Friday, January 22, 2010

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 96

This is week 96 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. This week's words came to us courtesy of Don't Feed the Pixies. Many thanks for the challenge. I love it when I don't have myself to blame for my troubles.

I note we are short a word in the 10 word set. Glad I'm not the only one who does that. It's so easy to count them over and over and think you have 10 and it turns out you 9 or 11. These were really rough so I'm glad we were one short.

This week's words were: 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

My mega:

Badger Gandalf sat down for a lovely cup of tea, hoping to escape the pressure of running always at top gear in an attempt to stay ahead of the competition. Who the competition was, he wasn't sure, but he was frozen with fear that "they" would outdistance him. It was amazing and sad how wickedly he tortured himself with self doubt and dissatisfaction. He turned the TV on to see if there was anything good. Alas, the first thing that came up was some silly oooom pa pa band playing Roll out the Barrel. Not his favorite kind of music at all. Next was news and some smelly (well that was conjecture, but the guy had a smary look to him and probably was smelly) politician offering some kind of token gesture to try and dupe a pitifully gullible public into voting for him and against their best interests. So much for escaping pressure... there must be something else... and then he found it... a lovely tale of pixies in a magic garden. Just the thing to distract him from his troubles.... and maybe a couple of yummy cupcakes to go with his tea. Ah, he thought... maybe everything will be alright after all.

My 10-word:

Margaret Merrymaid had thought to have a lovely cup of tea in the garden where she could enjoy the beauty of her flowers and enjoy review her amazing collection of garden gnomes, each with its own name. There were 25, but her 9 favorites -
Langerloff, Gandolf, Frodo, Marley, Miranda, Jolly Jane, Samson, Sara Sue and Rex - were displayed on a fancy 3-tiered rotating platform. It seemed the pixies (who were not fond of gnomes at all) had been up to mischief again and the top gear of the mechanism seemed to be frozen in place. Try as she might, she was having trouble exerting enough pressure to get it unstuck. She would have to badger Fred to fix it and listen to him complain again about what eye sores they were. She thought perhaps this crisis called for her to barbeque his favorite burgers and "roll out the barrel" (six pack in this case) to soften him up for the job. She knew he would do it anyway, but she loved him and a nice barbeque in the fresh air would do them both good. She would leave some treats for the pixies in hopes that they would understand that she loved them too and meant no insult to them in her love of gnomes.

My mini:

Ted Favourite thought there was something a bit smelly (the odor of deceit) about the politician's promise to preserve the endangered public gardens that had been his life's work. He knew the man was offering help as a token gesture in hope of garnering public support. The trick, Ted knew, would be to find a way to make it impossible for him to reneg on his promise. Ted had not gotten the Gardens this far, nor kept them alive this long without knowing a trick or two. The soon-to-be mayor didn't know he was about to be ambushed in a way that would force him not only to keep - but to quadruple - his promise. Outside the joy he got from the garden itself, few things gave Ted more pleasure than outsmarting a politician. This was going to be fun.


Many thanks to Argent at Delusion of Adequacy for the words for next week.

Words for next week's 10-word challenge are:
teflon, idealistic, marshmallow, opportunistic, kittens, beef, sawing logs, slapped, tickled, scissors

For the mini: ripen, shelve, laminate, goofy, Siamese

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

Enjoy! See you next week!



Argent said...

I loved the way you used the words for names - a trick I forget all too often. I enjoyed the story with the gnomes in the best I think, I just can see the rotating platform, complete with gnomes. Will we find out more about the outsmarting of the politician? I didn't notice we were a word short either. Hope my words aren't too horrible, although I'm not looking forward to using them myself.

quilly said...

You did an outstanding job with those words, Raven. Each little story was better than the last!

Dr.John said...

Liked all three very realistic stories ( anything with a smelly politician is realistic) but I liked the middle one best.I love when words are used in an unexpected manor.

Connie T. said...

I did the wordzzle this week, just the 9 word one. Yours are all good stories.

DawnTreader said...

I'm so sorry, had to skip last week and now in spite of good intentions I'm very late for this week too. Have to be honest - I'm SO wanting to bring some kind of closure to my story soon. Not happy when I found I had made a mistake in the previous episode which I'm now having to make up for with extra roundabouts. Not helpful for the inspiration! LOL

You're making good use of words as usual... ;)

Stephen said...

I probably liked the mega story best, about the man who was trying to escape his troubles and finally found a good TV show to watch. The cupcakes sounded good, too. A close second was the 10 word story about the woman with the garden gnome figures and the pixies who didn't like them. The mini story, about the politician who was going to be forced to provide money for the public gardens, was also good.

I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Justin Freedom said...

Your word exercise caught my interest, and I was inspired to use the words from week 96. They particularly suited a favorite game world that I enjoy writing about.

Read my entry at Astrum Arcanum: A Miner's Desires

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