Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Words for Wednesday

The lovely Delores at Under the Porch Light had been running this meme for a considerable period of time, week after week.   Computer issues led her to bow out for a while and I took over.  When Delores' absence looked like being more permanent I begged and cajoled for other volunteers to share providing the prompts, and Words for Wednesday became a movable feast.  Sadly Delores has (temporarily I hope) discontinued her blog, though we have been told that she will be back in the fullness of time.

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.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

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 month the prompts will be published here.


The first list:


  1. broad
  2. bewildered
  3. draconian
  4. tie
  5. impress
  6. helpless

The second list:   
  1. clip
  2. tie
  3. previous
  4. greet
  5. attack
  6. serve


The virus is still limiting access to my files so compiling this has been a challenge shall we say.  I am likely to be largely absent today, but hope you will have fun without me.  For obviously reasons you will not get the promised pictures this week.  Fingers crossed next week will be ok.

77 comments:

  1. I hope your computer gets better SOON!!

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    1. fishducky: Thank you. It is mostly better now. And a salutory lesson to me.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the computer issues. Hope it's sorted soon.

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  3. May those who seek to swindle be thrown to the swine, their first cousins.

    I will post my take on these interesting words on my blog on Friday.

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  4. So broad he was bewildered.
    The tyrant put aside his draconian tie,
    a moment to impress
    his helpless situation
    in the smile of the dragon.

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    1. Martin Kloess: If I was a betting woman my money would be on the dragon.

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  5. Sorry about the computer troubles, I hope it's all better soon.

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  6. I hope your computer problems are over sooner than later, EC. A damn nuisance for you, that's for sure.

    Here's my little tale using this week's words.

    "That morning she dressed to IMPRESS. The PREVIOUS evening, before going to bed, Kate carefully chose what she would wear for her job interview. She was going to ATTACK the new direction in her life with fearless bravado. No longer was she going to allow herself to be treated like the HELPLESS, BEWILDERED child the way her present employer had always done.

    His DRACONIAN attitudes affected every aspect of her life, even creeping into her personal time. .

    Sometimes half the day would go by before he deemed to GREET her; for him to acknowledge her presence. Enough was enough of his harsh, ignorant rudeness! The final straw came when he coarsely referred to her as a BROAD in front of an important client.

    It will SERVE him right, Kate said out loud as she donned her mustard-coloured woollen Chanel-inspired suit.

    Standing before her bedroom mirror she was undecided whether to wear a loosely-tied TIE with her blouse. Kate liked the androgynous look, particularly in an office atmosphere.

    However, she decided against wearing the TIE, choosing, instead, to wear a gold-plated hair CLIP which unobtrusively held her low, braided bun neatly in place."

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    1. The old boss sounds terrible! I hope Kate gets the new job and when she celebrates with a hotdog for lunch it won't matter if the mustard drips onto her mustard coloured suit.

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    2. Lee: Love it. Draconian employers should always be challenged. And left.

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  7. BROAD.
    BEWILDERED.
    DRACONIAN.
    IMPRESS.
    BE.
    HELPLESS.

    This is my Greek Tragedy.

    The more recent Greek tragedy concerning Greece, brought about by the failure of the Greeks to fulfill their obligations to the EEC, were minuscule compared to the BROAD list of indiscretions Which could be perpetrated by members of a BEWILDERED and HELPLESS population under Draco's DRACONIAN administration who had no redress if convicted and capital punishment would BE the inevitable result. It would be a toss up who was the worse tyrant he or Mr Schiclegruber - aka Adolf H who exited our world in 1945.
    Fortunately for the Greeks the tide turned after a mutinous insurrection and Draco the unloved was unseated from power and was replaced by Solon who abolished Draco's laws and instigated laws which would IMPRESS the population , the laws included a graduated income tax scale and rewards for ambitious ideas
    More is the pity one cannot resurrect Solon with a dab of Lazarus oil in order to put him to good use by using his ideas to implant into the minds of our great range of governments around the Globe.
    What our world needs is people who specialise in the impossible.

    Vest DAILY GAGGLE.

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    1. Glad Draco got unseated and probably a few Solon clones would be a good idea spread throughout the world.

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    2. Good for you Vest. Love the Daily Gaggle:-)

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    3. Vest: We definitely need a few more (a lot more) people who can think outside the box.

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  8. Interesting words, it looks like I'll be doing a whole new story this week.
    So sorry to hear about the virus, hope things get back to normal real soon.

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    1. River: Thank you. I am sorry you can't fit these words into your current story - but look forward to a new one. I am greedy that way.

