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Two Phrase Story #44

I would like to present a weekly word challenge. Thanks to Elusive Trope for encouraging me to get off my lazy ass and actually try to get more readers involved in this weekly game.

The premise is simple. I provide one phrase every Thursday, an incomplete string of words, and it is up to you to complete it in your own, inimitable way. However you like, taking it in any direction you want.

If you like the concept and think other people might be interested in participating, please play along and post the complete challenge on your blog and leave a link in the comments section below. If you’d just like to take part yourself, please post the reply directly in the comments section. I will be posting all the replies together with links to the contributors in 10 days, i.e. the Saturday after next.

I love the mental exercise, I hope you do too!

This week’s phrase –

“He looked at the blank screen…..”

My attempt –

“………it’s blankness was awful in its eloquence.”

Your turn!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


34 thoughts on “Two Phrase Story #44

  1. …completely catatonic, trying to block out all the voices coming out of the refrigerator.

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    Posted by tedgiffin | 11/06/2016, 1:39 PM
  2. Your attempt – Tops !

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by thatmishmash | 09/06/2016, 6:13 PM
  3. Yours is excellent. I learned a new word’ eloquence’. Thanks.
    He looked at the blank screen…his mind was as blank as the screen.

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    Posted by Indira | 04/06/2016, 11:22 AM
  4. He looked at the blank screen, fingers hovering in anticipation over the holographic keys and he sighed in a way that released all of his worries, his doubts, his fears in a single breath of air that created a gentle ring of rainbow, fogging the screen.

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    Posted by Dominika | 03/06/2016, 9:57 PM
  5. And I can’t even remember six words and get them right! Sorry about that. I’m tired.


    Posted by Jane Dougherty | 03/06/2016, 9:31 PM
  6. I wrote a few again here
    Here’s one for Trekkies.
    He watched the blank screen…while he waited for the dilithium crystals to warm up.

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    Posted by Jane Dougherty | 03/06/2016, 9:24 PM
  7. He looked at the blank screen, he had an urge to fill in the blanks.

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    Posted by Amy | 02/06/2016, 11:48 PM
  8. then realised he hadn’t turned it on!

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    Posted by looneybitch | 02/06/2016, 8:25 PM
  9. Blankly.

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    Posted by Lakshmi Srivatsan | 02/06/2016, 7:18 PM
  10. He looked at the blank screen…a monkey looking back, and he wondered how he could free them.

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    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 02/06/2016, 7:18 PM
  11. A good one, Dr. Hb! Be back, have to do some thinking… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 02/06/2016, 7:08 PM
  12. He looked at the blank screen – for, he knew that it would soon turn to be colorful, speaking about the journey of his life….

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    Posted by Sri Sudha K | 02/06/2016, 1:50 PM
  13. “… savoring the emptiness for a brief moment, then began typing out his resume.”

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    Posted by Victo Dolore | 02/06/2016, 9:25 AM
  14. I’m glad you’ve really gotten into the spirit of things. Thank you for all the entries Jane! 🙂


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 04/06/2016, 8:20 AM
  15. Screen love, how very apt for these times….
    Thanks for participating, Aadhirai! 🙂


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 07/06/2016, 6:28 PM


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