Coldly Calculating: The Four Seasons

Coldly Calculating: The Four Seasons
February 10, 2016 2 Comments Coldly Calculating, Writing Prompts A.L. Mabry

Welcome to Coldly Calculating: Writing by the Numbers.

I 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.

Last week we had a great response to the “The Nine Circles of Hell” prompt! Here is a highlight:

Renee brings us another adventure with Joe and Charlie whohave finally escaped the witch and the wrath of “The Boss.” Or…have they?

Before Joe could grab the key and throw it, a doorway gleamed red-gold two yards from them. “Oh no.”

“There Joe, just like last time, the way out!”

Joe rolled his eyes, “Charlie, that’s not the way out.”

“It’s not?”

This week’s prompt is:

four seasons


Officially there are four seasons in a year, although you may not notice them depending on where you live. I remember living in Florida where is was basically Hot, Hotter, Hottest, and Welcome to Hell. Now I live in Ohio where it’s cold too many months out of the year but I do get to see the beautiful colors as the seasons change. Sometimes chapters of our lives are referred to as seasons as well.

I won’t weigh you don’t with more knowledge than you want for a writing prompt but if you’re interested in how the names Summer, Autumn/Fall, Winter, and Spring came about you can read more here.

This week I want you to take this quiz but answer the questions from your characters point of view. Then use the season you end up with as you setting and the personality traits to define your character. 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. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!


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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    Thanks for the shout out. I’m looking forward to this new challenge. I don’t have a character in mind for the quiz, maybe it will introduce me to a new one.

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    I am overwhelmed!


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