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20 November 2007 @ 11:55 pm
Answers.com competition entry and mini_nanowrimo update, day 20
Today's mini_wrimo entry is a little different from my usual fare. While reading this news post, I spotted a plug for Answers.com's latest Creative Writing Challenge. They give a list of 10 words that must be used correctly in a composition (poetry, essay, prose, fiction, whatever) of no more than 750 words. The listed words must be hyperlinked to their Answer.com entries.

Even though, by being English, I can't win the prizes (Amazon.com vouchers of $100 and $50), I was still inspired to try my hand (and brain) at coming up with an entry.

It's totally OC, mildly het, and mildly humorous (I hope!) and also 162 words short, so please take a moment to read instead of scrolling by.

The Things We Do For Love

Jane approaches the checkpoint with an outward mien of ataraxia, ever mindful of the contraband, a semilunar block of sapid halva that is buried beneath the false bottom panel of her battered leather bag.

Though Joshua insists she has mantic abilities, she puts her earlier discovery, of the praxis of the guards to flirt and preen when pretty girls visit the training tents, down to serendipity.

She has no time for the current health-conscious zeitgeist, no problems breaking the idiotic 'low fat, low sugar, low carbs' rules of the government's health camps. She loves Joshua just the way he is, lumps and bumps, love-handles and all.

So what if his attitude towards exercise is 'A lick and a promise today, love, and I'll do the rest tomorrow, okay?' It works for him, it works for them and it should be no-one's business but theirs, most certainly not a bunch of interfering government busybodies with their fatcat ways and their double-wide office chairs.


mini_nanowrimo running total: 9222 words, in 20 days
feeling: mischievousmischievous
tabaquitabaqui on November 21st, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Those are some insane words.
darkhavens: woo! [literati]darkhavens on November 21st, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
That is very very true! I had to click through to the meanings of 5 of them, but even as I read those, I was slotting them all together into a very silly whole. :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: dj; colour [me]literati on November 21st, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
You definitely deserve a reward of some kind for getting them all in there, and it making sense as well.

Maz: Dovethismaz on November 21st, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations on making a sensible whole out of such a weird collection of words. As for the subject? That made me smile (no mean feet at quarter to six). There are far too many health warnings being thrown out in the news at the moment, but the idea of enforced government health camps, ordered by fat cats in double wide chairs... Thanks.
kitty_poker1kitty_poker1 on November 21st, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of answers.com. The spelling alone is an education. This is brilliant. I looked up several words, but 'a lick and a promise' didn't surprise. *g*

Doing well, hon. Keep on, and you'll do yourself proud. *snuggles*

lyonza: FF Nathan Gina dancelyonza on November 21st, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
Kudos for managing that. I thought I was quite well read and knew words most people don't know how to use or have no clue what the hell the words are.

But THIS lot had me scratching my head. I think I knew what four of them meant.

I worship at your feet for this. :)