Saturday, 23 August 2008

Saturday Wordzzle #27

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, both or a megawordzzle using all the words, or even all three, it's up to you, you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven. If you join in go to Raven's and put your name on the Mr. Linky so other participants can come visit you.

Here are my efforts - complete with my doodles.

This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: tiramisu, transfixed, evacuation, Queen of the Nile, pillowcase, grammatical, voice inflection, pacified, microclimate, swami

Dressed in a Cleopatra style dress Jolene felt like the queen of the nile. Charlie stared at her transfixed then asked

“What are you wearing, it looks like a pillowcase?”

“I look better than you” said Jolene, with a rather sarcastic voice inflection “you look more like a Swami than a sheikh!”

“Don’t be upset my little tiramisu, I was only joking” cajoled Charlie

But Jolene wouldn’t be pacified, she told him

“You’ll be too warm at the fancy dress party with that teatowel on your head, you know the Carter’s house has it’s own microclimate since they got that new central heating boiler.”

“Yeah but when they start the evacuation into the garden I’ll be the only one that’s warm!” said Charlie, flicking the teatowel back over his shoulder.

“Oh don’t be so grammatical” hissed Jolene.

“Don’t you mean dramatic?” asked Charlie laughing at the disgusted look on her face.

And for the Mini Challenge: maggots, thermal pocket, industrial, bovine, feminized

The makeover was supposed to have feminized her bovine features but the industrial make-up did nothing apart from causing her face to feel as though it was encased in a thermal pocket and the false eyelashes felt like maggots on her eyes!


Petunia delicately spooned the tiramisu into her mouth whilst enjoying the sunshine on the deck of the ‘Queen of the Nile’. She had booked the Nile cruise as a way of meeting people with the same interests, now she was a widow, and up to now she hadn’t been disappointed. Everyone on board was enthusiastic about the things they saw on their daily excursions to the ancient temples and she was transfixed watching the daily life of the people living on the banks of the river, even the bovine carcass full of maggots floating in the river hadn’t put her off. Today’s excursion to the magnificent temple of Hapsetshut had totally tired her out, it had been excruciatingly hot and even the bottle of water she’d taken in the thermal pocket to keep it cool had been boiling!

The cabins on board weren’t huge but were ample and the cabin boys (she laughed to herself – they were hardly boys) kept them immaculate, making sure the beds were turned down, a different towel animal sitting on the end of the bed and a chocolate and flower petals adorning the pillowcase each night.

She enjoyed the evenings on board most of all. There was entertainment laid on, but she found the after dinner conversations with her fellow sailors most interesting, their lives were diverse, teachers, shopkeepers, administrators, all walks of life.

The swami was the one person on board who had captured Petunia’s attention more than the others. She loved his gentle voice inflection and the occasional grammatical errors in his English, though he spoke it well, and she always felt pacified after a conversation with him. He was travelling with his assistant, Cedric, a young man who seemed somewhat feminized but was affable and had superb manners. Petunia was fascinated with the Swami’s tales of the orphanage he had founded in an area of Wales that seemed to have it’s own microclimate and was dismayed to hear there were plans by the local council for the evacuation of the place unless he could raise enough money to bring it up to health and safety standards. He showed her photographs of the children, all happy and smiling, and told her of the army of volunteers who helped him make their lives bearable since they lost their parents.

Ten years older than Petunia her husband had been an industrial giant, who hadn’t really had time to enjoy the money he’d made before he died from a heart attack at the age of forty-six, before they’d had a chance to have children. Her heart went out to the children Swami talked of and by the time the cruise was over she already written a cheque for the £100,000 he needed to complete the necessary work at the orphanage. Petunia said goodbye to the new friends she had made and made a firm promise to visit the orphanage to see the fruits of her generous donation in a few months time.

Back home in London Albert smiled at his growing bank balance. Looking at his companion he said

“Well that should keep us going for a while Cedric."

