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.
This Week’s Prompt
This idiom is a newer one and it is believed that the saying was once, “Death begins at forty,” due to a shorter life expectancy. Once life expectancies increase the saying was flipped on it’s head came with a whole new meaning. At its heart, it means that life gets better at forty. The kids are grown and adulting is just a bit easier. Or is it?
Regardless of the origins, this idiom offers a lot of story fodder. This week I want you to search Google using the words “at forty years old” and then choose one link. Write a short story that reveals a more sinister twist based on the link you choose.. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.
The rules are simple:
- Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
- Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
- 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.
- Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
- Have FUN!
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!