42 Words #37

Hi All,

This week Dave did the honours of picking the number for our next 42 word challenge and he chose 37 – which in all honesty will perhaps require a bit of imagination in the circumstances, but before we enter that dimension let us first review last weeks view of DAMES.

As I mentioned, there were plenty of alternatives with this one and we did venture in a number of directions.

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Joem18b from Does Writing Excuse Watching

Thanks to all who took the challenge but now its time for the huge reveal and I use huge for a purpose as the topic this week is …

TRAVEL STORIES

So the question is where will you venture.  Local, overseas of intergallatic?  Will it be a huge disaster or the trip of a lifetime?  Well its up to you to decide but brevity is the key for 42 words is the length of this trip.

Charles has already done the honor of picking a number for next week but I am always pleased if someone wants to get ahead of the game.  So, if you desire put your choice in the comments … we still have loads of options to go.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The decision was all in the tilt of her lips

Travel had altered significantly since the pandemic and he couldn’t help thinking it wasn’t for the better, “Do you think you should?”

“Someone needs to solve this mystery.”

Dora stated climbing through the frame of the Mona Lisa with a determined scowl.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #80

Hi Everyone,

Another week of 50 Word Thursday is upon us but before we see the prompts lets not forget that you can visit Kristian’s blog for last week’s participants.

Now to the rules:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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And the words:

“You don’t need to know what you’re escaping from to become a fugitive.” ― Bella Pollen, Midnight Cactus

 

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

Wordle 463

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Madeline held her breath, she’d been panicked and overcome with a feeling of dread when she had noticed the silence and crept into the room anticipating disaster but now she could only smile in delight for this was a moment all awaited with eagerness.

Standing in the shadows she watched intently, inhaling as he moved forward.  A part of her wanted to race forward but this might cloud his judgement, so she kept silent and still.

Then a shout from outside ruined the moment and her babe’s first step was gone as he crashed to the floor with a cry.

Wordle 463

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #79

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My orders are clear. Eleven o’clock was the deadline but I knew that I would be late.

She would be furious of course, she was a planner, everything was organized to the last minute, even toilet breaks were scheduled but that just wasn’t me.

I was spontaneous, I liked to explore, to see the world through a different lens and in all honesty I liked to rebel.

Even now as she started to call for me I hunkered down in annoyance.

I mean, I’m a cat, did she seriously expect me to come running … for a vet appointment.

Still time to take the challenge

 

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #7

Hi All,

Well this week we are on lucky 7 thanks to Rhen and I think that this one could go a number of ways but before we have the big reveal lets see where we ventured in the ALTERNATE REALITIES realm.

Thanks to all who took the time to participate and I must admit people took many different turns on this theme which was highly appropriate in the circumstances.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

Dave from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Rugby43 from The Bag Lady

Rhen from Cobbled Contemplations

So, what sits at Lucky 7, well this might be a bit of a surprise but its …

DAMES

Now this is one broad theme, you can go in so many directions its isn’t funny but for those who might be perplexed the official definition of a dame is as follows:

  1. The official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight.
  2. The official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
  3. A form of address to any woman of rank or authority.
  4. A matronly woman of advanced age; matron.
  5. A term used to refer to a woman:Some dame cut me off and almost caused an accident.
  6. Ecclesiasticala title of a nun in certain orders.
  7. A mistress of a dame-school.

So you decide where you want to head but remember you only have 42 words.

As always I am on the hunt for next weeks topic, so feel free to pick a number, so we can continue the fun.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Sometimes notoriety is its own calling card

Miss Patty was a hell of a dame, with more spunk than the sputnik.

I recall when the thugs descended on her bar, they wanted protection money.

She sent the first flying with a fabulous right hook.

No one fooled with her.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

Wordle 462

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Marty wondered whether he’d ever be like them, coveting what they couldn’t caress.

Coal and cotton were products to create a nation but they didn’t color your day with sunshine the way she did.

Smiling absently, he recalled how his heart had beaten a wild cacophony when he’d first spied her.

He was one in the column of migrant workers but as she called out to the can do foreman, raising a hand to cover her deep brown eyes encircled by a vivid green corona he’d been lost.

Lifting the cart, Marty sighed; hopefully he’d never be found.

Wordle 462

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #78 – The Results

Hi All,

So, this is number 78 over but don’t forget that Krisitan will be providing the next challenge shortly on his blog Tales from the mind of Kristian but before that let’s return#78.

