Thursday, October 15, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 85

This is week 85 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. Thank you again to Dawn Treader for this week's words and to SouthLakes Mom for next week's challenge words.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: early morning light, Pinocchio, mist, leaves, sandy, coffee, walking, traffic, pray, stomach And for the mini: train, art, admirable, cotton, fluffy

The 10 word:

Pinocchio sat sipping a cup of coffee, trying to calm his churning stomach. He loved this spot away from traffic and noise of the city. He loved watching the early morning light as the mist rose to reveal the glory of the autumn leaves. He loved walking along the sandy shore in the small hours of the morning, alone with his thoughts, alone with God or Nature or whatever you wanted to call the spiritual forces of the Universe. He came to this spot often to pray. Most days he came just to revel in gratitude and to remind himself that even when things were difficult, that his life was a miracle in a world of miracles. He had evolved, after all, from puppet, to real boy to real man. He had found love and beauty in even the darkest times and he was profoundly grateful for every moment of life and beauty, but especially these misty mornings wrapped in the quiet beauty of a dawn sunrise.

The mini:

Standing in the bitter cold, snow blowing wildly around her, Miranda thought that the childrens' art at the train station was indeed admirable work and a wonderful community project. She especially loved the meadow scene drawn by a 10-year old boy. The fluffy, cottony clouds, blue skies and butterflies and bright green grass brought a touch of summer and magic to the otherwise gloomy day. It might not make her feel warm outside, but it made her feel warm inside where it really counted.

The mega:

The early morning light glowed through the mist on the highway and the train whistle sang a melancholy song somewhere in the distance. Sandy Pinocchio knew she probably shouldn't be drinking coffee on an empty stomach, but she hadn't had time for breakfast and she liked to drive the roads before there was much traffic, especially at this time of year when she could enjoy the scenic beauty of the autumn leaves and the miraculous living art of an occasional deer walking by the side of the road. She took a moment to pray that it would keep it's admirably delicate legs and fluffy cotton tail off the road and safe from passing cars. She was almost at the spot her father had shown her years before. She would spend a while enjoying the peace and quiet, the beauty that her father had taught her to love and respect and then she would head off to the studio and start her day of trying to bring all this beauty to life in her paintings so that it could be shared with those not fortunate enough to see it for themselves.


Next week’s words come courtesy of South Lakes Mom. ( I got two weeks off!) Many thanks to Kelley. I enjoy a break from coming up with the words myself and I think it adds richness to have others’ spice up our vocabulary pool.

Next week's Ten Word Challenge: Incensed, sidewinder, bogus, conniption, Haz-mat, conniving, customize, perforated, zeal, rolling off a log

And for the mini: abstemious, chlorophyll, origami, cheerleader, dung beetle

Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.

Enjoy! See you next week.



Sara said...

It's nice to know what happened to Pinocchio later in his life. :)

You've painted a nice picture of the feeling that the artwork passes along.

Argent said...

I love your portrait of Pinocchio as a man at peace with himself and the universe. Really nicely drawn.

I think there should be more art in our public spaces as, just like in your mini, it does have an uplifting effect on the spirits.

Continuing the art theme, I thought your mega was another lovely study of someone doing something they enjoy and being at peace with nature.

I enjoyed all three as always, but my favorite is the first one - but only just. Great writing as always from you.

MommyWizdom said...

A lovely portrayal of art and its power. All your stories were very uplifting and serene.

I enjoyed them :-)


John Woo said...

thanks you very much, i had some ideas, but you areperfect, and this post is great
like your writing

Akelamalu said...

Such a sweet tale about Pinnochio's journey through to manhood. We both used the name Sandy Pinnochio - great minds think alike eh? LOL

I decided to get back into writing again so have joined in with your challenge again. :)

Dr.John said...

Three warm fuzzy stories. Just what I needed on a cold fall day. It was good to be reminded of the beauty in this season.
Every story was a feel good story you must be in a really great mood.

Reston Friends! said...

All three are very warm, inviting and good feeling inspiring. Very nice to read on a gloomy, rainy, Eeyore kind of day here in Washington -- our third in a row.

Would you mind changing the 'thanks' for words to just show Southlakesmom? I don't mind the other writers knowing my real name, but I don't want a web crawler to pick it up...thanks!

DawnTreader said...

I agree with the others... Three really good feel-good stories! :) I think my favourite was the first one about Pinocchio!

Fandango said...

WE dragons really liked your first story. We love the woods and a walk along or fly over the lake in the morning. Of course your third one catchs a bit of that same feeling.

gabrielle said...

“He had evolved, after all, from puppet, to real boy to real man. He had found love and beauty in even the darkest times and he was profoundly grateful for every moment of life and beauty, but especially these misty mornings wrapped in the quiet beauty of a dawn sunrise.”

This was so moving and beautiful, evoking a deep stirring, a coming of age and into the light.

Thank as always for your soul anchored stories.

Stephen said...

I liked your story about the grown-up Pinocchio, and how he had adjusted to life. He does have a lot to think about and be thankful for. The mini story, about the woman looking at the pictures done by children, was nice and the description of the meadow one was very good. I could see it in my mind. I also liked the mega story, about the woman who went out to spend some time with nature so she could then recapture it in her paintings.

I'm very, very late, but I have my stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Don't Feed The Pixies said...


My story went up on Sunday, but thanks to internet that is slower than waiting for techtonic plates to move i had to wait until today to let you know. As a result i guess no one will read them!

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Just popped back and re-read your stories. I too enjoyed the Pinocchio story - and was about to say something about the name Sandy Pinocchio when i remembered i saw a kid on tv called Disney the other day. Reality is stranger than fiction my friend!

Excellent stuff xx

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