Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Words for Wednesday

The lovely Delores at Under the Porch Light has been running this meme for a considerable period of time, week after week - even through the A to Z challenge.  Sadly she is having issues with her computer freezing on her (much as my brain does when faced with some of her words).  She has asked that someone take over on a temporary basis and I have stuck my hand up.
Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   

Wednesdays prompts are intended to help break down the barriers and get the juices flowing. Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

This weeks prompts:

Abracadabra

Carillon

Bent

Glower

Nuisance 

Smiling

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Reluctant

Torpedo

Sweet

Growl

Persistent

Apple


96 comments:

  1. If I could write like River, I WOULD!!

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    1. fishducky: River's contributions are always great. However, one of the things I love is just how many different slants and perspectives are created from the same starting point.
      Later today I hope to put up a paragraph or two... And would love you to as well.

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  2. I would love to do memes, but there's the problem with consistency - either I can't get out to take the proper photos for a photographic meme; or - or - or. You'll do a super job with this, I know it!

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    1. Jacquelineand...: I am already feeling that I have bitten off more than I can comfortably chew. Just the same, I have had fun playing with Delores' words for a long time now. Turn and turn about seems fair. Drat it.

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  3. Carillon?? Where's my dictionary...
    I don't think these will fit in with Jimmy and Rosa; I'm going to have to do some long thinking.
    Thank you, I'm sure I'll enjoy the challenge; looking forward to your contribution. And fishducky's :)

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    1. River: I am really looking forward to your take. And loathed my own words. Brain freeze.

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  4. Here's my effort using the first set of words.....

    Emma, bent over in pain, wished by just saying “Abracadabra” out loud three times, more if necessary – as many times as it took – would make her neighbour, a smiling nuisance, stop his continuous playing of the carillon bells. Their loud, monotonous, intrusive sound and his thoughtless behaviour made her glower in anger.

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    1. Lee: What fun. I suspect I would be using a frying pan on that neighbour...

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  5. I was reluctant to taste the sweet apple because of the persistent rumbling it would unleash in my bowels, likely leading to a torpedo of a growl. :-)

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    1. DJan: Love it. A direction I hadn't considered.

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  6. 'Abracadabra, make it so!'
    Nuisance callers? Instead of glowering at them and trying to find a polite(ish) way to evict them, I could send them anywhere in the world (the universe!) with a thought. And my bent mind is smiling at the thought of some of the places they could find themselves perched precariously in or on... Or perhaps I could just replace that practised salesman spiel with a carillon. Harmonic bells ringing each time they try and open their mouths... It works for me.

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  7. abracadabra, my phone lines are crossed with the local hospital and I am getting hundreds of wrong numbers trying to reach the hospital, Help.

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    1. Linda Starr: Ack. I don't know whether I feel sorrier for you or for the people trying to reach the hospital.

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  8. I wrote down the words on the second one well who knows, I will have a think.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: I look forward to seeing your creation.

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  9. I bit into the sweet apple and reluctantly growled at the persistent torpedo.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I think I would prefer that my apples were more persistent than the torpedo.

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  10. The reluctant door finally gave way at the last push and the Newfoundland torpedoed into the kitchen. The calico cat, perched against a wooden bowl of fruit, growled from the top of the refrigerator. The persistent giant slammed against the appliance, Golden Delicious apples rained merrily across the linoleum, and finally rolled to a stop in front of Kalinda as she entered the chaos.

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    1. Marty Damon: I love it. I can just see the chaos.

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  11. The persistent growl in my stomach told me it was time for lunch.I was reluctant to stop but when I saw the sign "fresh apple pie" I headed for it like a torpedo and was rewarded with the sweet aroma of freshly baked pie!

    Now I'm hungry! ha ha ha ha

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    1. mohave rat: Fresh apple pie. Mmmm. Drat you, now I am hungry too.

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  12. Wow, a lot of words. Do you use them all, only one set, pick some???? I would like to do if I ever get free from "real life" here! :)

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    1. Bookie: It is entirely up to you. One set, both sets, parts of each. It is a fun challenge - and we would love to see you have the time to play.

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  13. "Wednesdays prompts are intended to help break down the barriers and get the juices flowing."

    Juices? I heard today that Republicans commonly believe that Obama is planning to invade Texas. My god, I thought, if they're right, I'll be packing up my CPAP and moving to Texas to join the Christian revolution. That's enough juices for me, thank you very much.

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    1. Snowbrush: Pedant. Creative juices. I will tidy the phraseology up next week. And yes, we have seen stories even over here about Obama's invasion of Texas. Sigh.

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  14. I think my creative juices just shut down :( It's too late for me old brainbox and it needs to go t beddy-byes.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Next week? Tomorrow? Whenever you are ready.

