Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Words For Wednesday 17/02/2021

 



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, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

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, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

The prompts will be here this month but are provided by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Alex rarely plays but has very generously provided us with with some intriguing/testing prompts.

This week's prompts were drawn from television shows and are:


  1. Firefly
  2. Mystery
  3. Science
  4. Theater
  5. Star

And/or

  1. Trek
  2. Eureka
  3. Psych
  4. Jokers
  5. Gate

Have fun.  And huge thanks to those who come back (sometimes time and time again) to offer encouragement to others.

 

106 comments:

  1. I struggled with this one in the early hours of the morning.
    To show willing, and for what it is worth here is my contribution.
    Why does a firefly’s butt light up? How does it? What is a star made of, and just how many of them are there? How long is a light year? What is gravity? Science they said. Theatre of the Absurd Sophie said. Trying to make sense of the mystery that was labeled Science was a long and arduous trek which had caused the psych ward’s gate to slam shut on many a poor soul she thought. ‘Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right’ summed it up pretty well. The joker (and there were lots of them) announced a discovery, which the clowns pretended to understand (or laughed at). Her own reactions were awe, wonder and gratitude. They didn’t make her brain hurt or make her feel stupid either. Realising that her choice was valid was her own eureka moment.

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    1. Can't stop thinking about fireflies' butts now :-) xx

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    2. You did very well, I think I'm going to struggle with this one.

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    3. I like how you tackled this one. I'll be thinking of you next time I see a firefly blinking in the dark, lol...
      Hugs, Julia

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    4. Hi EC - love fireflies ... and realise now that many of us are questioning how things happen ... something as a child I never considered as I watched their antics magically flit around in the evening darkness. Loved it ... thank you - Hilary

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    5. Ok, now I am going to Google why does the firefly’s butt lights up and why does it go on and off. Curious minds need to know. If I ever have another conversation with someone face to face, I can bring that subject up and dazzle them with my knowledge. They will be impressed.

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    6. This is a good use of the words. Wondering is a good thing. THanks for hosting.

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    7. Wow, that was a difficult batch of words! Well done. :-)

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    8. This made me smile! And of course this was Alex's contribution: Mystery Science Theatre :) I love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    9. I love this!! Why does a firefly’s butt light up! You are brilliant!! Big Hugs!

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    10. Sue, you are hands down, no contest, the best at this!

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  2. It reads like a playful stream of consciousness, EC. Well played.

    Also, thanks for joining the Hatefest. Your contributions and sentiment are always worthy.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I am ashamed to say that I find joining the hatefest very easy to do. Which for someone who tries to be kind is a horrible thing to know about myself.

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    2. Playing along at the Hatefest doesn't mean you aren't kind.

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    3. Janie Junebug: I was horrified at just how easily hateful sentiments fell from my fingers...

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    4. Then it means you are very creative.

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  3. Yes, thank you so much I've been hoping to catch one of these posts again! Here is my offering.

    Trust me if I were a star in theater jokers everywhere would open the gate of absurdity and trek along with me if only they ventured to my hometown of Eureka Township where a love of science would direct them to a lengthy psych chapter from college and they would fully understand how it's no mystery that I have a firefly traveling by the warmth of my shoulder during this brisk period of winter.

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    1. 21 Wits: I love it - and how I would love to travel with a firefly - or even to see them. Awe and wonder doesn't begin to cover it.

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    2. Thanks, I've just crafted a new "words for Wednesday" with photos I'll post tomorrow (Wednesday) for us! Yes this list was a fine one indeed, so thought provoking!

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    3. 21 Wits: I look forward to that - and if you have no objections I will send the link to Alex.

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    4. All the words in ONE sentence!

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    5. Hi 21 Wits - wonderful way you've reminded us that science is on the page - for us to learn about our natural world - as we educate ourselves. Clever take ... Hilary

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    6. Impressing. Give a link once you've written your story-with-pictures, please.

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  4. 'Clowns to the left of us and jokers to the right.' I love it.

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  5. Oh my goodness, of course I've wanted to understand why and how a firefly's butt lights up, and bringing in my favorite tune and well clowns (funny they entered my blog post today too) must be a clown thing. Your use of these words shine so well, and I'm so happy I just took the list and ran off to write quickly, because had I read your brilliant offering I'd still be rewriting mine! Which for more fun I just might!

