Monday, October 06, 2008

Fun Monday: Word Game

Well, my apologies to Mommy Wizdom who is hosting Fun Monday, a new meme for me. She chose to create a variation on my Wordzzle exercise and I promised to participate and then had a brain fog day and completely forgot about it until about a half hour ago. Anyway, here's her description... I'm off to read what other's posted. I must say a wordzzle that I don't host myself seems much more relaxing to me...
The assignment:
Your job is to write a story (true or made-up), poem, song, letter... whatever strikes you ABOUT one of the three themes. You must INCLUDE all 10 words. Wild cards words may be used in addition to or in place of the main 10 words.

A couple of tricks to this are: If you get stuck on a word use it as a title for something or a name. You may use any derivation of the word or put words together. Your imagination is the limit.

Themes to choose from:

A visit by your mother in law

Bedtime Stories

Raising a Teenager


The words: Ostrich, goosebumps, magazines, soup, cats, lethargic, noodles, tequila, doorknob, biscuit

Wild card words: prehistoric, Jedi Knight, cactus, periscope, humor

And here is what I came up with at the very last minute... Whew! Not proofread... no time... must rush...

Bedtime Story

Aunt Kathie sat beside her nephew's bed rubbing her chin and scratching her head. The family's two cats lay in lethargic heaps on the end of the bed which was decorated with pictures of funny looking ostriches in different poses. This seemed to Aunt Kathie a bit incongruous with the Star Wars figures who adorned the mural on the wall, but she was no longer seven and lacked the creative expansiveness that went with youth. Much as she adored the energetic young boy who had run her ragged all day, she was beyond exhausted and trying desperately to come up with the promised bedtime story which would hopefully send him off to sleep and free her for the chicken and noodle soup, biscuits, and bottle of tequila which was calling her from down below. Still, eager as she was to see him off to sleep, it gave her goosebumps just to look at him, she loved him that much. So, she said, finally... a story, eh? What should it be about? Dinosaurs, he replied without a moment's pause. Dinosaurs? Hmmm... OK. Once upon a time a Jedi Knight named Marcellus discovered that he could travel through time using a magic doorknob. That's stupid, her nephew piped up. Well, stupid it may be, she replied, but that's how he did it. He went to many times and places. His first journey was to a beautiful desert full of many-branched cactuses, much like the desert here in Arizona where you live. On his second time travel adventure, he found himself on a submarine in the Atlantic Ocean and spent many happy hours watcing whales and yelling "Up periscope," to an increasingly irritated crew. His favorite, but alas his last, trip had been to prehistoric times where he saw many dinosaurs, t-rexes, brontosauri, pterydactyls.... these creatures were awesome and took his breath away even just remembering them. Alas and much to his dismay, one of the pterydactyls had gone and stolen his magic doorknob and although very fortunately he made it safely home, he was never again able to travel in time. And luckily for her, since she was now completely out of ideas for how to end this story, the eyes of her young nephew were closed and he was sound asleep. I love you she whispered. You have sweet dreams and I will have tequila and read some good humor magazines until your parents return home from the movies.


Whew. Got it done before midnight!

14 comments:

IamwhoIam said...

Great story - I like the time and place travel. and you got all ten words

Thanks for playing.

Alison said...

great job.

Welcome to Fun Monday.

Sayre said...

Sounds like the kind of story I'd make up for my son - they tend to ramble sometimes as I try to stay awake to the end!

NariceatL4 said...

Wow--that was super! Loved the time travel. I was worried at the end there...I thought the knight was a goner for sure!

Melli said...

Spur of the moment, huh? You work WELL under pressure! Dang! Good job! I'm off to work on this week's wordzzle!

MommyWizdom said...

Raven, that was awesome! YOU are a pro; I am merely your copy cat.

Thanks for playing. That was super fun!

I wanted to invite you to a bloggy debate about the debates going on tomorrow night. Come check out my blog for the details - the button is on my sidebar.

You rock!

swampy said...

Glad you didn't begin your story...
Aunt Kathie sat by her nephew's bed rubbing the hair on the chinny-chin-chin...

That would have been too close for comfort.

Kathy

jsi said...

What a nice job! I want a magic doorknob too!

Gattina said...

Hahaha ! what a phantasy !

I'm Toni said...

Enjoyed your bedtime story!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine - and yes, it is true!

I hope to do some of your Wordzzle's - I enjoyed this one so much!

Dr.John said...

Now that was a great story. And it had a happy ending. You write so well. I could almost see the kid falling asleep.

Alice said...

What a great story, and a wonderful use of all the words. Way to go.

Alice at I Was Born2Cree8

grace said...

welcome to Fun Monday, great story

Carletta said...

I saw this yesterday and meant to come back to read it but didn't make it till now.
I loved it.
I do the Today's Flowers meme and that takes so much time I don't think I'll try both in one day - we'll see.