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  9. Hope the computer problems get sorted VERY soon. My ffamily are arriving tomorrow from Malawi and I write this weekor unti am up to my eyes getting ready so I think I will not be able to write this week and until they leave. Sue is away on holiday so may not get writing either.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Have fun with your family. The stories can wait.

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  10. Seems Like I made a dreadful mistake by identifying thr word tie as be. And I was sober at the time like always.

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    1. Vest: Not a problem. And I hadn't realised I used the same word in both lists.

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  11. You have to get your computer repaired very soon because we need you here:-)

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    1. Granny Annie: Thank you. You are wrong though. You and everyone else have done just fine without me.

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  12. CHANGE OF DIRECTION by Granny Annie

    The dignified broad was bewildered
    By the fellow's draconian tie.
    He wanted to impress but such
    Behavior made her want to cry.

    His gaudy clothing made
    Him appear helpless.
    Yet in his manners
    He was loud and boisterous.

    Even his tie clip was massive
    And glittered of gold.
    Remembering all previous occasions
    He was always a sight to behold.

    She refused to greet this man
    Because of the his vigor and vim.
    He looked like he might attack
    The waiters who tried to serve him.

    Suddenly the music started
    He led her to the dance floor
    Thus began friendship...with benefits:-)
    And life together forevermore.

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    1. Granny Annie: Love it. Great twist at the end. Never judge a book by its cover - or its draconian tie.

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    2. Another good poem with a wonderful surprise ending.

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  13. Damn ransomware hacks. Makes me mad they hit you. Real mad. I'm so sorry.

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    1. Strayer: Thank you. I wasn't happy either. Including at my stupid self. A v expensive mistake.

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  14. I love the word "draconian" even if I don't like what it means. Best of luck with your computer.

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    1. Kathleen Valentine: It is a wonderful word isn't it? Mind you, I have a weak spot for dragons...

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  15. Computer issues?
    How can one LIVE?! xxxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Somehow we survived. Just.

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  16. Hope your computer issues are resolved soon. Two great groups of words today. Between my slow thinking and my even slower working computer today, I'm not giving it a try. Always enjoy reading everyone else's.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. Some day you will find the time to join us. And I look forward to it.

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  17. Hi human Sue,

    I'm absolutely fuming over what happened to your computer with that nasty, malicious virus. Those people are evil and you can never be too cautious. My human had to get rid of a virus the other day on his computer. Luckily, after two hours of Gary freaking out, he sorted it out.

    All the best with the word prompts.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny!!

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    1. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest Internet superstar!: Thank you. While the virus was malicious, I have to accept some responsibility for my own carelessness. An expensive lesson.
      Thank you so much for your pawsitive wishes.

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  18. EC, I am sorry to hear about the computer virus and the incredible cost to you to have it fixed. Bah, humbug! I hope you get all your photos and everything else back safe and sound.

    I need a bit of writing in my life this week and the words do not overwhelm me like they sometimes do, so here is my attempt.

    The young farmer ran a broad hand over his face in frustration. He was bewildered by the scrap of cloth around his neck. How in the world was he supposed to turn this shapeless length of silk into a respectable bow tie? He wanted so badly to impress the young lady with the draconian mother, but the more he fiddled with the cloth, the more helpless he felt. In desperation, he rummaged in his closet for a clip-on tie that hadn't seen the light of day for years. Why hadn't he prepared his clothing the previous day instead of waiting until the last minute? He wondered whether "Ma" would greet him or attack him for his neckwear, and thought ruefully that any wisecracks about his outfit would serve him right. He didn't know it then, but his ineptness only added to his charm as far as the young lady was concerned, and "Ma" would end up as "Ma-in-law" inside of a year.

    I do like a happy ending :)

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    1. jenny_o: Love your happy ending. And I hope the draconian ma turns into an angelic ma-in-law.
      Most of the files are back. Some are damaged, but most are back.

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    2. Love jenny_o's story. The draconian mother-in-law will melt considerably when a grandchild appears.

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  19. My story will be at my site tomorrow, Friday 15th.

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  20. Sad to hear about your issue with computer. Have a nice time by getting repaired soon.

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    1. Weekend-Windup: Thank you. Fingers and toes crossed it is (mostly)ok now.

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  21. My story is also on my site.

