Tuesday, November 27, 2012



This week's challenge: Using between 33 and 333 words, compose something that includes the third definition of the following word:



: lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false,meaningless 

I revisited the challenge from August -- to write the last 33 words of my book -- and then added the 33 previous words in September. Today I worked backward again with another entry of exactly 33 words (in bold). I enjoy the exercise of working backwards and seeing where the story takes me … in reverse.

When the verdict was announced, the whole gallery gasped. Except me. I sighed with relief. My expression of sorrow was as hollow as Sam’s explanation that he had committed this crime “for us.”

The bailiffs surrounded him. He removed his watch and that gold stud I gave him long ago and handed them to the public defender. He very nearly maintained his dignity despite the handcuffs.

Twenty months will grind inexorably by until it brings us to the next shared moment in our sad saga and when Sam is released from prison, Ill be there, waiting at the gate.

About the photo: Life Magazine makes a library of their archive images available for free to use for “non-commercial personal purposes."



  1. neat - I love revisiting my old pieces.

  2. I love this idea...working backwards. Very fun and liked the story with each and every installment. Those two! Can you throw us a bone with 33 more soon?

  3. Great post. I would love to read more.

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  5. Awesome continuation. (:

  6. Good one. I remember this. I liked it then and like it more now.

  7. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Nice piece. I love how I can feel the emotion of the verdict, but I don't even know what the verdict is :)