Monday, August 23, 2010
What I Did Over My Summer Vacation - A Saturday Centus
This is my contribution for week 16 of Saturday Centus (fashionably late as usual) which is a fun and challenging themed writing meme hosted by the Erma Bombeck of the blogosphere, Jenny Matlock, at her blog Jenny Matlock, off on my tangent…..
This week our dear Mrs. Matlock has rattled our cages once again with an unexpected twist on the whole Saturday Centus meme thingamajig. Usually she or a guest supplies a prompt, a phrase that we must use in our essays as written, but this week we have no prompt. Instead she has given us the title of our essays from which we will base our stories.
Seeing that it is back-to-school time again, this week Jenny is borrowing a lesson from our teachers from back in the day when they used to assign their students a theme to write entitled “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” at the beginning of the school year.
Given the current state of affairs in schools these days, that assignment has probably been updated to keep pace with the students and their promiscuous behaviors as “Who I Did Over My Summer Vacation” or “Where I Did It Over My Summer Vacation.”
But I digress.
The rules this week are simple – exactly one hundred words total. The title must be “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation.” The essays can be fact or fiction but must be told in the first person. That’s it! Are you up to the task of writing a whole 100 words? Considering that this paragraph alone has 70 words, I don’t think it is too daunting a task.
Step up and be a Centusian this week! Link up your story to Jenny’s blog meme post and then just sit back and enjoy all the love and attention you get as a result. I do it and I’ve even gotten marriage proposals from it! A few were even from women! So there you go.
Unlike my previous efforts, this one is actually based on a true story. I have many other summer vacation stories, but this one was the least repressed of them all. Most of the others are either to gruesome or embarrassing to recall here.
Speaking of embarrassing, have you ever had one of those awkward moments that you would rather forget?
Like when you went to hug Grandpa Earl and he got an…um…that is to say that he got “too excited” and then he wouldn’t let go of you?
And then he winked at you and called you Lucy, but your name was really Tom.
And then he wet his lips like he was going to plant a big sloppy one on your kisser, but you gave him a karate chop and broke free before he could grab you and dashed out the door and escaped.
Then you sat in the driver’s seat of your car and suddenly felt all creeped out and nasty like you had just been violated or something and started to cry.
Has that ever happened to you?
Yeah, me neither.
But wow, that would really mess with a guy’s mind I bet. It might even make him write weird blog intros that were just a rambling mess of sophisticated lunacy. Scary thought though, huh?
Yep, good thing we dodged that bullet.
Anyway, here is my EXACTLY 100 WORDS story this week. As you would expect, I am entitling it:
What I Did Over My Summer Vacation
Backpacking alone into the wilderness, I braved the rugged terrain and blistering heat for hours before reaching a small, secluded lake with crystal clear waters that lay hushed, reflecting a curtain of towering pine trees, jagged granite cliffs and deep azure sky in its glassy surface.
I swam naked in the cool, soothing water, feeling at once primal and overwhelmingly in tune with nature.
At night the sky was ablaze with a view of the cosmos like none I had ever seen.
Though enveloped in its serene majesty, the forest yet denied me my quarry.
Where were you hiding, Bigfoot?
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