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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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.

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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

CRIME

42 Words #36

Hey everyone,

Welcome to another week of 42 words and we are in the final leg of the marathon today.  Soon we’ll all be able to put our feet up and eat another kit kat, jaffa, banana etc but before we get excited about all of that let’s first go and recap last weeks trek into the world of Sci-Fi, as nominated by Dave .

Sara from Relax, It’s All Write

Ian from the moon is rising

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Jaquintinwriter from Creative Life of Today’s Senior Citizen

So this week I am relieved to state that we have finally arrived at Chelsea’s choice of 36.  Why am I relieved you ask?  Well this is the first prompt I attempted and I failed big time, so now I have a chance to make amends.

But what is the theme, you ask?  Well this is one that might rattle your cage, have you grabbing your compass and cursing your cell phone.  Well this is one which might have you constricted, cautious and confused.  Well this is one that might have you feeling …

TRAPPED

Trapped where? Trapped by what?  Trapped when?  Trapped how?  Trapped why?  So many questions, so many options and so few words.  42 to be precise, so I implore you to not take a single one in vain.

And now we are down to just two – 6 and 19 – so next week will be our semi-final and the big reveal of our vote.  I know I can’t wait and if you manage to escape I’ll see you then.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 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:

When a heaven sent excursion turns hellish

 “Dorothy?”

“Umm?

“Do you have any plans for tomorrow?”

“No, why?”

“Would you like to spend it with me?”

“Of course, what did you want to do?”

Dorothy sighed, looking into Uncle Don’s eyes as he relived his youth.

She’d been trapped.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

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42 Words #29

Good Day All,

Another week and another 42 words, but let’s be honest we’re getting close to the end, so congrats to all who have stuck around for the final countdown and I hope you’ve enjoyed the trek so far.

So this week Dave has selected the mighty 29 but before we follow that projectory let’s first see where we hit the ball with Sara’s selection of 31.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Sara from Relax, It’s All Write

Now I know you’re all absolutely beside yourselves to find out what theme Dave has selected this week and I can confidently state that he has smashed it out of the stratosphere, he’s in orbit around jupiter, he’s fuelled up the space ship and he’s outta here.  (I think I’m still reliving the sports theme here) so anyway, what is the intergalatic theme that Dave has selected this week?

Well, its the riverting …

SCI FI

Now if last weeks theme was big, this one is ginormous, I mean sci fi … or as it is defined on my mate and yours, google

science fiction
 
noun
noun: science fiction; noun: SF; modifier noun: science-fiction
  1. fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.

Ok folks, this is a call to arms, its time to put on your A Game and create a universal gem that will fuel my imagination into outer space.  I want it all folks, space, rockets, and moon dust (I made that last one up).  I know you have it in you guys and gals but just remember you have limited oxygen for this gem – 42 words, to be precise, so let’s all be concise.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 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
36 GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Tripping into the outer realms for relief.

Michael sighed, Covid-19 had changed so much.  At one stage this would have been impossible, but where there’s a market, they’ll find a way.

Taking a sip of his drink he stared out of the window.

So, this was life on Mars?

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© Deb Whittam 2020

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42 Words #31

Hey everyone,

Well it’s been an interesting week as we forayed into Sadje’s pick of 16 and the topic of identity but this week we have a new topic for you to tackle but let’s take a drink’s break and review the submissions from last week first.

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Dave from MMA Storytime

Now I couldn’t find Sadje’s post but I’ll point you to her site just in case its hiding in plain view.

Well this week it’s Sara’s turn to step up to the pitcher’s plate, to pull up her socks and smash one into the outfield and I reckon you might be getting an inkling of what this week’s theme is already, so before I run out of pun’s let me announce over the loud speaker that this week’s theme is …

SPORTS

Wow, what an immense topic, its bigger than the olympic stadium, its bigger than the one that got away, it’s bigger than armchair wrestling at the local nursing home.

You can go anywhere you like with this one, playing a sport, watching a sport, inventing a sport, being a good sport, sporting a new beard, sports cars,  crocheting your team’s sports beanies, or even your local sports day.  You can catch the ball, toss down the bails and score the home run but remember there is a very specific limit here … 42 words and then your time is up.

Now I love this topic but I’ll admit I got it wrong when I wrote my piece and headed off to the next prompt, but don’t worry, like a good sport, I fixed my error and rejigged my piece, so please don’t cry foul.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
29 GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

When godly distractions swerve off course.

 “It’s just not the same now Apollo, I’ve got nothing to ricochet off.”

“You’re just losing, Zeus, there’s always Earth.”

“But Pluto was my go to …”

“It’s only planetary pinball Zeus, just release the next comet and get on with it.”

sports

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #16

Hey everyone,

So last week Dave took us to war and we had a few interesting pieces come back but I’ll be honest, this week Sadje’s choice of 16 might prove challenging to say the least but before we take that road let us first review.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse

Doug from Six Crooked Highways

Sadje from Keep It Alive

So this week Sadje has selected good old number 16 and when I saw the theme I will admit I went ohhh.  You know that long drawn out questioning ohhh and then in about sixty seconds I’d written my piece, so it wasn’t that difficult after all.  So what is this week’s theme you ask?  Well its ….

