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The Trail of Tears (This one has nothing to do with Native Americans or Billy Ray Cyrus)

 Remember my friend, Trifecta? Well, he (or she … I’ve never been sure) is turning one this month and celebrating with a special writing prompt that can only be completed with a partner. Not surprisingly, I’m working with Mel at AccordingToMags.comShe wooed me actually. I was so flattered. She is the yin to my yang. The Ernie to my Bert. The Peaches to my Herb. The … whatever. She. Completes. Me.

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So … here’s the prompt Trifecta put up this week.

  • Charts and optimal dates and preferential temperatures. One line or two. As if she could summon whatever it is that makes up the human soul as easily as she could a cab on a busy New York avenue.

And … here’s Mel’s additional 33-100 words.

  • And just like the cabs that passed her by, ignoring the urgency in her body language, she felt herself losing hope that she would never get to where she desperately wanted to go. Maybe those missed moments were meant to steer her in another direction? She feared waiting too long and with each step forward, she began to lose sight of her original plan. Luckily, she had left a trail of tears along the way to help guide her back.

Now … enter me. I’m supposed to write 33-100 more words to link here. And we’re in SUCH a deep and earnest place. *PANIC*

  • Sadly though, she was completely unaware of the heat wave that would soon befall her fair city. And the same tears that COULD have carried her home now sizzled on the steaming pavement beneath her feet, disappearing into the air and creating a fog that would serve to blind her and lead her forever astray.

OFFICIALLY, my entry ends here. That’s what Mel and I agreed upon. There were originally three more sentences Mel and I elected to leave out. And I understand why Mel gently suggested they hit the cutting room floor. Still, I think anytime you can work German pork products into a story, you totally should. UNOFFICIALLY, of course. So close your eyes, Trifecta. Here’s the coda.

  • Plus, now she was craving something that sizzled. Like a good knockwurst. Which, ironically, probably meant that she was, in fact, finally pregnant.

Good Lord. Sometimes I exhaust myself.


CRAP! This post is for all of my Email Subscribers!

WARNING: You just received an incomplete post from me. It’s like eating raw cookie dough or going to a party while the host is still naked. Delicious and funny but not as good as waiting for the finished product.

This is what happens when you attempt to write a post while also watching TV with your kids. Do me a solid. You know that ‘Happy First Anniversary, ODNT!’ post you just got an email about? Well, it’s not finished cooking yet. I’ll be posting it again in its completed form after midnight on my actual one year anniversary. Which is … tomorrow.

I don’t know why I thought I could write a post AND watch TV at the same time. Damn you, America’s Got Talent! I blame Howard Stern and the dude taking shots to his crotch as his “talent.”

To sum up, IGNORE the first post email you just received. EMBRACE the second one you get after midnight!