Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #399

This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put<b> before and </b> after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH.

  1. Didian older sister or female cousin
  2. Etuia small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics and other articles
  3. Eucatastrophe — (yep it’s a word) – a happy ending to a story
  4. Floccinaucinihilipilificationthe action or habit of estimating something as worthless
  5. Hoggina mixture of sand and gravel, used especially in road-building
  6. Mazel tova Jewish expression used to congratulate someone or wish them good luck
  7. Meacocka coward or effeminate person
  8. Omphalosthe center or hub of something
  9. O-oan endangered Hawaiian bird, a species of honeyeater
  10. Petcocka small valve in a steam engine or boiler, used for drainage or for reducing pressure

5 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #399”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    “Gather about, limpets and belly-washers! Time, once again for the pre-dusk Floccinaucinihilipilification. Leave your discombobulation at the narthex, for the Word of Didi is Omphalos.”

    Unbelievably, no one turned away from the lady on the church steps. In time-dilated motion, against the backdrop of a setting sun, the throng shuffled through the doorway, discarding bits and bobs along the way—a tired etui shucking off its rusty contents. Thus unencumbered, it alighted on the pews and patiently awaited the enlightenment.

    In the sacristy, Mary Madison snuffled at the meager offering. Surely the denizens of Clinton, Ohio were more well-to-do than this engineer’s petcock or yon chapeau. Those cheap bastards! Mary donned her own head-gear, eschewing the look of a meacock for one more appropriate for the avenging angel of death.

    “Rise, you sinners! Behold the sacred ʻōʻō in the temple of your familiar. Taste the wretched spice of your forsaken asafoetida bags. Yes! Take comfort in this—the Devil’s dung—for the road to hell is paved with hoggin.

    “Repent! Or not. The honeybird does not care. You shall not be delivered of an eucatastrophe. The last words you hear will not be, “Mazel Tov.” No thief will come in the night—this night!—to transfigure you. Right here, right now, welcome to “Dante’s World!”

    Mary ducked out of the sanctuary, drenched in sweat. She glared at the lighting director’s morbid sense of humor and vowed to have him replaced. In the distance, she heard the director.

    “30 seconds! Places, people!”

  2. KathleenMK says:

    Mitch — I love how you drew me in from the get go!

    and the “alighted on the pews and patiently awaited the enlightenment.”

    Dang… I gotta go without finishing… shoot.

    Okay I will be back.


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