Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Words for Wednesday


This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

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.  I have purloined borrowed an image which Lee gave us last month.  Thanks Lee.

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 I will be providing the prompts here.  The prompts will be here next month too, but will be provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  Her prompts will include photographs taken by her friend Bill.  

As always, I am hunting for more people to challenge us.  Delores, River and Granny Annie have volunteered, and I have an extra month of prompts from Margaret et al, but would like more.  If you are able to play please let me know in the comments (including which month would suit you best).

This week's prompts are:


  1. miniature
  2. nightfall
  3. oval
  4. perfect
  5. quirky
  6. rush

And/or

  1. sudden
  2. tenacious
  3. under
  4. violent
  5. weak
  6. yellow 

Have fun.

106 comments:

  1. When I have gotten through my travel posts I will join in and post on my blog. These always look like so much fun.

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    1. Denise inVA: I look forward to you joining us. They are fun.

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  2. I like yellow. I thought yesterday was Sunday all day before I realized it was Monday. So today, Tuesday, is Wednesday down there already? I am becoming senile.

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    1. donna baker: Not senile at all. The time changes often do my head in. It was around five in the morning when I put this up, and yes, it is Wednesday.

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  3. And now I have to kick-start my old grey matter once again!!

    "As NIGHTFALL descended the stands around the OVAL were UNDER attack from the surging crowd of eager fans, all of whom were TENACIOUS in their desire to get the PERFECT seat to enable them watch the game without interference.

    It was not a time to be WEAK or you’d be left behind in the RUSH.

    The SUDDEN, but brief shower of rain had deterred none from their one-eyed purpose.

    The competition between the two teams was well-known.

    Tonight’s game promised to be as entertaining as the spectacle the gladiators performed when they thrilled audiences throughout the Roman Empire in days of old - but, hopefully, not as VIOLENT.

    A MINIATURE pony, the mascot of the favoured team to win tonight’s battle cockily strutted around the perimeter of the oval bearing the YELLOW, green and white colours of the team. The QUIRKY movement of the pony’s head moved in time with the beat of the of club’s anthem."

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    1. Lee: I like this. Sadly sometimes the violence spills off the field and into the spectators.

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    2. I can feel the excitement of the crowd.

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    3. A good story Lee. I do hope the game and spectators remained non-violent. I simply do not understand the senseless violence that so often erupts during European and British soccer games.

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    4. Me, neither, River. That in itself turns me off the game.

      Thanks for your comments everyone. :)

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    5. Many times i've been a spectator at such a sporting event, and when everyone behaves and remembers it's just a game, it is quite an enjoyable spectacle.

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    6. Yay! This was fun, Lee!
      Good job!

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  4. Can't get my brain around these today, EC.

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  5. I've always loved word prompts like this. There's just something invigorating about roping a random batch of terms together into a presentable product.

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    1. Jeff Hargett: It can be an incredible challenge, but I do like seeing the very different directions the same prompts take people.

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  6. You've come up with a great list of words, so I'm sure there will be some interesting posts to highlight them. We just got home from a visit with friends, so I'll be playing catch-up for a couple of days. Your header picture looks verrrrry familiar. My gal pal and I played lots of Scrabble.

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    1. Susan: Scrabble never floated my boat. The rest of my family loved it, but not me. I don't like cross-words either. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary and visit.

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  7. Was it a miniature moment
    that overtook me at nightfall under the oval moon
    when a heart was set in a quirky rush
    by a perfect kiss?

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    1. Martin Kloess: From what you have told us of your life, a kiss is NEVER a miniature moment for you.

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  8. Nightfall and the end of Ruth's shift were looming. So close now. A perfect shift, where everything had gone to plan. No rush, no fuss.. Very soon now she would be out of here. Accident and Emergency was, as usual, understaffed but today at least it hadn't mattered. None of the more quirky drug and alcohol affected regulars were in the waiting room, and the most tenacious attention seekers were absent too. A miniature miracle really.
    The call across the intercom was sudden. Code Yellow. I repeat, Code Yellow. All nursing staff are to follow normal protocols.
    Ruth winced. She wouldn't be meeting Harry and the kids at the oval now. Whatever THIS particular code yellow was, no-one would be leaving until it was resolved. Code Yellow was a piss weak term she thought bitterly. Yes, it kept the public in the dark, but none of the staff knew what was coming either.
    A violent patient? A missing patient? Multiple casualties from a natural disaster? Bomb threat? Something entirely different? She took a deep breath, and waited...

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    1. Good one, EC.

      I'll let Ruth know the outcome of the game. I'm part of the madding crowd angling for a seat on the sidelines! :)

      Well done, as always. :)

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    2. Wow...talk about leaving us on the edges of our seats.

