Coldly Calculating: Three Sheets into the Wind

Coldly Calculating: Three Sheets into the Wind

March 2, 2016 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 1

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 is:



It’s said that this little colloquial phrase originates with sailors as early as the 1820’s. The sheets mentioned in the phrase actually refer to the ropes or chains that hold the sails in place. With three lose “sheets” the sail would be flapping in the wind like a drunk sailor. Write a short story that incorporates this phrase in any way you choose. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

jarmoluk / Pixabay

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!



One Response

  1. 2old2tap says:

    Joe and Charlie are on hiatus this week. Instead, meet Sherry!

It's YOUR write side, too! Let's hear it!

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