42 Words #23

Hi All,

This week Sadje has stepped up to the plate and selected the wonderful number 23 and I know you are just as freaked out as I was about that but before we go in to orbit and reveal the topic, lets recap where HUMOR lead us.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

H.S Munroe from Writefunnydramatrue

“It’s not funny, Bob!” Sue steamed, her elbow held firmly in her hand.
“I beg to differ.”
After clotheslining her rival trying to catch the bouquet, she was embarrassed.
“My elbow hit her chin.”
“Isn’t that why it’s called the funny bone?”

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

So thanks to all who participated last week, we all got a few good chuckles out of that one but what is the theme for this week?

Well I’m glad you enquired for Sadje has given as a theme as big as the entire universe with her selection of …

OUTER SPACE.

Now its time to head intergalatic and explore the fartherest dimensions or just next door if you skew the definition of the term.  The choice is entirely yours but there’s a limit – 42 words only.

And like always I ask kindly for a few requests from the remaining themes.  Any one can chose just post in the comments or alternatively on your site.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Real Estate came with an expensive price tag.

When they’d agreed to co-habitat after the breakup she had expected compromise, not this.

Pursing her lips Taylor remarked caustically, “With your new girlfriend’s hoarding I might as well be living in outer space.”

“I’ll book the flight,” Was the dry response.

outer

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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #86

Hi Everyone,

So Krisitan was back on deck again last week and you can see the results here.  This week I thought we’d go a bit wacky but before you peruse the prompts lets 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.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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And the words:

“Benny gave her an admiring look. He had never heard a woman swear so much in such a short time. He thought it sounded delightful.” – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #14

Hi All,

Before we go reveal the topic that H.S. Monroe from WriteFunnyDramaTrue with her selection of number 14 let’s all take a trip down memory road and visit the alternative world of Steampunk.  With the fantastical inventions of today powered by steam and perhaps you are wondering where we ended up landing.  Well, wait no longer for here are the submissions from last week…

Kristian from Tales From The Mind of Kristian

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

So last week the theme was pretty narrow and perhaps that accounts for the limited uptake but this week you have no excuse for this theme is a broad as an elephant’s behind (And Charles given the topic, your participation is compulsory) so what theme has been selected well, bring on your inner comedian for we are entering into the dimension of ….

HUMOR

What type of humor?  Does it have to be funny?  What should it be about?

Seriously I’m going give you all an open slather.  ANYTHING.  ANYTHING.  ANYTHING.

The only obstacle, 42 words.

Now I thought I you might be wondering why I ask for you all to pick a number each week, well its really simple really.

I have a list of the themes but if I selected the number we would do all my favorites and then I would be stuck.  This way its as much a surprise to me as it is to you, as I don’t look until I go to set up the weekly post.

So it would be really nice if I could have a selection or two.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The alternatives were thin but imaginative.

Marj had been in a good humor until her Mother arrived.  It wasn’t the fact that she was berated for not marrying, that she’ld live with.

It was when Mother offered Bozo the clown as husband material, then it went downhill rapidly.

humor

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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #85 – The Results

Hi All,

So, again its time for the results and this week its number 85 but don’t panic Kristian will take up the mantle tomorrow and provide Number 86 but first lets see what happened last week.

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:

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And here is the prompt I provided on short notice,

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

Sadje from Keep It Alive

This is my take on the prompt:

Martin sat down in the shelter with a frown, urban legend said this place was haunted by a hundred year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared.  It seemed a bit ludicrous to him.

If you chose to climb out a window and disappear, why would you come here and haunt this place?  It was just a lake; there was nothing special or sinister about it.

Deep in thought he almost jumped when a low trembling voice spoke.

“There’s a toilet and it has a ramp.”

Martin rose to his feet, perhaps it was time to go.

 

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #32

Hi All,

Ok, perhaps last week wasn’t a defining moment but a big thank you to H.S. Monroe from WriteFunnyDramaTrue for taking part and posting the following micro story in the comments:

Werewolves–I fought the urge deep inside, threatening to rip out from my skin and tear me apart. A growl so deep, it shook my inner frame. It took only one bite. I don’t understand. The neighbor’s dog shouldn’t have bitten me.

So next let’s peruse the topic Joanne selected and she has picked number 32 and this is one of my alltime favourite genres.

