50 Word Thursday #78 – The Results

Hi All,

So, this is number 78 over but don’t forget that Krisitan will be providing the next challenge shortly on his blog Tales from the mind of Kristian but before that let’s return#78.

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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“She launched herself at their leader.” – Lorraine Heath’s When A Duke Loves A Woman

And here are the submissions for this week:

Caramel (Learner at Love)

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Kristian from Tales From the Mind of Kristian

And here’s my submission for the week:

It hadn’t taken her long to realize the truth, survival wasn’t a game, it took vigilance, hard work and persistence and she’d been pleasantly surprised to discover that she had plenty of all three qualities.

She’d searched until she found a remote location near a river; she’d made a basic camp with a campfire of course, she’d even managed to steal a boat.  Food, water, shelter, things didn’t get any better than this.

It was only when she saw the smoke rising that she’d realized her error but she refused to be defeated.

Angrily Monica launched herself at the leader

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #1

Hi All,

So last week we I was so happy as I had been given a number in advance by Dave from MMA Storytime but before we have another grand reveal let us first see where SATIRE took us.

Thanks to all who participated, I was a bit uncertain about this one but you all took the bull by the horns and the results were impressive.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Dave from MMA Storytime

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

So, what is at the top spot, what it the amazing first theme we have, well Dave thanks for this selection, I think it will prove interesting as we have ….

ALTERNATE REALITY

When I saw this one I will concede that I thought it might be a bit limiting so I’m going to broaden the horizons.  Alternate reality not your thing, then let’s go anything alternate – a shirt, a door, an alternate cheese on your pizza.  The skies the limit literally, in 42 words anyway.

Now I’m really pleased that people are picking numbers with a bit of prompting (Sadje, Rhen???) but we still have a lot of themes to go, so please select a number, I promise they won’t bite.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Youthful folly carry severe penalties here

The guilty verdict hadn’t been surprising and he’d shrugged then but now he realized that the consequences were unimaginable … well, to him at least.

Stealing the car had been exhilarating experience; unfortunately the fine of a thousand brain cells was stupefying.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #28

Hi All,

This week Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith has done the honor of picking our number and I will admit when I went to the list of themes I scratched my head, but my partner assures me that this one will be a synch for all of us but before we get to the big reveal lets see the knockout tales we had for FIGHT.

There’s plenty here to whet your appetite so be sure to check out the tales listed below.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Dave Madden from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Onto this weeks 42 word challenge and Teresa picked number 28 which I hope won’t prove too tricky as it is …

SATIRE

So now is your opportunity to use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues but remember you only have 42 words.

I am pleased to state that I had a second selection of a number, so no need to pick this week but if you feel the urge, go right ahead.  I love being prepared in advance.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The perfume of money overpowers the crime

When Mark had seen the cops descending on the lone protester he’d grabbed his camera but when the police began to splutter, he’d been confused.

Then the wind had changed.

Later he learnt that the fart had been deemed a lethal weapon.

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PS Don’t forget to pingback.

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #76 – The Results

Hi All,

Thanks to all that contributed last week and keep tuned for Kristian will have the next prompt available very soon.  So let’s recap 50 Word Thursday #76.

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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“Sometimes, it’s not your secret to tell.” ― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

And here are the submissions for this week:

Celestial B Purposed from Live Free & Love On Purpose

Krisitian from Tales from the mind of Kristian

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rhen fom Cobbled Contemplations

And here’s my submission for the week:

Success is always a matter of opinion but I never let others opinions thwart my ambitions.

I spent a long cold windy rainy night putting the finishing touches to my piece and then I sat back and awaited the world’s reaction.

Some later claimed it was a shameless prank, that I was taking advantage of others good nature and wasting the resources of the emergency services but to me that was success.

The note, the rickety shack, the fact people had believed.

Alright, some claimed my actions were a crime, but they obviously didn’t appreciate the truth of art.

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #11

So this week on 42 Words Charles took up the gauntlet and chose our number but before we mosey down that road lets recap the world of SWORD AND SORCERY.

We have a great selection of tales for you to peruse, so please check them out.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Dave Madden from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

So Charles decided on number 11 and he teamed this decision with exclamation marks which has proven highly appropriate for 11 is none other than …

FIGHTS

Fights where?  Fights about what?  Fights with whom?  On the decisions that need to be made and summed up in 42 words.

Ok, so while you ponder this weeks theme why not take the oppotunity to pick a number, there’s still plenty of choices to go around.  If there are no selections I will ask my boss and there’s no telling where that will end.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The trial of knowing when it’s time to run

Eyes narrowed, lips pursed,
So determined to win this battle.
That they didn’t notice the door open,
And little Max scamper in.
He was a tenuous little fellow,
He grabbed that cake and scooted fast.
The fight was over before it begun.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #33

Welcome All to 42 Words,

This week Dave from MMA Storytime did the honour of picking our next theme and he has my heartfelt thanks as he chose one of my favorites but before we get to that let’s review where MONSTERS took us.

