Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Trifextra: Week 56 – Hidden White Starflowers

with 14 comments

This weekend Trifecta set a great challenge. It wasn’t easy.

This weekend we are playing another type of word game with you. Below are photos from the 33rd page of one of our very favorite books, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. What we want you to do is to scour the page (click to enlarge), choose 33 words, and reshape those words into a piece of your own. Your piece does not have to tell an entire story. We just want to see what you can do with this particular word bank. Punctuation is up to you. Use whatever you need, whether or not it appears in the photos.


Hidden White Starflowers (33 words)

Pine needles were in the kitchen cupboards, fish entrails over the basketball hoop. His mother’s need was urgent now.

His head was huge with panic. Kevin wanted relief, never mind his brother squawking.



14 Responses

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  1. Brilliant job!


    February 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  2. wow! that is an upside down household. nice job!


    February 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

    • I’d imagined a mother with dementia and her son was finding it difficult to cope with her antics. I don’t think 33 words was enough to get it across.

      Sarah Ann

      February 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  3. Entrails on the basketball hoop?! o__O lol great job


    February 25, 2013 at 3:26 am

    • Thanks. It’s something I don’t think I want to ever see in real life πŸ™‚

      Sarah Ann

      February 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  4. Funny!


    February 25, 2013 at 6:56 am

  5. Wow, there is something afoot here! I love the way you put these words together.

    • Thank you. Yes, something definitely afoot. After reading everyone’s comments I think it’s going somewhere different from what I initially imagined.

      Sarah Ann

      February 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  6. lol Thanks for a bit of comic relief! Nicely done!


    February 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  7. Ha!! A very original approach! Loved it! πŸ˜€

    Linda Vernon

    February 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  8. This is extremely neat. Kudos. πŸ™‚


    February 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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