Saturday, 31 March 2012

A Centennial Centus! - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus Week ONE HUNDRED

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Welcome to Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, Week One Hundred. (Can you believe it? One hundred!) Saturday Centus is a writing challenge that requires participants to write their own text to a given prompt using 100 words plus a prompt. This week's prompt is 53 words: My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground.

Here is my text:

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Shoe strings can be very important to a man who walks a lot. They were to me, when I was a travelling-man; or a tramp, as some people might have called me. I wandered penniless, dirty and hungry, from place to place, without hope, until one day, my untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground.

This money turned my life around. I had been homeless and out of work for a long time. Thanks to that unexpected find, I could get myself cleaned up, seek employment and find a home. I was no longer a hobo, thanks to what I picked up out of a pile of leaves.

[Text copyright 2012 Christina Wigren. All Rights Reserved.]

Word count according to WordCalc: 100 plus 53 = 153 words
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Best wishes,
Anna



P.S.
This is a completely fictional story from a male point of view. I was inspired by Preston Sturgess' film Sullivan's Travels. The voice I heard in my head telling me this tale was Humphry Bogart's Charlie Allnut, from the film, The African Queen.


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anitamombanita



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Here are Mrs. Jenny Matlock's instructions:

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Welcome to week ONE HUNDRED of Saturday Centus.

One hundred.

Holy my goodness.

Is that possible?

I wanted to make my blog explode with fireworks and send you all cupcakes to celebrate this crazy cool event! I wanted to write a mushy speech and thank you all for enriching my life and blah, blah... (which is quite true...I love reading these and I love our little SC community) ... but I'm sick again and will get all maudlin and emotional ...


AND...

I'm not that good at blog programming...


AND...

I figured the icing would melt on the cupcakes...


So...

I thought it might be fun to go back to where this little meme started.

For old times sake, let's use the first prompt...EVER!

Here's a link to the first SC ever...be prepared to drop your jaw at the lengthy first prompt I came up with!

The prompt this week is: My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground.

Number of words: 100 plus the 53 words of the prompt. Geez, I was wordy with the prompts back then!
Style of writing: Any
Pictures: As many extra pictures as you like


The regular restrictions apply: PG, no splitting of the prompt, play nicely and visit the other entries, any style or genre of writing you prefer.

Please display my link button or just a hyper-link back to Saturday Centus. Be careful to link your SC URL to the Linky and not just link to your main blog.

E-mail me directly with ???'s or ask your question in a comment and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Feel free to link up anytime between now and next Saturday!

6 comments:

anitamombanita said...

I think a lot of people these days would welcome such a find. Nicely done!

Judie said...

I hope that man didn't eventually revert back to being a hobo! Many do! Great take on the prompt, Anna.

Viki said...

Sounds like a very deserving person to discover the money.

Sue said...

I like the way you led into the prompt. Well done.

=)

jfb57 said...

What a happy uplifting tale. I'm sure there are many in the world who would like to have that happen to them. Great take on the prompt!

Jenny said...

Anna, love the way you told this story.

This was wonderful. Sad, hopeful, possible and dreamy.

Your writing is really evolving! Love it!

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