Words for Wednesday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by  ME and can be found right here.

This week's words are:

1. derision
2. mendacious
3. plethora
4. manuscripts
5. unfamiliar
6. gently

and/or:

1. vaguely
2. expression
3. ornamental
4. peppermint
5. spinning
6. narrowed

and this photo which I took off the internet:



use all the prompts, or mix and match, just have fun with it. 

let the creativity begin!

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    1. only slightly confused; I look forward to reading it.

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  2. My brain is working, i will post once it is Wednesday here. Thank you so much for the prompts!

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    1. messymimi; I'll pop over tomorrow then :)

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  3. Lots of choices! Photo is cool.

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    1. Susan Kane; I hope you manage to write something.

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  4. Wow challenging River! Excellent choices. I'm quite attached to yer man on the bench now :D
    Here's my take:
    Wisewebwoman

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman; I quite like the man on the bench myself :)

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  5. Sitting on a dilapidated bench, sipping the peppermint tea a kind stranger had given him, Josh was in unfamiliar territory. His world and his mind were spinning. Spinning out of control. He had been vaguely aware of street people, but viewed them with derision. He also peddled the mendacious line that their lives were a matter of choice, and used the expression ' a hand up not a hand-out' to justify not giving them any support.
    Last year he was an up and coming editor in a prestigious publishing house, with a plethora of manuscripts from aspiring authors filling his in-tray. 'Gently' flirting with the very ornamental third wife of the owner of the company was his downfall. Bragging about it didn't help either.
    The world had been his oyster, but it had shrunk and narrowed since he was sacked. A safe place to sleep, and where to find the next meal were his priorities now. A lesson painfully learned.

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    1. It would appear we're of similar thoughts this week, EC. I assure you...I had not read your story before I wrote my own!! Peppermint tea is the tea for today...it would seem. :)

      I love your use of the words, EC....well done.

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    2. Peppermint tea is something my currently delicate tummy can cope with. So yes, it is the tea for the day.

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    3. Elephant's Child; an excellent story, showing again it only takes a moment for a tower to fall.

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    4. Now he has to 'pull himself up by the socks' and get himself back on track. Not an easy job when you've fallen that far.

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    5. How the mighty have fallen. Great use of the words, Sue. At least the fella has learned his lesson, but too bad he had to do it the hard way. Perhaps his hew-found humility will turn his life around.

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    6. A life changing lesson indeed, painfully learned but they are the most valuable of all.
      Well done you.

      XO
      WWW

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  6. Here's my attempt...

    "As he sipped on lukewarm PEPPERMINT tea, he tried to calm his jangled nerves. Staring VAGUELY at nothing in particular, a PLETHORA of muddled thoughts was SPINNING out of control in his mind. The EXPRESSION on his face told the story.

    Fully aware the gap between success and failure had rapidly NARROWED; that he was putting himself up for deserved DERISION from all directions, he knew time was of the essence.

    He had to submit his MANUSCRIPTS....completed. This was not the time for a MENDACIOUS statement, an untruthful excuse.

    He found himself in UNFAMILIAR territory. Never before had he suffered from “writer’s block”.

    Out of nowhere, a sudden breeze GENTLY stirred the leaves of the ORNAMENTAL plant in the garden plot behind him. As if it were an omen, he leapt to his feet. His mind cleared, and he knew what had to be done."



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    1. Lee: I really like this - and strongly suspect all writers are afflicted with writer's block from time to time.

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    2. Lee; an excellent tale, the gap between success and failure is sometimes wider than we think, but a little nudge in the right direction often closes it.

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    3. Oh, I'm glad he had a 'mind clearing' experience just in the nick of time.

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    4. I love this. I can relate to the block and often it's a small thing that can reignite those ideas.
      Well done!

      XO
      WWW

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  7. Terrific use of the words! Hmmm, two pieces in a row about peppermint tea. I suddenly have the urge to brew myself a cuppa...

    All writers would appreciate one of those ornamental plants... it seems to have magical powers. :)

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    1. Susan; peppermint tea is one of my favourites and I'm thinking of making some right now. it's 3.50am and I haven't been able to sleep at all, maybe a cuppa will help me write my piece.

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  8. You've come up with a super list of words. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

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  9. I've tried to cobble something together from, mainly, the first set of words and the picture, River. :)

    Arty - well, vaguely arty was the look he was aiming for: bushy hair, beard, faded jeans. He had drawn undercover duty this week, investigating the theft of a plethora of valuable ancient manuscripts. His colleagues had teased him gently about his "disguise". In spite of their affected derision they all had a soft spot for Mick a sweet and, surprisingly for one so young, rather old fashioned guy.

    His undercover duty would demand that he mix, now, in some very unfamiliar circles. His conversations would need to be as mendacious in tone as those of many others in these circles.

    For a few minutes on this warm early morning Mick allowed himself the time to sit and drink iced coffee through a straw. Suddenly realising that this was allowing his new arty image to slip somewhat, he hurried to finish before the first of the museum back-room staff would arrive.

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    1. Twilight; welcome to drifting. This is really good, an undercover man, I like it.

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