Saturday, 16 August 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 26

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: exponentially, Nightshade, braces, impossibility, the beginning of time, barracuda, playful banter, delve, automatic, bewildered

The Scrabble Championship was underway, after some playful banter just before the beginning of time being called. They studied the letters dealt to them bewildered at the impossibility of creating words that would fit.

Dad goes first for 10 points with BRACES

Then Liam for 17 with EXPONENT

Dad again for 9 with N I G H T

Liam gets 18 by making it into NIGHTSHADE

Crafty Dad expands on Liam’s EXPONENT and makes it EXPONENTIALLY to score 25!

Liam can only manage a 4 with AUTO

But Dad makes it into 14 with AUTOMATIC

Liam scores a paltry 5 on his next go with BAR

Dad gets 9 for DELV E

A           X
R           P
             A U T O M A T I C

Liam thinks he can get 14 on his next turn making BARRACUDA but it just won't fit - Oh bugger!

And for the Mini Challenge: fragment, hemoglobin, insipid, flourish, juxtapose

The spot of hemoglobin sparkled bright red against her skin, which was insipid in comparison. Withdrawing the needle, with a flourish, the doctor was horrified to find a fragment of the needle was still embedded in her arm. His memory flashed a picture of the tramp outside the hospital begging, juxtapose his career with the life of the tramp – that’s where he was heading after this!


Nightshade was, as her name suggested, deadly!

Rick, watched her sunbathing on the deck of his boat, the ‘Barracuda’, thinking how beautiful she was. His mind wandered back to the beginning of time, or so it seemed, before she became a permanent part of his life.

She had just been the daughter of the housekeeper, but she was a beautiful child and, although he was three years older than her, he had loved her. They spent hours together playing board games like Monopoly and Scrabble – he remembered how she used to come up with words he’d never heard of like ‘exponentially’, he wasn’t sure she even knew what they meant but it impressed him.

Their life-paths had, inevitably, taken a different course and they’d lost touch for ten years, then miraculously they met again at a meeting, which she attended as a secretary to one of the partners in his company. He’d recognised her straight away, though she had looked a little bewildered until he’d reminded her of the playful banter they’d enjoyed as children. He asked how long it had been since she’s had the braces removed from her teeth, just to tease her, but then sweetened the comment by remarking on how beautiful her smile was.

Nightshade, watched Rick almost salivating at the sight of her. When she saw his photograph in the paper she had begun to delve into what he’d been doing since they’d gone to college and their own ways. She had made it her business to secure the job in his company as soon as she’d found out it belonged to Rick, though she was aware of the impossibility that Rick would still remember her. She was still getting over the death of her husband of two years, Michael, who had died from a hemoglobin problem, when the blood he had been given after an operation was contaminated.

Juxtapose Michael and Rick, there was no comparison, Rick was but an insipid shadow to Michael, but she needed to be close to him. Turning on the automatic smile she had perfected since they’d met again at the meeting, Nightshade waved with a flourish at Rick, whilst cradling the fragment of Michael’s hair secure in the locket around her neck. Rick was going to pay dearly for his company’s mistake with the contaminated blood that had killed her beloved Michael.


Richard said...

Oh clever girl, I loved the stories this week, and you always catch me with the twist at the end.


Raven said...

I love them all. The first is pure genius I think - an illustrated genius at that. The middle is wonderfully clever and the third one of your wonderful mini novels with a twist. Poor Rick. I think the Scrabble idea is just genius.

Dianne said...

Good heavens! You created a Scrabble puzzle within a story with illustrations and all!

Wow akelamalu!

and of course the sudden turn of your mega - so delightfully ominous.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

very clever indeed!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxooxoxxo said...

You must continue this story. I am hooked.

The Scrabble is wonderful and I love the illustrations.

maryt/theteach said...

Akalamalu, I haven't been doing the Wordzzles with all the hunting I have to do for Melli's Dragon Hunt... I seem to be concentrating on Photo posts... Thanks for you complimentary comments on my posts. Also thank you for the great music...

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Rich, glad you enjoyed them. :)

I wrote the megawordzzle first then used the Scrabble idea in that one to create the 10 worder Raven :)

I'm so pleased you like them Dianne x

Cheers Bee x

Well it's a possibility Jay, thanks for your kind words. :)

I saw your Dragon Hunt Teach, very good it was too. Glad you like the music, You and I are Motown chicks methinks. ;)

Jeff B said...

BAM!!! There's your signature twist ending that I love so much.

Ans the scrabble ten word...brilliant!

Travis Cody said...

That last one reads like a terrific plot for a thriller novel. Good job!

Jay said...

The Scrabble puzzle is just brilliant. Oh my! Loved it.

Kimmie said...

WOW! You did an amazing job with the scrabble puzzle. Bravo! You are a brillient writer! :-)


Carletta said...

I am so out of my league! :)
Your puzzle is the most clever thing I've seen. Wonderful!
I see from the comments you are known for your surprise endings - it really was a surprise too. I even smiled at how it ended. Very cool.

Thanks for your kind comments you left on mine.

Deb said...

I can't even begin to imagine how early I would have to rise to try to create these impressive puzzle paragraphs. The Scrabble one is too cool! I am also envious of the neat graphics which accompany your writing. You deserve a gold medal for this work!

Sandi McBride said...

You are too clever by half and my mind is whirling with your words lol...It would take me a month of Sundays to do one of these!

Akelamalu said...

I do love putting a little twist at the end Jeff :)

You're very kind Trav, thanks hon. x

I'm pleased you liked it Jay :)

Such kind words Kimmie, I thank you. :)

My wordzzles pale in comparison to some Carlettta, but thank you for your kind comment. :)

A gold medal Debs? I doubt it, but thanks honey. x

Sandi, I've seen your writing and you would have no problem at all with a wordzzle! Thank you for being so kind about my efforts. x

david mcmahon said...

VERY clever. And yes, I'm a Scrabble fan.

Linda said...

WordWuzzles and Doodles, too?! How could we get so lucky?!?

Your talents know no bounds!

storyteller said...

Such originality and entertainment with your Wordzlles and Doodles this week! You are such a clever and talented (if a bit twisted) gal ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

Scrabble's a great game David :)

Oh you're very kind Linda, thanks honey. x

LOL I'll take that as a compliment Storyteller :)

Clarence said...

I love the little pictures you do for your stories. Your mini challenge was my favourite, short and to the point - and funny!

Akelamalu said...

I'm pleased you enjoyed them Clarence :)

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