My Weekly Writing Challenge

This week’s challenge  is to write a twenty-word story using as many words from the list given as you can, or you can write a story/poem from the second list:

Option one: Choose your words from the following list and write a twenty-word story:

  • Bubbles
  • Aquiver
  • Mellifluous
  • Champagne
  • Christmas
  • Serendipity
  • Nefarious
  • Dave
  • Aroma
  • Supine
  • Elephant
  • Van
  • Phosphenes
  • Nancy
  • Cromulent

Option two: Write a story/poem, centred around any of the following emotions :

  • Shock
  • Stress
  • Shame

Last week’s words were:

  • Xylopolist
  • Train
  • Ulotrichous
  • Sweets
  • Feline
  • Ecophobia
  • Liverpool
  • Furious
  • Argute
  • Trampoline

Here are your wonderful creations:

Amir Hosein Ghazi was quick off the mark:

The Liverpool sweets’ train hit the furious ulotrichous feline.

David Harrison sent in two stories which made me chuckle:

  • The xylopolist’s trampoline bounced his furious ulotrichous feline to Liverpool.
  •  “Argute feline! Scoffed my sweets!” roared the xylopolist with ecophobia.
Helen Gaen always amazes me with her stories:
  • The argute, ulotrichous xylopolist loved trains, sweets and felines.
  •  Furious, the argute xylopolist threw trampolines and trains. Ecophobia?
  • Liverpool attracted xylopolists, trains and felines. Argute Andy devoured sweets.
Les Moriarty’s two brought a smile to my face:
  • The ulotrichous furious feline from Liverpool met the argute xylopolist.
  • The trampolining echophobic Liverpudlian boarded a train furiously eating sweets.

Option two was to write a story/poem, centred around any of the following emotions :

  • Bitterness
  • Bravery
  • Boredom

Carol Campbell posted her super interpretation of the emotion ‘bitter’ on her blog:






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33 Responses to My Weekly Writing Challenge

  1. somewords4u says:

    Hello Mrs Esther. How are you? Festive moments are coming. December is behind the door. Will knock soon. Preparations already started?

    Here is a story with all three feelings shock, stress and shame.

    ………….my little next door neighbour could have never understood that!

    The doctor allowed me home two days ago because I insisted. The smell of medications and seeing everybody around me in white was doing nothing better to me. More I was missing me blanket and pillow. We were in the winter season.
    Standing on my bedroom’s balcony I saw Ismael, my little next door neighbour. We used to play together by the riverside flowing just in front of our house.
    His small eyes sparkled when he saw me and his little mouth wide open. He jumped and waved his hands.
    “Samirah! You are back. You did not come to play with me. I missed you very much.”
    He had such an angel smile.
    “Oh sweetheart! I come home only yesterday.”
    “Yes. My mother told me what happened to you.”
    But then he laughed as if it was something funny. I did not like that.
    “See, I learnt to make them when you were not here. I made so many of different colours. I’ll show you , wait!”
    And he took out several small paper boats from his bag. One by one he put them all in the water. I observed them while they were being carried away by the currents. Then as some distance, one of them turned upside down. Ismael was laughing and clapping his hands. But the sight was agonizing for me, as if I was living the incident all over again.
    I had been for a tour on the speedboat of my cousin when it accidentally turned upside down. I did not know swimming and by the time I was rescued I was already near-drowning. I could still feel the pain of my breaths being stifled by the water. I fought until I felt nothing.
    The shouts of Ismael and seeing him taking fun from that little boat being crushed against the currents disturbed me and I found myself yelling at him.
    “Stop it. Stop it I say. Go away.”
    Little Ismael got frightened. He looked at me, confused and rubbing his eyes he ran away.
    When I realised what I did it was too late. I regretted my shouting at him but what happened to me had changed from within. Still, I should have understood that my little next door neighbour could have never understood that.