    The second list:
    clip
    tie
    previous
    greet
    attack
    serve
    This my Composition

    Joining the RSL Club was an ATTACK on my privacy, but particularly annoying by the meathead who towered over me asking personal questions as if I was a newly born or a Nozzer joining the R/Navy. He having perused my service records he and his fellow inquisitor seemed a little embarrassed - my thwarting icy stare on saying thank you followed their remark of "Quite a distinguished service sir, "Yes I replied" However his final SERVE as good as a CLIP around the ear was "remember to wear a TIE the next time you call"
    A few days later following my PREVIOUS encounter, I fronted up to the overweight beer swiller. with black TIE whose main purpose was to GREET patrons who had legitimate access to the club and remove those who had not, As I flashed my new club card when I passed his desk he replied "OI oo are you,; show me your card" Oh its you the POM who Joined last week "Yes I replied You have had a chat with your fellow Bludging Galahs who cannot say the word English man . I then reminded him that when I become the President of the club he and his cronies would be looking for another occupation should they continue their anti social remarks.

    " If you strong there are no precedents."

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  22. Sorry about the typo,s vest

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  23. Jenny o. A teller of romantic stories with great experience, lovely.

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  24. Kathleen Valenine.
    Draconian , meaning a take from DRACO a Greek Despot who ruled The Geek Empire BC. not a pleasant person by all accounts.

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  25. Oh goodness, that is not good at all regarding the 'virus'.
    Good selection of words..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: There are some great uses of the words this week aren't there?

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  26. And here's my two cents on this prompt :)

    Clip and tie aren’t a problem, they do well
    together, but greet and attack? not so swell.
    And I’ve done better on previous
    occasions, but probably missing the bus
    on this plain serve without whistles and bells.

    Draconian is too scary to attempt right now :) so giving the first set a miss. I hope you've got your files back and in workable condition.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Definitely more than two cents worth. Love your poem.

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  27. I love your words!!!! I love reading what people write. I also think that we should start working these words into our daily life. DRACONIAN!!!! Best word yet.

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    1. Sonya Ann: I love reading what people write too. And I dare you to work draconian into your life today. Double dare.

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  28. Heres my attempt, I had to slightly cheat on one of the words.

    broad
    bewildered
    draconian
    tie
    impress
    helpless

    I am left bewildered trying to impress people who don't answer texts. I know a broad who reads her texts but doesn't answer, I feel helpless and fit to be tied - how draconian of her to leave me feeling this way.

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    1. Spacer Guy: Love it. And this draconian broad sends very few texts.

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    2. Bad broad. She should return her texts. Good one Spacer Guy.

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  29. A big fat pox on anyone who deliberately infects other people's computers with viruses. I had no idea it could cost so much to remove one of them. Talk about adding insult to injury. I'm sooo sorry this happened to you.

    I hope your computer gets well soon.

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    1. Susan: If I had delayed paying the precious little souls who infected our computer the price nearly doubled. And after a month the files would have been permanently inaccessible. Very, very profitable.

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  30. OMG, Sue. I just read Burnt. That is so sick and wrong. Some people are just totally crazy.
    Hugs

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  31. I'm so sorry about the virus fuckery!

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    1. Riot Kitty: An expensive lesson for sure.

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  32. Been so worried about you! Who among us hasn't clicked on an official-looking link somewhere without a momentary pang wondering if it was ok or not. You can't blame yourself. These f*****s are so crafty these days. My Mac consultant recently told me to never upgrade any of my Adobe software from the little pop-up window that tells you to update your Adobe Reader. Apparently the real one and the fake are now indistinguishable. The old days of charming misspellings and cousins in Nigeria are long-gone, apparently.

    The very day I saw your terrible last post, there was an article in the paper saying that these Crypto-attacks are becoming epidemic, infecting even police and government computers. You mustn't blame yourself. So wretchedly evil! I'm so sorry, EC. Been thinking of you so much.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Thank you. I do blame myself - for what it is worth. Talented bastards aren't they? I have most of my files back. Which is some consolation.

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  33. Prayers for a quick mend to your computer. Horrible viruses! I hate tech-sickness:/
    Hope something absolutely wonderful happens
    along the road to recovery:)
    Big love,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: Big love back to you. And thank you.

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  34. Oh darn!!! I just read Burnt - oh no!! This is bad and I'm so sorry that it happened. Bastards!! They are so incredibly sneaky. One cannot be careful enough.
    I hope you get all your pictures back. I always back them up to an external drive that is stored outside our home. The thought of loosing all my photos makes me sick.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Sadly our external drive was connected to the computer - we were going to do a back-up, so it too was infected. Most of the files are back, though some photos have been irreparably damaged.

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  35. Hope the virus is cleared up by now. I saw pictures on your newer post so hopefully that means everything is better.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: I hope the virus is a thing of the past. The photos on my newer post are new photos, but we do have most photos back. Thankfully.

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    2. Good to hear. And again, yikes on the entire thing.

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    3. The Happy Whisk: Definitely yikes. An expensive lesson.

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