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WINNER Writing Contest #44: Momo

Last week’s word was beguile, which brought out a number of romantic responses, though many of them were on my FB page and didn’t show up here. Regardless, Momo hit a sweet spot when he/she wrote the winning sentence:
 

Soft waves of raven hair a siren song, starlit crystal blue eyes beguiled and beckoned in the night, yet it was her scarlet lips that sent him crashing against her, sealing his fate.

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Writing contest 42: use a form of the word common in a sentence

DEADLINE:    June 24

SENTENCE WRITING CONTEST: Every Monday a new, interesting vocabulary word will be posted here, as well as a sentence using that word.

Your job is to create and post a new, better sentence in the comment box, using the same word. Yes, you may change the form of the word. Yes, I’ll be the judge. Yes, I am a subjective judge  ( I like clever or funny, I hate bigotry).

The winning sentence will be announced here the following Monda

THIS WEEK’S WORD: ~  common  ~  

 Sentence to beat: She stood in the commons, jostled by the hubbub of the worldly and the ignorant, the slovenly and the pure, the achingly wretched and the innocent.

Winner! June 17th

Sorry, sorry, sorry! 
 
Life this week has been . . . lifelike. I apologize that the train is running so off schedule, especially when there were some seriously depressing sentences to choose from last week. But the one that really spoke to me ( and/ or is about me ) is from our friend Momo. Congratulations Momo.
 

In any conversation he had with her, she always found a way to simultaneously supress, compress and depress him.

 

WRITING CONTEST #41: Use a form of the word “depress” in a sentence

DEADLINE:    June 17th

SENTENCE WRITING CONTEST: Every Monday a new, interesting vocabulary word will be posted here, as well as a sentence using that word.

Your job is to create and post a new, better sentence in the comment box, using the same word. Yes, you may change the form of the word. Yes, I’ll be the judge. Yes, I am a subjective judge  ( I like clever or funny, I hate bigotry).

The winning sentence will be announced here the following Monday.

THIS WEEK’S WORD: ~ depress ~  

SENTENCE TO BEAT:  She wore her sadness like a sagging grey veil unbuoyed by the plethora of antidepressants arranged alphabetically on her windowsill. 

Winner!! June 10th

Well, you know, sometimes I like the funny, sometimes I like the quirky, but sometimes I like the downright devastatingly sad. It didn’t help that the word “locker” seemed to bring out the scary/maudlin/oppressed voice in everyone on this round. But I’m gonna have to give it to this guy, he actually made me cry.

Congratulations Michael Rigg! You’re sentence begs me to read more of Dr. Gray’s story, though only after some Wellbutrin and a martini.

Here’s last week’s winning sentence –

Regardless how many autopsies he had performed or how hardened he had become after twenty-five years as Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Gray always cried, often uncontrollably, as the metal door of the cold-storage locker closed after receiving the remains of a battered child, unloved in life and unclaimed in death.

WRITING CONTEST #40: Use the word “locker” in a sentence

DEADLINE:    June 10th

SENTENCE WRITING CONTEST: Every Monday a new, interesting vocabulary word will be posted here, as well as a sentence using that word.

Your job is to create and post a new, better sentence in the comment box, using the same word. Yes, you may change the form of the word. Yes, I’ll be the judge. Yes, I am a subjective judge  ( I like clever or funny, I hate bigotry).

The winning sentence will be announced here the following Monday.

THIS WEEK’S WORD: ~ locker ~  

Common definition:  Noun. A lockable closet or compartment; Adjective. He who locks

SENTENCE TO BEAT:  She hid her wedding dress in the meat locker; she hoped the workers would assume the blood spatter was dead cow gore. 

Winner! June 3rd contest

Wow. This past week’s contest asked for a sentence using the word “laundromat.” There were almost thirty sentences, every single one (ok, maybe not EVERY one) was a gem. Really. The writers out there blow me away. Thank you for entering!

Blah, blah, blah . . . after reading through the entries sixty times and pulling out chunks of hair, the winner has been decided:

Congratulations  Newbalicious!! | May 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm |

We watched in amazement as the clade Dinosauria was washed from the Earth in fire and the tumbling embers folded neatly into the Cenozoic era at the grand reopening of the Laundromat of Time.

(I actually had to look up the word clade; thank you for that!)

WRITING CONTEST #39: use the word “laundromat” in a sentence

DEADLINE:    June 3rd

SENTENCE WRITING CONTEST: Every Monday a new, interesting vocabulary word will be posted here, as well as a sentence using that word.

Your job is to create and post a new, better sentence in the comment box, using the same word. Yes, you may change the form of the word. Yes, I’ll be the judge. Yes, I am a subjective judge  ( I like clever or funny, I hate bigotry).

The winning sentence will be announced here the following Monday.

THIS WEEK’S WORD: ~ laundromat ~  

Noun. An establishment with coin-operated washing machines and dryers for public use. Synonyms. Self-service laundry – laundrette – laundry

SENTENCE TO BEAT:  I stiffened as the family van rolled up to the laundromat, knowing the quiet hum of the dryers and the thud-thud-thud of the off-centered washing machines were about to become background noise for a squad of mouth breathers. 

Winner! May 20th

Trying to assuage all of your feelings here . . . you’re all great writers! But I have to pick one of you as the winner and I choose . . .

Congratulations Jim C!! Loved the metaphor.

Jim C’s winning sentence, using the word assuage:

“The memo from headquarters did little to assuage the flame of fear burning down the office.”

 

 

WRITING CONTEST #38: use the word “assuage” in a sentence.

DEADLINE:    May 20th

SENTENCE WRITING CONTEST: Every Monday a new, interesting vocabulary word will be posted here, as well as a sentence using that word.

Your job is to create and post a new, better sentence in the comment box, using the same word. Yes, you may change the form of the word. Yes, I’ll be the judge. Yes, I am a subjective judge  ( I like clever or funny, I hate bigotry).

The winning sentence will be announced here the following Monday.

THIS WEEK’S WORD: ~ ASSUAGE ~    

Verb.  1.Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.   2. Satisfy (an appetite or desire): “an opportunity occurred to assuage her desire for knowledge”.  Synonym: soothe

SENTENCE TO BEAT:  She refrained from following me, quashing my confidence, leaving me with the need to assuage the fear burning in my belly.