  2. kim881 says:

    Hi Esther! Here is my twenty word story: Nancy, all aquiver from champagne bubbles, thought it nefarious when Dave arrived in the van with the cromulent Christmas elephant.


  3. Hi Esther, long time no see! Here’s my twenty worder:

    Nefarious Dave employed his Christmas champagne bubbles, his melifluent coaxing, his cromulent aroma, his elephant…
    Nancy, supine, was aquiver.

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  4. kim881 says:

    Here’s another poem for Option Two, which I have posted on

    Shock and Shame

    Your heartbeat skips
    a gap in time
    with the shock
    electric jolt
    of realisation
    blurs your vision
    fades in
    and then cuts
    to shame
    as it
    your soul

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  5. I’m back. I done some limericks – posted at

    Shock, stress and shame… the joys of owning a JRT

    I woke up when it was still dark,
    To the sound of a frenzied, wild bark.
    I said, “Trevor what’s that?”
    He said, “I heard a cat!”
    That earned him another black mark.

    The shock of the noise that I heard
    Made me realise just how absurd
    Is his incessant yapping
    (He needs a good slapping)
    He’s as bad when he sees a small bird.

    Ev’ry damned day it’s the same,
    The neighbours think I am to blame
    But there’s no harder slog
    Than a hot-headed dog
    It’s more than the noise, it’s the shame!

    When the bitch from next door is on heat
    He thinks he is due for a treat.
    She is looking for fun,
    But Trevor’s been done,
    He is, as they say, incomplete.

    The poor lad is totally smitten
    With the sight of a semi-wild kitten
    He wants to give chase
    All over the place
    And believes it’s her turn to be bitten.

    He never can catch her, of course
    Though he chases and shouts himself hoarse.
    He comes back in a mess
    After all of the stress
    Of attempting his will to enforce.

    When he goes off with some new alarm
    My wish is to keep him from harm.
    I know that his prey
    Will get safely away;
    Lots of places to hide, on the farm.

    It’s a different story with voles
    And mice and lizards and moles
    They’re easier to catch
    And quickly dispatch
    Except when they drop down their holes.

    It’s then he lives up to his name.
    He’s a terrier – they’re all the same,
    If the ground’s not too hard
    He’ll dig up the yard
    Leaving super-sized holes – oh, the shame!

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  7. TanGental says:

    Greg’s Secret (Shame)
    Greg was a big man, bluff, hearty, and no nonsense. A Man’s man. At school he was a sporting champion and head boy. At University he sailed through his degree and captained several sports teams. If those who knew him had been asked for one word to describe Greg it would be ‘confident’. He didn’t do doubt, couldn’t be bothered with guilt and sneered at those who underplayed themselves.
    When Greg joined the company, the world seemed to be at his feet. But behind that façade of hubristic ego, Greg had developed a problem that, as the weeks turned into months, grew and grew and nibbled away his seemingly impenetrable carapace of bullishness. Every time he left the comfort of his own flat, Greg carried a fear so deeply embedded within him that, had he been forced to confess it, he may well have exploded. Travel was fraught with dangers, evenings out were potential traps for the unwary and holidays a thing to fear. But worst of all, Greg couldn’t play sport.
    His friends pressed him and he cited an injury. They cajoled him and he said he was unfit, busy, tied to work. His best friend watched in disbelief as Greg shrunk and crumbled before his eyes. Finally after one dreadful day of watching his friends play a game of rugby and losing for want of a player of Greg’s talents, his friend took him on one side and asked the question.
    Greg was a broken man. He looked at his friend, at those worried, sympathetic eyes and said, ‘I am ashamed.’
    Again the question came.
    And Greg held his head in his hands and said, ‘I am no longer a man.’
    And his friend looked surprised and frowned and Greg, pain seared across his features, cried, ‘I can’t pee in public. I can no longer use a urinal.’
    And his friend understood. He stood and left Greg to his shame. There was nothing to be done. Greg was truly emasculated.

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