“It sure will Swami, I still can’t believe these rich women fall for the Orphanage story!” laughed Cedric.


Next weeks 10 word challenge will be: pogo stick, ant farm, psychic, tin box, wall safe, Waterloo, surge protector, pneumonia, ravages of time, turtle.

And for the mini: swollen ankles, opera singer, toothy grin, oil paints, potters wheel.


ciara said...

yikes! i knew there was going to be a devious twist at the end of the mega. great wordzzle...the pic of the tiramisu looks exactly like one! :)

Queenie said...

Your good at this aren't you????? Speak later.

SMM said...

I loved the last one......I knew there had to be a catch somewhere

MommyWizdom said...

Ooh, I like "felt like maggots on her eyes." Very nice!

I'll be back to read the third one... I've got monkeys in the house today, lol.

Raven said...

All excellent as always. I felt bad for poor Petunia, though. I had a feeling she was being hoodwinked.

Jeff B said...

Were you referring to Tammy Fay-Baker in your mini? (snickering)

And I love waiting for the shoe to drop in your mega challenges each week. Pure genius!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i had trouble getting past the doodle of the tiramisu! looks good!

smiles, bee

Carletta said...

"bovine carcass full of maggots" - not a pretty cruise picture but I loved it!
With that much money I knew something was up - great surprise ending!

Akelamalu said...

You know I love a twist at the end Ciara :)

I try Queenie :)

Yes, there's usually a catch smm :(

I hope you like the last one when you get round to reading it mommywizdom :)

Poor Petunia fell for it hook line and sinker didn't she Raven :(

Who's Tammy Faye Baker Jeff???? Glad you enjoyed the twist. :)

Oh you and cake Miss Bee ;)

Ah yes the money gave it away Carletta ;)

Linda said...

I just love your devious little twists at the end of your stories! Exemplary job as always!

Richard said...

I felt like I was on a crusie again. You captured the feeling of cruising. I'm on to you now though, so I saw the Swami scam coming this time. Loved it!


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

You did a grand job with those words! I looked at them before I read what you wrote and couldn't figure out (in my mind) how to do it!

Good thinking in your mind!

Julia Smith said...

The mini challenge is how I feel whenever I wear make-up, so I laughed - a lot!

Your Megawordzzle was divinely twisty at the end, after sharing Petunia's heartbreak with us. You always deliver, Akelamalu!

Dianne said...

love the mini! my eyelashes are itchy now ;)

and poor Petunia! when will women learn to verify! verify! verify!

Travis said...

Such scoundrels in your mega today!

Emmie said...

wow, not this is pretty darn good! I wouldn't be able to come up with anything anywhere near as imaginative thats for sure ;) x

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks Linda, you're very kind. x

Ah you guessed the outcome Rich!

I usually despair when I first look at the words too Nick:(

So glad you enjoyed them Julia :)

Yep verification should be every woman's mantra Dianne!

Wasn't there just Trav!

I bet you could Emmie, try it!

Melli said...

Yea... I had the mega figured out before we got there - but it was still a GREAT story anyway! The first two were really cute - but the Mega was the great one!

nitebyrd said...

Wow! Great dzzles!

crazy working mom said...

Nice job.

I ♥ tiramisu!

MamaGeek said...

Tiramisu? Did someone mention tiramisu? :)

Eel Wind said...

as usual, your words inspire me :)

yummy, your tiramisu looks delicious, why not try using photoshop?? I am sure you can create a better image! :)

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Melli, I'm so pleased you enjoyed them. :)

Cheers Nitebyrd :)

Oh yes CWM Tiramisu is divine!

Another Tiramisu fan eh Mamageek?

You don't like my doodles Elween ?

Deb said...

You pulled me right in - and I didn't see it coming -poor Petunia!
And I could totally relate to the mini makeover story. That is just how it feels when I wear make-up - which is not often because I can't stand the way it feels! Very creative writing!

Akelamalu said...

LOL thanks Deb, I'm glad the little twist at the end worked!

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