IDENTITY

So to good old google identity is defined as …

Identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity as emphasized in psychology) or group (collective identity as pre-eminent in sociology). One can regard the awareness and the categorizing of identity as positive or as destructive.

But I think (yep there’s identity right there) that you can go a bit further than that in this prompt.  Identity theft, social identity, digital identity, just to name a few.  I am giving you free rein to explore this topic in any way you like but I have one limit .. or rather 42 words.

So, another week down but we still have a few to go, so if you feel the urge please participate and just because I like to give you all something to do, anyone want to guess what our last theme will be?  If so put it in the comments.  I’ll go that cold, warm, hot thing in response.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
29 GONE 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Commit a crime?  Social media here you come.

The Capitol Is Stormed

The Headlines Read

But in this time of digital

There were no cries of off with her head

Cameras, surveillance, social media

Did the rounds real quick

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Find the culprits, just take your pick.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #39

Welcome one and all and I’m really excited this week because I think Dave has picked the bestest number ever to represent current going ons, but before we get to that, let’s see what tall tales and parental advice we received with Chelsea’s 25.

Sara from Relax It’s All Write

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Now perhaps the old parent story didn’t prove as popular as other themes but I anticipate that this next theme will invoke a response.  You’ll all become primed to fire, you’ll have your backs up against the wall and you’ll let the blows fly for this week’s theme is the incrediably apt …

WAR

Now I don’t want to give you any preconceived notions on where to take this prompt for there are a lot of different wars in this world.  Perhaps its the war on the back yard grass, perhaps its the war with the second cousin who scoffs all the drinks, perhaps its the war on your dwindling self confidence, perhaps its Errol Flynn’s war on the woman in Hollywood, perhaps its another type all together.

You pick it, you decide but just remember 42 is the number of words you have, so you better be brief and too the point and not meander for 2 hours where your not wanted.

Now thanks to all the votes for the final pick, its locked in and I will reveal in due course, until then we can just watch the numbers be marked off.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE 16 GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
29 GONE 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

No longer would she grit her teeth and endure

It was time to take the gloves off.

This time he wouldn’t scoff.

Some things were worth throwing the first punch for,

She wouldn’t take this anymore.

She would stand her ground,

James, put the toilet roll on the right way round.

war

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #25

So here we are, the first 42 words for the year and a big thank you to all of those who nominated a number last week.  We have nearly got the final running order but I’ll discuss that a bit more later on.

Last week Ramya selected 30 and that number led us in the direction of all things siblings, so before we see where Chelsea’s 25 is heading let’s first review the micro tales from last week.

Ramya from My Musings

Sara from Relax It’s All Write

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Dave from MMA Storytime

So, this week I thought I knew exactly what Chelsea’s choice was referring to but then I did the insane, I googled it.  This revealed that it wasn’t what I expected but I have a notion that this isn’t what the themed list was referring to in the first place, so I’m in a bit of a quandry.

So what is the theme, you ask.  Well the theme is …

PARENT STORY

Ok, let’s first visit the google definition and perhaps you will see why I don’t think this could be the intended theme.

Parent story is the original story of the side story. Side story itself is happen along the main story, but it’s not needed to come at the point. Which mean that without the side story, the main story will still continue.

Now c’mon its pretty obvious isn’t it.  Parent story and side story in 42 words.  Possible but highly unlikely, in my opinion.

So what do I think they meant by parent story?  I think its just as it states, a story your parents told you or a story featuring parents.  Now, here we think of that great Monty Python skit, the four yorkshiremen.

So I’m going to leave it up to you fine folks to decide which of the two options they were referring to when they created the list and astound me with your take on the prompt but of course there are conditions attached, 42 words to be precise.

Now this week we’re hunting for the last two picks and its going to be a vote, the number with the most selections will be our lucky last.

So, in the comments please nominate either 6 or 19 and though voting isn’t compulsory, it would be nice to see everyone do they’re part for the democracy.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE 16 GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
29 GONE 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE 39 GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Gifts for the kids, you don’t know my parents

“Kids get all of the best present’s nowdays; I never got a remote controlled car.”

“Take it for a spin Dave, Marc will never know.”

Hours later.

“Hey, where’s my remote controlled car?”  Marc wailed.

“Under a truck,” Came Mother’s sour reply.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #30

Hey everyone, so we all survived that most excruiating day for another year and I read an interesting article that we all get $70 worth of gifts we don’t want.  That’s alright, regifting here we come.

Anyway before we go and see where Ramya’s selection of 30 will take us, let’s first see where Sadje’s apocalyptic 2 took us and the drama’s which unfolded.

