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Ever since Love the Bad Guy and Mike at Short Stories posted about Haiku Deck, I’ve been meaning to have a go. Well, it’s only taken me 18-months to get round to it.

Here are some of the 33-word stories I wrote for Trifecta, re-visited with images.




Also have a look at Love the Bad Guy’s Twitter stories and Mike Jackson’s 33-word stories.



#Trifextra: 105 – Free write – Whimpering

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This week’s last Trifecta Challenge is just not fair! Thank you Lisa and Joules for all the prompts, support, and work you’ve done making this challenge such a fun one.


”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.”



Whimpering (33-words)

What, no prompt? – I struggle with one.

Free-write the first thing that comes into my head? – NOTHING.

It’s as impossible as not thinking about pink elephants.

My last Trifecta response: out on a –


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March 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

#Trifecta: 114 – Satisfy – The King and His Peasant

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I thought and thought about this week’s Trifecta challenge, but didn’t get very far. Then this idea came from absolutely nowhere. I’m not happy with it, but with nothing else nudging my fingers toward the keyboard, this is it.


The prompt:

SATISFY  (transitive verb)
1a : to carry out the terms of (as a contract) : discharge
b : to meet a financial obligation to
2: to make reparation to (an injured party) : indemnify
3a : to make happy : please  

b : to gratify to the full : appease
4a : convince
b : to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) : dispel
5a : to conform to (as specifications) : be adequate to (an end in view)


The rules:

• Your response must be exactly 33 words.

• You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.

• The word itself needs to be included in your response.

• You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.




The King and His Peasant (33-words)

King and peasant share a prison cell.

‘How may I satisfy you, sire?’

‘Tell me your story.’


‘Speak! It’s too late for my neck, but I can still learn from my subjects.’




Written by Sarah Ann

March 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

#Trifextra: 104 – Moving On

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I was sad to read that Trifecta is packing up and we’ll only have challenges until the end of this month. Thank you to the editors who read and judge our entries every week – it must be a daunting and exhausting task. Good luck with your new adventures.


This week’s prompt asked for 33-words including a palindrome. I couldn’t help but go with one of those given as an example.


“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 the must be a palindrome. Not sure what one of those is? Look above. It’s a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards. For example, words like mum, mom, refer or sexes etc. Or phrases, such as the one above; or ‘seven eves’ or ‘yo banana boy!’ For some palindromic inspiration and a huge list of them, check out

So, you’ve got your usual 33 words, but you must use a palindrome and to help us out, please highlight it. Thanks!”




Moving On

Yo’ banana boy. We’re off to pastures new. Coming?

Be hard here without yo’.

Come along then.

I gotta pack.

Leave it. Let’s go naked into the future.

Yo’s crazy.

Nope, just daring.



Written by Sarah Ann

March 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

#Trifecta: 113 – Worm – Massage for Life

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Trifecta Writing Challenges are getting more challenging. At least it took me ages to come up with anything this week.


“We’re always amazed what you can do with 33 little words.  And speaking of that magical number, we know how much you love the quick and dirty challenges so we the Trifecta editors have decided to give you more of what you’re looking for. Starting with this challenge our Trifecta third definition challenge will also have a 33 word limit.


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

:  to wind rope or yarn spirally round and between the strands of (a cable or rope) before serving

:  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>


   • Your response must be exactly 33 words. 

   • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 

   • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 

   • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.”




Massage for Life

Lithe limbs, rippling biceps, powerful fingers kneading.

Sweat moistened lips, musk and yeast misting the air.




One loaf, and there was no need to worm out the TV-chef’s secret recipes.


Written by Sarah Ann

March 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

#Trifextra: 103 – Afterthought

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This week’s Trifextra challenge had me stumped for a long while. Given the end, we had to come up with 33-words at the beginning of a story.


“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.”


Why did you do it?

I don’t understand.

We were always honest with each other.

Was it to punish me?

I know I screamed, ‘I wish you were dead,’ but surely you knew that wasn’t what I meant.


Written by Sarah Ann

February 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

#Trifecta: 112 – Funk – Pinocchio’s Dance

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This week’s Trifecta prompt is:


FUNK (noun)

1 a :  a state of paralyzing fear
b :  a depressed state of mind
2 :  one that funks :  COWARD
3 :  SLUMP  <an economic funk>  <the team went into a funk>


• Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
• You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
• The word itself needs to be included in your response.
• You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.


My response this week is awful, but this is the idea that sprang to mind straight away – I have no idea why. And no time to expand or polish.


Pinocchio’s Dance (33-words)

‘Why’s Pinocchio in such a funk?’

‘He was rasping his nose so Geppetto wouldn’t know he’d told more lies. Delighted by his ingenuity, he started dancing, and cut his strings with it instead.’



Written by Sarah Ann

February 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

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