Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Words for Wednesday

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.

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 posted here.

This weeks prompts are:


  1. copper
  2. explain
  3. ill-fated
  4. truck
  5. neat
  6. unite
And/or
  1. branch
  2. educated
  3. tenuous
  4. hum
  5. decisive
  6. notice
Have fun.
 

106 comments:

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    1. Cloudia: Are you going to join us again? I hope so.

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  2. Is it just me, or do you notice that we could use one expansive branch of educated, decisive, heart-centered people (e.g., my Bernie Sanders) to hum a tune of fairness, care, and equity? If only all the tenuous bozos would vanish. Especially the fat, orange one. Peace.

    Happy week, EC. Be well.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Love it. We have our own tenuous bozos over here. And they are hanging on too tenaciously for my liking.

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    2. I make it a point never to comment on political rants, however since this is fiction I can tell you it was clever writing.

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  3. 2nd lot:

    That hum … is that the tenuous link to THE branch … the dreaded Orwellian spymasters – THE MYCELIA … I seem to think I experienced something like an education … I was educated I am sure … but now I am sorely worried about those branching threads … that organism is giving notice to me to be decisive. READY?!
    Not sure … not sure at all ... that hum ... it is continuous ...

    Well done EC - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Love this. I too was educated - and lots of it has slipped away from me. I am thinking hard about the mycelia now - and not in terms of a fairy ring.

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    2. At this time of year, any hum around here is the zillions of bees in the flowering trees.

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  4. The ill-fated truck united with the copper pole and the driver couldn't explain what happened.
    He was probably texting...

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: He probably was. Lucky that the pole and the truck seem to be the only casualties.

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    2. Scary, it's about what happened to Sweetie when he was driving Humphrey the Honda, which is no more.

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    3. Well done with the words but story too true:-)

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  5. Great list of words and a a few really good attempts above....now...to get my thinking cap on.

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    1. only slightly confused: I am really, really looking forward to seeing where they take you.

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  6. Jack's ill-fated venture into poultry farming had put the whole family in a tenuous position. If the truck, farm, and all their worldly possessions weren't to be swallowed up to pay his debts then decisive action was required.
    Action which Jack seemed incapable of taking. 'How can you sit there and hum, whittling away on that blasted branch you picked up?' Jill asked. ' I might not be educated like you, but I know we are teetering on the brink of disaster. The rates notice you are just ignoring is for more money than I have ever seen. We have to unite and DO SOMETHING.'
    Jack smiled. 'I have a neat solution but I don't think you really want me to explain it. It isn't precisely legal. Profitable, but not legal. Reading your great uncle's long list of convictions gave me the idea. And we still have the copper still he used...'

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    1. Excellent twist at the end, EC :)

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    2. He sounds rather a dodgy character to me.

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    3. We all find different solutions to our problems. Loved theirs. Excellent story with a twist E.C.

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    5. You have a very twist mind:) I love it.

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    6. Excellent!!! I love reading all the comments!

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    7. Nice job! You have a Hemingway-like ability to use the list of words both beautifully and concisely.

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  7. I can't come up with anything, EC. It's been a long day!

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    1. Marie Smith: Not a problem. Some days are like that - I hope tomorrow is much better.

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    2. Never too late Marie. It is just now Wednesday in the U.S.

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  8. Nice selection of words this week EC

    WFW – Ole Copper Here is the link to my story for this week, a little bit of fiction that is not a downer this time, I hope you enjoy.

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    1. Jimmy: Definitely not a downer. It is a heap of fun and I am still smiling.

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    2. I can't wait to get over there and see what you have done this week.

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  9. Her words were made of copper, united and bronzed. She could not explain why, but they shone in the sun and reached like tenuous branches in the hope of being noticed in the hum of our neat, educated world where some words are more equal than others and shining is not allowed.

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    1. Sandi: This is lovely. Beautiful, true and sad.

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    2. Some of the words which should be the most equal are unfairly passed over.

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    3. Very good and very succinct.

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  10. I like these words EC. Wonder where they'll take me?