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

Here’s the picture:

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“She launched herself at their leader.” – Lorraine Heath’s When A Duke Loves A Woman

And here are the submissions for this week:

Caramel (Learner at Love)

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Kristian from Tales From the Mind of Kristian

And here’s my submission for the week:

It hadn’t taken her long to realize the truth, survival wasn’t a game, it took vigilance, hard work and persistence and she’d been pleasantly surprised to discover that she had plenty of all three qualities.

She’d searched until she found a remote location near a river; she’d made a basic camp with a campfire of course, she’d even managed to steal a boat.  Food, water, shelter, things didn’t get any better than this.

It was only when she saw the smoke rising that she’d realized her error but she refused to be defeated.

Angrily Monica launched herself at the leader

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #1

Hi All,

So last week we I was so happy as I had been given a number in advance by Dave from MMA Storytime but before we have another grand reveal let us first see where SATIRE took us.

Thanks to all who participated, I was a bit uncertain about this one but you all took the bull by the horns and the results were impressive.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Dave from MMA Storytime

Charles from Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes

So, what is at the top spot, what it the amazing first theme we have, well Dave thanks for this selection, I think it will prove interesting as we have ….

ALTERNATE REALITY

When I saw this one I will concede that I thought it might be a bit limiting so I’m going to broaden the horizons.  Alternate reality not your thing, then let’s go anything alternate – a shirt, a door, an alternate cheese on your pizza.  The skies the limit literally, in 42 words anyway.

Now I’m really pleased that people are picking numbers with a bit of prompting (Sadje, Rhen???) but we still have a lot of themes to go, so please select a number, I promise they won’t bite.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

Youthful folly carry severe penalties here

The guilty verdict hadn’t been surprising and he’d shrugged then but now he realized that the consequences were unimaginable … well, to him at least.

Stealing the car had been exhilarating experience; unfortunately the fine of a thousand brain cells was stupefying.

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© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #78

Hi Everyone,

So I found this photo and I thought it was perfect for 50 Work Thursday #76 but first don’t forget to check out Kristian’s blog for last week’s participants.

Now to the rules:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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And the words:

“She launched herself at their leader.” – Lorraine Heath’s When A Duke Loves A Woman

 

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

Wordle 461

Wordle 461

The smoke from the campfire trailed over the mountain, a vapor of dew in the chill of the early morning, and as it reached higher it began to swirl and twist.

As the sun peaked over the horizon a yearning came upon those who had sheltered in the valley and as a chorus of birdsong proclaimed the night over and the current day begun the monarch butterfly took flight.

It ignored the chopping of the axe, urgent in its desire to breed but this wasn’t to be for the observant bird was hungry and plucked it from the air effortlessly.

Wordle 461

© Deb Whittam 2020

50 Word Thursday #77

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“It is a puzzle. How can life go on its stupid course on such a day?”

 Martha turned at Benji’s exasperated tone, she understood his annoyance but it achieved little, they needed to take action.

“You knew someone would move in eventually,” She reminded him, eyeing the house in the distance from where they hid in the gardens.  “We just need to convince them to let us back in.”

“And how are you proposing to do that?”

Martha smiled; she’d always been the brighter of the two.

“I’m going to chew through the electrical wiring, it’s what mice do.”

Still time to take the challenge

 

© Deb Whittam 2020

 

42 Words #28

Hi All,

This week Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith has done the honor of picking our number and I will admit when I went to the list of themes I scratched my head, but my partner assures me that this one will be a synch for all of us but before we get to the big reveal lets see the knockout tales we had for FIGHT.

There’s plenty here to whet your appetite so be sure to check out the tales listed below.

Teresa from The Haunted Wordsmith

Dave Madden from MMA Storytime

Sadje from Keep It Alive

Onto this weeks 42 word challenge and Teresa picked number 28 which I hope won’t prove too tricky as it is …

SATIRE

So now is your opportunity to use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues but remember you only have 42 words.

I am pleased to state that I had a second selection of a number, so no need to pick this week but if you feel the urge, go right ahead.  I love being prepared in advance.

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Here’s my take on this week’s prompt:

The perfume of money overpowers the crime

When Mark had seen the cops descending on the lone protester he’d grabbed his camera but when the police began to splutter, he’d been confused.

Then the wind had changed.

Later he learnt that the fart had been deemed a lethal weapon.

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© Deb Whittam 2020