrote match reports for my local football team. This has now closed. I needed another vehicle for writing and so turned to creative fiction. I have been telling made up stories since March 2013 i.e. just a newbie!

4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? 

Other than the Trifecta and Trifextra challenges I regularly submit entries to:

Friday Fictioneers got me started in creative fiction. 100 words or so of flash based on a Wednesday prompt. No idea why it is called Friday Fictioneers!

Alastair’s Photo Fiction is a Sunday photo prompt requiring a story in the vicinity of 150 words.

5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. 

By taking a creative writing course. I plan to do an online one later in 2013. Feel it is important to put some solid foundations in place. I may think I have some ability when it comes to writing but it’s important to get the basics right.

6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Not been at this long enough to have been given advice from anybody yet. That will no doubt come in due course. However, the best piece of advice I’ve read is to keep on writing. Don’t get too obsessed with editing and reviewing. Just go with the flow of the story and when the flow stops then you can review and edit.

7. Who is your favorite author?  

Confession! I’m not a constant reader. I will go through phases of reading a lot then phases of not reading very much. Also never been a person who really has favourite anythings i.e. bands, singers, authors. There are those I like but none I obsess over. These would include JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson. Some of my favourite reading over the years has actually been non-fiction.

8. How do you make time to write?

Writing has been a hobby in one guise or another for many years. As such I will always find time to do it. Watching less television is one way to make time if you’re really struggling!

9. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. 

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10. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading.

Well so far in my first few weeks doing the Trifecta weekly challenges I’ve managed a third and a second place. This was the story which got me the second place and I think it is one my best so far. For a non-Trifecta piece this is one my favourite.

Above is correct as of today i.e. 28th June 2013. Beyond that I can give no guarantees to its accuracy!