Friday, April 30, 2010

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 107

This is week 107 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. I don't know that what I've written is any good, but I kind of had a good time with these words. Hope the rest of you did too.

This week's 10-word challenge is: salacious, charity, spoof, t-shirt, magical mystery tour, observation, book club, sneezing, street lamp, raining cats and dogs And for the mini: operatic, a better start to a better day, gorilla, spinach, global warming

My mega:

It was raining cats and dogs and Margaret, achy, sneezing and sporting a runny nose, was tempted to stay home and skip the charity book club gathering. This month's book had a truly salacious looking cover with a scantily clad woman standing under a street lamp. The cover seemed totally out of keeping with the title, which was A Better Start to a Better Day: Gorilla Johnson Takes a Magical Mystery Tour of Global Warming. It was a spoof in novel form on the politics surrounding the future of the planet and the author's observations on the operatic, often arcane nuttiness on both sides of the debate were as cogent as they were hilarious. She sighed. She'd been looking forward to the discussion for weeks and she was darned if she would let a cold and a little torrential rain stop her. And Cafe Roma, where this month's gathering was to take place did make the best spinach salad in the city... and the best whiskey sour's too. And there was no dress code so she could wear jeans and a t-shirt and not feel out of place. Cold or no cold, she was going to have a good time... and maybe that George would be there.

My 10-word:

Fred thought his wife Charity looked salaciously alluring in her Magical Mystery Tour t-shirt, but maybe that had more to do with his memory of when he had first seen her wearing it 10 years earlier in the dim, mystical glow of a street lamp outside Spoof, his favorite book store, where he had been planning to attend the weekly book club meeting that was held there. It had been raining cats and dogs and she was alternately sneezing and crying. It had been his observation, he recalled, that despite her wet and bedraggled state, that she was possibly the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and he could not stand to see her crying. He had ridden to the rescue, so to speak, and taken her for a cup of coffee and a meal and like a movie romance, it had been love at first sight for both of them. Ten years later, he still thought she was the most beautiful woman on earth - inside and out. His life with her and their 2 beautiful children was a magical mystery tour every day. Her beauty he knew would never fade in his eyes and he would always love that t-shirt.

And the mini:

Her Broadway musical - A Better Start to a Better Day - was Sandra Amberson's contribution to the global warming debate. So far, unfortunately, it had been rather a dismal failure. One critic had somewhat mockingly called it "rather operatic, with aspirations to be the musical Gorillas in the Mist of climate change..." Another somewhat kinder reviewer had opined that, "Although there are a number of lovely songs, the play is painfully lacking in plot; its dialog consisting almost entirely of ecofriendly slogans. The crusading hero of the show," he had continued, "is a sort of modern day Pop-eye without the spinach, who is such a priggish know-it-all, that even though I agreed with him, I found myself wanting to run out of the theater and pollute something. Ms. Amberson's has aimed high and fallen short. With a better play to accompany the music, she might just be onto something." After her original devastation, she had taken those last words to heart and was hoping to find a writer worthy of the task of creating what she liked to think of as "a better end to a better play."


Words for next week's 10-word challenge are: samples, argumentative, tragic, bagels and lox, osprey, bank balance, dream a little dream of me, providence, bride and groom, the flowers are in bloom again

For the mini: over the top, preposterous, sing, cantaloupe, creepy

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

Enjoy! See you next week!



quilly said...

I liked the first two best. Your linked stories always make me smile.

Argent said...

Hi Raven, running a bit late but my contribution will be up tomorrow (Sunday).

Argent said...

Phew, back again. Finally managed an episode of Harold but I think I broke my brain this week as I really struggled to get the words in. Your three were lovely though. I especially liked the clever humour of the third one - especially the last line! I'm going to try to do the mini tomorrow and add it in.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Really sorry i haven't been able to play for a while - so many things going through my head.

but i keep checking in and enjoying your stories and other posts