the speakeasy at yeah write #149 is open

Fancy meeting you here

Welcome to the speakeasy at yeah write, where the fiction and poetry square off each week, nose to nose. If you’re looking for traditional blog posts and personal essays, you’re going to have to ride your knight on over to the challenge grid. It’s kind of a black and white thing. Also, this week, we are all invited to participate over at Tipsy Lit’s Prompted creative writing challenge, so check it out and see if it’s for you. Suzanne and I will be there — don’t make us look like wedding crashers, ok?

Level up

We’ve been on a roll with hitting that magical number of 20 entries to open the editor’s pick. Yay, us! But let me tell you a brief story. My son has been teaching me how to play chess. He’s 8.5 years old. When we play, he is focused on the game, his eyes bore holes into the chessboard and he mentally calculates the result of every move. Me? Well, usually when we’re playing I’m also supervising my three daughters and my mind wanders. I don’t plot my moves carefully and can rarely see more than a move ahead. I lose often.

My darling, blond-haired boy-child has taken to teaching me with every move he makes. He explains why he’s moving the piece he’s selected and what my counter-moves could be. And then he asks me if I want him to make the move that is easier for me or the one that is tougher. I always tell him, “Don’t go easy on me! I’m not going to learn if you give me a free pass, bub!” So he makes the tougher move and I have to pay attention to stay ahead of him. Sometimes I can do that and sometimes I can’t. But it’s definitely a better game when I can give it my all.

What does this have to do with the editor’s pick? We want your A game. We want you to make the tough moves. We want you to bring your best and plot your moves carefully. Why? We’re all better for it. Seriously, we are. Pay attention to the prompt — if the verb is in a particular tense, you’ve got to have it make sense in your post. That alone was a prominent factor in the editor’s pick last week. Spell check. And then pay attention to your homonyms — peak and peek are not the same. Nor are your and you’re. We know you know you can do it! So, do it, already!

What’s your move this week?

Here are your prompts this week. You must use the sentence provided as the first sentence of your post. As is. And let the artwork influence your writing. You don’t have to write the story of the painting, per se, but we should be able to read it and think, “Ah-ha! There’s the influence of the prompt!”


“Don’t blame the sinner.”

Here are the rules:

  • Your post must be dated February 16, 2013, or later.
  • Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
  • Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  • Your submission must use the following sentence as the FIRST line: “Don’t blame the sinner.
  • The Speakeasy is for submissions written specifically for the grid. Please don’t submit an entry if you intend to showcase it to another blog link-up. Such posts are deleted without notice, your piece is simply removed from the chessboard.
  • Please don’t post long explanations before your post. We want your writing to be the star of the show. If you need to clarify anything, feel free to do so at the end.
  • The badge for your speakeasy #149 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html view of your post before publishing.
  • And don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and add your link to the Inlinkz grid!

11 Responses to “the speakeasy at yeah write #149 is open”

  1. The Midnight Thief February 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Is posting the badge mandatory?


  1. The Chess Queens | Writings of The Midnight Thief - February 18, 2014

    […] In response to the Speakeasy Challenge […]

  2. The Crusader | @Zebra Crossing - February 18, 2014

    […] This is written for speakeasy writing challenge #149.For this week’s challenge we were required to use  the following sentence as the FIRST line: “Don’t blame the sinner.”Secondly, we had to let the artwork above ,”“The Chess Queens,” by Muriel Streeter, influence our writing and last but not the least ,submissions had to be fiction or poetry and be under 750 words.(mine is 633,including the title).If you are interested in reading more submissions or joining the challenge,click on this link- […]

  3. The Prophet | My Muted Voice - February 18, 2014

    […] is my submission for this week’s Speakeasy writing challenge, in which we had to write a piece of fiction or poetry (up to 750 words), that included the […]

  4. Destiny, Fate and a Cat | Daily Observations - February 18, 2014

    […] whimsical inspiration brought to you by the prompt from; #149 “Don’t Blame the Sinner” target=”_blank”> […]

  5. The Sin of Love | 101 Challenges in 1001 Days - February 18, 2014

    […] A fictional story inspired by the Speakeasy prompt #149. […]

  6. The Destruction of RSS Intrepid – The Speakeasy | Momus News - February 18, 2014

    […] “And we’re inside Intrepid’s impenetrable fields,” grinned Captain Diamonique Hollis, standing beside Peats. “Checkmate, Huxley.” Her angelic face hardened. “Fire!” ____________________________ This week at the Speakeasy, the sentence prompt is: “Don’t blame the sinner.” The story should begin with this line and last no longer than 750 words. The following image must also be referenced in some manner. To join this awesome weekly challenge, look here: […]

  7. The Marriage Bed | - February 18, 2014

    […] is my response to this week’s Speakeasy over at Yeah Write. The prompt requires writers to include “Don’t blame the […]

  8. A Sly Deal with Evil | The Invisible Geek - February 18, 2014

    […] In response to the Speakeasy Challenge […]

  9. Silent Sins | Opal Reflections - February 20, 2014

    […] is my response to this week’s Speakeasy over at Yeah Write. The prompt requires writers to include “Don’t blame the sinner” as the […]

Whaddya gotta say about that?