Category Archives: 100WCGU

The Season (100WCGU week #24)

Week 24’s challenge was to create a 50/50 piece – the idea being that I write 50 words this week and 50 next. Only, next week’s 50 words must follow on from someone else’s entry. With any luck, someone will do the next 50 words of mine.

The Season

Guest inviting, gift thinking, menu inventing, card writing, late-night shopping, present wrapping, mince-pie baking, chair de-lofting, Sky+ programming, house cleaning, vegetable freezing, tree constructing, bauble hanging, fairylight replacing, food processing, gravy making, table setting, napkin rolling, turkey roasting, stuffing stuffing, eggnog drinking, carol singing, pudding lighting, love sharing, Christmas doing.

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Posties (100WCGU week #17)

My second entry for the 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups really ought to have been easier than my first, last week. You might remember that I had been inspired simply by only having to complete 50 words. (It was like a half-price sale – how could I resist?)

Well – this week is, by comparison, Blue-Cross week. Julia is insisting on contributors completing the challenge in only 21 words. The topical prompt is a perennial favourite in classrooms around the country:

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

… and Julia’s instructions:

“Now it has a rhythm to it – yes? Your challenge this week is to write something with the same rhythm using only 21 words that include ‘ …in winter we shiver…‘ Easy!”

So. Easy eh? Two and a half hours later, here is Posties:

Deliver, deliver, in Winter we shiver

Packages, presents (and bills)

In ev’ry season, we aggregate fees an’

deliver post, no frills …

I tried to emulate the rhythm, rhyme patterns and meter of the original. Has it worked, or has it led me down restrictive avenues, forcing me to adopt awkward word choices and rhymes? If next week’s challenge isn’t a Haiku …

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