Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #586

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  1. Psychopathic tendencies
  2. Immortalized
  3. Abdicate
  4. Retains
  5. Heretical
  6. Inmate
  7. Rife
  8. Gruesome
  9. Dismissed
  10. Suffocation

5 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #586”

  1. Anklebuster says:


    We abdicate the throne of common sense on a daily basis. When a man with psychopathic tendencies retains trophies, he is immortalized in the annals of forensic literature. When a hard-working scientist publishes a proof about multidimensional universes, he is dismissed as a heretical thinker.

    The world is rife with such misplaced energies: human rights for an inmate; gruesome suffocation for a poor family with a faulty gas oven used as a heater. Pandering to demagogues; shaking our fists at drivers who cut us off.

  2. Tanja Cilia says:

    Oh, she’s sweet but a psycho
    A little bit psycho
    At night she’s screamin’, “I’m-ma-ma-ma out my mind…

    The song could have been written for her… in fact, it probably was… they threw in the sex bit just so as to throw you off the scent, like. We all know she has psychopathic tendencies, Immortalized in her book Heretical Suffocation. Some critics dismissed it as the gruesome ramblings of a disturbed mind, but, as her fellow inmate for quite some time, I know every word of it to be true. Each scene is rife with allegory and symbolism – and truth. It retains the hardcore porn imagery that made her famous when she was an “actress”. She has no plans to abdicate her bestseller throne just yet.

  3. KathleenMK says:

    “Do you think her psychopathic tendencies are real, made up or what?” the young girl asks as she and her father read a report about the “Woman in a Cage” as the reporter referred to her.

    “Well, let’s look at it more closely,” her father said as he pushed his spectacles up the bridge of his nose and readjusted his sitting position. “She does lack empathy for others and she is aggressive towards others. Then there is the fact that she … oh so often, is highly impulsive, is a daredevil – even you have admitted that yourself,” he added as his daughter shrugged her shoulders.

    “She is good at getting people to do what she wants them to do…” he paused, not wanting to be going too fast in his evaluation … “we know what she’s been doing is not always very legal, no matter how well she attempts to walk that tightrope between right and wrong.”

    The younger nodded, unable to disagree with that.

    “She charms her way through anything she can, making others think she cares, and she’s just out to get others do things for her so she can get what she wants,” a trace of disgust and personal sting laced the girl’s words.

    “Yah … she doesn’t seem to do thing unless it benefits her in the long run,” the elder interjects.

    A silence lay in the air with a pregnant pause.

    “Consider how often is anything that goes wrong … her fault is?” he asked not wanting this to be a lecture.

    The girl releases a deep sigh. “Okay dad, you are right. I know she has attempted to become immortalized in our family’s history as the end all that beats all,” sadness laced the younger’s words. “But do you think that orange being the new black will get her to abdicate her self-appointed throne?”

    “One would hope that becoming an inmate might be what it takes to have her see the gruesome truth of it all.”

    A grimace grew upon the late teen’s face. “Not if she retains that heretical belief system in where she… do you remember when she dismissed that the suffocation of the baby was due to her own actions?” She looked up at her father with a renewed disbelief. Time had not taken the sting out of this truth.

    “Sadly, her actions are rife with those things she denies the most,” he said resigned to the affirmative to the initial question.

    “So … I guess she does have psychopathic tendencies,” she said feeling qualified to answer her own question.

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