Thursday, 11 April 2013

An A-Z Story - J


Just in time with this post today. Sorry I'm running so late; most members of my family are laid up with nasty bugs and infections. I took my stepdaughter to the doctor this morning, and also had to take the two youngest ones to get their eyes tested, which took up quite a large part of the day.

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.

Thank you for the 222 juicy I words yesterday (and today!) These are the five that random.org judiciously chose.

Illicit (suggested by Madeline Mora-Summonte)
Interrupt (suggested by Bish Denham)
Illogical (suggested by Jackie)
Island (suggested by Nicole Rivera)
Iridescent (suggested by Medeia Sharif)

I couldn't resist adding a few more in the sentence too! So now we have:


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. He wiped dribble from his chin as the remains of the crustacean narrowly missed the workmen to land in the dew of the graveyard, berating himself for his debauched and unangelic behaviour the previous night; why did that dame have to desert him? The effervescent Ella had always been eager for exciting adventures, but when he’d asked her to accompany him on this esoteric time travel mission, she’d called him a crazy drunk and left.
     It did sound rather fabulous, in the true sense of the word, he thought to himself as he descended further before landing on an empty area of scaffold, all the better for making himself visible; next to him was some viscous fluid, making him think that any fall from this precarious structure would surely be a fluke. Stepping away from the gel-like substance, he felt something watching him and turned to see a Gardengoyle on the wall next to a carved bunch of grapes, which caused the gregarious sounds of the workmen to die away as two thoughts rang clearly in his head: what was it doing here, and did he detect guilt in the creature’s eyes?
     That horrendous stare was starting to give Acatour a headache when a workman with a harried expression shimmied up onto the platform via a hemp rope, his arrival causing an apparently hilarious reaction in the Gardengoyle. “Hey, you!” said the workman, stomping towards Acatour, but something seemed to interrupt his progress, drawing him inexorably towards the island of iridescent liquid, which seemed entirely illogical to the angel until he sensed the impish carving’s illicit intentions.

Show me the cut of your jib with your J words! 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. And come back tomorrow to see if you made my newest run-on sentence. Seriously, I'm enjoying it - just know that I don't normally write them so long!

29 comments:

C. Lee McKenzie said...

J already? June. Jolly. Jeepers. Jot. Jog

That's all I've got!

Here's to keeping up the good AtoZ work while juggling all the family you have.

M said...

jackdaw, jackanape, jack-of-all-trades, Jehoshaphat

~MPL
http://pepperwords.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

This story is really cool!
Juicy, jacked, jerk.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Nick,
Hope the family recovers soon.
Good going so far with the story.

Jabber
Julienne
Jitterbug

Carol Kilgore said...

juicy
joke
jabber
jungle
junk
jolly
jetty
jet
jalopy
joyous
jiffy

T. Drecker said...

Hope all are feeling better soon!

jealous
jepordy
junk
jamboree
jumbo

Gina Gao said...

Really great post.

John
Jack
Jason
Josh
Jose
Jane
Julia
Johanna

(Sorry for all the names!)

Suzanne Furness said...

Keep going Nick. Hope the family are soon feeling better.
Jungle
Juice
Jingle
Jelly
Juggle

Julia King said...

The plot thickens....

Jewel
Jem (ie: the cartoon character with pink hair)
Julia (uh, had to add my name in just for the heck of it)
Jade
Jadeite
Jasper

michelle said...

Here's my suggestions
Joie d vivre
Jamboree
Jaded
Jilted
Justice

Happy Writing!

Writer In Transit

Ella said...

Jack
Jill
Jumping jacks
jolly
jinx
jade
joy
junk
jail
joke

:D YOU rock!

Gwen Gardner said...

Yay! This is fun!

Jinn
Joust
Jumble
Jaunt
Jest

Elise Fallson said...

Wow. you've got a bunch of J words to choose from. Not sure if anyone already suggested this but how about,
Jambalaya.

Medeia Sharif said...

Yay, my word was chosen.

Janitor, jocose, jerky, jumbo, jovial.

Cynthia said...

jovial
jinxed
jewelry
joke
jaundice
jack-o-lantern
jumping jacks
Judas
jubilant

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks for all these suggestions so far - lovely, er, jubly! :D

S.P. Bowers said...

wow, everybody already suggested anything I could think of. Good luck with some of those words.

Mina Burrows said...

Looks great, Nick

Jepardy
Juniper
Justification
Jack the Ripper
Juno

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is crazy fun! I'll add:
jodhpurs
jetty
jacaranda
jelly beans

Jean Davis said...

Jumping
Jockeys
Just
Jet
Jolly

Margo Kelly said...

Jolly jazzed June-bugs!

Great idea! Love it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great story so far! Keep up the good work!

J - jive, jibe, jump, joyous

Shell Flower said...

I think you are doing such a great job with the punctuation that you aren't writing run-ons at all. Loving the story so far.

jerry-rigged
jointed
juxtapose
junction
jammin'
jars
jack-o-lantern
jimmy
jogged

Heather Holden said...

Oh, "iridescent" is such a great word--glad to see that got picked!

jester
jolly
jog
jet
journey
jewelry
jock
jingle
jaded
jaundiced
joke

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks again everyone! Just about to choose today's words...

Rhonda said...

Oh no, I am too late. I will try to be earlier tomorrow. :)

Empty Nest Insider said...

I also got here late. Your story is really taking off. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

Julie

Melody said...

Such a cool idea!
Jailer
Janitor
Junebug
Jiffy
Java

cbwentworth said...

Jaded
jinx
jabberwocky
joint
jilted

:-)