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    1. 21 Wits: Thank you. Another one? Yes please, bring it on...

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  6. Ti auguro un sereno mercoledi.

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    1. Giancarlo: Thank you. Peaceful days are always welcome. I hope yours it lovely too.

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  7. Psyched to read protest: Star Trek and Stargate have nothing to do with science. One could as well call great theatre when some jokers on a stage shout "Eureka! We have revealed the mystery of the firefly.

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    1. Sean Jeating: I am smiling here - and suspect that many would argue with your assertion that Star Trek has nothing to do with science.

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    2. Hi Sean - great way of combining the words and agree re Star Trek - though as EC says ... many won't. Thanks - Hilary

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    3. Awesomely done, in such a short but interesting 3 sentences bravo!

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  8. Yay, I too was so tempted to bring Star Trek into play! Bravo enjoy this.

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  9. Another on of interest. x

    Robot has been with me for nearly a week now, any solutions??

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    1. aussie aNNie: Do you mean that 'prove you are not a robot' malarkey? I feel for you. Four days in a row is the longest I have had to endure it. I hope it stops for you soon.

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    1. messymimi: I look forward to seeing where the prompts take you. As I always do.

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  11. Six of those words indicate TV series that are favourites here, I'll have to work on it so I don't just write that I'm going to binge watch those series all week.

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    1. River: As always I have more confidence in you than you can muster.

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  12. A firefly was the star of Mystery Science Theater.

    The Psych doctor went on a trek to find the mysterious Jokers Gate. Suddenly it was there, eureka!

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    1. Mike: Succint as always. Fireflies would definitely be the star at any theatre they graced.

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    2. Hi Mike - very succinct ... well done - Hilary

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    3. One day, Mike, one day I hope to cut everything even shorter than you.
      Kudos!

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  13. I'm always impressed by your creativity when you put together the "assigned" words.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I am blown away each and every week at the very different directions the prompts take us. I do wish that you would play some week. Your creativity and your writing skills are legendary.

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    2. Janie Junebug: I am telling the truth. I will accept it if you don't want to play - but wish you would.

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  14. Well, I've always preferred to think of a firefly as a star in nature's own theatre rather than have science explain that particular mystery. Some things are best left alone. Not each enigma must be deconstructed and capped by a eureka moment. Not all gates that fall on the trek need be flung wide open every time. It's okay not be psyched up to explain away every little miracle with science. It's okay to accept the inexplicable, marvel at the beauty and be grateful that it exists. This probably sounds like something a simpleton and a joker would say but that's okay too.

    Have a brilliant day! :)

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. You have eloquently covered what I was trying to say.

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    2. Hi Nila - it's amazing how much science has discovered for us ... I guess - we need to learn as much as we can to further ourselves. But we need to let our imaginations roam too ... each to his own! Knowledge v Imagination - I love both ... you too have a brilliant day - Hilary

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    3. Bravo science is so interesting you've written a lovely piece! And you've outshined any simpleton or joker!

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    4. For a moment being serious ... ah, no. That would perhaps sound as if I were to attack the beauty of your thoughts.
      And beautiful they are. I do like them. Thank you.

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    5. Yes, that's OK too. As long as you keeo that sense of wonder it's not of imorttance whether it leads you to science, arts or pure enjoyment. It's only when we take everyday miracle for granted that we become dull.

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    6. What a lovely tribute to nature and the unknown.

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  15. Hi EC ... first set:
    The Mechanicals were playing their parts in the mystery of A MidSummer Night’s Dream; their son was more inclined to watch the stars and skies … science had always fascinated him … but the fireflies too danced around the earthly perimeter. Education can start anywhere … on a damp ‘green’ on a summer’s night – better than a tv screen indoors.
    Oh for those days outside! All the best - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I am sooo with their son, and hope that his studies take him far and wide.
      Look after yourself. Please.

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    2. Thanks EC - all well here ... and you too take care - Hilary

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    3. Great job, Hils. I especially liked 'the fireflies too danced...' and 'Education can start anywhere...'

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    4. Bravo you had me with the vision of Midsummer Night's outdoors is a lovely place, and bringing a star gazing son into view is delightful! Thank you.

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    5. As Father Jack would probably say: Feck off, TV screen.

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  16. Those were good! Obviously several people were familiar with the shows.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Thank you for stirring our creative juices.