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    1. River: I look forward to finding out.

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    2. I will be checking on Friday River.

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    3. I don't have much time left today and no story idea yet :( my morning has been too busy.

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    4. River: I am sad to hear that, but there is always next week.

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  11. With Shama (my female cat) trying to take over my keyboard, I've managed, with great difficulty to use today's words....

    "The COPPER, from the new BRANCH set up in the country town in an effort to UNITE its young folk in a positive way, with the purpose of restraining the increasing crime that was infiltrating the previously sleepy little hollow, took mental NOTICE of the two young lads. Their NEAT appearance seemed out of place, not befitting the crime.

    With the patience of Job, the cop listened to the larrikin’s TENUOUS explanation for the reason behind of their ILL-FATED, youthful prank.

    The second young fellow, with an insolent look on his ruddy face, let out a long, continuous HUM. Defiantly, he chewed on his gum, making no attempt to help his mate EXPLAIN what had happened.

    The plan of the newly-formed task force was to support the youth of the area; to help them become EDUCATED in better, more fruitful behaviour; behaviours about which they, and their community would be proud.

    Although he had no TRUCK with senseless, idiotic actions, the copper, not much older than the lads he was questioning, had to turn his face away so they wouldn’t notice the smile creeping across his face. The boys had been watching too much television, he thought to himself.

    However, he also knew he had to deal with the lads in a DECISIVE manner, otherwise any respect they had for the law would be sadly dented, if not lost forever."

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    1. Lee: I hope he can. And worry that the second lad might be too far down that track already. Thank you and Sharma. Another great tale.

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    2. It's happening far too often this way now, i hope these two can be turned around in time.

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    3. He sounds like a wise young copper.

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    4. I wonder if you and I both are tortured by misbehaving youth? And I haven't heard the term "Copper" used for police in ages. Loved it.

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  12. Great stories so far! Well done, all.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. I hope your recovery is continuing to go smoothly.

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  13. This was fun EC. Amazing how the imagination can get carried away with a few words. Thank you, here's mine.

    The clanging of her copper pots gave her a headache. Every time she tried to put them away, her cupboard was so small they were in danger of falling out every time she opened the door. But she had more important things on her mind. How could she explain her reasons for changing her mind? She thought her plan was ill-fated from the start but she had to try. A truck pulled up outside but she paid it no mind. She was a neat person by nature but even the loose tendrils of her untidy hair were a sign of her distracted thoughts. She knew it was time to unite her family that evening, they needed to sit down and have a serious discussion. It was growing dark and the branch of the tree outside the window brushed up against the glass. She made an educated guess on the time to serve dinner. Her position was tenuous, she realized that. Then she heard that hum again. Where was it coming from? But once again her mind was taking her in too many directions to give it any more attention. She had to be decisive. Would they notice she wondered? Will she be able to convince them this was the right way to go?

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    1. Denise inVA: I love this - and want to know more.

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    2. If her plan is the best one, let's hope she can convince them.

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    3. Thank you so much EC, messymimi and Cindi. I appreciate your kind comments. It truly was fun!

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    4. DeniseinVA: this one is brilliant! I have a headache right now and I am also in VA; however, the story was brilliant. If only I had a copper pot filled with ice, even if held with a tenuous hand, to remove the humming from my head lol.

      http://walkingeachotherhome.us

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    5. El Phoenix: Lovely to see you back in the blogosphere. And yes, a copper pot filled with ice sounds blissful right now (and my grasp is often tenuous).

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    6. This story definitely needs to be continued. Good job Denise!

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  14. The branch of WEPDAQ was awash in educated personnel who could not be decisive to save their lives. The whispering hum of geniuses who held a tenuous hold on reality was a buzz unheard, but no one would notice.

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    1. That sounds like some of the departments in our state.

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    2. Susan Kane: I think (sadly) we are all familiar with this.

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    3. Love your use of the prompts.

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: I have been, I have read, I have applauded.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: There are some gems this week - particularly if you visit the other blogs who have joined the party.

