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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 8



The idea is, every week Raven (View From A Raven's Nest) gives you between 8 and 10 words/phrases and you have to create a small but coherent paragraph using every one of them and the same with the mini challenge. You can do either or both it's up to you, and you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven.



This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: galaxy, delta, redecorate, dearth, offshoot, Uthar Pendragon, cordial, gingerbread, foretold, bonnet

Here's my Ten word one:

Jane sat in the garden reading her library book about Uthar Pendragon, wearing her bonnet to shield her eyes from the sun. She had a few days off from work after setting up an offshoot company from her husband’s window blind company. Settled in her garden chair, with a bar of Galaxy chocolate and some gingerbread by her side, she tried not to think about what she should be doing. The aim of having some time off work had been to redecorate the dining room, but as the weather was unseasonably warm she decided to take advantage of it. Delta, her daughter, was calling round later with her new boyfriend Charles, who was a very cordial young man, this pleased Jane greatly as there seemed to be a dearth of nice young these days. When they arrived Jane barely had time to sit them down before they announced to her that they were to become engaged. Jane laughed out loud at the news and told them “I could have foretold that, you are a perfect match!”

And for the Mini Challenge: palliate, functionality, jungle, brass, asphyxiate
Here's mine:


Chris hated being a part of the human jungle, the daily journey to the city was beginning to asphyxiate him. He didn’t see the point, didn’t understand the functionality of what he was doing anymore. The ‘brass’ were a waste of space being palliate when dealing with problems, he’d had enough. “I quit!” he told his boss and walked out with a spring in his step and a smile on his face.

And I did a Megawordzzle using all 15 words:

Uthar Pendragon was from a different galaxy, or so it seemed to his co-workers because he wore a bonnet to cover his red hair, drank cordial and ate gingerbread. He was a little strange, but then he had lived in the jungle for a few years around the Orinoco Delta, until deciding to return to ‘civilisation’, as he put it. No-one really knew him or what he’d been doing for the last five years, he kept himself to himself. He had enjoyed his time living with the natives, who had welcomed him as a God when he’d arrived in a canoe, and he had taken to the role of top brass like a duck to water. He’d been educated at Oxbridge and blinded the natives with science, like when he foretold the next lunar eclipse and explained the functionality of intricate drainage system he helped them build away from the main camp. He lived a life of luxury, well as luxurious as you can get in the jungle, having a hut built for him right next to the tribe’s Chief and someone assigned to generally look after him. Things were just perfect until the Chief brought in a new wife from a neighbouring village, a beautiful young girl called Myani, who literally took Uthar’s breath away as soon as he set eyes on her and the feeling was mutual. There was a dearth of beautiful females in the jungle, all the women seemed to be ugly, which was why Uthar hadn’t taken a wife yet, though the natives had urged him to. At first Uthar tried to keep out of her way, he didn’t want to get involved with her because she was married to the chief, but she was friendly and she was fascinated with his red hair. She visited him frequently and helped him redecorate his hut, bringing fripperies to give it that female touch. He learned that she belonged to an offshoot of the chief’s family and that she hadn’t wanted to leave her home and was desperate to escape. Uthar and Myani became secret lovers and were almost caught out on numerous occasions, but Uthar’s palliate excuses smoothed things over. The Chief was cruel to Myani, she endured beatings and one time he even tried to asphyxiate her, she was saved only by Uthar’s sudden appearance at the Chief’s hut. That was the last straw, Uthar hatched a plan to leave the village and Myani agreed to go with him. He told Myani to tell the Chief she was visiting her family and he would pick her up downriver in a canoe. The plan worked perfectly and they were soon on a plane back to Blighty. They built a new life for themselves in, Uthar picking up where he left off at the bank and Myani keeping house and looking after their two children. Of course neither could ever return to the village but that was a price they were both happy to pay.

30 comments:

Elween said...

Delta huh...cool name *wink wink*

and pardon me but...isn't it supposed to be Galaxy chocolate? sorry i am not a chocolate lover not sure about that. hehe :)

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Dave said...

Well, you are quite the creative individual aren't you! It does take some imaigination to do this. Very interesting reading! :-)

You were wondering about my British roots... I grew up in Sutton, Surrey from the day I was born until I was almost seven years old. We then moved to Canada.

Richard said...