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    3. Oooh, Code Yellow. Not what you want to hear when you're about to leave. this is good EC, now I want to know more about the Code Yellow and what is keeping all nurses on duty.

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    4. You've painted that moment when hopes are dashed.

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    5. EC, this would be a great lead in to a murder mystery. I'd call the book Code Yellow:)

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    6. Double thumbs up! Cool use of prompts - esp yellow.

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  9. This was fun to write, I wrote a short story about Count Dracula with all of these words! I have to admit I'm pretty pleased with the results. I'll post it next Monday with an appropriate Star Trek theme.

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    1. Spacer Guy: Count Dracula? Now that is a direction which hadn't occurred to me. I am looking forward to seeing what you did with the prompts.

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    2. I'll check in to read it too. Sounds interesting.

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    3. I've written the post guys, I had to change from Count Dracula to the Evil Captain Kirk vs Star Treks Salt Vampire to get the plot to play out.

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    4. Spacer Guy: Thank you so much for joining us. I have been, I have read, I have enjoyed.

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  10. At nightfall Bliss returned to the waterfall. There was something about the violent rush of water that attracted her. She stood, her miniature form enveloped in the curtain of water and turned her perfect oval face up to the spray. Her yellow hair flowed to the surface of the water and floated out yards away from her body in its own quirky rendition of a waterfall. She gasped as a sudden rush of the current pulled her under and held her in its tenacious grip. One tiny water fairie was far too weak to withstand the forces of the flow. She would let it take her where it would. Tomorrow she would be back.

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    1. only slightly confused: As usual, you have a clever and creative take on the prompts. I was pondering yellow hair and tiny people too, but as you can see, failed on that front.

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    2. Again...a wonderful, imaginative use of the worlds. Great, Delores! :)

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    3. Fairies and waterfalls, two of my favourite things, nicely blended.

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    4. A beautiful word picture!

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  11. I love reading each blogger's creative use of these words.

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    1. Susan Kane: So do I, and hope you will join us again soon.

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    2. Susan does a good job writing, as do you. I enjoy reading these too. :)

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    3. mail4rosey: Thank you. I am hoping that Susan joins us again.

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  12. The ambulance speeding through the yellow of late afternoon, the almost violent cramping spasms that left her feeling weak, the sudden rush of breaking waters; all of it had been worth it, when at nightfall, she felt the tenacious grip of tiny fingers holding hers as she gazed upon the perfect miniature oval of her newborn daughter's face.

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    1. River: This is lovely. And all of the words in such a small number of words too...

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    2. Such a rush of memories this brings, thank you! Very well told!

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    3. Admire the economy of words here - beautifully told, and aced!

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  13. Yellow fever made a sudden claim on her body, leaving her extremely weak. It's spell was tenacious keeping her prone to violent convulsive spells throughout the night.

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    1. Linda Starr: Great use of the prompts. Oh dear. Not something anyone wants to get.

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  14. Ahhhhh. I came and got engrossed in looking at the flowers in your previous post. Lovely and calming.

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  15. Here is mine for this week:
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/05/words-for-wednesday-week-5.html

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    1. Jamie Ghione: It is lovely. Poems are something I rarely have the courage to attempt.

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  16. Well, miniature, violent, yellow and weak all describe the residents of the White House these days.

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    1. Riot Kitty: I can think of a few other terms as well.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: They have taken people in very different directions this week.

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  18. I love to let the words play in my head, and to leave the heavy lifting to you creative people. Good luck everyone!

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    1. Cloudia: You ARE a creative person, but I do understand - and really like that you let the words play in your head.

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  19. Yellow is my favourite colour

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    1. Gosia k: It is a lovely bright colour isn't it?

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  20. Hi EC - the second set:

    Pale yellow clouds, the sudden violent down pour, the babbling brook turned into a rushing wall of water – under the bridge it went – the tenacious river throbbed on, easing, gently easing until it was weak – the threat of a flood disappeared …

    … she was always surprised how the thick thunderous clouds, turned yellow after the storm and all was calm once again … the scent of mother earth reminding nature of its recent outpouring – no longer a danger … but it will come again …

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: This is lovely. And I really liked that the throbbing river eased back - to a babble? Mother Nature does need watching doesn't she?

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    2. Having lived through floods, i can say you got it right.

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    3. Thanks so much ... am very happy you enjoyed the brief idea ... and being lucky I haven't lived through floods ... but am sure they are always a worry ... cheers from a lovely sunny day - cool sea breeze blowing through ... have good days - Hilary

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    4. Great imagery - mother nature is always beautiful, but will give back as hard as she gets from us.

