Coldly Calculating: One Over the Eight

Coldly Calculating: One Over the Eight

February 22, 2017 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0

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!





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