Trifecta Writing Challenge – The Naked Cow In The Road

It has been a while since I’ve participated in the Trifecta challenge but I was feeling a bit inspired so I gave it a go. This weekend’s challenge is community judged so if you are reading during the period of the judging and want to vote for me, then find your way to the Trifecta site and you can do that there. I’m not sure when the judging takes place, but if you feel that strongly about making your vote count, you can find out the time parameters at Trifecta. So now that the groveling for your votes is over, on with the challenge!

The challenge is to compose a story of either 33 words or 333 words about a picture of a girl and a naked cow. SInce I’ve been feeling particularly wordy of late, I went for the gusto and am happy to report that I hit the 333 word mark after ending with 347 words and making a few edits to get down to 333 words. So here is the photo and my story of the picture of the naked cow in the road is below that.

Margaret sat at her desk. She had always dreamed of being a writer. At least, that is what she remembered of her early life – the dream. That was before she married her high school sweetheart. Then the kids arrived on the scene and her life became a blur of cooking, carpooling and picking up after others. There was little time to write and even less to dream of writing.

But now, her kids were on their own and she knew there was a short window of time before they had kids and she became the free, always available babysitter. So she created her blog but struggled to find worthy topics on which to pontificate. Margaret thought  a writing challenge would stir the embers of creativity that she knew must be somewhere within her.

She gazed at the photo of a little girl wearing clothes and a naked cow separated by a fence. Margaret thought the picture would have been much more interesting if the cow was wearing clothes and the little girl was naked. Naked cows are just not that interesting. And what was the deal with the fence? Was it supposed to represent something? It appeared that the girl could easily clamber through or over the fence and the cow seemed disinterested.

Margaret sighed. She was uncomfortable sitting naked at her desk. She had read something about how to write naked, but Margaret wasn’t much of a reader. She tended to skim through articles, looking for key words and the key words that jumped out at her from that article were “naked” and “writing,” so she assumed that meant she needed to disrobe to free up the creativity. But now she just felt a little silly.

She turned off her computer and gazed at the dust motes dancing in a shaft of sunlight. Margaret wondered why the picture couldn’t have been one of dust motes dancing in a shaft of sunlight. She was sure she could have written a story about that.

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21 thoughts on “Trifecta Writing Challenge – The Naked Cow In The Road

    • Yes, Margaret is very brave and thankful she doesn’t do her writing at the local coffee shop as being naked there would have caused quite a stir.

  1. Thank you so much for linking up to Trifextra this weekend. The challenge this weekend will be judged by the community. So please come back to the Trifecta home page and click the stars next to the three posts you most enjoyed. You only have until Monday at 8 am EST, so hurry!

  2. not every prompt is inspiring but when one is in a mood to write, well, desperate times call for desperate measures (i.e. naked writing) haha, a good response for a writer’s block

  3. i always write naked but ewith a plump cushion on the chair for a little bit of comfort. Shame about the dust motes though – they have a story to tell.

  4. Hmmm…naked writing, eh? Since I do most of my writing at work, my boss may have difficulty with this concept. And so would co-worker…

    • Public nudity is still not widely accepted so writing naked at work may cause a stir or, quite possibly, your co-workers and boss may not want to make you feel bad by calling attention to your nakedness so they say nothing which you accept as their acceptance of public nudity, thus freeing your creativity and you become prolific in your naked state. And think of the time you will save by not washing clothes or the money you can save by not buying clothes. Nudity may be the best money saving, time saving, planet saving statement a naked person can make. Of course, there will be those who just think you are slightly daft.

      • Meh…they already think I’m daft. What’s one more drop in the bucket? I may have to work my way slowly into the nudity one article of clothing at a time. Like a very slow strip tease…could be awesome.

  5. If only naked cows had inspired Margaret.
    Fortunately, sandylikeabeach was inspired enough to give us a great story!
    Perhaps a sequel with the dust motes?

    • Are the dust motes wearing clothes, because the whole naked dust motes dancing in a shaft of sunlight has been done. I’m not sure who it has been done by, but I’m sure it sounds like it should have been done by now and I feel fairly certain (which really isn’t a good sign of I’m not sure what) that Margaret wasn’t the one to do it because you know she needs a picture of it before she realizes she doesn’t have a clue what to do. I’m not sure any of that made sense to anyone but me, but what I’m trying to say is while I don’t think dust motes could be the protagonists of any tale I may tell, there is a possibility they might make a cameo appearance somewhere. Stay tuned!

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