So, I bet you’re trying to guess what genre has been selected and will it tantalize or torture and yes Charles I am going to hold you to your promise of participation this week regardless

So without further ado the theme this week is ….

STEAMPUNK

(Yes you are allowed to look baffled now)

For those of you unfamiliar with this genre it is defined as:

Its main concern was with reinventing Victorian technology, creating alternate histories or entirely new worlds built on 19th-century technology, making steam power evolve in different ways from reality. It was a genre for people who wanted to wear top hats and shout “tally-ho!”

So in 42 words you need an inventor (probably mad) who after a disaster in the 19th Century has created something around nowdays but is powered by steam.

Seriously, its as simple as that.

Now if you don’t feel up to the challenge then there is an alternative way to participate, yes you got it, pick a number from the grid below.  There are still plenty of choices and perhaps your favorite genre is awaiting your selection.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

In darkness an illuminated mind will excel

Dash squinted, as she watched her Father but the finishing touches to his latest invention.

Since the earthquakes eternal darkness had reigned but as her Father flicked a switch, distributing steam into his gadget her optimism rose.

The light began to glow.

steampunk

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #40

Hi All,

So, I’m breaking tradition a bit because we’ve had a rare occurance and I’m feeling blue.

NO ONE HAS TAKEN PART THIS WEEK IN 42 WORDS (Insert unhappy face here)

The theme is WEREWOLVES and yes there are only 42 words but it can be done.

One of our regulars, Dave from MMA Storytime often writes about fighters, so here is an example in his style.

Folks, the audience always know what it likes.

The crowd was pretty quiet and struggling with shock when the Werewolf entered the ring and challenged all comers but that was nothing when Vlad the Vampire stepped up.

Then the crowd went ballistic and proceeded to bring the roof down, literally.

 

If you feel the urge you can still have a go and I will still be announcing Joanne’s theme choice tomorrow … it would be nice to included some links though. 🙂

And as always … all challengers are welcome.

Just a quick reminder that to keep this fun challenge going we need numbers, so if you have the urge select one from the grid below.

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werewolves

PS Don’t forget to pingback.

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #84 – The Results

Hi All,

So, again its time for the results and this week its number 84 but don’t panic Kristian will take up the mantle tomorrow and provide Number 85 but first lets see what happened last week.

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:

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“Agatha had that old feeling of being on the outside of life looking in.” ― M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

And here’s my submission for the week:

Agatha had that old feeling of being on the outside of life looking in.  She’d moved to suburbia in the hope of fitting in and becoming an upstanding member of society but so far they had chosen to ignore her.

She knew if her husband was still alive he’d tell her to do something to get herself noticed.  Shame she’d already murdered him; that would have attracted some attention.

Agatha sighed, watching as Mr. Tom’s dog left its latest package in the middle of the park and then she smiled broadly.

Serial Killer had a nice ring to it.

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #40

Hi All,

Well I’m thrilled to state that we had two people choose numbers this week and first up was Dave with number 40 and next week we’ll mosey on down to Joanne’s choice of 32 but before we have the grand reveal, lets first peruse the dark landscape of NOIR.

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

Dave from MMA Storytime

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

Joanne from Joanne the Geek

Caramel from Learner at Love

So what did Dave chose? What theme did he select to occupy our waking hours?  Is it one that will send a shiver down our spines?  Or one that start our fingers twitching with excitment?

But you better beware for this week’s theme is …..

WEREWOLVES.

So, off we go to tread that supernatural dark path but be warned you only have 42 words, so use them carefully.

Just a quick reminder that to keep this fun challenge going we need numbers, so if you have the urge select one from the grid below.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

So, would you like your nails done as well?

My Mother used to say when challenging times were upon us, one had to diversify.  That it was the only way to survive, so when the change came upon me, I did just that.

The Werewolves Barber Shop is doing fantastically, thanks.

werewolves

PS Don’t forget to pingback.

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #84

Hi Everyone,

So here we are at week 82 and I guess you’re wondering what is in store for this week but before we go peruse the selection don’t forget to head on over to Kristian’s blog and check out the submissions from last week.

Now to the rules:

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.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

84

And the words:

“Agatha had that old feeling of being on the outside of life looking in.” ― M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

© Deb Whittam 2020