42 Words

Hey all,

This is it, the song, the dance, the tragedy, the triuphant is over.  We have reached the conclusion of our 42 word challenge but before the final curtain call let’s go peruse the mysteries conjured for theme 19 – MYSTERY.

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Jen Goldie for J.E. Goldie

Susan St.Pierre from Sillyfrog’s Blog

Art Mater – Dreams of Dreamers & etc

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse and Every Little Thing

Ian from the moon is rising

Dave from MMA Storytime

Thanks to all who took the time out to participate, pick a number or just read the great selection on offer and for those who may have missed a theme, please find the complete list, with links, below.

If you feel like completing one, go ahead, but as we’ve mentioned previously, 42 words is the limit. 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Alternate Reality Apocalyptic Clown Cabarets Cabins Crime Fiction Dames
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Escape Fairy Tale Fantasy Fight Historical Fiction Horror Humor
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Idols Identity Lost Monster Mystery Myth Noir
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Oddball Filled Outer Space Paranormal Parent Story Poetic Prose Romance Satire
29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Science Fiction Siblings Sports Steampunk Sword & Sorcery Thriller & Suspense Trickery
36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Trapped Travel Story Vampire War Werewolves Western Zombie

As I mentioned previously the idea for this challenge came from a submission call, and they’re still looking for micro tales to fill the anthology.  So if you still feel the need, perhaps you could submit.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

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42 Words #19

Hey all,

Here we are at the final week of 42 words and I know you’ve all been savouring the mystery of what our final theme will be and of course I am going to keep you in suspense for just a little while longer.  So lets go and review where our criminal minds took us with the semi finalist of number 6 last week first.

Ian from the moon is rising

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse and Every Little Thing

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Dave from MMA Storytime

Now as this is our very last week I am really hoping everyone will take the opportunity to participate.  It’s 42 words and the theme is great, so this should be easy for all.

Now after my pep talk let’s cut to the chase, release the hounds, open that final door and seek salvation … this week our theme is  

MYSTERY

Mystery?  What mystery?  Well the choice is yours.  You can have the saga of the missing toilet roll, you could have the mystery of life, the universe and everything but of course the same limit remains, 42 words and that’s it folks.

Next week I will unveil the participants and a list of the themes for those who may have missed some of the weeks.  So check back then.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Before the coldness of the grave, there was

Death hadn’t come quick to Mr. Jones, which was a mystery wrapped inside a riddle.

No weapon, no motive, no anything.

The body sat there, its expression inscrutable.

Mr. Hollows, the Undertaker shrugged, this one was taking its secrets to the grave.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

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50 Word Thursday #110 – The Results

Hi All, I hope everyone has had a great week and just a bit of news that this will be my last results, as due to time constraints I will no longer be hosting 50 Word Thursday but please keep an eye on Kristian’s blog as I’m sure he will be continuing the tradition.  Now on with the recap:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
Here’s the picture: 110

And the words,

“Some days expand, Mona thought; their seams stretch and they hold more than a day’s worth of time.” – This Must Be The Place – Kate Racculia

Kristian form Tales from the mind of Kristian Sadje from Keep It Alive Sara from Relax, It’s All Write This is my take on the prompt: Some days expand, Mona thought; their seams stretch and they hold more than a day’s worth of time. It was her first thought when she’d returned to awareness after her reincarnation and it was almost impossible to forget. Days were endless when you’d taken the form of driftwood, it seemed.

© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #6

Hey everyone,

Here we are, on the semi-final week of 42 words and I just want to say once again, thanks to all those who stepped up and took the challenge.  This week we are revealing which number was least picked in the vote (It was number 6 if you hadn’t realised) but before we do that reveal, lets first review the tortures of being trapped with Chelsea’s pick of number 36.

Ian from the moon is rising

Charles from Potatoes, and the Promise of More Potatoes

Ted watched his pretend glass box baited with invisible food from a camouflaged hunter’s blind. Today, he would trap many. Yesterday his prey was blown away by imaginary winds. But, today would be different: He was finally going to catch some mimes…

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Sara from Relax, It’s All Write

Ok, so here is the great reveal, what was the least popular choice between our final two numbers – well it was lucky number six.

But what is the theme, you ask?  Well its almost criminal that this one was picked at all.  Devious, mischevious, ingenious minds at work, I’m thinking for this week’s theme is …

CRIME

There’s crime a foot this week on 42 words and you’re the one in charge of wrapping it up – in 42 words.  What type of crime, where, when, how, why?  I don’t know but I suspect we will have a few suspects to consider.  So jump to it folks and get the hounds on the trail for this is the second to last week and we need to find our criminal.

Now I’ve rabbited on let’s get down to business, only one number to go, but what’s the theme.  Now if you remember I told you a few times the list is alphabetical so if you want to have a guess in the comments go ahead.

And next week we will tackle the lucky last, 19.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

This crime of passion leads to a sticky end.

The idea had come upon him as he remembered how she’d laughed when he’d arrived at her fancy dress party in a rooster outfit but now the joke was on her.

Unlatching her door he chuckled, watching as the chickens scampered inside.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

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