Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Words for 31 January ... the prompts

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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.

  1. bloody
  2. confidence
  3. ranger
  4. Apollo
  5. submarine
  6. Byron
and/or
  1. dictionary
  2. groundhog
  3. dancing
  4. rain
  5. silent
  6. Germany

41 comments:

  1. My Story has been posted on my Blog THE DAILY GAGGLE.

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    1. well done, and I do hope you find your dictionary. Having moved 4 times now in a year, I know the frustration of knowing you have something but not knowing where it is!

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    2. Two stories even. Those small windows into you life are thrilling.

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  2. Wow....this is quite the selection. At the moment I seem to have gone brain dead. Not to fear. I shall apply myself.

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    1. Here we go:

      Francis stood outside the Apollo Theatre fairly dancing with excitement. It was a first date for her and her new beau Byron, a local park ranger she had met on vacation. She felt confidence in her appearance this night. Her new velvet cloche matched her coat perfectly, she thought.

      As they stood in the rain waiting to be admitted she wondered why Byron was so silent. She was sure this movie would appeal to a man which is why she chose the bloody story of war between Germany and the Allies laced with submarines and tanks.

      Byron sighed deeply and shuffled his feet restlessly. "This is a bit like groundhog day for me." he smiled tentatively at Frances. "You see," he said softly, "I'm Jewish."

      Francis, not being the brightest bulb on the string, had no clue what that meant. A dictionary would come in handy right now she thought dismally.

      Many thanks for the words this month....they were real bain stretchers and I enjoyed the challenge.

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    2. poor Byron. I'm sure the movie brought up painful memories for him. It will probably be their last date also. Excellent use of the words!

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    3. Poor Francis too. What an idiot not to understand why Byron was sad about the movie. Great use of all the words Delores.

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    4. Ouch! She needs a history lesson, but he's not the one to give it.

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  3. I love these lists and the live photo. Hopefully I can join in this week. Your prompts have been fantastic this month Cindi:-)

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  4. https://tabordays.blogspot.com

    It will go live tomorrow. Got all but two of the words.

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  5. Lovely selection of words, I'll have my story on my blog on Friday 2nd.
    http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com.au

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  6. Only slightly confused. Your Byron unfortunately recalled the hostility involved within the movie. I too recall intrinsically in detail my involvement within such activities during waking hours and rarely when sleeping during which is usually intruded by cliff hanger type hallucinations which encourage me to waken; usually followed by a feeling of relief.

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  7. My second story is now available on my blog

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    1. great use of the words! would not like to be on a submarine if it stunk that bad!

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  8. My story is up and I only used half the words. Find it here.
    http://granan10.blogspot.com/2018/01/thanks-cindi.html

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  9. Here is my story:
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2018/01/words-for-wednesday.html

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  10. Just got home for work, now i have a chance to link up my story.

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  11. Hello everyone here is the link to mine for this week WFW - Under the hedges please drop by and let me know what you think.

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    1. well done, however, I must protest the possible demise of a groundhog!

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    2. Cindi the groundhog was safe all along, I promise.

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  12. I'm running late this week...but, on the other hand, I'm running early...I was a day ahead of myself incorrectly thinking February had already begun...on Wednesday. Below is my attempt for this week....

    "It felt like GROUNDHOG Day.

    Like so many other visitors, the group of backpackers from GERMANY who were visiting BYRON Bay ignored the warnings from those more familiar with and knowledgeable about the dangers of the ocean.

    As with many tourists from all corners of the world who visit our fair shores hoping to enjoy our seemingly endless summers, golden sands and rolling surf, those staying at the APOLLO Resort that day ignored the cautions given by the lifesavers and the National Parks’ RANGERS.

    Time and time again, day after day, the locals tore their hair out in frustration because their words were disregarded, went unheard.

    Large signs were clearly visible on the foreshore, all written in various languages, not only in English.

    Apparently the world “fear” was not in their German DICTIONARY. However, CONFIDENCE was...a false sense of confidence.

    DANCING gently on the ocean, early morning RAIN had begun to fall. Its arrival didn’t deter the group from entering the ocean.

    Early mornings combined with dull skies were ominous clues danger lurked; that the presence of sharks was likely, but the group of high-spirited tourists knew better...or so they thought.

    At first, like a SILENT grey SUBMARINE circling the shore, a large shark cruised. Soon the lone creature was joined by others, all following of the schools of bait fish.

    The water turned BLOODY from the frenzied attack.

    The swimmers didn’t stand a chance. Oh! Why hadn’t they heeded the warnings!"

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    1. Excellent! and loved the tie in with the photo!

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  13. Thank you for the great words and images during January, Cindi. :)

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  14. Lee. A great story. My last encounter with one of those over sized sticklebacks put me off from swimming in the ocean just walking distance away, although I often give a wistful gaze at my 'Budgie Smugglers' that were laid to rest in my Sock drawer.

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    1. Thanks, Vest and Cindi. :)

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    2. Great story Lee, and a timely warning to all visitors to 'our great southern land' (to borrow a phrase from Jayne), too many come to grief because they cannot read or understand the signs we post.

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  15. Finished. not happy with the result. Posting anyway as Homework

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    1. I love both of them, and how well you used the words to tell a story in just one sentence!

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