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Friday, July 19, 2013

Last Resort

She tossed the doomed ring into the fountain. If coins earned wishes, surely a platinum band would bring him back. She’d reached the last-resort stage, pinning all her hopes on murky water.

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This weekend's Trifextra challenge Write a 33-word piece including these three words:

ring
water
stage

I wrote this in roughly three minutes--some real stream of consciousness stuff going on here. Now I see about 57 ways I'd revise it, different words I'd use, etc. But I already linked up, so I'm sticking with it. Meh.


59 comments:

  1. "If coins earned wishes..surely a platinum band would bring him back"..that is some good writing right there. :)

    TGIF.

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  2. I really like this. It was a very clever use of the 3 impossible words they threw at us this week. Good job!

    best,
    MOV
    P.S. Hey Ivy, get rid of tedious word verification! my friend Stephanie at Clay Baboons tells you how here:
    http://www.claybaboons.com/2012/03/internet-thinks-im-robot.html

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    1. Thanks, MOV!

      I had no idea my blog was requiring commenters to prove their humanness. I freaking hate that captcha crap. I changed my settings. So. thanks for that, too! :)

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  3. Sometimes murky water can hide treasures.
    Great use of the three words!

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  4. Hanging her hopes on mysticism certainly proves she is at an end.

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    1. Yes, she's truly gone off the deep end. (No pun intended.) :) Thanks for reading!

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  5. I love the line "pinning all her hopes on murky water." Great take on the prompt!

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  6. nice use of the trio ! :) "pinning all her hopes on murky water"

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  7. I'm impressed - you wrote it in such a short amount of time and the sentences are great (love the platinum band sentence.) I spent 40 minutes on mine trying to get rid of the three extra words I kept ending up with :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Janna! This was not typical for me. For some reason this theme immediately popped in my head and just spilled out. That NEVER happens.

      I don't know what those three extra words were, but they weren't missed. I loved your piece! :)

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  8. Sorrowful, yet hopeful. Since platinum is so rare, maybe it would bring him back? Loved the tone of this!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  9. Great job! You said so much in such few words. Wow, really great!

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    1. Thank you! I was kinda doubting this because I wrote it so quickly. Feedback like yours makes me feel so much better about it. :)

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  10. Great work... a complete story in such few words.

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  11. I love the image of the murky water-what a great metaphor for the uncertainty of a broken romance!

    And I had to smile in agreement over what you said about publishing a post and then seeing ways you'd change it. It seems my inner editor truly only shines when I've put a piece of writing on display for the whole world to read:)

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    1. I am THRILLED you got the murky water/bad relationship metaphor! That was one thing that bothered me after I posted. I wasn't sure it would come across to readers. So, thank you for letting me know you picked up on that!

      As far as editing ourselves after the fact: I guess it's good that we look for ways to improve our work, but it sure is a pain-in-the-ass habit, isn't it? :)

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  12. What a great tiny complete story :)

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  13. :) made me smile . . . and also remember the theme of my junior prom (a hundred years ago) 3 Coins in a Fountain :)

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    1. Glad it gave you a smile and a little trip down memory lane. :)

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  14. I enjoyed reading this. I think we all look back at our own writing and find ways we could have revised it. This is great the way it is.

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  15. I love your work exactly the way it is. :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Rois! :)

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  16. I like your story. Great use of the prompts. Nicely done!

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  17. I liked the imagery here, I could easily see her tossing the ring in the fountain.

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  18. Clever use of the words and the sentiment is perfect. I've felt that way before.

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    1. Thank you, lumdog! I bet everyone has felt like this at least once, and often over someone not worth the trouble. Thanks for reading!

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  19. I worked at a mall once. The fountain drainage got clogged, and it flooded. It was a mess.

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    1. A mall with an indoor pool? Sweet! ;)

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  20. I'd wait about 5 minutes and if the wish didn't come true, I'd wade in and get it. (Well done Ivy)

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    1. Haha! Me too. It's platinum for Pete's sake!

      Thanks for reading and for the laugh. :)

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  22. Is it wrong that I might not be sure if I preferred him or the platinum? Loved it! Thanks for linking up! ~Mary Beth

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    1. Not wrong at all. She's probably better off with the precious metal. :) Thank you!

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  23. A good use of the three words. Liked the idea of the murky water.

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  24. Enjoyed this. I like your use of the words in a neatly tied together package.

    http://debbiesdays.wordpress.com

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  25. I happen to like it as is, especially the murky water. :-) Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. :)

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  26. Very good! I could feel her desperation.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to know her desperation comes through.

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  27. You wrote this in three minutes? Impressive!

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    1. Thank you. :) This was strange for me. My writing process doesn't usually go that smoothly. I can spend three minutes just writing a short text. Lol!

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