Trifextra: Blood Sucker


Trifextra: On to this weekend’s challenge, which will be judged by the community.  The trickiness of this past week’s prompt has us thinking about the various ways we use words.  This weekend we want you to write a 33-word response using the name of an animal as a verb.  Some examples are: to dog, to snake, to bear, to duck. . .you get the idea.  Write about anything you want and use whichever verb tense you need, but give us an animal as a verb in there somewhere.  Let’s see if we can discover new things by looking from a different perspective.

I don’t know if insects count, but anyway…

You’d better watch out for her. She will mosquito around with your friends, sucking them dry, and leaving them hurt and bleeding. Probably with some disease too. Just like she’ll do with you.

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Next week’s Trifecta…


Okay, I need your help. I would like to see how I would do with an “Out Of My Mind” trifecta.

I need a:

main character (policeman, alien, cow, etc.))

setting (mars, kingdom, forest, etc.)

type (poem, sci fi, essay, etc.)

Maybe a random word to throw in there, but I already think I am losing it to ask for these things.

Anyway, to make it more interesting, I would like to get each suggestion from different people. Whatever person suggests something first, in each area, will be the one I use, or try to use. If it is impossible, I’ll say nevermind, and just do Trifecta’s idea. Okay?

Trifecta: Heart of Gold


Trifecta‘s challenge is to use the word “heart” defined:

3: personality, disposition <a cold heart>

The winning topic was Clamato Juice. Since that was a winner only because my husband cheated, McRibs and “how do porcupines mate” would have been in a three-way tie with Clamato, so I threw them in here too.

Heart of Gold

He threw the car into reverse and drove to the store. Same list as always. She was nothing if not a creature of habit. How she could stand to eat that meal was beyond him. After picking up the groceries, he swung through McDonalds and got a McRib sandwich and a coke. Now that was real food.

When he returned home, she was sitting in her chair watching tv. “Did you get what I asked you for?” His mom said from the living room. “I’m making it now. Two stalks of celery cut in four pieces. two pieces of lightly browned toast, and your juice, just the way you like it. I’ll bring it right in.”

He couldn’t understand how anyone drank clamato juice, especially with a shot of tequilla in it, but that was the way she liked it. Oh well, it didn’t hurt his feelings. The strong taste of her drink seemed to hide his “special” ingredient quite well.

It wouldn’t be long now. He had been her caretaker for 14 years. So, he was speeding the process up a bit. When he found out about her deposit box, and the gold inside, he had almost ended it then. He couldn’t get caught though. She was already old. They probably wouldn’t even do an autopsy, and if they did, the poison might not show up at all.

He carried the meal into the living room and set it on the tv tray. “Here’s your lunch mom, just the way you like it.” He glanced at the tv.

Have you ever wondered how porcupines mate? Bet you didn’t know there was a lot of urine involved. You don’t want to miss this. Next, after the commercial break.

Must be weird sex week on the animal channel.

“Thank you dear”, his mother said. “I haven’t been feeling well lately. I don’t know what I would do without you. You have a heart of gold.”

“Thanks mom. Finish your lunch now.”

*For more on the mating habits of porcupines, click here: That’s Disgusting!
**For porcupine porn, click here: Viewer Discretion Advised: Gross Too

Trifecta: Home


Trifecta‘s challenge this week is to use the word “home” defined:

a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also :the focus of one’s domestic attention <home is where the heart is>

As many of you know, I like to ask people for suggestions for each week’s topic before Trifecta issues their challenge. The cosmos conspired against me this week. I still have really no idea how I’m going to write this, but anyway…

“Tidal waves” (suggested by PouringMyArtOut) won. Closely followed by “dinosaur chickens” (suggested by Bob the Martian) and “the fly’s knees” (suggested by Jeffssong). Oh yeah, and Jeff thinks it should teach us all a lesson, Love and Lunchmeat wants sci-fi…thanks everyone. As stated a few days ago, technically I just have to do Trifecta’s and PMAO’s. I’ll see what I can do with the rest, but I’m not Dr. Suess. Hey, wait a minute…

Houses

Ocean’s house a lot, of course
Lobsters, eels, the small sea-horse
Leopard sharks in deep-sea caves
Fish surfing huge tidal waves

Houses in prehistoric day
Plains, where baby dinosaurs play
Cave men ate in caves of stone
Leaving dinosaur chickens bone

Well everything’s a house to some
Too small to see, they go and come
Even a microscope barely sees
The tiny germs on the fly’s knees

In outer space, as we all know
A house looks like a UFO
Aliens join our own spaceships
Taking fun galactic trips

No matter where your house may be
In forests, mountains, in the sea
Take care of where your feet may roam
You’re always in somebodies home.

Trifecta topic


Has Trifecta always posted the weekly challenge on Sunday? I thought it was Monday.

*Update: when I checked back on Trifecta’s site, the post detailing tomorrow’s challenge was not there. It is possible that I am psychic and had supernaturally seen their 33 to 333 word challenge. If this is true, I may be a slightly crappy psychic, and had seen a challenge, but not the correct one. If that is the case, their prompt word might not be “home”.

If we check their link tomorrow, and it is “home” that means I am definitely an amazing psychic, in which case I will only charge $100/hour to do readings. (Don’t even suggest that they accidentally pushed “publish” too soon, and I happened to see their post in that small window before they took it down. We all know that would never happen).

Anyway, your votes were heard…

“Tidal waves” (suggested by PouringMyArtOut) won. Closely followed by “dinosaur chickens” (suggested by Bob the Martian) and “the fly’s knees” (suggested by Jeffssong). Trifecta’s challenge is to use the word “home” defined:

a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also :the focus of one’s domestic attention <home is where the heart is>

Since all these things have so much in common, I will see if I can throw them all in.

Just kidding. I have no idea how I will do this. Oh yeah, and Jeff thinks it should teach us all a lesson, Love and Lunchmeat wants sci-fi…thanks everyone. You are definitely making these challenges challenging. So, no promises, but I’ll see what I can do.

Please vote


Here are the suggestions I have been given for this week’s Trifecta topic. I am also going to try to add a lesson to whichever topic you choose. Wish me luck…I’m pretty sure I’m going to need it for this one. Also, feel free to suggest additional topics. I may add them to this poll, or to next week’s challenge.