42 Words #3

Hi All,

Before we go and see what wonderful, exciting, thrillseeking theme Sadje has selected with her choice of number 3, let’s first see where Dave lead us with the choice of 24.  It was a venture into the great unknown of the PARANORMAL and wow what a ride, we got some amazing micro stories, which you can peruse below.

Sara from Relax It’s All Write

I hear you
I see you
But, are you really there
You bump in the night
Your eyes gleam from the corner
But, are you really there
Why haunt me so
I loved you
I still do
Please, stop torturing me
Dad

Ramya from My Musings

Rhen from Z & Z Poetry

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Dave from MMA Storytime

Now you may have noticed that I was really excited by Sadje’s pick of number 3 last week and I will now clarify why.  This theme is huge, this theme has so many options, its probably the one with the most paths to pick from and I am expecting BIG things, guys.

For this week’s theme is …

CLOWNS

Yep, big shoes, red noses, honking horns or … creepy smiles, dark laughter and all things terrifying.  We are sooooo lucky, we have clowns, lets bring in the clowns, the sad clowns, the mad clowns, the happy clowns, the funny clowns, I ain’t fussed, any clowns.

The world is your oyster folks, the big top your scene but remember the underlying rule, 42 words and its the final curtain call.

Also, this week I am giving a big shout out to Sara from Relax It’s All Write for she has chosen the theme for next week with her pick of 34 but as always if any one wants to nominate a number you’re more than welcome.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

One minute you’re here, the next you’re gone.

He smeared the white cream thick and then with a steady hand he painted the markings around his eyes and applied the rouge to his cheeks.

He even smiled as he positioned the bright red nose.

Then he picked up the gun.

circus

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42 Words #24

Hi All,

So what is in store this week, well Dave over at MMA Storytime has selected the grand number of 24 but before we go and discover where that might lead, lets first see what we were escaping from with last week’s selection.

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse And Every Little Thing

Dave from MMA Storytime

Caramel from Learner at Love

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Sara from Relax It’s All Write

How do you escape your mind
When it follows you everywhere
It won’t let you eat, sleep, breathe
Without reminding you
The past is the past
You can’t change anything now
But your brain will never forgive you
Never let you forget

Ramya from My Musings

Rhen from Z & Z Poetry

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

So a big thanks to Chelsea for nominating a number but now onto this week’s pick of 24 and what wonderous theme has Dave selected for us, what amazing ideas are we going to formulate, what fantastic boundaries are we going to bound over.

Well not to keep you in suspense this week’s theme is …

PARANORMAL

What exactly does the paranormal encompass you ask with wonder in your voice wll googling the definition (for what else would one do) paranormal is denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

Easy, huh?  Well kids I know you are all going to be keen on this one but remember not to be too keen for there are limits … 42 words to be exact.

Yet again this week we have a future pick of a number as Sadje has chosen the theme I have just been waiting for since we began with her choice of 3 but as I keep saying there are so many more to chose from so please feel free to throw one out there.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Icy fingertips bring clarity in the end.

She was always sensitive but the cold spot in the hall really creeped her out.
Whenever she had to pass it she would cringe, almost hugging the wall.
No one understood why until they pulled up the floorboards.
Nightmares conjured forever then.

paranormal

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42 Words #8

Thanks to everyone who joined in our horrific time with last weeks theme of HORROR.  It was vast but in a strange way, surprisingly beautiful to read your micro stories so lets begin the recap…

Dave from MMA Storytime

Caramel from Learner at Love

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

A great selection of tales for our HORROR theme but let’s check out what Chelsea has selected with her pick of number 8.

Now this week’s theme is an interesting one and I must admit one of my favourites from the list, though achieving your goal in 42 words is going to be a bit of an ask.

It’s time to sharpen your wits, gather up your lock picking tools and put your head down for this week’s theme is …

ESCAPE.

What are you escaping from?  Where, when, how?  This is all for you to decide, the only requirement is that you fit it all in the 42 word limit.

This week I am pleased to state that Dave has selected number 24 for next week but as always feel free to keep them coming.  We still have plenty of options left to select and there are still great themes within the available choices and if you haven’t realised yet the list is alphabetical, so perhaps that will entice you to choose.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

It started with a gold coin and went downhill

Lilac had entered the bar with misgivings.  The off-key piano, the dim lighting and the sawdust scattered over the floor had suggested this wasn’t going to be a great first date but then she’d spied it – a leprechaun.

Time to escape.

DeathRow

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42 Words #13

This is it folks, we’ve hit the half way mark and I would like to thank everyone who is participating and reading and especially those who are offering up number selections like Jenna over at Raspberry Ripples who is so in tune with the world for her choice of 13 is remarkably appropriate but before we go to the grand reveal lets recap the world of ZOMBIES …

Caramel from Learner at Love

The time that word used to always come to mind was early on Sunday mornings when I was on the Northern line. People on the tube would be falling asleep or staring into space. I think they had done night shifts. They looked half dead.

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Dave at MMA Storytime

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

Charles at Potatoes, And The Promise of More Potatoes

Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Zombies proved a highly successful catagory and I was amazed at the variety of mini stories that were produced but as they say, we have to move on and Jenna’s choice of 13 should give us all plenty of incentive to do that because we’re entering the dark realm of …

HORROR

Now I ask you folks with Halloween just round the corner what theme could be more appropriate???  So let’s get dark, let’s get dirty, let’s get dutifully macabre and enter the realms of horror but remember there are limits, 42 words to be precise.