I will admit I was so pleased that we had so many people take the 42 word challenge, I enjoyed each and every one of the micro stories and I heartily encourage you to have a look.

Dave Madden from MMA Storytime

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Caramel from Learner at Love

So this week Dave picked number 33 and what is this theme you ask breathlessly …

SWORDS & SORCERY

So now is the time to put on those wizard’s hats, grab your wand and begin conjuring up a tale.  Feel free to focus on either or both aspects but remember 42 words is all you have.

Also please take this chance to select a number and chose the theme for next week, I really don’t want to ask my dog Pippa to make the choice, she’ll look at me oddly.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

A sharp edge can heal more than it harms.

Slowly she let the rose petals fall into the bowl before muttering her incantation.

She would take great satisfaction in proving those who thought sorcery was a dark art wrong.

Reaching out Mary plucked the knife from midair, this blade devoured hate.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #74 – The Results

Hi All,

Thanks to all that contributed last week and I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath to see what Kristian offers this week.  So let’s recap 50 Word Thursday #74.

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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“The third month, when the box arrived, was very tricky indeed.” – Douglas Adams, Almost Harmless

And here are the submissions for this week:

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

And here’s my submission for the week:

The first package to arrive was worrying, they appeared to be giant sized nail clippers, who would send such an item to a spinster who liked to do tapestries?

The second month it was a brush, a ginormous brush which certainly wasn’t designed for humans and she’d placed it beside the nail clippers with a scowl.

The third month, when the box arrived, was very tricky indeed.  She had visitors and their curiosity was overwhelming and though she’d hesitated to open it, in the end she was relieved for their presence.

The hellhound proved reluctant for his grooming to commence.

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #18

Hi All,

First of all a big thank you to Chelsea for giving me a number and please remember anyone can nominate the next selection.  Check out what has been chosen then pick away, or else it is Princess’ selection and she isn’t disconcerting.

So first of all before the big reveal lets check out the oddball stories from last week.

Dave Madden from MMA Storytime

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse, And Every Little Thing

Ok, so what theme did Chelsea pick with her selection of 18

MONSTERS

The possibilties with this one are endless.  Monster fish caught last week?  Monster headache from too much chocolate?  Monster relative who likes to sing the soundtrack from The Sound of Music or just a monster?

Your choice just like slecting a number from the list below but remember 42 words is all you have.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Accommodating aliens from far-away places.

As the footsteps retreated down the hallway Mary smiled.

Mark had been dead set against her renting out a room through Airbnb; he’d said a monster would rent it.

As Mark screamed, she silently stirred her tea, well monsters took vacations too.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words – A Special Edition

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A special entry from my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy loving partner.

Ford gripped his towel, “42?  That’s the meaning of life, the universe and everything?”

“Yes,” said Deep-Thought

Marvin sighed, “Life, don’t talk to me about life.”

Just then a wormhole appeared in the space-time continuum and out popped,

“DON’T PANIC”

© Peter Whittam 2020

42 Words – A Special Edition

Hi All,

So before we get into this weeks very special theme first lets recap those who participated this week.

Cabinetto reshuffle

Flash Fiction: The Great Escape

The Bag Lady’s – 42 Word Cabin

So as many of you would be aware Monday the 25th of May is Towel Day, a day in honour of Douglas Adams and bearing that in mind I want everyone to do their best and channel the great man with the following theme

ODDBALL

So what exactly is oddball??? Well if you are struggling you could watch Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but in short oddball is listed in the dictionary as strange; bizarre.

If that doesn’t give you scope, nothing will.

So let us do our best and participate in honor of Douglas Adams and Towel Day

PS – If you want to leave a number for next week please feel free to do so in the comments otherwise the cat is going to pick.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

You want insight at a gut wrenching price?

“The cat’s an oracle.”

“Sure and I’m Douglas Adams.”

At my sarcastic quip Dan dragged me upstairs and looking down I nearly gagged.

“She’s throwing up fur balls, Dan.”

“No, look.”

“Oh.”

He was right, clear as day was the number 42.

 

PS: Don’t forget to pingback so I can find your delightful entries.

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #72 – The Results

Hi All,

Thanks to all that contributed last week and I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath to see what Kristian offers this week.  So let’s recap 50 Word Thursday #72.

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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“She had thought it a game.” – Madeline Hunter’s A Devil of a Duke.

And here are the submissions for this week:

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Kristian from Tales from the mind of Kristian

Rhen Laird from Cobbled Contemplations

And here’s my submission for the week:

Mary rubbed her arms briskly, when John had suggested hide and seek she had thought it was a game but now it didn’t seem that much fun.

There was no one around and the only sign of life was the lighthouse at the end of the railway track but instead of inspiring relief, the sight of it filled her with dread.

Turning around Mary decided she would return to the hotel, John would grow bored and return eventually.

She shivered as she stepped onto the road, unaware that the clown sighed with regret as she moved beyond his reach.

© Deb Whittam 2020