I decided to do something different today. I belong to an online critique group (The Flash Factory) that has a challenge each Sunday to write a story of either exactly 50 or 55 words using a set of 5 words provided by the moderator. The group also posts daily word jumbles (the same ones that appear in many U. S. newspapers on a daily basis). The object here is to unscramble the words and write a story (no word limit). Below are last Sunday’s words and my story.
tightrope, anagram, boardwalk, ephemeral, parasol
Charles held his head as he staggered along the boardwalk. Anagrams ricocheted off each other in his sated head, their ephemeral solutions dissolving quicker than he could write them down. He felt like a one-legged tightrope walker without a parasol. And one thought continued to haunt him. Whose idea was it to post daily jumbles? (55 words, hyphenated words count as one)
Now it’s your turn. Write a story using the same 5 words and post it as a comment. Since I'm feeling generous today, the word count doesn't have to be exactly 50 or 55, and you can go all the way up to 60 words! :) For many (most?) of you, this will be the first time you’ve tried something like this. But don’t worry. There are no right or wrong stories, and nobody fails this pop quiz. Good luck, and have fun!