Friday, January 15, 2010

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 95

This is week 95 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works.

This week's words were:
alternate reality, shadows, frantic, tomatoes, field, lilies, DVD, snow mobile, aggravation, music And for the mini: grounds for divorce, pink panther, salutations, wavering, lasagne

My mini:

"This lasagne is grounds for divorce,"Martin Salutations muttered testily. Maria, his wife, sat wavering between laughter and anger. When he was like this, he reminded her - though she wasn't sure why - of Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther. It was why she loved him, she thought, so she opted for laughter, at which he looked up from his plate, smiled and added, "but I love you in spite of it. I'm yours forever, sweet woman."

The 10-word:

John sat in quietly on his snow mobile at the top of the hill, looking out across the snow covered field that only months earlier had been aglow with lilies of all colors, from white to yellow to bright tomato red. No matter how frantic his week had been, how steeped in aggravation, coming to the farm literally took him to an alternate reality where he felt refreshed and restored by the peaceful, vibrant beauty of every season. On a winter day like this one, he loved watching the shadows play across the snow as the sun moved through the sky, stark lace of the tree branches reflected in shadow art. It was so beautiful he had trouble pulling himself away but dark was settling in and there was an equally enchanting pull in another direction - Liza back at the farm house waiting by the fire's glow, the aroma of a fine meal and the promise of a quiet evening listening to music or watching a DVD. He was a lucky man, he thought, so blessed to have this woman and this place. He longed for the day when they could stay here full time and have the city as their "away" place. Soon he hoped, but for now he could rejoice in the time he had here and savor every minute of it. Life was good.

And the mega:

Gregory "Snow" Mobile (his parents had thought that was funny), rifled through his collection of DVDs looking for an escape to an alternate reality. He found himself wavering between golden oldies or something newer. Among his options were a real antique called Grounds for Divorce, the original Pink Panther, a collection of Tracy and Hepburn flicks, Lilies of the Field (he hadn't seen that in ages and it was very tempting). Then there was Fried Green Tomatoes. He hadn't much liked it the first time he saw it, though and he didn't really feel like the aggravation of watching something he didn't like on the chance that it was better than he thought. There was always The Sound of Music, but that was a bit too cheery for him at the moment. Then there was Frantic, but he wasn't in the mood for Harrison Ford either. He was quickly spiraling into despair as the shadows of night began to settle in. But then as though she had read his thoughts - his cell phone beeped and his twin sister's classic "Saluations, big brother, popped onto the screen. "Lasagne in oven. Smells wonderful already. Bored. Need company and entertainment. Let's go see Avatar." He smiled gratefully, knowing she was none of those things but that she had felt his need. "On the way," he texted back, smiling for the first time in days.


Many thanks to Don't Feed the Pixies for the words for next week.

Words for next week's 10-word challenge are:
Badger, roll out the barrel, amazing, a lovely cup of tea, pressure, frozen, gandalf, pixies, top gear

And for the mini:
smelly, politician, favourite, token gesture, garden

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...

All three of these were great, but the last one especially left me smiling.

Connie T. said...

I like your wordzzle's. I put one up. Those new words are tuff. I will have to think about them.

Argent said...

These three gave me a warm fuzzy feeling today in a very cold, wet and windy Blighty. Snow's gone though. You write about relationships so warmly, must find out how to do that.

Argent said...

P.S. Next week's words look HARD!!!

Reston Friends! said...

Nice stories, Raven. Very complete in each one. I agree with Quilly, the twin thing got me smiling too.

bettygram said...

I liked all three with a warm feeling to them.

Dr.John said...

Three spirit lifting stories. Reading them makes you feel good. Nice writing.

Fandango said...

WE dragons like a little more action like a murder or two but theseare nice.
Well done.

Larry said...

I didn't think I was going to make it in time. I'm posted now just follow the link below.

Wordzzle Challenge

Argent said...

Chaps - please check out SMOKE's Wordzzle if you haven't already. It's really good and it's on Mr Linky.

Larry said...

thanks for letting me play. I enjoyed your wordzzle challenge and thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting.

This Blog Of Mine

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I like your last two stories - lovely description.

well, i guess i only have myself to blame for the next set of words... he he!

DawnTreader said...

Sorry, I just did not find the time to participate in #95. Hope I'll be able to pick up the thread this week but that remains to be seen.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. The mini story had a nice, amusing dinner scene. I'm not sure that being thought of as being like Inspector Clouseau would be a compliment, though it could be in some situations. Inspector Clouseau did generally mean well, though things frequently went differently than he had intended. The 10 word story had nice descriptions of the scenes at the farm. The mega story had a nice ending with the brother being helped out of his mood by his sister.

I'm running very, very late, but I have my stories up now. I had a bit of computer trouble, too, in the form of the phone being out for a few days, preventing me from accessing the internet, which caused part of the delay.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Larry said...

whats happening with wordzzzzle did it go inactive been two weeks Ive been checking and now I'm beginning to wonder if Raven gave it up ? could somebody tell me Please?