On the good news front, yet again we have a number for next week as Chelsea posted number 8 in the comments but let’s keep them coming, there are still some great themes in there, hey Dave.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The minefield of children’s entertainment.

Hosting a birthday party with forty four year olds was always a worry but it was going astoundingly well, Mary decided as she pulled open the front door, paused, then slammed it shut.

“It’s Donald Trump … he’s dressed as a clown.”

horror

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42 Words #42

Hi All,

This week Charles has gone for number 42, the very last choice on the list and I suspect, for some, it might bring a little angst but before we stroll down that avenue lets recap Astrid selection which had us all dwelling in the land of ROMANCE …

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Caramel from Learner at Love

Paula from Light Motif II

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

So, last week we were all sighs, love and laughter but with Charles selecting I just knew it wasn’t going to continue, so what dark road has Charles steered us towards you’re querying, well grab hold of an uninfected friend for we’re entering the world of

ZOMBIES

Now I suspect there may be a few people who are hesitant to wander down this path but when you think about it, its only 42 words and I’m sure you can come up with an idea or two.

It doesn’t have to be the zombie apocalypse, perhaps someone becomes a zombie after a hard week at work, perhaps its a song, a street name, or even a chicken dance.  You get my drift here, let the imagination flow and see when it takes you.

Anyway, I’m estatic that Jenna over at Raspberry Ripples has chosen number 13 for next week but we need to keep them coming folks, so lets post them in the comments please and stop me stressing.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The proclamation of one of the newly baptized.

I thought I was having one,
Instead I was blessed with two.
Diapers, bottles, bibs everywhere,
What’s a girl to do?
Wash the clothes, boil water,
How could this be?
In all honesty I think,
Motherhood’s made a zombie out of me.

zombie

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42 Words #27

Hi All,

Well this week has brought such poetic beauty with Rhen’s choice of 26 I wonder whether we’ve set an unattainable benchmark but before we go and see where Astrid’s selection of 27 will direct us, lets recap POETIC PROSE.

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

It was poetic, it was prose but it didn’t have a theme, but don’t worry about that this week for Astrid has selected one hell of a theme for this week, we get head into the clouds and trip the light fantastic and head into …

ROMANCE

So what does romance entail, well I don’t do traditional so it can be any kind of romance you chose.  The romance of chasing your dreams, of chasing you partner, of chasing your dog as it heads into the woods.

You can be romantical in any fashion you like but make it brief, for the limit is 42 words.

Now my mate Charles has thrown the number 42 into the mix for next week but I love getting numbers so keep them coming and yes Jenna I’m looking in your direction here. Post in the comments and make me smile.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

It was more than a koala bear could bear.

The sun was setting as he appeared but as he spied her he gaze a hopeful grunt.

Hopeful he began the climb and reaching her side he offered it to her.

Tonight love would be in the branches of the eucalyptus tree.

romance

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42 Words #26

Hi All,

So we are on a roll folks, Rhen has already chosen 26 and much to my delight Astrid has chosen number 27 for next week already.  She was a wonder and posted it in the comments and I’m really hoping she’s starting a trend and someone will select another number this week but before we see what Rhen’s selection brings lets saddle up and recap WESTERNS.

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

Well I’m going to admit that WESTERNS went a lot better than I anticipated but this week we have a real difficult one (for me at least).  We are wandering into the field of …

POETIC PROSE

Ok, so I needed to google this one and Wikipedia provides the following definition:

Prose poetry is written as prose, without the line breaks associated with poetry. However, it makes use of poetic devices such as fragmentation, compression, repetition, rhyme, metaphor, and figures of speech.

Now that seems a bit much in 42 words so I’m widening the definition and in this instance anything which has an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression will do.

So wax on lyric but contain your poetic sentiment to the 42 words and as always I am always accepting number nominations for future weeks.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Expressionless, they create a dark allure.

The sun hung its head as darkness reached out with spidery fingertips to caress the fragile skyline but others watched eagerly as the moon’s dappled light illuminated the forest and a willowy figure slipped into view.

The scarecrows had come to play.

poetic prose

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42 Words #41

Hi All,

Thie week I am a happy woman, for we had two selections of numbers.  Charles has given us 41 and Rhen has chosen 26, which will be next week’s number of choice but before we go see where Charles is directing us, let’s head into the fartherst reaches of OUTER SPACE.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Caramel from Learner at Love

Rhen from Breathing Shallow Poetry

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Jenna from Raspberry Ripples

Absolutely loved the diversity of this week’s submissions but lets see which path Charles is leading up this week and I know this is going to get some grimaces but saddle up we’re off on a …

WESTERN.

So we’re all going to channel our best John Wayne (Younger readers may need to google him) and head out into the open plains for an adventure, a short one though for you only have 42 words in which to explore.

As always we need more numbers so please pop a selection in the comments and make my life easier.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Pride stolen for the clink of golden coins.

Standing back to back with his opponent Bob grimaced, painfully aware of the audience that watched on.

He’d done this a million times but as he spun he knew he was too slow.

Daffy Duck was the fastest draw in this town.

western

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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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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

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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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

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