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  17. Granny had a copper pot. It's hard to explain what happen it it. Granny was moving house . Guess it was ill-fated and the pot fell off the truck though it was packed neatly in a box. Somehow, a good samaritan spotted that and reunited it with granny.

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    1. Small Kucing: Thank you for joining us. I love your story and am glad that Granny was reunited with her precious pot.

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    2. My "granny pots" are cast iron, and i'd hate to lose those. It's nice to have a happy ending!

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    3. I am a granny with valued cast iron pots and would hate to part with any of them. Good job Small

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    4. What would we do without good Samaritans?
      Good job.

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  18. The ill-fated truck driver was loath to explain the neat stacks of shiny copper bracelets on the front seat of his vehicle, somehow he knew this might be the next time that jail and he would unite.

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    1. Linda Starr: Is it wrong of me to say good? Particularly when my own character this week isn't entirely on the side of law and order?
      Just tha same - I am always pleased when felons get their dues.

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    2. It's nice to watch just deserts being passed out sometimes.

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    3. I always love quick and easy use of the prompts. You did great.

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    4. Well done, Linda. You made each word count.

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  19. Another group of interesting words for some fascinating stories.

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    1. Mason Canyon: There are some great stories again aren't there?

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  20. For some reason, i cannot get my blog link to work this week. As seems typical for me, i am playing catch up this week, doing last week's words, too.

    http://messymimismeanderings.blogspot.com/2017/11/bigger-girls-bumper-stickers-wordless.html

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    1. messymimi: I have been and read your wonderful use of the prompts. Two weeks in one. Wow.

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  21. My story is posted on my blog. http://granan10.blogspot.com/2017/11/wfw-more-than-prank.html
    I am going to try to read as many of yours as I can before my broadband is slowed. I am out until 11-14-17:-(

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    1. Granny Annie: I will be over to read yours very shortly. Sigh on the broadband front. River and I are both having issues too.

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    2. I have 15 minutes left for today, then I'm offline until Saturday. I haven't worked up a story yet....there may not be one this week.

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  22. I mentioned in a comment on Jimmy's blog that I struggle with these challenges.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: You surprise me. I would have thought that a prolific writer like yourself would have no problems. And much as we would like you to join us, if you can't that is fine too.

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  23. Copper. I have a copper-bottomed sauce pot from my childhood home. Our pots and pans were all made in the USA & this pot is no exception. The cookware line still exists, but I think the wares now are made in SE Asia. I try to keep the copper looking spiffy, but don't polish it too often. The last time I did, some of the copper polish came up along the stainless steel sides of the pot. There's a sort of smeariness to pot that bugs me everytime I look at it because it's my fault for having been a shit polisher.

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    1. Bea: My mother had a copper kettle. Goodness it was a blight to clean. And I didn't like the way it made tea taste. The kettle was lovely (when it was clean) but not functional.

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  24. Another good week with great results using the words supplied. Well done everyone! :)

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    1. Lee: It is lovely that so many people play isn't it?

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  25. It is always fun to visit you dearE.C!

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    1. baili: Thank you. What a lovely thing to say.

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  26. These were fun to read. I'm surprised I've never seen this meme before now.

    Have a beachy week!
    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Thank you so much. This meme is a heap of fun.

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    1. Magic Love Crow: In answer to your earlier comment, I love reading the comments too. And am amazed at the creativity.

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  28. Really enjoy the challenge of using these words in other ways to tell a story. The writings here are wonderful! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Delores started this meme yonks ago, and its ongoing survival says just how much fun it is. To write when the mood/inspiration hits and to read...

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  29. I like the and/or option so people can do two or pick which they like better. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: And don't forget the 'treating with ignore' option.

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  30. “Explain yourself”, said the copper. “How did you come to crash your truck into that tree? This doesn’t seem like you were just ill-fated. This is no accident.”
    “You’re right, officer. This was no accident. The tree spirits were calling to me to unite with them. It’s probably only a neat coincidence that I forgot to take my meds this morning.

    Thanks, EC – what fun!

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    1. catmint: I love this. And am smiling so widely my face hurts.

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