Our lives:

Delicately woven,

Intricately connected,

By tenuous ties.

 It’s not the size of the web

That defines our success.


You may have noticed that I’ve developed a pattern for posting Ellie’s story for Trifecta challenges on Monday.  You also may have noticed that there is no Ellie in today’s post (and it is indeed Monday; my alarm clock told me so :))

Well, Trifecta is doing a different challenge this week.  I have three weeks to write between 333 and 3,333 words about anything.  That’s right; no restrictions!  I want to finish Ellie’s story by the July 26th deadline.  I hope to write an ending that satisfies the need for closure, but doesn’t give away what I intend to include in the novel version of this story.   You can tell me whether you deem it a failure or success.


28 thoughts on “Success

  1. Carl D'Agostino July 9, 2012 / 8:34 AM

    That size doesn’t count is a very kind statement but usually not true. Esp bank account and a few OTHER things.

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 8:47 AM

      When I wrote this, I had friends in mind. I determine success by happiness, not money, however others may not. Thanks for dropping by, Carl.

      P.S. I don’t know what the blogosphere has against, but I rescued your comment from the Spam folder.

  2. suzicate July 9, 2012 / 8:48 AM

    You’re right it’s not the size of the web but the strength!

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 8:52 AM

      That’s exactly what I thought when I wrote this, Suzicate!

      Though I have to admit, this web was both large and strong – a complete success 🙂

  3. cuhome July 9, 2012 / 11:02 AM

    Looking forward to it!

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 6:13 PM

      Thanks, Janet. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  4. Widdershins July 9, 2012 / 11:24 AM

    “It’s not the size of the web

    That defines our success.”

    … these two lines are wonderful.

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 6:14 PM

      Thanks, Widdershins. I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  5. pattyabr July 9, 2012 / 6:27 PM

    the picture of that web is awesome and goes so well with your poem. nice

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 8:52 PM

      Thanks, Patty. I liked the web, too. It’s not often where I find one where I can see that much detail.

  6. Tessa July 9, 2012 / 8:30 PM

    Looking forward to the continuation of Ellie’s story! Loved your poem!

    • jannatwrites July 9, 2012 / 8:52 PM

      Thanks, Tessa. I’ll try not to use all 3,333 words 🙂

      • Tessa July 10, 2012 / 11:50 AM

        Hmmm 3,333 words could take a while to read although Ellie’s story would be worth the time it took to read it! 🙂

        • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:43 PM

          You’re right, 3,333 words would be a bit large, Tessa. This is why I’ve decided to break the story into parts of 333 words each (like I was writing a regular challenge. I think it’ll be 4 parts, so it shouldn’t be too much to get through. I do appreciate your willingness to read it, though 🙂

        • Tessa July 10, 2012 / 7:10 PM

          Well Janna, you have me hooked. I can’t wait to read it 3,333 words or not!

        • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 10:40 PM

          Aw, thanks, Tessa. No pressure here at all 😆

  7. sojourner July 9, 2012 / 11:59 PM

    I love almost all the words in your poem! The way they are put together, leaves strong impact to me:

    DELICATE—meaning they are fragile, easily broken, and requires sensitive and very careful handling
    INTRICATE—meaning complicated, not simple 🙂
    TENUOUS—very fine and slender, insubstantial

    And the trio: WOVEN, CONNECTED, TIES

    All those words…you put them together like pieces of a puzzle. Then you called that puzzle “life.”

    I agree. That’s how I describe life as well.

    I love your poem!
    And I love the photo too!

    • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:35 PM

      Your breakdown of my poem is awesome. The fact you took time to contemplate the words in such a way is a huge compliment. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment, Sojourner. I’m glad you enjoyed both the poem and the photo 🙂 I’m curious to see what you’re about, so I’ll check your site out soon!

  8. judithhb July 10, 2012 / 2:17 AM

    But 3,333 with all that went before will be a good start to your novel. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story. 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:36 PM

      Oh, I have big ideas for the novel version, Judith. Sadly, I seem to have more ideas than time, so it’ll take a while 🙂

  9. Eric Alagan July 10, 2012 / 6:26 AM

    I agree with your sentiments Janna – bigger/more is not always better. I reckon a poor man appreciates a fistful of rice more than a rich man seated in boredom before a buffet spread.

    • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:36 PM

      Great example, Eric! I would agreee with you. Those with less do seem to appreciate more.

  10. Debbie July 10, 2012 / 6:53 AM

    Lovely detailed photo of the spider’s web! Can hardly wait to read Ellie’s story again!

    • jannatwrites July 10, 2012 / 5:41 PM

      Thanks, Debbie. I was nervous taking that picture because I was balanced on some rocks in the middle of a creek. If you knew my lack of balance and coordination, you’d understand my concern. I was sure I’d end up in the creek with a ruined camera 🙂

      I do hope you’ll check back on Ellie’s story in the next week or two!

  11. GodGirl July 11, 2012 / 3:26 AM

    I do agree… life really is about the connections we make. We will never know the result of all the seeds we plant but it’s the type/form of connecting that makes life beautiful or significant, not the size of our endeavours.

    • jannatwrites July 11, 2012 / 5:43 AM

      You’re right, GodGirl…we will never know to what extent we have affected those around us, but if we love like God intended, our mark will be left. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Sandra July 11, 2012 / 8:01 AM

    I thought about you when I saw the Trifecta prompt. That’s an awesome way to finish out Ellie’s story. I’m looking forward to it. And that’s a really nice picture of a spider web!

    • jannatwrites July 11, 2012 / 6:53 PM

      Thanks, Sandra! I’m trying to write the last parts in approximate 333-word segments so the story keeps the same feel. I’m ten words over on the first part right now 🙂

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