So, we didn’t win the last writing contest we entered. It’s no wonder really given the amount of impressive writers we were up against. Still, I was pretty proud of our submission. (It’s okay that I’m saying that, right? I’m really not a braggart.) Anyway … it’s time to get back up on that old proverbial horse (I sure seem to have to use that phrase a lot) and try again with the shorter assignment given in the Trifextra Weekend Challenge.
This week’s rules are a little different. All entries must total exactly 33 words and they must include “a justified exclamation point. Make us believe that your exclamation point simply needs to be in your story. The writer with the most believable exclamation wins.”
Oh, boy. (cough, sputter) I mean … oh, boy!!! (Where’s e e cummings when I need him?) Here’s our entry this weekend … entitled Punctuating Banter.
“What’s the assignment this week?”
“We have to do something with an exclamation point.”
“What the hell?”
“That’s a question mark.”
“I know that’s a question mark, you asshole! There’s your exclamation point.”
Check out the other entrants here … or submit one of your own and throw your hat in the ring!!! (Gratuitous exclamation points.)
Working on mine now. Doubt it will be near as good.
Oh, stop! You’ll probably write something about a surly restaurant patron being angry about finding gristle in his soup and make me snort Diet Coke out of my nose.
Aaaack – ok – gotta do it too….im hooked
Yes, get on it. But in English this time, stnkyferit!
Holy shit! Did you just call me an asshole?
Okay, lady. You just made me laugh out loud!
The name of your blog alone? Had to click. Very clever take on this, and I loved the belly laugh, so thanks!!!!! (count ’em, five) Peace, Amy Barlow Liberatore
Here’s mine: http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/03/09/prove-it-trifecta-and-rush/
(Adding to my comment on your blog) if you DO create a Twitter account, be sure to send this one to @alecbaldwin. And tell him ODNT sent you.
Poor Alec Baldwin – LOLOLOL
Appropriately snarky and exclamation worthy.
Thanks, Tara. Snark comes pretty natural to me.
You broke the fourth wall!
I’m sorry. (stammering) I … I didn’t mean to. I’ll be glad to pay to replace it. Please don’t tell the people at Trifecta. Damn it. Why am I always so clumsy?!!?
You broke it with your new tits. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to them!
I don’t get it.
hahaha ~ j/k!
Hey, Mommy Patient. Sorry your comment was spammed for whatever reason. Thanks!
I enjoy this conversations with one’s self. Since I am a curious person, where do yours take place? Mine usually take place in the bath.
Yes. The shower is a frequent place for these dialogues with myself … as is the car and my home, both of which when I’m alone. And I should point out that, at some point during these conversations, I usually “wake” myself by eventually answering myself aloud and then realize I’m the only one there. And “the two of us” laugh … and laugh …
I think the exclamation point is completely justified when trying to convey a certain emotion of a character—well done.
Thanks, edrevets. I can imagine having this conversation with a friend so it worked for me. Of course, that friend might be pretty pissed off for a while. 🙂
Thanks for linking up again. It’s great that you’re on board and have become so active so quickly. For the record, we loved your piece last week and it was certainly discussed in dispatches before a final decision was made. This is another good piece and I love the humour in it. Great response to the prompt.
Thanks, Trifecta. I actually submitted three this week … in response to the whole three theme and all. 🙂
LOL! This is great, I love your take on these challenges. 🙂
Loved this one. Perfect.
THAT was funny. And it is exactly how I feel, so double kudos.
I could see any two of us having this conversation. Though sorry to everyone I just called assholes. You’re all winners to me! 🙂
(And, yes. That was a big, face-saving, tail-between-legs exclamation point.)
Anyone who references e.e. cummings in a blog post is a winner in my book.
When I think punctuation, my mind goes to mr cummings. LOVE him!
are you in my head? lol
I’m sorry. Am I not supposed to be? The door was unlocked when I got here, I swear!