Red hair and the chief's wife; it seems Uthar was in trouble from the start.

I have never seen a man in a bonnet. Red hair or not it makes for a strange picture in my teenie weenie little brain.

Rich

Linda said...

You have such a way with words! Excellent as always!

Raven said...

These were fun. The last was my favorite. A red-headed banker in a bonnet with a native wife. Whew!

Akelamalu said...

I thought I'd put Galaxy chocolate Elween????

thanks Dave. So you're British born and bred then? :)

I've never seen a man wearing a bonnet either Richard - no wonder his co-workers thought he was strange! ;)

Why thank you Linda, you're very kind. x

cheers Raven :)

Real Live Lesbian said...

Wow...I'm seriously impressed with your imagination! Great job!

Diana Joy said...

Great job my friend!!!
Thanks for all support through these difficult times :)
Love,
Diana Joy

Jay said...

You did the 10 word, the 5 word AND the mega! And they were all great. Now THAT'S impressive!

Anndi said...

I love coming round to read your entries in this word game... and then I think I'll just be a spectator. Excellent!

Something about red hair...

Misty Dawn said...

You are so creative and talented! I love seeing how you tie all these together! I'm off to read your Flash Fiction now ;-)

Dianne said...

Yay for Chris and his escape from the jungle. That little story just really connected with me.

All great work Lady :)

elena jane said...

galaxy chocolate rocks!! good for jane...
and ulthar and his native wife, that was very good!!

mine are so weird compared to everyone else's ;)

Julia Smith said...

The second one would make a great poem if you split it into shorter phrases. And the Megawordzzle is a romantic suspense novel just begging to be written! Don't get distracted, now - it could take you the next year. But won't you be excited at your first book signing...?

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Someday I may really give this a shot, but not at 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night.

Jennifer H said...

You amaze me with these every time.

Travis said...

You rock! But now I have a craving for gingerbread.

Jeff B said...

I love how you were able to use the words so differently in the stories, Great tales.

Jo Beaufoix said...

These are brilliant Akela. You are so good at this. :D

Flowerpot said...

well done ak - dont know how you do it!

Akelamalu said...

Why thankyou RLL :)

So good to see you back Diana Joy. x


I love a challenge Jay, thankyou. :)


I love red hair Anndi, and would never cover it up with a bonnet, whatever was he thinking of? ;)


Aw thanks Mistyx


Something we'd all love to do eh Dianne?


There's nothing wierd about your stories Elena they're great!


I don't know about a novel Julia, I don't have the patience, but thanks for the praise m'dear. x


Maybe next week then Nick?


How kind, thank you Jennifer :)


He he, go get some Gingerbread Trav. :)


Cheers Jeff :)


How kind, thank you Jo x


Thank you Flowerpot, I'm sure you'd do a fabulous job too. :)

storyteller said...

Hmmm … if I’d only stopped by here yesterday, I could have used this for MY post yesterday when I came up ‘dry’ … of course I’m not the ‘best’ at writing ‘creatively on demand to prompts’ … so it might not have ‘worked for me’ as well as it does for you. You’ve done an astonishing job this week doing all three challenges!!! Methinks I’d do well to complete one for starters. A question: Does Raven send an ‘email’ with the prompt or do I need to remember to seek it out on my own?
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

You have to go visit Raven to get the words for next week Storyteller, they're in her Saturday Wordzzle, then you have all week to think about your story and post it next Saturday - easy peasy! ;)

SnoopMurph said...

Hi there-

I truly enjoyed each of your Wordzzles! I loved the characters and I agree that, that Megawordzzle has story development written all over it! I would definitely read more about them!

Fun!

Linda

the teach said...

Great wordzzles, Akelamalu! So clever and well written!

Pauline said...

I like it!

CrazyCath said...

Brilliant again! You did say Galaxy chocolate didn't you? I love Galaxy chocolate. Got to go find some now...

You really are very good at this. As I said previously - I'll give it a go sometime but at the moment I'm a bit behind in the home AND on the blog so have to be strict. Especially since I have a new toy to play with. ;0)

Akelamalu said...

You're very kind snoopmurph, thankyou.

Thanks Teach :)

Cheers Pauline x

Yep Galaxy chocolate is gorgeous I agree Cath. I look forward to you having more time so you can join in the wordzzles.

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