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

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #21

Hi All,

So, this week we have Caramel’s selection of 21, which I think we will all find challenging but first lets hike up the trail of FANTASY and see where it led.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Sadje from Keep it Alive

Rugby 843 from The Bag Lady

Ankushmaster from The Unconditional Guru

Caramel from Learner at Love

rue202 from Racheal’s Novels

And now for the big reveal and while this one is a bit specific remember I don’t care where you take the prompt as long as you stick to the 42 words.  So with that bit of advice what did Caramel select?  The topis this week is …

NOIR.

I’m sure we’ve all come across this theme before but for those who like the specifics noir fiction is defined as:

Taken from the French word meaning “darkness” or “of the night,” noir is a category of modern crime fiction. Used for fiction of crime and detection, often in a grim urban setting, featuring petty, amoral criminals and other down-and-out characters, and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism and despair.

So we’re looking for dark seedy stories in the limit of 42 words and if there is a crime all the better.

Also, just a reminder that the grid below has a purpose, the numbers represent the themes and yet again I need someone to select one.  There are plenty to go so please participate.  It makes it fun for all of us.  Just post in the comments below.

 

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

There were facts and then there was truth.

Leaning against the lamppost with his hat low upon his brow and cigarette drooping from his bottom lip Dick sighed, brothel owner dead after tumbling down the stairs.

This was no accident though; Miss Patti had slipped on conveniently positioned used condom.

noir

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #10

Hi All,

This week was a great week, not only was my granddaughter born but we also had two numbers selected.  Rhen chose 10, which is this weeks number and next week we’ll have Caramel’s selection of 21 but first lets take a gander at how the two options from last week went and revisit MORBID and LOST individually and in tandam.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

Sadje from Keep it Alive

Caramel from Learner at Love

Jaquint in Writer

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Well, Rhen has made a choice that I think is divine and now for the big reveal, this week’s topic is …

FANTASY.

Its time for the goblins, elves, sorcerers and trolls to come out of the wood work everyone but remember there are limits … 42 of them in this case.  I can only wonder what fantastical weavings you will create in the 42 words.

And remember even though 21 is picked for next week you are more than welcome to keep the numbers coming.  It saves me asking my new granddaughter. 🙂

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

When one man’s fantasy is another’s reality

She was near but as always she was elusive and as the mist parted he leant forward eagerly, despite his prior experiences.

Staring fixedly at the undisturbed water he watched as it turned opaque and she asked, “You want fries with that?”

fantasy

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #17

Hi All,

Well this week I have a bit of a confession to make, I changed the theme for this week and I’m going to give you the option of the original or my alternative, anyway, thanks to Charles for selecting 17 and I will serve up the two choices but before we get to that lets revisit TRAVEL STORIES

Dave from MMA Storytime

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

Sadje from Keep it Alive

So I guess your wondering at my angst but I think the original topic might explain that for it was …

MORBID

Now perhaps you see my issue, I’m not too sure if anyone will have a go at that so I am offering the alternative of

LOST

It’s all up to you, perhaps you’re even morbidly lost????  Whatever you chose just remember there is a limit … 42 words

Anyway remember that you can also pick a number.  Just head to the comments section and have a go.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Everything I lost, which you never did find

George felt like he needed to gird his loins before he entered the room, for what would happen was preordained.

With a smile pinned to his lips he entered, meeting his Father’s blank look with a sigh.

“Son, have you seen …”

lost

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #37

Hi All,

This week Dave did the honours of picking the number for our next 42 word challenge and he chose 37 – which in all honesty will perhaps require a bit of imagination in the circumstances, but before we enter that dimension let us first review last weeks view of DAMES.

As I mentioned, there were plenty of alternatives with this one and we did venture in a number of directions.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Joem18b from Does Writing Excuse Watching

Thanks to all who took the challenge but now its time for the huge reveal and I use huge for a purpose as the topic this week is …

TRAVEL STORIES

So the question is where will you venture.  Local, overseas of intergallatic?  Will it be a huge disaster or the trip of a lifetime?  Well its up to you to decide but brevity is the key for 42 words is the length of this trip.

Charles has already done the honor of picking a number for next week but I am always pleased if someone wants to get ahead of the game.  So, if you desire put your choice in the comments … we still have loads of options to go.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The decision was all in the tilt of her lips

Travel had altered significantly since the pandemic and he couldn’t help thinking it wasn’t for the better, “Do you think you should?”

“Someone needs to solve this mystery.”

Dora stated climbing through the frame of the Mona Lisa with a determined scowl.

travel

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words #7

Hi All,

Well this week we are on lucky 7 thanks to Rhen and I think that this one could go a number of ways but before we have the big reveal lets see where we ventured in the ALTERNATE REALITIES realm.

Thanks to all who took the time to participate and I must admit people took many different turns on this theme which was highly appropriate in the circumstances.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

So, what sits at Lucky 7, well this might be a bit of a surprise but its …

DAMES

Now this is one broad theme, you can go in so many directions its isn’t funny but for those who might be perplexed the official definition of a dame is as follows:

  1. The official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight.
  2. The official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
  3. A form of address to any woman of rank or authority.
  4. A matronly woman of advanced age; matron.
  5. A term used to refer to a woman:Some dame cut me off and almost caused an accident.
  6. Ecclesiasticala title of a nun in certain orders.
  7. A mistress of a dame-school.

So you decide where you want to head but remember you only have 42 words.

As always I am on the hunt for next weeks topic, so feel free to pick a number, so we can continue the fun.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Sometimes notoriety is its own calling card

Miss Patty was a hell of a dame, with more spunk than the sputnik.

I recall when the thugs descended on her bar, they wanted protection money.

She sent the first flying with a fabulous right hook.

No one fooled with her.

dames

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© 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.

australien_coat_of_arms

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© 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.

fight

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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.

sorcery

 

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© 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.

monster

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© Deb Whittam 2020

42 Words – A Special Edition

oddball

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