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Weekend Writing Prompt #111 – Translation

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. How you use the prompt is up to you. Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like. Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise. If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.


Trying to find an original take on this prompt brought me once again to my recent move 😉 I fear until I feel I have claimed some sort of order in my new house, this shall ever be!  thank you, Sammi, for hosting this weekly challenge.


We are moving to much smaller digs.

Yeah, I know.

You really should come and see it before you assume you can just fit all your stuff.

Nope. I’m good. I don’t need to see it first. I’ll make it happen.

At least come and measure it.

Moving day arrives…

I see you have come to the conclusion that translation from your old room to your new room was impossible.

Yeah. You were right. There is no way I can put everything exactly the way it was. I’ll have to rotate—

And pile up.

I’ll Tetris the shit out of it.

Will you be able to open your door?

Wide enough for me to fit.

Door to said room – opening it would mean my death as the inhabitant is still sleeping and guards his privacy most fiercely 🙂


*In Geometry, “Translation” simply means Moving … … without rotating, resizing or anything else, just moving. To Translate a shape: Every point of the shape must move: the same distance.

54 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #111 – Translation

    • Oh f****! A good 10 years?!?!?! That’s how long I feel it will take!
      I swear. I ain’t Tetris-ing a damn thing. Whatever doesn’t fit, has lost its place… Course, I have lots of racks and stuff to fill so… we shall see.

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      • Vertical is the new black in house design. 😂It took only about 6 weeks to get all that crap out of the garage but a ‘bit’ longer for the extra bedroom. But turning it into a studio by getting rid of stuff was my best work. Still can probably lose about half and don’t be sorry one bit. #movingslow #donate

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  1. LOL! Yeah, it happens all the time, doesn’t it? In my building, some of the issues include things not fitting up the stairway to even get TO apartments …
    Pre-measuring is a good thing.
    So is not entering a room that had an armed guard with a scar-face plastered on it …
    Smart lady, you is!

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    • LOL! We left a hide-a-bed couch at the old house because it was very heavy and the movers wanted to charge an extra $150 to move it. Screw that! I had cathedral ceilings in my former, former house and could not bring a huge glass cabinet (antique, former pharmacy unit) to my then new house so it is still collecting dust in my husband’s partner’s warehouse!
      Yeah. No. Some things are not worth attempting.

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      • And some may need a new home, or just have done their bit and now can retire, in glorious dust, in warehouses and attics and who-knows-what, to one day be re-discovered or returned to the molecular elements that had built them …
        (I speak from experience, living in a tiny NYC apartment where things either go vertical, fold away, are multi-functional, hide-under-something and go-into-something or need to go find another home … 😉

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  2. Q-Mama,

    “Tetris the shit out of it,” Buahahaha! I’m using that one, probably even this afternoon, it’s gold I tell you. Gold!

    I love where you took this prompt challenge word. You . . wait for it, Tetrised the shit out of it,” Okay, I had to try the saying on for size and I gotta say . . I really dig the way it rolls off the tongue.

    Seriously though, you are on fiiiaaahhhh!!!


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  3. So funny, Dale–and definitely relatable. At one point we were trying to figure out maybe moving my mom into a smaller apartment.
    I dread having to move. I was laughing at the remarks above. I remember helping daughter and son-in-law move into their first apartment in Philadelphia–3rd floor in an old house–there was some piece of furniture that we just couldn’t get up there. And then it took all four of us to get their mattress up the narrow stairs when they moved into their house. . .

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    • So glad I made you laugh, Merril. I tell ya. Iain got his friend to come over and tried to move the sofa-bed. They couldn’t get it through the door at the top of the stairs. (So how the hell did the movers get it down there from the old house?)
      These movers cussed at my king-size mattress!
      Let’s just say I am NOT leaving here for a long time!

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  4. Dear Dale,

    I’d like to know how tetris works for him six months from now. I once lost my eldest son in his bedroom. Another story…perhaps for FF 😉 Love your translation of the word prompt.

    Shalom and lotsa hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Something tells we he’ll make do.
      Haha! I can actually picture that happening.

      Shalom and Lotsa love,



  5. In time I think you will feel like your space is home. I discover this more every year. I’m beginning year eight living here and my apartment is truly my home. I still lose things anyway.

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    • So glad you got a giggle!
      Oh he’ll remember it for a good while, methinks. And probably just shrug his shoulders about that time he had a puny room…


  6. I first had to find out what Tetris stands for…. do I show my age?!
    Then, I don’t even know whether I’ve congratulated you to your move, and only realise that this must have happened some time ago already! I’m so blxxy preoccupied with just surviving every day at my end that I am constantly at my wits’ end and can’t keep track with my friends’ lives. Will you forgive me?
    Has it gone well (enough)? I can’t fathom what will happen to my state of mind and craziness when we will move for good. From a house with a full basement and 2 floors, 1150squ.m. of garden, 3 terrasses and patios, an English original teak bench, several (dozens?) tables, assorted and un-assorted chairs galore….. and we will only ever be able to afford to RENT a flat, and a smallish flat at that, in Switzerland. Oh the joys awaiting me! – But first our house must be sold, which hasn’t been happening yet either.
    We, HH and I, are nailing it every time with any translation, and most of our time we are in transition. Many bells are ringing with these 115 words – I probably used several times your number!

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    • Haha! Nah… If there are no gamers in your surroundings ornif you’ve never played it on your computer, why would you know?
      The move happened from May 28 till officially with the movers on June 1. It is still a bloody mess as, as you’ve so well described, I’ve gone from a 4 bed, 4 bath, huge kitchen, lots of storage space… To a 3 bed, 2 bath, tiny kitchen but large garage… I shall be tripping over boxes for months as I work long hours and when I’m off (like yesterday) I’m too tired and just need to recuperate or want to take advantage of the beautiful day… And I’m not apologising for it either. I’ll take the time I’ll take.

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      • oh, my comment just went to the ether…. shooooot!
        You still have wahaaaay more room and space than we will have in the future. I have some 2000+ books to get rid of (w.a heavy heart – but getting blind I won’t read them again) and 1800+ DVDs. BUT we also rent a small flat (1 bed, 1 living) and apart from a bed we furnished it easily with stuff we had a surplus in France. We can’t move twice, it’s far too expensive but we get by beautifully in those two rooms…. It’s all in the head, as HH says! Tout est dans la tête….

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        • What? Another comment, I’m guessing? That went into the ether, that is…

          I may have waaaay more room but I also have waaaay less room than I had! I have boxes of books that are still not on shelves and I know they won’t all fit so, extremely heavy-hearted, I shall give even more away. CDs and DVDs also must find a space because I actually did hook up a blue ray that does play them all and I missed listening to some of my tunes and movies. And yes, I have sh*tloads of STUFF!
          Oui, tout est dans la tête, effectivement. Il faut maintenant traduire cette pensée en action de purge!!

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