Saturday, May 16, 2009


Bloghopping around google's Blogs of Note today, I found a neat weekly challenge!

She posts a bunch of ten random words and phrases. The challenge is to make all ten words, any order, into a SHORT paragraph. Guidelines for playing are posted HERE. She also posts a mini challenge with only 5 words and phrases.

Here are the words for next Saturday's ten-word challenge:
albino, trench, marble, assistant, Indian, What's that supposed to mean?, sound first principles, the key thing, moat, curtain

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

Here's my paragraph - I decided to try both challenges, and to tie them together into one coherent story.

Marie looked at the others sitting around the faux marble conference table. An albino, an Indian, and a soldier fresh from the trenches, what an eclectic mix. But the key thing was, they were all the best in their field at creative software design. Their new platform was going to be based on sound first principles, and protected by an impenetrable security moat.

She moved to the window and pulled back the heavy brocade curtain. Where was Carl? It wasn't like him to be late, especially for something as vital as this final, pre-launch meeting. Suddenly, a knock on the door.

Mike, her assistant, stuck his head in. "Carl's not going to make it today."
"What's that supposed to mean?" snarled the marine.
"He's dead." stated Mike.

Anna slid under the surface of the table in a faint, a crumpled puddle of orange, batik cotton saree. She'd been fasting and spending time at the temple in the days before their grand design was to be unveiled.

Marie fumbled in her purse for an aspirin. Without the information on Carl's flash drive, their press conference was doomed.


Raven said...


Welcome to wordzzles. I don't want to read these yet because you've used next week's words and I hate to read anything until I've done my own. I hope you'll put your link in next Friday and even if you don't hopefully I'll remember to come by.

So glad you are joining in. I feel bad not reading but...

CJ said...

I already wrote mine for next week (although I won't post it until Saturday) so I read yours. (Like Raven, I don't read others until I've written mine ---don't want to be influenced by how someone else used the challenge words.)
Great first effort. Looking forward to more in future weeks.

DawnTreader said...

Hi Forest Jane, I made the same mistake my first time, getting confused about which set of words to use which week, and when to post. Add your link next week, and you'll be on track! :)

Akelamalu said...

Like Raven I won't read this until I have posted my own next week.

ForestJane said...


I'll do better next week, I promise. :)

Akelamalu said...

You did a fantastic job with the words - all perfectly linked together in an interesting but easy to read story! Welcome to the wonderful world of Wordzzles!

Mine's up too. :)

Dr.John said...

Whenever you posted it it was great. A wonderful way to join the group.
You write very well.

Raven said...

Oh, what a tragedy! But maybe they'll find the flash drive... Welcome to wordzzling. Fun, isn't it? This was a great job!

Richard said...

Good story. Welcome to Wordzzle.

Fandango said...

We want to welcome you to wordzzle as well. Unless something evil is going on they will find the flash drive, We are betting on evil.
Fun story.
You write well

Dianne said...


wonderful first entry
I've been to meetings like that ;)

mommywiz said...

Very good story. Fun challenge isn't it?!


gabrielle said...

Welcome to wordzzle!!! You capture so well the dread going into these meetings.

bettygram said...

I enjoyed your stories. Hope you will continue.

Stephen said...

It was a good story, and had an interesting group of people. Perhaps the press conference won't go quite as bad as expected, though they may have to revise what they were going to say.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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