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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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!

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