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

Ramya from My Musings

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

So, what does Christmas bring to mind, what is the one constant you can’t escape (and no it isn’t the dry turkey), what is the one enduring, sometimes excruciating thing that you encounter every Christmas come rain or shine … that’s right, it’s our theme for this week …

SIBLINGS

Siblings, options a plenty with this topic.  Are they at war, are they in cahoots, are they social distancing and actually missing each other or are they simply good naturedly bickering as all siblings should.

It’s up to you folks, grab pen and paper (or keyboard and mouse) and weave me a tale with siblings.  The world is your oyster, you are set free to weave a masterpiece but remember it better be short, 42 words is the limit.

Now from the fact I am posting today you should be aware that I have received some more number nominations and folks we’re getting to the pointy end of the stick now.

Chelsea has thrown in 25 for next week, Dave 39 for the week after but there are still options up for grabs, six to be precise and I think it would be really nice if everyone picked one and see if we can map this down to the final curtain call.

Throw one in the comments and let’s see what we have left.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE 16 GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE 25 GONE GONE GONE
29 GONE 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE 39 GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Good tidings come to the quick witted few.

Max looked at the manga comics, the unwanted Christmas gift, he guessed he should be grateful Grandma even knew manga comics existed and he glanced over to his sister, Evie who appeared horrified at the makeup case.

Ok, they’d swap gifts later.

siblings

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #2

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is approaching and I have one number up my sleeve thanks to the delightful Sadje who nominated number 2 but before we trek off for a squizz on the topic for this week, let’s first see where idyllic Charles’ 15 led us.

Ramya from My Musings

Dave from MMA Storytime

Larry from Eastelmhurst.a.go.go

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Well there was an interesting variety of takes on the theme of idols which just goes to show that we’re all very creative people which might be a good thing given this week’s theme.  Now first of all I don’t want anyone to be disheartened for though at first glance it might seem a little perturbing once you really consider the options you’ll see it ain’t that frightening after all.

(I mean we’re all hanging out for a burgler in a red suit riding a sleigh pulled by reindeer to break into our houses)  So this week’s theme is the awe inspiring…

APOCALYPTIC

So good old google states that the definition of APOCALYPTIC is

  • describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world
  • momentous or catastrophic
  • of or resembling the biblical Apocalypse

So let’s go big or go home, build me an event, a moment, a calamity of siesmic proportions, or a siesmic as you can achieve in 42 words anyway.

Now before I go I just want to point out the purpose of the grid below.  Each number represents a theme and if you select one we continue on for another week.  Now I’ve been pretty average this year but I’m pretty sure that I still deserve a Christmas present and someone will pick me a number and make me smile and I’m determined to be tough.  No number chosen, no 42 words next week. PS – Dave you’ll love 31.

It’s up to you now folks.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE 16 GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE 25 GONE GONE GONE
29 30 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE 39 GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

When she promised heaven, she delivered hell.

The silence from the kitchen didn’t bode well.

Grandma disappeared ages ago.

The smoke was worrying.

No one really wanted to know.

The scent finally made Grandpa move.

He went with all speed.

Grandma’s expression when she returned.

Apocalyptic, they all agreed.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #15

Ok, this has not been a pleasant Word Press week, I’m stuck in the block editor and trying to find an escape route and this is my trial post.  Wish me luck everyone, cos it could be the end.

Ok, so before we reveal Charles’ pick of 15  let’s first review the Dave’s choice of 38, which was of course of vampires and I bet you’re all wondering what dark thoughts were conjured by this theme.

Ramya from My Musings

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Larry from Eastelmhurst.a.go.go

Now I’m sure when I mentioned that Charles had picked the theme you all got a little bit apprehensive, for Charles has a bit of a knack for picking the tricky ones but on this occassion I want you all to exhale and calm down.

Charles has picked a theme which should be simple … should be simple like riding a llama while bouncing on a trampoline.  So here we go with the big reveal, hold your breath, cross your fingers , don’t break that mirror because this week’s theme is …

IDOLS

Yep, idols.  Really there’s not much more I can say than that.  Idols it is.  Idols in all shapes, sizes and representations.  An idol you like as long as you limit yourself to 42 words.

Now a big thanks to Sadje for heading my plea and throwing out 2 for next week, but I still need more numbers nominated.  Now I know some are hesitant to nominate because they think I’ll expect them to contribute but there is no pressure here.  If you stop by for a look, feel free to nominate in the comments.  A number is all I need.

GONE 2 GONE GONE GONE 6 GONE
GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE
GONE 16 GONE GONE 19 GONE GONE
GONE GONE GONE 25 GONE GONE GONE
29 30 31 GONE GONE GONE GONE
36 GONE GONE 39 GONE GONE GONE

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

A costly investment for a precious reward.

Tom eyed the kitten skeptically.

Sitting at the end of the branch it didn’t appear to need rescuing but he reached out anyway.

Hiss, claws, then the fall.

“Oh Tom, you’re my idol,” Mary exclaimed

Perhaps the broken arm was worth it

idols

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© Deb Whittam 2020