Saturday, July 12, 2008


The phrase "better late than never" applies to my post this week. Although I wrote my two short offerings for Wordzzle last Sunday, I've been so ridiculously busy with work this week that I haven't had the time to type them up and get them posted until now, Saturday night at about 10:00pm, yeesh!

If you'd like to check out some of the other participants in this fun little weekly challenge of word usage, please go by and visit Raven. You'll be glad you did.

The words for the week: gouged, symmetrical, Spanish moss, ATV, parallel parking, Luscious, origami, amphibian, turkey, gravy train

And for the Mini Challenge: pouring rain, mastiff, church bells, wedding dress, stock car races

I created the shortest ten word story I think I've ever done. I generally have a hard time controlling the urge to ramble on as I write, but thought I'd try a condensed version for a change. Here goes:

Luscious Leftwater the self appointed amphibian origami master gouged symmetrical lines through the Spanish moss as he practiced parallel parking his ATV. "Taking my driving test tomorrow is going to be like riding on the gravy train," he said. "Don't be such a turkey Lu," his friend replied, "now focus and try again."

And now the mini, which is just a slightly longer the previous one:

Bonzo was a mammoth sized bull mastiff with a bad case of the slobbers. His master had to leave him in a makeshift kennel in the back of his pick-up when the gate attendant at the stock car race told him there were no dogs allowed inside the stands. Not wanting to be caged, Bonzo broke free and ran through pouring rain, across the dirt parking lot following the sound of distant church bells. Like a beast possessed, he barreled through the doors and charged up the isle to the alter. The guests jumped to their feet and gasped in horror as Bonzo shook wildly, flinging mud and mucus all over the brides wedding dress.

I'll be looking forward to a much quieter week coming up. Should have the time to do some catching up with you all then.


rebecca said...

oh, i just love bonzo! what a great story.

Akelamalu said...

LOL Bonzo's in trouble!!!

Love it Jeff. :)

Raven said...

These are great! I am in awe of the first one. I had such a hard time getting the words in this week and you did it in two concise sentences. Masterful. I love Bonzo too... also a masterpiece of brevity. Well done!

Jeff B said...

Rebecca- Thanks and welcome to Wordzzle.

Akelemalu- When I saw wedding dress and pouring rain, I knew there was trouble brewing.

Raven- Two sentences for me feels like some sort of record. Guess it makes up for my long windedness at other times.

Richard said...

Liked the imagery of Bonzo and the wedding party.


Jay said...

Making them short but still really good is a real challenge. Great job.

And we should introduce Bonzo to Hooch from the movie "Turner and Hooch" ;-)

Jeff B said...

Richard- Thank you sir.

Jay- I loved that movie. That dog was a mess.

Odat said...

Those were great!!!!