Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a word challenge meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”.

She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.

I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. utopian
2. plagiarism
3. necktie
4. automatic
5. spinster
6. devout

1. navigation
2. tribulation
3. propagation
4. explanation
5. sensation
6. adulation

I have used only the first set of words today, the second set requires a little more attention.

Here is my story:

 Mr Giles adjusted his necktie as he boomed at his class. 
"You are to write 700 to 1000 words on a utopian society set in the future. Plagiarism is forbidden! This is a writing course, not a copying course!" 
Here he glanced at Roger Stanley whose last essay had earned him an F-, being copied almost exclusively from chapters of several of his spinster Aunt Alice's romance novels. 

"An automated society where everything is automatic?"asked Bob Juwett.
"Anything you like," said Mr Giles, "as long as it isn't copied. I want to see what your imaginations are capable of."

"What about the Bible? Can we use that as inspiration?" asked Jesse Richardson. His mother was a devout Catholic who believed in nightly Bible readings.

"The Bible is history," said Mr Giles, "it tells of centuries past. But if you can use it to base a futuristic utopian society tale, I'd like to read that. But no direct quotes please. The no plagiarism is the strictest point this time."

The class sat silent for a change and Mr Giles could see several minds already turning things over.

He tapped the blackboard to get their attention again. 
"You have from now until the end of term and then I want to see twenty completed essays on my desk. No excuses allowed. End of term is eight weeks away, that's plenty of time."


  1. good one.....that might be a fun project to tackle ourselves.

  2. Wow! You made your characters so lifelike. The mark of a good writer is to be able to draw the reader into the definitely hit that mark and then surpassed it.

  3. A good interest catcher! I could see those students asking the right questions and thinking about them.

  4. Plagiarism in a classroom? Surely not! (Sorry. That's the sarcasm of a former high school teacher speaking)

    Great story - it takes me back.. .

  5. Delores; inventing and writing about a futuristic utopian society? Or using the bible to base such a tale?

    Mildred Ratched; welcome back. And thank you. I try to picture such a scene actually happening. If I can't then it doesn't get written.

    Susan Kane; thank you, this one was easy for me.

    Marty Damon; welcome to drifting. Plagiarism is alive and well I fear. I'd like to read some of your high school teaching stories.

  6. You always do such a grand job of fitting the words into a story just like an intricate puzzle. Mr. Giles, you tell em.

  7. Manzanita; thank you.

    Lee; ha ha, good one!


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