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

mystery

50 Word Thursday #110 – The Results

Hi All, I hope everyone has had a great week and just a bit of news that this will be my last results, as due to time constraints I will no longer be hosting 50 Word Thursday but please keep an eye on Kristian’s blog as I’m sure he will be continuing the tradition.  Now on with the 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.
Here’s the picture: 110

And the words,

“Some days expand, Mona thought; their seams stretch and they hold more than a day’s worth of time.” – This Must Be The Place – Kate Racculia

Kristian form Tales from the mind of Kristian Sadje from Keep It Alive Sara from Relax, It’s All Write This is my take on the prompt: Some days expand, Mona thought; their seams stretch and they hold more than a day’s worth of time. It was her first thought when she’d returned to awareness after her reincarnation and it was almost impossible to forget. Days were endless when you’d taken the form of driftwood, it seemed.

© Deb Whittam 2020

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.

GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE 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:

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

50 Word Thursday #110

Hi All,

Hope you are all doing well and having fun.  Here in Australia the weather’s a bit Arthur and Martha but otherwise all is plodding along as usual.  Now before we look at the prompts for this week, don’t forget to check out Kristian’s results here.

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:

110

And the words:

“Some days expand, Mona thought; their seams stretch and they hold more than a day’s worth of time.” – This Must Be The Place – Kate Racculia

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

50 Word Thursday #109

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Bob was a musician, he loved to make his guitar sing, he loved to make his drums pound, he loved to lift his voice and bellow at the sky.  It was such a simple thing to be doing, but something strange was happening.

Sitting in his studio he watched the scene outside his window change as he began to play the opening chords to A Hard Day’s Night, unsurprised when an English Double Decker bus suddenly appeared.

Outback Australia didn’t get many double decker buses trundling along the dirt roads, and then he shrugged, beat a yellow submarine any day.

50 Word Thursday #109

© Deb Whittam 2020

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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50 Word Thursday #108 – The Results

Hi All, I hope everyone has had a great week and you’re all looking forward to the next 50 Word Thursday which will appear on Kristian’s blog shortly but until then let’s have a recap of last week’s submissions.

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: 108

And the words,

“… grabbed the pistol from me and fired it into the couch.” – Louisiana Longshot – Jana DeLeon

Charles from Potatoes, and the promise of more Potatoes “They’ve gotten into the building!”, Trey exclaimed. He grabbed the pistol and fired it into the couch. The couch stopped moving, but a dinette set was trying to break down the door in the kitchen. Trey fired some shots through that door, stilling some of the uproar in the kitchen. “I’ve got fifty rounds left”, Trey stated. Diane looked at the rest, white as a ghost. “I’ve been bitten”, she said softly. Trey wanted to ask if she was sure, but she had already become a recliner… a Laz-e-girl if you will. When her transformation was complete, she advanced on her former friends. “Kill it”, Don shouted. “I can’t!”, Trey protested. “Look, whatever WAS Diane is just springs and foam, now”. He snatched the revolver and fired two shots into Recliner-Diane. “Nice!”, said Becky, “I call dibs” Don complained, “No fair! I want to sleep on Diane!” Chelsea from A Wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thing This is my take on the prompt: Sometimes I’m of the opinion that I’m misunderstood, that others chose to react rather than to consider the facts, that they believe they know best, when they know nothing. Let me explain, yet again, what happened? Ok, so yes I did have a gun, I mean I was practicing for the part of Dirty Harry, so of course I had a gun.  It wouldn’t be Dirty Harry if I didn’t have one, would it? And yes I did point it at them but I was getting into the roll, he didn’t have to grab the pistol from me and fire it into the couch, that was going overboard, wasn’t it? What?  You think they had some justification?  That’s just plain discrimination, that is. You’re judging me, you’re stating because of who I am I can’t be trusted with a loaded gun. What am I?  An orangutan of course, but really?

© Deb Whittam 2020

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

sci fi

50 Word Thursday #108

Hi All,

Hope all is going well your end, here is Australia its a bit warm but nothing stops 50 Word Thursday so let’s roll on.  First of all I encourage you to check out the results from last week on Kristian’s blog here and now on with this week’s prompts.

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:

108

And the words:

” … grabbed the pistol from me and fired it into the couch.” – Louisiana Longshot – Jana DeLeon

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

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