Wednesday, 3 April 2013

An A-Z Story - C

Day 3 of the A-Z Challenge - how's everyone doing so far?

My theme is as follows: each day I will ask for words beginning with that day's letter, which I will randomly select five from to use in a sentence in an ongoing story. That sentence will be posted the next day when I'll ask for words for the next letter. So my Z sentence will appear on May 1st.

Crazy thanks for the many and varied suggestions yesterday! Out of a total of 234, random.org has selected the following five:

Boggart (suggested by Clare Dugmore - defined by Dictionary.com as a Northern English dialect word for a ghost or poltergeist - thanks, I didn't know this one!)
Bird (suggested by Ella)
Brainiac (suggested by Susan Gourley/Kelley)
Belligerent (suggested by Melissa Sugar who also nominated 23 other words - mad props to you!)
Beginnings (suggested by The Golden Eagle)

And here is the story so far including my B sentence:


Angels had always had a certain ambiguity, being both human and divine, reflected Acatour with an acute sense of malaise as he looked down on the arable fields of medieval England.  A bird flew past making a belligerent shriek, unnerved it seemed by a boggart; Acatour descended, thinking it would take a brainiac like him to unravel the poor soul’s beginnings and why it had not reached Heaven.

Can I have your C words, please! I can't wait to see what happens next. To refresh, you can offer as many as you like, and they can be as obscure and outlandish as you like (feel free to use a dictionary for inspiration). The more words you suggest, the more chance you have of one being picked. It doesn't matter if you suggest the same word as someone else (as I know not everyone always has time to read all the comments); each will count as its own entry.

71 comments:

Cynthia said...

I like what you're doing, Nick. Keep up the great work.

Cunning
Crafty
Creative
Calendar
Customs
Change

I almost want to throw my name in there, since it starts with a C, but I'll just leave it like this for now.

Madeleine Sara said...

crafty cat

JeffO said...

Crepuscular

Talk about winging it, this really takes the cake!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Caterpillar
Color

J.L. Murphey said...

Concern
Castrated
Constipated
Cornered
Colossal
Cantankerous
Consternation
Can


Annalisa Crawford said...

Cathartic
Catatonic
Combative

Laura said...

This is a great idea, very interesting!
My C word is Cheese :)

Dani said...

Awesome job with those "B" words Nick!
Copacetic
Chicory
Cajun
Crossed
Comrade
Dani @ Entertaining Interests
#warriorminion

Sally said...

Cornucopia
Correlation
Crab apple tree

Damyanti said...

Craven
Copper
Canoodle
Cringe
Crisp
Calf


Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

C.M.Brown said...

Hi Nick, you seem to be doing well so far, no snags!
Here is my word today.

compulsory

kmckendry said...

I love it so far, and the chameleon is soo cute!

Here are my c words:

compensation
chameleon
cranky
coiffed
coffee
charitable
computer

Melanie Schulz said...

Very creative A to Z theme
charming
chaste
conceited
charisma

Mama J said...

My C words are:

Chimes
Chorus
Christmas (just because)
Chimpanzee
Cherub

Clare said...

You're doing so well with this, Nick! Love the way you used all the B words.

My choices for C are:
Cherry
Carpenter
Cantaloupe
Caribou
Chocolate

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Nick, wonderful idea. I will give you the words for R. Its a long way off, but I am curious to see what you do with it.

Hildie McQueen said...

Cunning

Tim Riley said...

Here's 3: coagulate, coincidence, and chap.

Susan Oloier said...

This is going to get progressively harder, Nick :-) Kuddos to you.

Conundrum
Colby Jack cheese
coagulate (I just used this with my son the other day)

Happy writing!

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, you have a lot of words to work from. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow.

Cassie Mae said...

I love that you chose Boggart! I saw that one and went, oh! A Harry Potter fan :)

C...

Capricorn
Commercial
Cunning
Classy
Camel toe (ha!)
And ahem... Cassie ;)

Mina Burrows said...

That was good. I would have choked at acatour.

C words
carbon copy
conniption
coil
criminey
chocolate

Ella said...

Intriguing story Nick...I can relate to the bird, lol. As my art is unraveling all over the house.

C list:

Crow
Carluke
craving
corrupt
coach
coal
clock
coax
Cobalt
cave
coat
castle
cobra
cobweb
Catherine
cobblestones

writebackwards said...

Since I love Cats, you MUST pick that! ;)

Seriously, though...just having fun!
Your idea is awesome!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
WriteBackwards

Bish Denham said...

Great sentence!

Challenge
Charred
Creative
Creature
Chimera
Calling
Crest

Erin Shakespear said...

Ha! What a fabulous idea for a theme. I love it. Now to think of some C words....

Crawdad
Calenture (tropical fever from heat)
Cep (type of mushroom)
Challis (type of fabric)
Capeline (bandage for an amputated limb)
Cremnophobia (fear of cliffs)

Good luck! :)

Al Diaz said...

chastity, crash, chill, come, carry

Morgan said...

What a "C"lever theme! I love it!

I've always loved the word "Caliginous"

:D

Julie Flanders said...

