My apologies for posting late. Got caught up at the back door again. Posting Mr. Linky and the words awhile and will do my exercises either this evening or tomorrow morning.
Saturday update: Finally got something written. Not very happy with any of them. These words were difficult, I thought. And not inspiring. At least I didn't get very inspired. All three of my exercises are kind of lame. Such is life, I guess. If anybody else plays this week, I hope your inner muse was kinder than mine.
Words for this week's 10-word challenge were: laugh and the world laughs with you, life-changing, ample, chronic, chastise, diamonds are a girls best friend, four more, open windows, banana, song birds And for the mini: temper tantrum, music, paper towels, charitable, speak no evil
Laugh and the world laughs with you, his mother had told him. Looking at the glaring face of the large man who had just slipped on a banana peel, he thought perhaps his mother had gotten it wrong. His mother was a victim of what he called Chronic Aphorism Disease. To say she had an ample supply of these sayings was to understate it by a mile. Every time he thought she had perhaps used every trite expression known to human kind she would draw four more out of some mysterious inner aphorism well. She had never met a trite saying she didn't like to cite endlessly in the belief that somehow these phrases would be life changing for her son. She even made up aphorisms of her own which made even less sense than the common place phrases that recited in a seemingly endless stream. His favorite Mom-ism was "closing doors open windows and then you can hear the song birds sing" He tried as a rule not to chastise her but when he started telling his new girlfriend that "Diamonds are a girls best friend," he felt she had perhaps finally gone too far. It was way too soon for diamonds. It was only their second date after all.
"Speak no evil," Martha muttered to herself, hoping that music really did have the power to calm the savage "beast." She knew the expression was actually "breast" and that it was unkind to call a child a beast, but even being charitable, this kid was a true monster. Looking at the spaghetti splotches on the wall and floor, she sighed, picked up a roll of paper towels and went to work trying to undo the damage "Little Sweetie" had inflicted on the room during his 4th temper tantrum. Hard to believe those nice people spawned a devil, she thought to herself. Not babysitting this kid again. Nope. In fact there must be something a kid can do to earn money that's safer than this. Later in the evening, though, it turned out that music did indeed seem to have the power to calm the savage child. And after a half hour or reading fairy tales, she could see why the child's deluded parents could call him Little Sweetie....
Looking at the ample breasted Louisa Chastise, Charlie Chronic hoped that she was not one of those "diamond are a girl's best friend" kind of women or he would have no chance to win her heart. The only "diamonds" he had to offer were the words and music he and his group Four Song Birds and a Banana wrote and performed for painfully small audiences, mostly at charitable (church suppers and the like) events because those were the only gigs they could get to date and that mostly due to the kindness of family members. It wasn't that they lacked talent. Unbeknownst to Charlie, Louisa - who was not only very much a music lover, but was in fact an agent for a big record company - had heard them through an open window and been greatly impressed by their talent. That lucky fluke would turn out to be life-changing for her and for the group. After persuading them to change their name to Speak No Evil, she soon had their first album - Laugh (and the World Laughs With You) produced and selling like hot cakes. Two of the songs from that first album - Temper Tantrum Tango and Don't Dry my Tears with Paper Towels - were soon at the top of the charts. In the end, Charlie was able to offer his beloved Louisa both music and diamonds as well as his large and loving heart. The first album was followed by a wedding, three children and four more best-selling albums. As if this wasn't amazing enough, Louisa had two sisters and two cousins who fell in love with and married the song-birds (Charlie was the banana in case you hadn't guessed). It was a wonderful life. Perhaps even a magical one.
Words for next week's 10-word challenge: independent, cheese, digital camera, lilacs, history, bells are ringing, hand cream, muffler, hopelessly devoted to you, thunder and lightning
And for the mini: discussion, jail, flood, computer games, summer
Thanks you for playing. Newcomers can check here for some guidelines to make the game more fun. There are no rules, just some general guidelines and tricks.