Saturday, 18 October 2008
Saturday Wordzzle # 35
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: blinking, cellulite, crescent, ship-shape, homonym, suffering, packer, wind chime, scissors, necklace
Amanda stared at the blinking cursor on the screen then typed in the word stalk. The first few examples were appertaining to flowers and plants, not what she was looking for at all, but she supposed it was inevitable, stalk being a homonym. For a few days now she had noticed the stranger walking up and down Packer Crescent, where she lived, and was sure he was stalking her.
Only yesterday she had worked herself into a frenzy when she heard the wind chime outside the back door tinkling even though there was no breeze. She had been so convinced someone was trying to get in that she had armed herself with a pair of scissors from the drawer before investigating the noise.
Suddenly the doorbell rang. Clutching the necklace around her throat she peered through the half closed blinds to see the stranger standing on her doorstep.
Slipping the chain on the door she opened it a fraction, asking
“What do you want?”
“Ah good-day, I wonder if you could spare me a few minutes? I’m the manager of the new gym round the corner and wondered if you’d be interested in a free trial membership, get yourself ship-shape?” he said.
“If I was as big as a battleship and was suffering from cellulite I might take you up on the offer” Amanda sneered, slamming the door on the startled man.
Mini Challenge: static, floppy hat, penguin, cinnamon, alphabetical
Removing the floppy hat Cindy was dismayed to find her hair stuck up on end because it was full of static. She ordered a cinnamon tea and a chocolate Penguin biscuit, then took a folder out of her handbag and began to read the alphabetical list of names she had received from the dating agency. Being a methodical sort she ticked off the ones she’d already dated, which brought her down to the T’s, then she dialled the next number.
Melanie had been a packer at the store “Ship-shape” for just a few months. It was a one of those stores that sold all manner of things such as wind chimes, necklaces, scissors, etc., and it was Melanie’s job to get the orders ready for delivery. She was desperate when she applied for the job, she had been out of work so long that she was suffering from cellulite on her rear end from sitting about so much. A job that entailed being on her feet most of the day was just what she needed, in fact, after her first day at the job, she commented to her friend that it was good not to be static for a change.
“You mean full of electricity?” enquired her friend.
“No, of course not, I mean not sitting still all day. You know static is a homonym don’t you?” she asked her friend.
“What’s one of those” enquired her friend.
“It’s a word that can mean two different things, like static can mean standing still or full of electricity.” explained Melanie.
Melanie enjoyed her job and she got on really well with the owner, Mr. Crescent, who reminded her of a penguin because he always wore a black tailed jacked and starched bibfronted shirt. Everything was going well until Mr. Crescent’s cat, Cinnamon, went missing. He was beside himself, blinking back the tears as he searched the shop for his beloved pet.
“She must have got into one of the boxes” he told Melanie “I want you to search them all alphabetically” he said.
“He means systematically” her co-worker explained “he get’s his words mixed up sometimes.
Melanie started the search, which took her the best part of day, finding the sleeping cat in the very last box she opened. Looking at the delivery note she realised it was she who had deliberately packed the cat in the box. The order said ‘Floppy Hat’, she had read it as ‘Floppy Cat’ and had plucked Cinnamon of the shelf where he was sleeping soundly and shoved him in the box!