Coldly Calculating: Twenty-Three Skidoo

Coldly Calculating: Twenty-Three Skidoo
May 3, 2017 1 Comment Coldly Calculating, Writing Prompts A.L. Mabry

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A.L. Mabry will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece.

This Week’s Prompt


This sweet little ditty can be traced back to the early 1900’s although it’s origins are unclear. It evokes smoky images of noir type stories with a dame and a private dick caught up in the crimes of a dirty cop. Pull your favorite scene from your current WIP and rewrite it in a noir setting. Throw in some dark alleys, a smoky, lounge, and the trademark red lipstick. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.


The rules are simple:

  1. Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
  2. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
  4. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!

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Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!





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A.L. Mabry A.L. Mabry is an Executive Editor for Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn and their children. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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    Adan Ramie

    I had never heard the phrase before, so naturally I did some digging, and my research led to this little bit of backstory about one of my favorite characters. Thanks for another great prompt, A.L.!


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