Writing Challenge #6: Silly Nilly

For a person who loves and collects children’s books, it is ironic that I haven’t tried writing a simple story with a silly plot.

I misread the instructions for the 6th writing challenge:
Go to creativitygames.net. Write a maximum of 100 words on each sentence you make.

What kind of sentence has at least 100 words?? I was sure that I would end up with a story with a lot of sentences with run-ons, and there was no way that it would make sense. So while I was thinking on how I could make a 100-word sentence work, I went to the Creativity Games to choose a prompt.

There are 5 random words below. Use one of these as inspiration for something that can be used to catch or mangle whatever it was that the previous comment suggested. The idea is that we’re following the same pattern as the nursery rhyme “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly”. (Words: briefcase, beard, tent, vitamins, velcro)

With that prompt, I thought that it could work because I could just make it into a silly rhyme without thinking of run-ons. I was set. I would just make a ridiculous story with a ridiculous number of words per sentence.

Then I reread the first instruction and realized that it was a maximum of 100 words. Not minimum. Good job, reading comprehension.

That made it easier for me. I still kept the rhyme and the silliness. At least I didn’t have to count the number of words per sentence anymore.

There was a Man with a Beard so Thick

There was a man with a beard so thick
a fly flew in and got lost in it.
He felt a squiggle,
a wriggle and a wiggle
But he snubbed it away
And went on his day

There was a frog the size of a chick
and followed the fly that got lost in a beard so thick.
The man heard a croak
felt a hop and a choke
but he snubbed it away
and went on his day.

There was a lizard with a tongue so weird
it slithered and crawled in the man’s thick beard.
It looked for the frog that followed the fly
That was wriggling in hair, trying not to die.
The man heard a slurp,
a slink and a burp
but he snubbed it away
and went on his day.

There was an owl that was known to be quick
swooped into the beard that was oh so thick.
It searched for the lizard
that looked for the frog
that followed the fly
that didn’t want to die.
The man heard a splutter
a loud hoot and a flutter
but he snubbed it away
and went on his day.

There was a cat whose fur was slick
that was just like the man with a beard so thick.
It stalked the owl
that searched for the lizard
that looked for the frog
that followed the fly
that was frantically trying not to die.
The man felt the flick of a paw
a hiss, followed by a meow
but he snubbed it away
and went on his day.

There was a cayote that was very much feared
and jumped into the man’s very thick beard.
It pursued the cat
that stalked the owl
that searched for the lizard
that looked for the frog
that followed the fly
that was inches away from saying goodbye.
The man heard a howl
from a predator on a prowl
but he snubbed it away
and went on his day.

There was a bear that stood tall and proud
it was hungry so it growled out loud.
It scared the man with the beard so thick
he quivered in fright and went ballistic.
His body trembled, his beard shook
out fell the others, that’s all it took.
The cayote jumped
the owl swooped
the cat meowed
the lizard slithered
the frog hopped
and the fly flew
off they fled in a frightened queue.

There was a chase that was quite a sight
Where everyone was scampering away with all their might
Down the road, a buzzing was heard
the bear’s vision was broken away from the herd.
A bee hive filled with honey
Golden, sweet, fresh, and runny
The bear stopped for a slop
and a guzzle until the last drop.
And everyone snubbed it away
and went on their day.

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