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    2. Mr Cavanaugh, Sir, thank you for not being able to bore me. ;-)

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  17. EUREKA, I have found it, Archimedes cried.
    You reeka too, so they say Mediocrates replied,
    The SCIENCE is no MYSTERY, you just need a bath.
    So TREK down to the river, follow the FIREFLY path.
    PSYCH yourself ere jumping in, the water is quite cold,
    And all the JOKERS at the GATE will see you’re growing old.

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    1. The Blog Fodder: Love it - and hope that wise advice is followed. A good bath improves life for everyone - and those close to them too.

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    2. I liked this and I'm chuckling at the jokers at the gate! Fun read.

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    3. Blog Fodder, don't disturb my circles! ;-)

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    4. Hi Blog Folder - loved this ... what fun - clever too - cheers Hilary

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  18. Thanks for hosting the fun, my dear pal.

    Firefly Mystery:
    Science or Theater?
    Star!

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. How about science AND theatre? It works for me anyway.

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    2. Yes, I'll take both Science and theater!

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  19. Thank you EC and Alex for the prompts from TV shows amazing!

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    1. Steve: This meme is a heap of fun. I hope you will join us some day - and yes, Alex's prompts are excellent.

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  20. And just as I promised a wee bit of a story with photos for my offering! You can see it here https://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-road-words-for-wednesday.html

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    1. 21 Wits: I have been, I have read, and I am still smiling all over my fat face. Many, many thanks.

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    2. Oh, much as I would like to read your blog, I can't. White letters on black make my eyes do funny things. Sorry.

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  21. Ciao, ti auguro un sereno giovedi.

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  22. Re blogger, I have done everything computer possible, removed stuff etc etc, it still continues to pee me off....but as I love my blogging friends I will continue to visit. xxxx

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    1. aussie aNNie: I don't think there is anything we can do - we are at their mercy. There is one blog that flatly refuses to accept my comments. I will go back when I no longer have to prove I am not a robot.

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  23. For me these prompts spelt trouble, as they made me realize I messed up the timeline in my Unicorn Farm. Seriously even. I have to rework a cardhouse. And I might or migth not publish a chapter this week.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): I will wait. And hope.

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    2. Oh dang. I just publish what I wrote and then sort it out later ;) enjoy. LINK

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    3. Charlotte (MotherOwl): I have read your latest installment and, as I always do, thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I forgot to look for the prompts.

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  24. Ralph settled in an empty row of seats, ready to watch the latest Mystery Science Theater, "Birdemic"."Man, those birds can fly! That one caught another firefly!" Ralph fell asleep when a star exploded, wiping out life as we know it.

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    1. Susan Kane: Thank you so much for joining us even with an injured hand. I hope you are recovering well and the the surgery was a huge success. And, as an aside, my partner could sleep through the end of the world. I am jealous.

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  25. Wishing you the best weekend ever.

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  26. Hope you are well EC! Great post! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Many thanks. Alex's words triggered some great stories didn't they?

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  27. Hi Sue: Sorry to be so late coming to this week's challenge. I had a crack at it earlier, but it didn't work, so I abandoned the attempt, and then got busy with other things.
    In any event, here is what I came up with:

    What a TREK this has been, she thought. And all this herculean effort, scratches, bruises, a twisted ankle, aching limbs, filth and sweat to find a FIREFLY? So, it might be new to SCIENCE but was it worth the most gruelling experience of her life? Checking into the PSYCH ward might have been a better choice!
    The JOKERS back at the university who dreamed up this venture must be smug knowing that they got someone else to do the hard work to solve the MYSTERY, or debunk it once and for all. After all, a new species of firefly is pretty arcane, especially when you consider that it is only identifiable by examination under a microscope, and even then requiring DNA analysis for 100% confirmation. Talk about the THEATRE of the almost absurd.
    But the GATE to fame rarely swings open in life, and you have to seize the moment. This is the pathway to STARDOM in the scientific world.
    And when she located it and loaded a few individuals into vials she had to admit it was a bit of a EUREKA moment. And if it turns out to be a new species, she will have naming rights as the discoverer. If that doesn’t spur John to get serious about her, nothing will. You have to admit Photinus johnensis does have a nice ring to it.

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    1. David M. Gascoingne: Love this - and hope that the jokers in the university don't try and usurp her naming rights. I fear that they will.

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