Friday, September 05, 2008

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 29

This is week 29 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: invincible, falling leaves, two-year-old, fusion, grizzly bear, Jamaica, delivery, popsicle stick, caviar, lap-top And for the Mini Challenge: toad stool, liquid lunch, counting sheep, manacles, Jurassic Park

Here's my ten-word offering for this week:

Caviar the Invincible, the two-year-old trained grizzly bear from the Russian circus was lost and confused and wandering the streets of Jamaica, Queens. It had all started when the man from Falling Leaves furniture had backed his delivery truck into the van in which Caviar was sleeping peacefully. The driver of Caviar’s truck – who was also lost - had been so involved searching for directions on his lap-top computer that he had barely noticed the bump which freed his passenger. Despite his dramatic name, the young bear was a gentle creature and once sighted was easily lured back into captivity with his favorite treat of a dozen popsicles. He was a tidy eater, enjoying not only the sweet ice cream it self but the fusion of the ice cream with the popsicle sticks on which it was delivered.

And here's my mini challenge:

It was one of the strangest dreams Joan had ever had. She was wearing manacles and seated on a giant toad stool in Jurassic Park counting sheep as giant T-Rex’s ate them. I’ve learned my lesson. No more liquid lunch for me she vowed.

And the mega challenge:

Instead of counting sheep as he had been assigned to do, the young shepherd sat fervently chewing on his popsicle stick, the only solid food along with a bag of potato chips in an otherwise liquid lunch which had consisted of a six pack of his favorite beer. His eyes were glued to his two-year-old lap top and the Jurassic Park computer game at which he was aiming to achieve the level of invincible genius. So far, nobody had ever managed this feat and he wanted more than anything to win the trip to sunny Jamaica where he could trade in falling leaves, cold winds, beans for dinner, a drafty tent and the fear of grizzly bears for swimming pools, beaches, beautiful girls and meals of caviar, rum and lobsters. Just one more level to go and he would be there. All he had left to do was undo the fusion of the manacles that chained his character to the wall and accomplish the delivery of the rare toad stools which would allow him and the other scientists to manufacture a toxic spray which would neutralize the monsters and return the park and it’s human residents to safety.


This week's vanity wordzzle used the words: Degree, figure, nourish, introduction, color, remember, brightness, worry, aventurine, fingertips.

Sarah held the small round stone in her delicate hands and admired its rich green color. She had a particular fondness for aventurine, but this was the most beautiful stone she had ever seen. She could not remember ever finding another stone quite like it. It rested on her fingertips with such extraordinary brightness that it took her breath away. And although she did not generally believe in such foolishness - she was of much too practical a bent - this stone actually did seem to emit some kind of energy. She could not figure it out, but holding it (or even looking at it) seemed to ease her worries and fill her with a degree of peace and contentment unfamiliar to her. Why it was quite utterly absurd, but she would even say that she felt nourished by this tiny stone. Standing there in the sunlight holding it, she knew, though she could not explain it, that somehow her life from now on was going to be different. And she could not have been more right, for this particular stone came only to a special few and was both an invitation and an introduction into the fairy world. Practical, no nonsense Sarah had been chosen and her life would never be the same again.


Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: spam, problematic, flower girl, splurge, milk, orphanage, lyrics, politics, ice cream cone

And for the Mini Challenge: drag race, poppy seed, swinging from a star, John Denver, diagram

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

Enjoy! See you next week.



Jeff B said...

You managed to pull these words together and make some fun reads of them. I sat down with the list a few times this week and couldn't get my brain to kick into gear, so I'm opting to take a week off.

I'll be back tomorrow to see who's playing this week and catch their stories.

Chatty said...

Hail and well met, Raven!

With great trepidation, I have posted my very first Wordzzles on my blog.

Yours are wonderful - but then, you are the master - I read back through several to get a feel for the "game"!

I hope you will give me input on my freshman efforts...I didn't even attempt the "mega" challenge - just did 10 and 5 separately.

Thanks for introducing me to such a fabulous writing exercise.

Carletta said...

Hi Raven,
As always you've shown the rest of us how it's done!
I loved your mini - what an image!
I can so relate to Sarah and her aventurine fix. I love gemstones and it is one of my favorites. I've made some jewelry out of some beads. I don't know if the energy thing would work for me - not sure I'd be open to it. I am open to fairies though. Yep, I'm sure they live in my woods.

I can't see Mr. Linky - I don't understand it. I couldn't see it at Jientje's this week either.
So, if you don't mind would you link me. I'll come back here and read some of your comments so I can visit others. Thank you!
Oh, I fully expected to see a political story this week. ;)

Akelamalu said...

Oh Masterful or should I say Mistressful! :)

Richard said...

I was charmed by the bear named Caviar. Loved it.


Melli said...

YOU are positively amazing! And in ONE case our GREAT minds thought alike! Whooo hooo! I was sO excited about the shepherd finishing that game! I sure HOPE he won!!!

Sandra.if said...

that is very interesting and challenging raven!

Anonymous said...

Wow, great job, Raven. Very concise! Of course you're the pro.

Mine's finally up - :-)

Amber Star said...

Raven I'm not good with the word thing, but wanted to give you a small gift that is posted on my blog today.

Anndi said...

I've taken leave of my senses and actually participated this week. It was fun, in a tortuous and gut-wrenching kind of way.

I think maybe your mini would make a far better painting than the one I found for my version.

Thanks for doing this.

Dianne said...

wow Raven! a few new people!!


I loved Caviar the bear - so glad it was a happy ending

and you describe the risks of a liquid lunch very well lol

Kimmie said...

LOL! I too loved that you named the bear Caviar! I loved all three of your wordzzles this week. You are an inspiration to all us wordzzle participants.
Mine will be up in a little bit. I am going to do the Vanity again.


Kimmie said...

Hey Raven!
I finally got mine up. I was sidetracked but I managed to get it done. Sorry!


TopChamp said...

Please don't be mad. I played the mini game coz I thought it would be fun (which it was) but I didn't really play to the guidelines. Still I had the most fun I've had so far today from your game even if I copped out a bit.

Raven said...

hi everyone - thanks as always for visiting and for playing.

topchamp - I never get mad, at least not about something like whether you follow the "rules" at wordzzles. It's for fun and since you had fun doing it, I'm very happy.

susan said...

Like your responses to the challenge. Funny and well done. Will have to check out these challenges, too. Thanks for introducing me to them.

Dr.John said...

Your next weeks ten word challenge seems to have only nine words.

Raven said...

hi susan - thanks. I hope you'll join in. It's really great fun.

dr. john - I could swear I counted them 10 times, but you are right, there are only 9. I guess we all get a break this week. I think I'll just leave us at nine instead of adding another.