Autumn Inherits the Bar (100 Word Challenge Week #17)

I love a challenge,  this includes  keeping my garden under control, learning how to use my camera to take great photographs  and now creative writing.

About 15 years ago I took Adult GCSE English and really enjoyed the opportunity to write.    So when  Julia at Julia’s Place introduced me to the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Up, I grasped the idea with both hands.

Write 100 words having been given a prompt doesn’t sound too difficult does it?   Julia has a mean streak which makes the old grey matter work hard.   My first week the challenge was reduced to 50 words incorporating “…Autumn leaves…”.   Last week our prompt was a photo of a sculpture of pair of hands holding a burger with the instructions to write 100 words from the perspective of a vegetarian.

This is what Julia set us for this week:-

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

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!

Not easy as a newbie to the 100WCGU but this week has had me digging deep to recall the small knowledge I had when it comes to iambic pentameters.   Not only was it limited to 21 words, I made it more difficult for myself because I wanted to continue a theme.

I have spent several days with rhymes going around my head and now here is what I have come up with….

Disaster, disaster, we are so disgusted

Autumn  inherits the bar

It opens in Winter, we shiver appalled

We inherit the car


Phew, done it!  Not brilliant but I have met the challenge.  Please click on the button above or the link  HERE  and read the excellent contributions to this weeks 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups.

29 thoughts on “Autumn Inherits the Bar (100 Word Challenge Week #17)

  1. I love it! Made me feel very naughty knowing that despite good intentions that is what I will be doing. Thank you so much for grappling with this prompt. I promise to be good next week!

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  2. oooh! Very smart way to interpret the prompt!

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  3. It twas a very hard brief wasn’t it? I couldn’t keep to the 21 words like you have done. Amusing & clever at the same time.

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  4. Oh, this is a wonderful entry. I like how you split the prompt words with a comma, too – completely changes the result!

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    1. I was struggling with ….in Winter we shiver… for days, and then I hit on splitting it and after that it I was on a roll!

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  5. Hahaha – I didn’t understand it at first but when I saw that al lthe other commenter had ‘got it’ I went back for a second look. Then I remembered Autumn leaves and her Burger Bar – brilliant! This story could run and run….

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    1. that is what I would like to do but it depends on how far Julia intends to push us next time.

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  6. very clever angle, loved this

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    1. Thank you, it really did streeeeeetch me!! 🙂

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  7. wow, that looks really difficult, I may have to give it a try.

    I’m also stopping by to let you know I think you’re awesome, and I decided to showcase your awesomeness by nominating you for the versatile blogger award, which you can read all about here: http://myfairladyb.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/liz-is-a-very-happy-girl-right-now/

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    1. That is so kind of you and now I will have to think of a post to write in response 🙂 🙂

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  8. Well now that I’ve realized I needed to go read last week’s entry first, I understand. I like it a lot! Made me chuckle, too.

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    1. Its seems to be much more of a limerick than a serious poem which I couldn’t quite manage.

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  9. Agree with above comments. Very clever to carry on the theme. Well written.

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    1. I made it much more difficult for myself by deciding to continue the theme but there is nothing better than rising to a challenge

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  10. I can’t believe you managed to continue the Autumn story with this week’s challenge – I applaud you! It really made me laugh!

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    1. The test will be if I can continue the Autumn tale 🙂

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  11. What an awesome challenge! I can feel my brain cells hurting already.

    Kathy

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  12. Lisa Wields Words November 2, 2011 — 11:18 am

    This one made me chuckle. Well done.

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    1. once I published it I could see how I could have used other words but there you go, another time. It was a labour of love 🙂

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  13. Wow, this is great. To fulfil our prompt AND continue the story of Autumn – congratulations.

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    1. that’s kind of you thank you. I am waiting to see what Julia comes it with next week.

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