Trifextra Week Fifty-Four: Telegram

“First news from Galveston just received by train which could get no closer to the bay shore than six miles, where Prairie was strewn with debris and dead bodies. About two hundred corpses…”


I tried to find a quote that would tell a story. This one from Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson fit perfectly. The storm almost devastated the island city; final death toll estimates for the storm range from 6000-1200 for the Galveston area. My book club read this last summer and then took a day trip down to Galveston to visit some of the sites still standing from the storm, see the historical photographs at the library, visit the storm wall that was erected after the storm.

Photo: Galveston, Texas AP Photo Houston Chronicle

More on ‘The 1900 Storm‘ of Galveston also called ‘The Great Galveston Storm/Hurricane’


Trifextra: Week Fifty-Four

This weekend we are venturing into uncharted territories once again.  This Trifextra isn’t so much a writing challenge; it’s more of a reading challenge.  We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.Some quick guidelines:
  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don’t take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don’t take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end–keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can’t use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own.  You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words.

This weekend is judged by the community.  What are you judging?  Maybe you’re judging the craft of the original work.  Maybe you’re judging the editing skills of the person who managed to find 33 incredible words from a much larger piece.  Or maybe you’re judging the originality of the choice.  It’s up to you.  I think we will all recognize our favorites when we see them.

This challenge is community-judged.

  • For the 12 hours following the close of the challenge, voting will be enabled on links.
  • In order to vote, return to this post where stars will appear next to each link.  To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite post.
  • You can vote for your top three favorite posts.
  • Voting is open to everyone.
  • You have 12 hours to vote.  It’s not much time, so be diligent!

13 thoughts on “Trifextra Week Fifty-Four: Telegram

  1. Have you read The Devil in the White City by Larson?

  2. Katie says:

    Mother Nature has been ripping up mankind’s monuments to life, forever. She is ruthless. This was a good choice.

  3. Mother nature has been playing with my little neck of the woods today but at least this storm is nothing of that magnitude. Yikes!

  4. I have this book, as well as, Devil in White City. Larson does have a real knack for this sort of story. Great choice of author, genre and quote.

  5. barbara says:

    Devil in the White City was definitely a different – but interesting – read for me. The picture you’ve chosen to go with THIS piece certainly makes the words that much more stark. Great choice.

  6. Tracie says:

    I have lived through several hurricanes. This hits home.

  7. Draug419 says:

    This is a vivid start to a story indeed (:

  8. atrm61 says:

    What a powerful quote-brings the devastating effects of a hurricane alive.

  9. vivinfrance says:

    The words and photograph remind me of some that are exhibited permanently in the Basilica at nearby Saint Lô of 6th/7th June 1944.
    Man can be as mindlessly destructive as Nature.

  10. Meredith says:

    wow! I can’t believe you posted on the 1900 Galveston hurricane, still considered one of the worst storms. I was just there a couple of weeks ago and I was looking in the cemetery for a friend’s great-grandfather to see if he was buried there. When I looked it up on the internet, I found out they had to burn the bodies. I find it strange you had that picture there. It drew me in!

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