Saturday, 13 September 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 30

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: spam, problematic, flower girl, splurge, milk, orphanage, lyrics, politics, ice cream cone

Mike was sick of office politics, spam on his computer and memos so full of shit they read like lyrics for a Country and Western song. His job at the orphanage was more problematic than he could stand. He picked up his jacket and walked out of the office intending to go the milk bar and splurge out on an ice cream cone, he liked the girl who worked on the counter there, his little ‘flower girl’ he called her, she was so pretty. After the ice-cream and a chat he felt much better, of course he always knew he would return to his desk, he couldn’t afford to give up his job and anyway he cared too much about the kids to just walk away.

And for the Mini Challenge: drag race, poppy seed, swinging from a star, John Denver, diagram

John Denver, the drag race driver, was designing a new car. The diagram he’d been working on sat in front of him littered with poppy seeds from the bun he’d just eaten for his lunch. It was his dream car and if he got it right it would be the greatest drag car on the circuit, he’d be so famous, it would be like swinging on a star!


Little Poppy Seed’s father had died in a drag race before she was born, her mother had told her.   Then, when Poppy was six, her mother had followed him and when the authorities couldn’t trace any relatives she had been sent to the orphanage.

Things weren’t too bad at the orphanage, the staff were kind and the food was good. Poppy’s favourite food was Spam, which she loved fried with a fried egg on top, there was always plenty of milk to drink and sometimes they even had a splurge and bought the children an ice-cream cone.  Poppy’s prize possessions were a little glass angel swinging from a star and her John Denver record collection, which had belonged to her mother.

Poppy had been at the home for four years, she wasn’t a problematic child, in fact she was very popular with all the staff and other children, so much so that Amanda, one of her carers, asked Poppy to be a flower girl at her wedding. Of course she had to overcome the politics and petty rules but eventually she got permission from the authorities and Poppy was allowed to play her part at Amanda’s wedding. They became firm friends and spent many hours together listening to Poppy’s John Denver records.

One day, when Poppy and Amanda were sitting enjoying the music, Amanda found a sheet of paper in one of the record sleeves. On one side was written the lyrics to ‘Annie’s Song’ and on the back was a diagram.

“May I borrow this Poppy?” asked Amanda

“If you like” replied Poppy, “but you will bring it back won’t you?”

“Of course I will, I’ll take great care of it” said Amanda

Once Amanda was off duty she took the sheet of paper home and showed her husband.

“Do you think there could be a connection?” she asked him

“I don’t know, but that diagram looks like a family tree to me and Poppy’s mother was called Annie wasn’t she...........?”


acey said...

ake, you're really good at this. and, as i've probably said several times already, i really enjoy your doodles. :D

wishing you a great weekend! :)

lettuce said...

akelamalu, i'm so sorry to hear about your son. I hope he is ok - well, recovering/coping at least. Its such an emotional shock apart from the physical threat - for all of you.

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

excellent and the doodle of the ice cream cone especially!!

smiles, bee

Richard said...

Sly girl, you left me wanting more. Well done.


Carletta said...

I didn't see THAT coming!
It is such a joy coming here every week.

Dianne said...

I loved the line about country western lyrics lol

and of course all the twists and turns you are so famous for.

Akelamalu said...

I hope you have a good weekend too Acey and thankyou. x

Nick is doing well Lettie, thankfully he got away with a broken foot and his life intact! :)

I thought you'd like the ice-cream as there wasn't any cake Bee! ;)

So pleased you enjoyed it Rich :)

Aw thanks Carletta x

It taxes my brain trying to think of the twists Dianne but I so love the challenge. :)

Raven said...

I love these... I hope Poppy Seed is really John Denver's daughter. Wouldn't that be lovely... The first is my favorite, though, I think... and your ice cream cone drawing made me hungry.

Jeff B said...

Ah yes, nothing like an ice cream cone to clear one's mind.

And you filled up my senses with the last one.

Always a pleasure reading your works.

Akelamalu said...

I think we can safely say Poppy found a home Raven. I like a happy ending. :)

If I have a problem to solve I get myself and ice-cream Jeff ((wink)). So glad you like them. x

storyteller said...

As I do each week, I enjoyed all three. Methinks Mike & I have many things in common … though I have no kids, I’d like some ice cream right about now.
Hugs and blessings,

Chatty said...

Great stuff - your mega and my 10 managed to feed those kids milk, Spam and ice cream cones at the orphanage - and make one of them a flower girl to someone who works there... Interesting, isn't it?
Very cool stories, all three...

Daryl said...

Hi .. saw that the link on David's interview didnt work... try this .. click on the link in my name .. we have a lot of blogger friends in common!


Anonymous said...

How fascinating and very different, you have tackled it so very well.

I enjoyed your flash fiction too, a little disturbing to start off with then the twist kind of makes you smile. I have free range Isa Browns so it was a delight to see the picture of one!

CJ xx

MommyWizdom said...

Hmn, I didn't see that one coming! I hope Amanda isn't just money-hungry though and that she really cares for Poppy! Nicely done! :-)

Suburbia said...

Brilliant doodles! :)

Anndi said...

Humbled.. yup, that's the word.

Fried Spam and eggs... what else is on the menu?

Jay said...

Ice cream makes everything better.

I agree with Dianne. Nice twists and turns!

Julia Smith said...

Holy page turner! That last one's a winner.

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Travis said...

Wonderful stories again. That last one could be a bit of a longer story if you chose to continue with it.

SnoopMurph said...

Hi Akelamalu-

Sorry I have been MIA from Wordzzle for awhile, but I enjoyed stopping on this latest one! I hope there will be MORE about Poppy Seed in the last wordzzle!

The doodles are really fun to see too.

Akelamalu said...

If you want ice-cream Storyteller you go get some honey. x

Hi Chatty it's very interesting how many times some wordzzlers use the words in the same context isn't it?

Oh thanks for popping over Daryl to leave me a link, I'll be over later.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the wordzzle and 55 CJ, thanks for stopping by. :)

Amanda only has Poppy's best interests at heart mommywizdom :)

Thankyou suburbia :)

Whatever you like it's on the menu Anndi

Glad you enjoyed it Jay :)

Aw you're very kind Julia, thankyou. x

I could carry it on Trav but I wouldn't want to get into a libel suit with John Denver! ;)

I missed you Snoopmurph, great to see you back.

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