“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’______________________________________________ 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!