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Coldly Calculating: Four Horsemen

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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

For this prompt, I want to blow the box wide open. The box? Get out of it now. You can focus on the horsemen as a group or single out one. Be creative with their gender, their species. Maybe they aren’t even a they. Maybe they are symbolic of places or events. War, Famine, Death, and Conquest. The predecessors to the apocalypse. 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: Fifth Wheel

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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

Of course, many people know the fifth wheel refers to the spare tire in a four wheel vehicle. It’s not needed in and of itself, but it’s there just in case. Write a scene with one or two obviously important characters. Include a tertiary character and keep them noticeable but insignificant until near the end of the scene. Something, or someone, shoots your fifth wheel into the spotlight. Who? Why? 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!

alsig

 

 

 

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Coldly Calculating: The Eleventh Hour

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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 attributed to the the bible and has been used widely through history.??Matthew 20:9: ???And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour they received every man a denarius.??? The passage is a reference to the fact that the workers who took over at the eleventh hour of a 12-hour workday received just as much pay at those who had already been working all day. However, over time the usage has changed and it tends to refer to that moment right before it is too late. We’re down to the wire. There is no time left and no escape. Where would rescue come from? Paint us a scene where we witness an impossible rescue. It shouldn’t work, but miraculously it does! ??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!

alsig

 

 

 

P.S. Have you subscribe to OWS Ink, the exclusive literary journal brought to by the Our Write Side team you know and love? Why wait? Subscribe now!

Coldly Calculating: All Told

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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

It’s the final hour, the votes are in, the truth is out. Where is your MC when it hits the fan? Do they dispute the final numbers? Are they hurt by the truth? Use the words or the concept and paint the scene for us. ??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!
Join in this week's Coldly Calculating #writing #prompt! Click To Tweet

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!

alsig

 

 

 

P.S. Have you subscribe to OWS Ink, the exclusive literary journal brought to by the Our Write Side team you know and love? Why wait? Subscribe now!

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