Thursday, 4 April 2013

An A-Z Story - D

D-Day in the A-Z Challenge. How's everyone doing out there? I'm having a blast! Or maybe a detonation?

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.

Dear friends, thank you for your delicious offerings yesterday. Out of a total of 213 the following five have been randomly selected:

Carpenter (suggested by Clare Dugmore)
Challenge (suggested by Bish Denham)
Crawdad (suggested by Erin Shakespear - had to check this one - it's a tiny lobster-like crustacean. The word originated in America in 1900-05 which made things even more interesting!)
Campaign (suggested by Michelle Wallace)
Cathedral (suggested by Carrie Butler)

So here's what we have so far, including the above:

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.
     York Cathedral hove into view, shrouded in wooden scaffold as part of the local bishop’s campaign of restoration; but before he could challenge a carpenter over whether any of his colleagues had fallen to their doom, his presence was announced by the crawdad he’d eaten back in 20th century New Orleans repeating on him.

Please donate your D words! To reiterate, 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.

57 comments:

Dee said...

This is getting interesting. :)

Diabolical
Destiny
Despicable
Diamonds
Diary
Deliberate
Debonair

Cynthia said...

Disease
Death
Depressing
Diamond
Dark
Dance
Dream
Demon

Looking forward to the next excerpt of your creation.

Elise Fallson said...

I remember when I was in college, a bunch of friends and I went down to Louisiana. We ate a lot of crawdads that weekend, we also played a lot of poker but that's another story, lol!

D words:

Dung beetle
Doughnut
Dragon

Sally said...

Discombobulate(d)
Detonate
Diatribe

Empty Nest Insider said...

This just keeps getting better and better Nick! You really are a superhero.

Dastardly
Dynamic
Devious
Damsel in distress

Misha Gericke said...

Deduce

:-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Coming together nicely!
Dark, deep, desolate.
And be sure to stop by today - surprise for you, sir!

Medeia Sharif said...

Destiny, doldrums, daring.

Dani Jax said...

Nice! And we don't mean nice as in so-so we mean nice as in NICE!
Drench(ed)
Desolate(d)
Doomed
Dominate(d)
Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

J.L. Murphey said...

Great story so far Nick. My all the words I was thinking of are taken. So forgive me if I forget and repeat some.

Discontent
Dire
Disaster
Diabolical
Devilish

Jean Davis said...

Love what you've got going here. :)

Debutant
Debt
Dervish
Doodle

Zoe said...

dromedary
delinquent
discombobulated
discourteous
delectable

Shaharizan Perez said...

Cute photo of the Dodo bird!

Delectable
Decadent
Desserts.

Oh, wait that's mine. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Hmm...

Desert
Dracula
Doldrums
Donut
Darling

Damyanti said...

Discerning
Dormant
Dreary
Draft
Daring
Dame

Jen Chandler said...

This is great! I followed over from Alex's wonderful post about you at his place :)

Words that start with D:
Defenestration
Diabolical
Dabble
Detrimental

I'll be back! Nice to "meet" you!
Jen

Ella said...

I love this Nick! :D

damn
drive
dribble
disgust
Dream catcher
dream, lol
demon
devil
demise
deja vu
Dana
daughter




Melissa Bradley said...

Here are my words for today: delirious, damask, dread, duty, draconian

Erin Shakespear said...

Great use of crawdad! But I didn't know it would be hard to figure out what it was. That's just what we I was a kid in the Florida swamp.

Ok. D words...

Dodo
Despicable
Darling
Dragonfly
Daffodil
Dame
Darwinism
Dawdle
Dwindle
Dazzle
Decompose

:)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats on being named Robin at Alex's blog. This is a great idea, a challenge on top of a challenge.

How about Dodecahedron? That's a fun word to say.

Enjoy!
Play off the Page

Michael Di Gesu said...

LOVED the last line, Nick .... SOOOO clever.

Disgust

Disease

Distant

Division

Divination

Delirious

Disastrous

Delineation

Dani said...

I would give you more words but you have, like, a thousand to choose from. lol
Dani @ Entertaining Interests
#warriorminion

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! This is so much fun!

My D words for you: debauched, diaphragm, dogmatic, dribble, and dynasty.

michelle said...

Nick, you are on a roll... and thanks for choosing my word yesterday.