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  15. Glad you were able to help out and take over the meme for a little bit. :)

    I was reluctant to move forward when I heard about the torpedo ripping through the water towards our boat. A minute before I wasn't planning on having any of the pie, but now the sweet smell of cinnamon made my stomach growl. The persistent fear made me grab a fork and I stabbed a tender chunk of apple covered in a crumble crust because in situations like this, who really cares about calories.

    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Delores has been so diligent with Wednesday Words for so long, it feels like the least I can do.
      Love your take. Apple pie/crumble rules, and in circumstances like this has nooo calories.

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  16. I'd never seen the like. It was a magic act for sure, that day. We had on board our sub a warped torpedo, you see. That's right, it was bent. Persistence, by the torpedo room crew, had paid off, it seems. They'd managed to ram it into an oversized firing tube. I was skeptical at best when the captain gave the order, with a wink, smiling a bit insanely, to fire. But what on earth did we aim that crooked thing at? An apple atop some poor seaman's head, perhaps? "Nah!" replied the captain with a gleeful glower. We're going to torpedo an old rowboat around the corner! Get it? That's what bent torpedoes are for---around the corner shots!!" He slapped his knee like that was such a good joke. There was a mighty growl that grew by bounds. The tube groaned and vibrated and seemed reluctant to release its nuisance upon the world. And then it did. The torpedo was off. I held my breath. "Sweet Mary!" cursed the midshipman, "it's coming back around." We were barely submerged on training on the outskirts of a very small island. The torpedo missed the rowboat wreckage and continued its circular "bent" route, rounded the island and bore down on our sub's arse. The captain stared blankly. Crewmen crossed themselves. "Abracadabra!" I said, sarcastically. The Carillon bells in the church rang for an hour the day four seaman and one not so bright captain were laid to rest. I survived. The sub did not.

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    1. Strayer: A double whammy!!! Wow. Sometimes stupidity does get what it deserves... Sorry for the other seamen though.

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  17. I used to accept the challenge of Wednesday's words regularly but of late this old brain just isn't coping. Will check back later and hopefully something will come to mind but don't hold your breath.
    Great to see you filling the gap for Delores and great words too.

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    1. Mimsie: You will be more than welcome when and if you decided to join us.

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  18. Kudos to you, EC, for taking the time to Help out Delores while she is trying to make her sick computer better.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I hope that she is able to get the dratted thing working smoothly again soon.

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  19. Persistent as a torpedo, I'm reluctant to decline this sweet apple of a challenge. Growl!

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I am glad that Martha didn't find her way into this...

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  20. Oh my goodness! So many great interpretations up there. I'm really going to have to work hard this week. I have a thought or two; and a free day tomorrow (*~*)

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    1. River: It is wonderful isn't it? Really looking forward to your use of the words too. As usual.

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  21. I came to know about lot of words...

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  22. It is great you have taken up the meme although I am probably yo busy but I have taken a note of the words. You never know, I cannot usually resist a challenge

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Never say never - and I see you did play. Twice. Thank you.

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  23. Ok here is my attempt while my porridge was cooking!,

    As we sat bent over the table in the darken ended room, the median uttered the magic words 'Abracadabra'. Just then the carillon bells were hear ringing near by and the medians face turned into a glower but worse was still to come as someone's mobile went off and it was just a nuisance call but it set us all smiling!

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I describe my brain as porridge when it is moving very slowly and reluctantly. Porride obviously has the opposite effect on you. I wonder whether that medium was the 'real deal' or not.

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    2. All made up on both my stories. I do NOT even agree with medians!!

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    3. Margaret Adamson: I would have been very, very surprised if you had said you did believe in mediums.

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  24. I incorporated the words into my post over at my blog. I thought it might be nice to use the selection in an actual blog posting.

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    1. Craig: Thank you. I loved your clever use of words. They just slipped almost imperceptibly into your post.

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    2. Thanks EC. Can you try the new link I posted and see if it works on Oz now? Appreciated!

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  25. Ok had my porridge, put my thinking cap on and this is the story.

    One day I went apple picking and was allowed to eat as many as I liked. I thought of the saying ' an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I had seven sweet apples. That should keep me fit for the next week, I thought. it was a beautiful day, the sun was shinning and I was very happy picking from the top of my ladder when suddenly from what seems out of nowhere came a massive dog hurtling towards me like a Torpedo. He stopped at the bottom of my ladder giving a loud and angry growl. He was very persistent and reluctant to stop or leave but 2 hours later he gave up. I quickly descended and have never apple picked for that farmer again!

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I think I would have been pelting that dog with some of those sweet apples. I really enjoyed both of your stories - thank you.

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  26. Good on you EC for jumping in and helping out. Well patronised meme.

