Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #572

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 before and after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH! Or, as cleverly done by a CCC-er you can CAPITALIZE the challenge words in your piece.


  1. Tableaux
  2. Talisman
  3. Crucify
  4. Cross to bear
  5.  Sandalwood
  6.  Tears
  7.  Jewel
  8.  Preview
  9.  Annual
  10.  Acknowledgment

11 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #572”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    My favorite variation of Solitaire is one of my own design. Check it out:

    Shuffle three poker decks together. The suits have special names. Clubs become Crosses; Hearts become Tears; Spades become Talismans; Diamonds become Jewels. Deal out three columns of four cards at the top of the table. Deal out four columns of five cards in the middle of the table. Deal out five columns of six cards at the bottom of the table. These tableaux represent Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. The remaining 94 cards form the stock.

    You may play one card per day. Simply draw three cards from the stock. Now, this is key: Talisman beats Cross, Cross beats Jewel, Jewel beats Tears and Tears go straight to Hell. Doesn’t matter about the numbers or letters, just look at the three cards and play the loser. So, if you got the deuce of Crosses, the Ace of Talismans and the five of Jewels, the losing card is the five of Jewels. Place the other two cards at the bottom of the stock.

    Since the card is not a Tear, it does not automatically go to Hell. Instead, starting from Heaven, look for a matching five of Jewels. If you find it in Heaven, great! Place the two together, face down in Heaven. You’ve just made a cherub. If you find it in Purgatory, you have two choices. Send a lower-ranked card to Hell, or send a higher-ranked card to Heaven. Either way, the five of Jewels takes the vacated space in Purgatory. Now, if the match is in Hell, place the two together, face down in Hell. You’ve just made a demon!

    Now this is important: if the daily card is a Cross and you send a Jewel to Hell, you are said to Crucify that card. As an acknowledgment for your awful choice, you must place that Jewel together with a Talisman, Cross or another Jewel, face down in Hell. The demon population grows and that is your cross to bear.

    I revealed this game at the Annual Convention of Ridiculous Solitaire Games, held in Klondike, Alaska. It was well-received, but lost top prize to a variation called Sandalwood vs. Wormwood. A major attraction of that game was the many opportunities to light cards on fire.

  2. stormwriter2 says:

    It is with TEARS in my eyes that I make this final ANNUAL announcement of the SANDALWOOD TALISMAN Society. If the past two and half millennia are anything to base a PREVIEW upon, the STS will happily and successfully continue for millennia to come. Regretfully however, I must step down from my post as the Grand JEWEL. It is my CROSS TO BEAR. So, in ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of the bitter ultimatum posed by my esteemed colleagues that I either step down or allow them to CRUCIFY me, I hereby choose to step down in humility than to make myself the center of such a humiliating and painful TABLEAU. It has been my honor to serve the Society and I will ever be at your service.

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