My Weekly Writing Challenge

Coming back from the heat of Florida this week, I noticed a distinctly autumnal feel to the air. So this week’s challenge builds on from one of the challenges I last set you. I challenge you to write a 20-word story, using at least five of the following autumnal words:

  • Blustery
  • Russet
  • Cracking
  • Foggy
  • Harvest
  • Enchanting
  • Earthy
  • Pumpkin
  • Cobweb
  • Frost

Thank you to everyone who sent in something for the challenge I set before I went away. I set three as follows:

Challenge one: Write a limerick.

Traditional limericks have five lines, where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, with seven to ten syllables in each line. The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other and these lines have five to seven syllables in each line.

Challenge two: Write a ten-word story using the following words:

  • Fuddy-duddy
  • Yipee
  • Cummerbund
  • Oblong
  • Fairy

Challenge three: Write a story or poem about autumn.

Here are the results. Well done for those who write somethimng for all three!

Keith Channing was first up with a hugely witty limerick:

When Esther goes to FLA
To a wedding, or so she did say
She left challenges three
But between you and me
When the cat’s away, the mice will play

http://teachezwell.me/ took up the challenge for the first time :-). She firstly wrote something for challenge two:

Yipee! The fuddy-duddy, cummerbund-wearing tooth fairy found an oblong molar.

She then sent in a limerick, which she didn’t think was great. Well, I do 🙂

I’ve never written a rhyme
With exact meter and time.
The syllables get runny,
And aren’t even funny,
But I’ve learned to stop on time.

Keith was then quick to send in his story about Autumn. One of his best, I think:

Forever Autumn

Steve Walsky sent in a super limerick:

Popcorn at the Beach

Beach popcorn can be such fun
A bucket for the shade or sun
Add some salt and butter
Peanuts to feel nuttier
When the pail is empty, home we run

(Popcorn at the Beach limerick © Steven S. Walsky, August 2015.)

Jane Basil sent one for all three! Well actually, she wrote two limericks:

I’m writing this tuneless song
in an effort to right a wrong
it’s a meaningless rite
I’m too weak to fight
but I’m aimlessly rambling on

This is simply brilliant:

There lives a young lady nearby
with a winkily wonkily eye
her mouth is a flubber
of rubbery dubber
and her hair points up at the sky

Then a funny for challenge two:

Fuddy-duddy cummerbund,
Oblong box.
Fairy!
“Abracadabra”…
…Satin-sheeted bed.
Yipee!

Before sending in a wonderfully descriptive poem for autumn:

https://janebasilblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/autumn/

Jason Moody sent in a lovely rhyming poem:

Sunbathing is history, the sun’s glare not as strong
And it’s early to bed, for the days aren’t as long

It won’t be long now, our thoughts turn to Yule
But before all that circus, get the kids back to school

Pack away the-shirts, and banish the shades
Remember the warmth? It’s gone, it’s afraid!

The trees lose their leaves, they’ll carpet the floor
They’ll squelch underfoot, and dirty dogs paws

The ocean of green will fade in time
Replaced by an explosion, fiery and sublime

Red and gold the trees are aflame
The cold is coming, things won’t be the same

The third of the seasons, this year is quite old
Cheerio summer, hello Autumn and cold

Mrs Bharul R Chhatbar felt inspired to firstly send a poem about autumn:

 AUTUMN OF LIFE

THE STRIKING BREEZE

UNFURLING THE LEAVES SO DRY

THE TWISTY  TURNY TREE

LIGHTER, BRIGHTER, DANCING WITH A HIGH.

NOW THE OLD SHALL GO WITH NEW REPLACE.

YEAR BY YEAR, THAT’S NATURE

YEAR WHY? ON THE PAST  LAMENT

WHEN BETTER, TOPICAL FUTURE.

HOLDING HANDS,THE WRINKLED FACE

A COUPLE SITTING BENEATH.

“THOU  STAY HERE AND I SHALL GO

IN THE AUTUMN INSTEAD!”

Here’s her first go at a limerick, so a huge well done:

Agony of a female foetus 

In the pool of warmth growing with threat

Safe inside yet hearing whack

Who am I? The symbol of their love

Then why not rise above?

God, answer this female foetus thwack.

Finally, her ten-word story 🙂

Aspiration

He fancied fairy, but little did he know he was living with one.

***

good-essay

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12 Responses to My Weekly Writing Challenge

  1. Traci Aina says:

    Hi Esther, Hope you are well, below is my first attempt at the Weekly Writing Challenge. I tried my hardest to keep it to 20 words but its 21… Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your weekly blog and the challenges, I have always wanted to write and after 20 years I am unearthing my short stories and poems and trying to start writing again. Autumn Wonder

    Ollie stepped into the blustery, foggy morning. The russet leaves cracking underfoot as enchanting as the delicate frost on a cobweb. Best wishes, Traci Aina

    Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:16:07 +0000 To: traciaina@hotmail.com

  2. JasonMoody77 says:

    The russet sun hung in the foggy, harvest sky. Enchanting the early risen harvest folk. Autumn was here, at last.

  3. JasonMoody77 says:

    The frost was cracking underfoot. The cobweb shimmered, enchanting me. The foggy curtain hid something my eyes would not believe.

  4. somewords4u says:

    Weird Dimpy who found enchanting to harvest geeky thoughts of foggy air with frost everywhere, feared the wriggling on cobweb.

  5. I’m doing the Writing 101 course at the moment, so my time is a bit limited, but here are two:

    Enchanting foggy days followed the pumpkin harvest. Frost cracking underfoot, blustery wind chilling, I inhaled the earthy scent of freedom.

    Frost diamonds sparkle on an enchanting cobweb. The fat spider eyes his prey. A sudden blustery wind sends him cracking

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