Coldly Calculating: At Sixes and Sevens

Coldly Calculating: At Sixes and Sevens

January 4, 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



This phrase can be traced as far back as the 14th century where it was believed to be “to set on six and seven” and to have come from a dice game. At that time it meant “to carelessly risk one’s entire fortune.” Over the centuries the phrase has evolved. Let the prompt be your guide. You may use the phrase itself or either of the interpretations here. 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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