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I Wish October 19, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

I wish . . . I knew what makes people tick.

That ticks me off!

I wish . . . life was less challenging.

Ho hum.
Been there, done that.

I wish . . . I were a million miles away.

* * * * *

Trifecta Weekend Challenge:

The Monkey’s Paw, a short story by W.W. Jacobs, is about the strings that come with granted wishes. We are asking you to write 33 words exactly about three wishes that come at a high price to the wisher.

Care to play along?

Illustration ~ In 1990, NASA captured this image of Earth from the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it wandered around the stars, 4 billion miles away.


1. Maggie - October 19, 2012

The Monkey’s Paw was awesome. I ought to re-read that one.

nrhatch - October 19, 2012

The Monkey’s Paw is a creepy tale . . . I always wondered what was on the other side of the door. 😯

2. unevenstevencu - October 20, 2012

good answer to the prompt!

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Thanks! I read Janna’s entries every week and think about getting my toes wet, but have never jumped into the pool before.

So far, so good. 😀

3. granny1947 - October 20, 2012

I don’t want to be a million miles away…just about 800…back in Cape Town!

sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 20, 2012

Aww Granny dang. I understand.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

I wish . . . I had a magic wand to turn back the hands of time for you, Granny. You’ve been asked to bite off more than you can chew. No wonder you’re gasping for air.

klrs had it right yesterday. Sometimes life bites.

granny1947 - October 20, 2012

Yep…have discovered I am no knight in shining armour. 🙂

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

I discovered the same about me, Granny.

Of course, I suspected all along that I would never be in serious competition for the “Mother Teresa Award.” 😉

4. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 20, 2012

I’m no writer but I love to read what the writers write!

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

It’s funny you should say that, Pix. I’ve been thinking along those lines myself.

* I’m a musician . . . but I’m not a serious musician.
* I’m an artist . . . but I’m not a serious artist.
* I’m a photographer . . . but I’m not a serious photographer.
* I’m a writer . . . but I’m not a serious writer.

I don’t see any benefit from being “serious” about life. I’m a dabbler in the creative arts. Good enough for me. 😀

sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 20, 2012

I hear you Nancy! At 61 I am good enough for me! I am happy. I’m going to keep working on that worry thing though.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Yes! If you are going to get serious about something . . . don’t let it be worrying. Nothing worse for our well-being than becoming a “professional worrywart.” 😉

5. deanabo - October 20, 2012

I have wished for all of these things. well written!

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Thanks, Deana. Most of us do . . . but we might wish to “unwish the wish” if wishes came true. 😉

deanabo - October 20, 2012

Very true~!

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Sounds like your three wishes came true . . . sooner than expected. 😉

6. Lumdog - October 20, 2012

These are very valid, but elusive wishes. Nice job!

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Thanks, Lumdog.

Sometimes I wish I could be a “mind reader,” and then I reconsider posthaste. Having access to the inner workings of someone else’s mind would be a heavy burden to bear. 😉

7. bluebee - October 20, 2012

Too tempting when I have a university assignment to do. I should know better than to read your blog when I have deadlines, haha

nrhatch - October 20, 2012

Thanks, BB! I’ve often been tempted by the Trifecta prompt, but never took the plunge. Maybe when you don’t have deadlines looming.

8. viviankirkfield - October 20, 2012

Good for you, Nancy…glad you took the plunge and got your feet wet with this. 🙂

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

Thanks, Vivian. The biggest roadblock to following all the FUN prompts tossed out by Trifecta, Sidey, WP, etc., each week are the blog ideas already swirling around my mind, waiting in line. 😉

viviankirkfield - October 21, 2012

Waiting in line…and finding the time. 🙂

9. karen - October 20, 2012

heh … wishes of any kind really are quite dangerous. I wonder why when we blow out the candles we always make them ….

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

As a child, I remember being encouraged to wish when:

* blowing out birthday candles
* finding an eyelash on my cheek
* seeing the first star at night
* dispersing dandelion seeds
* watching falling stars

Maybe it’s all part of our training? Instead of looking within and relying on ourselves to make our dreams come true, we are taught to look outward for fulfillment of our wishes.

karen - October 21, 2012

Wow, that’s a great point. I tell my children always that they can wish all they want, but they are also responsible to things happen. =)

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

Excellent! Just the right message to share with them. 😀

10. dk - October 21, 2012

Is this just perfect truth? Wishing our lives away.

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

Yes! It seems like just yesterday that I wanted the hands on the clock and pages on the calendar to move FASTER so that I would be old enough to drive, drink, etc.

Now, I’d like them to S~L~O~W down. 😉

11. Draug - October 21, 2012

I think I feel like this all the time. Really great work 😀

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

Thanks, Draug! I need to make the rounds and see all the other entries. I love the idea behind the 33-word challenges. Sometimes LESS is MORE. 😀

12. Andra Watkins - October 21, 2012

I have felt all of these things at some point in my life, Nancy. Great response to the prompt.

nrhatch - October 21, 2012

The Weekend Trifecta challenge is quite FUN . . . seeing how much we can convey with only 33 words at our disposal.

13. jannatwrites - October 21, 2012

Wishes are scary…writing prompts are not 🙂

I’m glad you decided to try out the prompt this weekend – I like what you did with it. It’s so ‘Nancy’: deeper message with an extra helping of humor!

nrhatch - October 22, 2012

Thanks, Janna. I enjoyed it. I may play along more often, especially when it’s a thought-provoking theme like this week..

When we tune in to the “wishes” swirling around our heads, we often see they are exactly what we do NOT want. 😉

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