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    1. carolincairns: It is a fun meme. Are you going to play in the coming weeks?

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  27. Abracadabra, glower, and growl all speak to me at the moment. I certainly have writing projects I should be attending to so thanks for the gentle reminder to get to it. Perhaps a swift kick in the pants would work even better...

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    1. River Fairchild: Glower and growl sing to me too. Off key and loudly.

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  28. Ah another diversion!I growl. If I didn't have enough things to torpedo my best laid plans! But I must be persistent to enjoy the sweet apple blossoms amidst the many chores ahead that I am so reluctant to tackle.


    So that took 5 minutes. Sounds like fun. When I return to the blogsphere next week, maybe I will join this challenge and incorporate this into my blog. I do want to improve my writing. Sadly, much of seems like my old lab reports. Posting photos is so much easier for me.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: It is fun. And there will be different prompts next week. I do hope you can play.

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  29. How fun! Can't wait to read them all.

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    1. Stephanie Faris: Lots and lots of very different perspectives. Always an education, often a joy.

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  30. This is a magical post, or should I say, an abracadabra one? :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: There is a buzz about the meeting of many creative minds isn't there?

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  31. How sweet of you to help Delores out. :) I hope her computer is on the mend soon.

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    1. Susan: I hope her computer is recovering too. She is missed. Badly.

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  32. You're so nice to take over the meme. I've never played before, but it was fun. Here's my entry:
    He was persistent. He couldn't hide the attraction he felt for her sweet disposition, the sway of her hips, the scent of apple in her hair. Daily he asked her out until reluctantly, she said yes - but just for lunch. He didn't hear the growl of her empty stomach caused by her lack of breakfast, caused by her lateness to work, caused by her prolonged love making, caused by her boyfriend. After she ate, like a torpedo, she bolted leaving him to wallow in wonder about his bad luck with women. The next day he asked her out again.

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    1. Myrna R.: Love it. He is a slow learner, but I hope she paid for her own lunch (with indigestion at least).

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  33. GO!






    ( '>
    /))
    //""

    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    1. Cloudia: We are, we did. Which is lovely.

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    1. Michael G D'Agostino: Nope. The prompts go up on a Wednesday and people can decide for themselves when (or whether) they are going to play.

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    2. I'll play when I have a tad more time :)

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    3. Michael G D'Agostino: I look forward to it.

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  35. Very good, it is excellent of you.

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  36. Once again, getting started was the hard part. But it is done and even has pictures!

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    1. River: I am really, really looking forward to reading it tomorrow. Pictures too? You are really upping the ante.

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  37. Thank you for helping Delores! Your words are indeed challenging.. Will give this some thought, post on Friday.

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    1. Susan Kane: I am thinking it might be like crosswords, and you get used to the mind set of the clue setter. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with them - and have just read, and loved, River's story.

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  38. That is challenging. Let me finish coffee and have a think!

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    1. Riot Kitty: You rise above so many challenges. What's one more...

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  39. Just letting you know that I stopped by. I might try this meme this weekend.

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    1. Lisa: The more the merrier. I would love it if you joined in.

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  40. ooh challenges are good, I hope I get some spare moments to work on this

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  41. I am very far behind. just stopping in for a quick peek. I have been missing everyone.

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  42. I am very far behind. just stopping in for a quick peek. I have been missing everyone.

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    1. Granny Annie: You have been missed. Nice to see you here.

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  43. I'm doing this for you.
    I never do prompts *laughs*.
    Ever.
    It's a proper poor show, but here goes -


    A reluctant growl rises from the alley tonight,
    For an apple-faced monster torpedoes the streets,
    He's persistent so do lock your door up real tight.
    Or he'll boil you and consider your bones a sweet treat.


    *sidles off the stage with the tumbleweed.*

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    1. All Consuming: Poor show? Poppycock and tarrydiddle. I love your waltz onto the dark side...
      And am pondering the apple-faced monster as I type.

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  44. You were nice to stick your hand up and volunteer. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: It was only fair. Delores has been putting the prompts up for anyone who wants to play for a very long time now.

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  45. I found you via The Contemplative Cat and her great short story so I hope you don't mind if I give it a try too - not something I've done before so would welcome any feedback - will be posting my short poem tomorrow if you'd like to take a look? Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. SENCO Cat Herder: Of course I don't mind if you join in. The more the merrier. I will be over to visit tomorrow.

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    2. Thank you for visiting and commenting - very kind & much appreciated :)

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  46. Thanks so much for taking this over for Delores, EC! I haven't had time to write a piece of fiction lately, but one is brewing ... and I will need the words! I love what everyone has done with them here!

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    1. Susan F.: There are some wonderful takes on the words aren't there. I am looking forward to seeing what you create too.

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