Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Words for 10 January ... the prompts ...

Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting, and the words will come from events ~ past and present ~ on the calendar each week.

Essentially the goal 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, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.

Image Source: WeHeartIt.com

  1. king
  2. avalanche
  3. canyon
  4. pianist
  5. Wyatt
  6. marriage
and/or
  1. supreme
  2. packers
  3. pie
  4. jazz
  5. crash
  6. farewell

38 comments:

  1. Here is my effort for this week.

    "The PACKERS had arrived early. They’d already finished loading all the cartons onto the truck, but not before a huge AVALANCHE of boxes came crashing down, as if in sympathy to the end of their MARRIAGE.

    The loud CRASH that seemed to go on forever seemed to be a fitting FAREWELL, she thought, as her tears flowed freely down her face.

    WYATT had tried his best at being a husband; a homemaker, but his career as a JAZZ PIANIST over-rode everything else; their marriage and their love included. Too soon the gap between them was as wide and as deep as the Grand CANYON.

    Earlier on he thought he could portion out his time like slices of a PIE. It was not to be. Music was the KING of his life; of his being; the principle by which he existed. All else, including his marriage came second, third; and, even further down the ladder.

    Was the adventure and the thrill of the travel to cities far afield, being constantly fawned over by strangers worthwhile; worth the loss of the one who truly loved him; the one who loved him even without the trappings of glamour and fame?

    In the end would it all turn out to be a SUPREME folly? Only time would tell."

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    1. Love it Lee. And Wyatt is not a name we hear often these days.

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    2. an ironic use of the prompts ... well done.

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    3. My story may end up like your story. Great job.

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    4. Time will tell. Many who sacrifice family on the altar of fame or anything else regret it eventually.

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    5. Great story Lee, I hope the avalanche of boxes were empty ones.

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    6. Poor Wyatt and poor wife. What a sad story. Indeed, time will tell.

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  2. Wow...these could lead in so many directions.

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  3. Here we go:
    With a final crash of the keyboard the jazz pianist rose from his bench and bid the audience farewell, bowing low to the King in his royal box.

    "Finally." he thought. Now he was free to attend to his own business. The avalanche had been cleared from the only road out of the canyon and Wyatt could fly to his Annie's side just in time for their marriage. The packers had all his belongings loaded in the lodge bus. His supper of the retreats famous meat pie was set out and waiting for him. In just under twelve hours he would be with Annie...forever.

    "Excuse me Sir. Our Supreme Ruler requests yet another number from you if you would be so kind."

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    1. Supreme Rulers are greedy beasts aren't they?

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    2. Again you've nailed it, Delores. Well done! :)

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    3. well played. if only he had managed to sneak out faster

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    4. Somebody has to throw a monkey wrench into the works. It's almost inevitable.

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    5. Kings are thoughtlessly cruel to their subjects, yours no exception. Play a short piece, Wyatt!

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  4. An interesting selection of words, the first six remind me of something I wrote long ago that I may now be able to add another chapter to. I'll have to see what the brain churns out by Friday though, my brain has a mind of its own and doesn't always write what I think it will.

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  5. As is usual these words took me to some strange places. I thought I knew about Wyatt Earp. But how wrong I was. Hooray for Captain Google and the avalanche of information at my finger tips. Farewell ignorance.
    Wyatt means 'brave in war' apparently. I wonder whether Wyatt Earp's mother knew how supremely prophetic his name would become. Or did she harbour dreams of him becoming a concert (or even a Jazz) pianist. There is so often a canyon between our dreams and reality (you know, the young grocery packers who dream of life in Hollywood). The young Wyatt (he was 13) apparently tried desperately to enlist in the civil war.
    Despite being 'king' of the macho image, Wyatt was a teetotaller. Ice cream was his vice. And he indulged daily. With or without pie. He was also partial to the 'ladies of the night' and apparently his second marriage was to one of those women.
    He was charged with murder after that famed gunfight at the OK Corral. And how different things would have been if he had been found guilty. An urban myth would have crashed and burned. The legendary John Wayne would have had one fewer friend and small boys the world over would have had to find a new hero.
    His last words were as enigmatic as the man: 'Suppose, suppose'... and we are left doing just that.

