Friday, May 15, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 63

This is week 63 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. Many thanks to Dawn Treader for sending me word suggestions for next week.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Green goddess, shampoo, filibuster, please and thank you, Operation Marigold, throw pillows, up the creek without a paddle, spandex, ubiquitous, wedding ring, Mini Challenge: Skittles, lamb chops, stingray, chagrin, clever devil

Here's my 10 word offering:

As he arranged the soft throw pillows that would hopefully ease the discomfort of a long-term sit-in on this hard chair, Owen Spandex felt rather like he was up the creek without a paddle. Despite extensive preparation for "Operation Marigold" and all the planning that had gone into it, he felt unready for today's filibuster on behalf of the Green Goddess Shampoo company's ambitious goal of banning all chemicals from personal care products. Nervously twisting his wedding ring, he practiced his introductory "Please and thank you for listening," blissfully unaware that one of the ubiquitous press photographers was quietly snapping his preparations.

My mini:

Skittles O'Hara was a shamelessly clever devil of a crook who was known as the Stingray among his unsavory companions, although, much to his chagrin, his girlfriend called him Lamb Chops.

And the maxi:

Frank Skittles Johnson - also known as The Shampoo King - had planned Operation Marigold down to the very last detail and he could barely wait for the appointed hour. The engagement and wedding rings felt like they were alive in his pocket. He'd purchased them at a high end shop with the absurd name of Ubiquitous Jewelers where he had seen her looking at them with serious longing in her eyes. He had booked the best table at famous Clever Devil Cafe, had ordered her favorite meal - a Stingray cocktail, followed by salad with Green Goddess dressing, lamb chops, filibuster fries (you couldn't stop talking about them), and their incredible Please and Thank You Pecan Pie. He had everything worked out to the last detail, had even bought throw pillows he could kneel on during the proposal. He wasn't going to be caught up the creek without a paddle on an occasion like this. If his Marigold, his gorgeous Spandex Queen, was to accept his proposal, everything would have to be perfect. He wanted no reason for chagrin. He could not wait to make her his bride.


Thanks to Dawn Treader for next week's words. Here is what she came up with:

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: albino, trench, marble, assistant, Indian, What's that supposed to mean?, sound first principles, the key thing, moat, curtain

The mini challenge: under the surface, doomed, grand design, temple, aspirin

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

Enjoy! See you next week.



Batteson.Ind said...

These were brilliant words this week! Love your mega story, well performed again! I love this place!-)cheers again for a brilliant post.

Richard said...

Frank Skittles Johnson and filibuster fries. Delightful.

Ordinarily Just Me said...

Spandex and skittles- their parents should be shot giving them names like that... Though it was funny and I did laugh out loud, causing the other library patrons to look up.

Snowbrush said...

I wasn't sure if you meant you are agoraphobic AND permanently disabled, or permanently disabled by agoraphobia. In any event, I know another Raven. She is at

Maybe you guys ought to get together and form a Ravens on the Net Club.

DawnTreader said...

Will Marigold accept the proposal?


I admire your constancy in hosting this challenge every week. I've not been around since the start but I've enjoyed it a lot over the last few weeks. :)

Dr.John said...

Three great stories as usual.
My favorite line "filibuster fries (you couldn't stop talking about them), " I just had to laugh at that point.
Those were hard words to use together but you made it seem esasy.

Akelamalu said...

I love the mini - we both used lamb chops as a nickname!

Your mega was super, I love all the trouble Frank is going to for Marigold. :)

Reston Friends! said...

Hopefully, we'll get our Friends members involved! It is awful to write a passive blog!

Dr.John said...

The Kipling link doesn't work.

Dianne said...

wow you're hopping this week! the mini is fantastic, I think it's the shortest you've ever written - I just can't seem to do that - I'm envious

quilly said...

Your Mini and your maxi both made me grin -- in fact, the mini got a bit of an out loud chuckle. Excellent!

Stephen said...

I enjoyed all three stories, though I liked the mini and the maxi ones the best. A lot of the words in them were used in interesting and amusing ways.

Regarding the Kipling link that doesn't work, here is the Kipling link from the previous week (which does work):

I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Finding Pam said...

Thank you for such wonderful stories using your endless creativity.

ForestJane said...

ok, I'm a newb, but saw this and had to try. :) I think I've got my link up correctly.

Let me know if I've done something gauche!

CJ said...

As usual, three great responses to your challenges. I especially liked the mini-challenge ---all five words in one perfectly written sentence.

kipling said...

Great words, this is a really great site that challanges both vocabulary, and imagination. Thanks for the kind words.

Lana said...

the mini was great! it really is a challenge to make it so short.