I can't believe you managed to work in boggart! I'd never heard that word before but I love it now.

Century, cellophane, catatonic, cerebral, catastrophe

Jackie said...

Great story with B.
For C my word is chess.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Yahoo. You picked one of my words. Condescend, commiserate, comely,cloister

Nicole said...

Cryptozoologist...for an element of the paranormal. :)

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I will donate "calamity" to see if you can do something with that word.

Crystal Collier said...

So fun. "C" words are my favorite...for some strange reason, so let's start with...

CRYSTAL (Hm. I wonder why.)
columbine
cranny
conundrum
catastrophic

I'm looking forward to the end when all the pieces are sewn together in a single whole!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

This post was great! Hats off to you for deciding to do the challenge this way. Hmm. C words?

Calamity
Cumulus clouds
Clash
Clip-clop
cricket

nutschell said...

ooh great idea! I'd go with conniving and coniferous!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Lara said...

capable and charisma :)

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Hi Nick - love this idea! I suggest "cocktail"

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

P.S. I also suggest A cocktail :)

amydot90 said...

I'm gonna suggest 'canny' a northern word for nice!

I love this idea for you a to z! Haven't seen anyone else doing it yet!

Have fun with the rest of the alphabet!

michelle said...

Good going, Nick!

Collaboration
Crikey
Crescent
Chateau
Campaign

Good luck!

Christine Rains said...

This is fantastic! Here are my C words: caviar, catalyst, cinnamon, combatant, and cylinder.

Lauren Grimley said...

Love the theme! I'm a writer as well so this is right up my alley.
For C:
How about curmudgeon? I've always liked that word!
Good luck with the rest of the challenge.
: )

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Crawling, creepy, collision.

Elise Fallson said...

Awesome!
caterpillar, colossal, champaigne
(:

A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson

Lynda R Young said...

Ha!! Well done on the Bs.

crabby
crease
curry

Dawn Malone said...

Love what you're doing with these. Keep up the great writing!

Cankor
Cantankerous
Caffeinated
Claustrophobia
Cerulean

Mina Lobo said...

Castigate

Carol Kilgore said...

I didn't read everyone's words today, so sorry if I'm duplicating:

crazy
cruel
cats
claw
creepy
catacombs
corn
church
clodhoppers
coastal
critters

That's enough for today :)

Jay Noel said...

This is so much fun!!!

My C words are: campy, culinary, chasity, and cool

Carrie Butler said...

You came up with such a fun, interactive theme, Nick! :) What about "cathedral"?

Sarah Allen said...

Chimerical. Definitely. My favorite word.

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

Jennifer said...

I don't have any words for you. I just want to say this is a great and creative idea.

Shell Flower said...

Wow, this is going to be quite a story. You are brave to roll like this. It's probably too late, but here's a couple words.

cacophony
conflagration
curr

J.L. Campbell said...

Mine are curmudgeon and comely.

Yolanda Renee said...

Okay, late again!

But cranky will do!

thelmaz said...

churlish

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

You are so clever, Nick! I love what you are doing for A-Z this year. Here is my "c" word:

cur·mudg·eon
/kərˈməjən/
Noun
A bad-tempered or surly person.
Synonyms
niggard - miser - skinflint - tightwad

Kathy M.

Julia King said...

The story is unraveling.... Keep it coming.

Here are my words:

Captivate
Copernicus
Champagne
Crisp
Collage

Caitlin said...

I think this is my favorite A - Z theme! Here you go. :)

Cantaloupe
Crispy
Curry
Cologne
Clarify

Chuck said...

Clandestine

Calamity

Copper

Coconut

Creative

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I love this idea!! I can't wait to see what happens next.

Here:

Copper
Clandestine
Crafty
Cocoa
Campus

Wow - just noticing Chuck (above) has 2 of my 3 that I thought were oh-so-original. Ha! So much for originality. ;)

Nicole Rivera said...

Callipygian
[kaləˈpijēən]
adj:
Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

I just learned this word from another blogger on the a to z challenge! Here is the link for her post: http://www.odetoblogging.blogspot.com/

Good luck. This is fun.

Lexa Cain said...

Wow, dude. You've picked a hard theme for an already hard blog hop. My hat's off to you for coming up with such an interesting idea and the incorporated story.
I'd add to it, but I'm too busy watching TV and eating bon bons...

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks everyone! Some corkers in there. No more please as I'm about to create my newest sentence. :)

T. Drecker said...

I'm too late probably to add a great word. But I need to say: THIS is a terrific idea!

Rhonda said...

I am also too late for C, but I wanted to say how much i am enjoying this. I hadn't realized you were doing a story, I was expecting independent sentences. This is so much better.
Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
AtoZ #42

Dani Jax said...

You are doing a great job with this challenge!
Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

Melissa Bradley said...

I'm too late for C, but I think this is wonderful. So many great ideas. :)

M. J. Joachim said...

Your creativity for A - Z is delightful:) Very cool, Nick!

cbwentworth said...

colloquially
cordial
cathartic
capture
cyclical

I love how you've strung together all the A and B words!