Coldly Calculating: The Third Degree

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

When things are classified by degrees, third is the most severe of them. Third degree burns, third degree murder and so on. Your MC finds themselves in a situation where they have three options with variying consequences. Which will they choose? What is the extreme in their situation? 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: To the Nth Degree

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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 phrase has its roots in mathematics (see what I did there?). In the mathematical instance is basically refers to a number so large it’s nearly infinite. For this week’s piece place your MC with someone who has always respected them, to the nth degree and only now is becoming aware of their shortcomings. It can be a harsh reality when we realize the ones we idolize are just as flawed as us.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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: One Hit Wonder

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

While the 50’s and 60’s are known for an abundance of one hit wonders, the term itself doesn’t really seem to come into play until around the late 70’s. It is mostly used in reference to music artist but can be applied to any artist in general. Sometimes the term is even used as slang, possibly in reference to sex. “He was a one hit wonder in the bedroom.” Show us a scene where your MC is hitting a high note in life and realizes the was his one moment, one hit, one success. Show us the spiral after the ascent. 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: One Stop Shop

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

One of the writer’s greatest muses is people watching. There are many places to effectively do this but a “one stop shop” often offers an array of people from many demographics. Just like the shoppers can find a variety of items, the writer can find a variety of story fodder. What sparks your imagination? Their clothes? The items in their cart? Their interaction with others in the store? Put me in a scene with your MC, the shop can be modern or magical. Anything in between. 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: One Over the Eight

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

The origins of this phrase date back to the early 1920’s and derive from military slang. It can be found in Fraser and Gibbons’ Soldier & Sailor Words, 1925.

One over the eight, one drink too many. Slightly intoxicated, the presumption being that an average ‘moderate’ man can safely drink eight glasses of beer.

For this prompt I want you to focus on your sidekick or a prominent secondary character. Your MC is “one over the eight” and kicking up a ruckus. Does your sidekick join in? Do they escalate it? Or do they play the voice of reason to keep your MC out of hot water? 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: Fifth Column

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

During the Spanish Civil War, in 1936, nationalist General Emilio MolaI claimed he would be invading the city of Madrid with four columns of troops. He further insinuated he had a fifth column of troops already inside of Madrid awaiting the invasion. The whole tale reads like another version of the Trojan Horse. Hit from the inside out. Is your MC a traitor on the inside waiting for the big hit? Or is your MC on the outside, prepared to make a hit with treasonous intel and support?  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!

alsig

 

 

 

P.S. Have you subscribe to OWS Ink, the exclusive literary journal brought to by the Our Write Side team you know and love? Why wait? Subscribe now!

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