Demolition
Disparate
Delicate
Dramatic
Dithering

Good Luck!

M. J. Joachim said...

delightful...such a fun word to read, write, say and hear:)

Mina Burrows said...

Go Nick Go!

Dolt
Diphtheria
Destiny
Daredevil
Dead



J. A. Bennett said...

This is so awesome! Geeze, you have so many suggestions I feel inadequate posting anything. Loving the story though :)

C. Lee McKenzie said...

That crawdad! Yay. Now let's see. How about:

doodle
dimwit
dopple ganger
demented

Can't wait to see what you do with your D words!

Julia Chiang said...

I love this idea.....I should use is it to help me with my theme.....loving your story.

Julie Flanders said...

Haha, love the way you used crawdad.

Diabolical
Demented
Diary
Dairy
Devilish

Julie Luek said...

WHat a great idea-- I'm enjoying seeing how you creatively use the suggested words. There are so many great D-words suggested already I think I'll not add to the list but just come back tomorrow and see how you use them!

Rob Z Tobor said...

Well done nice idea I do like the interaction with the readers. I wish you well...... I may suggest a few x and Z words once we get there for now I will say

Delicatessen

Its a good word that involves food.

thelmaz said...

Dowager
Deciduous

Clare said...

Still going strong. Great work, Nick!

My D words are:

Devil
Demon
Dybbuk
Dionysus

Murees Dupé said...

Very impressive. Determined, diligent and dire.

Carol Kilgore said...

dog
daffodil
daisy
Duluth
Dublin
Dubrovnik
dancing
double dip
dicey
drink
Dr. Doolittle

Ida Chiavaro said...

Dear, Daises, Devour, Deva, Diva


Samantha May said...

Detrimental!
Dingo!
Diaspora!
DOMINATE!

:D

Scribbles From Jenn said...

You are so talented. Alex was right to highlight you today.

Dishes
Dirt
Dark
Dense
Daft
Dactylology (Elise's word today)

Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love the story. Oddly the first "word" that came up for me was "Darth Maul" - more of a name really. Not sure where my brain is today. What about . . . downpour?

Jay Noel said...

Great job incorporating crawdad into that. I was wondering if you'd mention the Gulf somehow.

My D words: doobie, dang, doorknob, and dorky

ilima said...

Nick, you are the coolest.

Dude
Dead
Divine
Donut
Downton Abbey, haha

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks everyone for the dynamic entries! Some doozies here!

Shell Flower said...

Your story is really getting interesting. I can't wait to see how it reads by the end of April.

I'm from the US Midwest, originally, and we played with crawdads in the creeks all the time. They really are kind of weird little freshwater lobsters, but I've never eaten one.

Words:

Divine
Dilly Dally
Donut

kmckendry said...

I love how you worked crawdad in there!

Destiny
Diplodocus
Delectable
Dark matter
Disenchanted

Al Diaz said...

days
divine
dew
dawn

Krista McLaughlin said...

Wow - it's getting very interesting! I don't know if I have any good D words... how about dysentery?

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I loved that Alex compared you to superhero Robin today. Perfect fit!

Words:
dawdling
Doppleganger
dynamic
dynasty

Julia King said...

I'm pretty sure I saw York Catherdral while I was there. That city is spactular. I rather enjoyed the night ghost tour that wove itself throughout the streets. Fun!

Ok, my words:

Dribble
Douse
Dialect
Dalek (Love Doctor Who)
December

Suzi said...

What a fun idea. You've got a huge list there, so I won't add any more.

Angela D. Meyer said...

This is interesting. No words to offer today - maybe later during the A to Z. I will be watching. Think I shall share this with my Facebook friends - fun to watch.

Heather Holden said...

This is such a fun challenge you're doing! I'm very impressed that you managed to sneak "crawdad" so seamlessly into your story. :)

Some D words: dynamite, diss, drab, destiny, destination, dare, dancer, derelict, diabetes, dead, dimension

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks again everyone! Desist with your D words please as I'm about to deliver the next sentence. :D

Shannon Lawrence said...

Loving it!

Drained, deranged, diabolical, dithering, destructive, dibs, dormant, debatable, druthers.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

cbwentworth said...

duty
delegate
delusional
dapper
damp

I love this series! :-)

Trisha F said...

That dodo statue is cute :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Nick! I love how you incorporated cathedral. :)