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Coldly Calculating: Zero Tolerance

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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 has a variety of “origins” dating back to the 1950’s. This one is cut and dry but also open to interpretation. Zero tolerance leaves no room for negotiation. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It’s time for your MC to lay down the law. It’s a tense scene, maybe they agree with the zero tolerance idea, maybe they don’t. Regardless it must be enforced. ??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: Two Heads Are Better Than One

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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 week’s phrase is a bit older, dating back to the mid-1500’s. It speaks to the power of brainstorming and problem solving. Our MCs meet a lot of archetypes along their journeys, sometimes building their own ragtag team. While some MCs insist on running the show,??often times decisions are made as a group. Your MC has come to a crossroads and isn’t sure how to proceed. Show us your group dynamic. 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: Two Cents Worth

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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

“My two cents” can be found documented back to the early 1900’s although there is no confirmed origin. It is suggested that it may have a poker association but there is no evidence of that either. In modern usage, it can be an indication someone is going to butt in with an opinion (or they have). Your MC has made an important decision but now they are being questioned. Someone feels the need to inject their “two cents.” Paint the scene. 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: Twenty-Three Skidoo

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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 sweet little ditty can be traced back to the early 1900’s although it’s origins are unclear. It evokes smoky images of noir type stories with a dame and a private dick caught up in the crimes of a dirty cop. Pull your favorite scene from your current WIP and rewrite it in a noir setting. Throw in some dark alleys, a smoky, lounge, and the trademark red lipstick. 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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