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  21. My use of the words, and my almost wordless Wednesday photo, are here

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    1. messymini: I have been, I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    2. Popped over to read......I loved your take on the words. I also loved your header picture...I bet you've got another pair of socks just like that pair in your drawer lol.

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    3. I like what you did with the words too.

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  22. Reading the prompts the words lead to is such fun. Thanks for sharing this with us, E.C. It's a great way to have a laugh and start the morning.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I am glad that we were able to start your day with a smile.

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  23. I went foraging for miniature pineapples and wanted to get back before nightfall because that’s when the goblins go quirky. Fact 101: Goblins eat human feet. So I grabbed four mini oval pineapples and made a perfect rush to safety. Suck on that, goblins.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: What fun. Pineapple would be wasted on those goblins...

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    2. Thank goodness you saved your feet from the toe crunching goblins.

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    3. Elephant's Child: That's true.

      only slightly confused: Big scary goblin wasn't gonna get me. No way.

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    4. Miniature pineapples! I love that idea, pineapples are among my favourite fruits. Glad the goblins didn't get you.

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    5. Fun take! Good to know all toes are intact.

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  24. Stop with with!!!! I'm not supposed to me tempted by shiny tiny projects and games. But. . . here's my stab at one.

    Quirky? I am not. Surely you rush to judgement. I am a perfect miniature of nightfall, the hovering dark ghost that is captured in the oval frame above your fireplace. And you don’t recognize me? So disappointing. And so sorry that you have to pay for this lapse. Humans!

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    1. cleemckenzie: I am so happy that our shiny tiny game sucked you in. And love what you did with the prompts.

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  25. I have noted them down will have a think.
    Merle........

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    1. Merlesworld: Oh good. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  26. http://lettingthewordsescape.blogspot.com/2017/05/wednesdays-words.html

    I'd love to take a month. Let me know if there are any left.

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    1. I read your story, it's very good. I don't think I could fall asleep in a small boat, I'd probably dream about drowning.

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    2. Cindy Summerlin: I too read and enjoyed your story. I am not certain it is just a dream though. And we are happy for you to provide us with a month's prompts.

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    3. Thank you both! River ~ I've always had a knack for falling asleep while boating, flying, riding in a car or backseat on a motorcycle. Not always the safest thing to do, but something about the sound of the wind and the motion just makes me sleepy.

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  27. My story, Chapter twelve of Tom's Memories will be on my blog on Friday.

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  28. An oval-perfect moon appeared at nightfall making miniature versions of us as we scrambled around the city. The mad and quirky rush that always accompanied the end of the working day.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I am so glad to have retired and left that mad rush behind - at the start AND the end of the day.

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  29. Again, it's been wonderful to read through the comments and stories.
    Well done to everyone, and my thanks to.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: It is always wonderful to read the snippets people create isn't it?

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  30. In a rush this morning. Will be giving some thought later and come back. These are so tempting and so much fun :)

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: As always I am really, really looking forward to seeing your creations.

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    2. Read the takes above and they are so good and start off my Saturday here just the right way!

      Here's mine:

      A snowglobe inclined towards the OVAL -
      isn’t QUIRKY sometimes just beyond PERFECT?
      Hey, no RUSH, you have until the NIGHTFALL
      to decide if MINIATURE marvel’s correct.

      You’re UNDER no pressure, there’s no VIOLENT
      hurry. Please don’t think to conflate YELLOW
      with WEAK, remember that sunshine’s silent,
      TENACIOUS, strong, even-handed, even though

      it fades, it still works elsewhere. And it gives
      enough notice most times - nothing SUDDEN
      about its moves. One life to learn and live,
      to look into this vast snowglobe, sodden

      with wonder and love. Just until the sun’s
      one lone star and dims the definitions.

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    3. Nilanjana Bose: This is wonderful. I particularly like 'Please don’t think to conflate YELLOW
      with WEAK, remember that sunshine’s silent,
      TENACIOUS, strong, even-handed,' How true that is.

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    4. Agree with EC. I also like sunshine's description:)

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  31. Very interesting post! Have a lovely Day! 😘😘😘

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    1. carolina g. ticala: Thank you. I hope you have a lovely day too.

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  32. People are so creative. I seem to always read these at the end of a long work day or work week and they really hit the spot. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: I am awed week after week.

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  33. Another lovely set of words. How nice of the volunteers.

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    1. Denise inVA: The blogosphere is a very generous community isn't it?

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  34. Have a wonderful weekend, EC:)

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  35. https://muttonyearsstyleandi.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/pink-la-nadine.html?m=1

    I've had another go. I guess I'm the only one adding these words to a style blog :)

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    1. Anna of Mutton Style and Years: I expect you are the only one using a style blog to play with words - and I love your creativity.

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