Saturday, November 20, 2010
Very Funny, Mom - A Saturday Centus
Welcome to the 29th week of Saturday Centus! Wow, has it been that long all ready? Two hundred and three days have passed since Jenny Matlock at her blog, off on my tangent, first challenged us to think succinctly with this entertaining writing exercise. A lot of wonderful short stories and poetry have been produced as a result of it too.
In a way, then, Jenny is kind of like a mom for giving birth to such a prolific themed writing meme such as this. And we, the humble scribes who toil at these hundred word tales each week, are by association like her many gifted children. I guess that means that she will have to set out a few more place settings for Thanksgiving this year!
I’ve only participated in 28 weeks of the Saturday Centus myself. It took me a week to catch up with the cool kids and try my hand at a writing meme. Now it’s part of my regular routine like flossing my dog’s teeth or changing the air in my car tires. It’s also something that I’ve come to look forward to and enjoy, not just for the opportunity to do something creative, but also because I enjoy reading the efforts of my fellow Centusians and the warm and supportive feedback we share.
This will be the last Saturday Centus before Thanksgiving so quite naturally Jenny has given us a fun prompt in honor of the holiday. So while we are sitting around the table this Thursday giving thanks for what we have, I want to add one more to the list. I think I speak for all of us Centusians when I say thank you, Jenny, for providing such a joyous literary playground for us to play in and hone our writing talents.
If you haven’t tried Saturday Centus, you really owe it to yourself to join us and submit one of your own stories. The rules are still the same: 100 words total not including the prompt, no foul language (though fowl language is just fine), no pictures and no splitting the prompt. You have a week to post it to Jenny’s meme post. So come on, join us and show us your stuffing, er, I mean stuff! Giblet a try. You’d have to be gravy not to.
Here is this week’s prompt: "Pardon me," said Tom T. Urkee…
Here is my story for this week. I have entitled it:
Very Funny, Mom
The Fancy Food Show drew thousands of people to San Francisco every year.
"Pardon me," said Tom T. Urkee, as he made his way through the crowded convention floor.
He noticed a woman eyeing his name tag in disbelief.
“Is that really your name?” she asked, desperately trying to hold back a laugh, but failing miserably.
“Yes. Yes it is. My mother was a bit of a nut. In fact they called her Quirky Urkee.”
“I’m sorry for laughing. It’s just kind of unusual.”
“That’s okay. I’m just thankful my mom wasn’t a vegetarian.”
“Yes. Toe F. Urkee.”
Wishing Everyone A Wonderful