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    1. This is great, EC....an interesting, thoughtful use of the words. Well done! :)

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    2. excellent use of the prompts! thank you!

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    3. Wow! Weaving the words into a factual life. Well done!

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    4. This is good EC, fitting the words to a true slice of history.

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    5. Thanks for making me know more - once again. You never stop taking me by surprise.

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  6. What a word to go out on. Reminds me of Steve Jobs whose last words were 'wow' 'wow'.

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  7. Complete Happiness

    The words hit him in the face like an AVALANCHE overtaking his thoughts, this was surely a joke and not a good one at that, but the CRASH came once again "I don't want to cook tonight, I want to go to McDonald's, and I don't want to be married anymore."

    WYATT still couldn't comprehend how going out to a restaurant he completely hated, and saying FAREWELL to a fifteen year MARRIAGE that he thought was good compared, but this is where he was. KING of the castle one minute and being banished to a place far far away the next.

    Some JAZZ PIANIST like Herbie Hancock was banging out a tune from an unknown source inside the restaurant, when with a SUPREME attitude she looked him in the eyes and said, "All I really want is everything that I have right now, just without you."

    He stared at the apple PIE his youngest son was munching on, and felt a crushing pain in his chest as a tear ran down the child's face. Just who in the world plays Jazz music at Mickey Dees? And why would you deliver this kind of news in front of the children...Selfish!

    Would be PACKERS tossed a few of his possessions onto the lawn, and he moved out "for the sake of the children", all because she was infatuated with a shade tree mechanic from the other side of the CANYON. She got everything that she wanted back then, she kept everything and completely erased him from the picture, with the wave of her hand.

    Twenty-five years later Wyatt is happily married to his best friend and has a really good life. The woman he is with now is the one he should have married in the first place; with his current marriage he wouldn't change a thing. I suppose that unbearable pain is necessary at times, if only to make you really appreciate complete happiness.

    At this point in my life, I am completely happy.

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    1. Jimmy I really like this. Everyone should marry their best friend.

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    2. Excellent, and a good lesson if people will take it.

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    3. An unbelievably cruel and cold woman. Wyatt came out of it just fine but what about that poor little kid.

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    4. wonderful and heartfelt writing!

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    5. This reminds me of a song I knew long ago. The lesson is the same, and the mood of the story too. I liked the song, and I like your story too (Can't tell much about the song, as it's in Danish ;) .)

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  8. Thank you for the words, my story is on my blog.

    http://messymimismeanderings.blogspot.com/2018/01/why-curiosity-is-going-to-kill-our-cat.html

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    1. sweetly written! revenge is best eaten with ice cream on the side!

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    1. lovely words, and how exciting for a dream to come true!

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  10. My story is scheduled for Friday on my blog: http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com.au
    I'm sorry I can't make a workable link in comment boxes.

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  11. This weeks words are below.

    PACKERS.

    PIE.

    JAZZ.

    CRASH.

    SUPREME.

    FAREWELL.



    The well known cashed up wealthy celebrity- patriarch of the Big Dick PACKER-MOOLAH tribe, the Mount Druitt PACKERS - big Richard himself, has acquired yet another celeb squeeze after being dumped at the SUPREME cost of Fifty Million bucks in departure fees extracted from his account by his former buxom (FAT) American boudoir playmate a second rate blonde JAZZ singer, who most virile blokes would pass up for a slice of down to earth humble PIE in the form of a good looking honest less wealthy female with a New Ride Status

    Only Big Dick himself could afford such a CRASH in FAREWELL fees.



    Vest Daily Gaggle.com

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    1. I had visions of girls in flapper dresses with headbands and cigarettes on long holders. The sort of story that reeks of Howard Hughes.

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  12. To be FRANK , his daddy was just as naughty..

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    1. Lots of money has never made them behave well has it?

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