And now for something completely different…



I was invited to do this challenge by Purpleanais. I’ve seen timed challenges before and wondered how I might do. With word doc and oven timer primed I set out.

~ Timed Word Challenge ~

Shifting words on a golden sand page
Blown ripples of old sentences foolish and sage

Does the sere vista of my life have a chance of redemption
Will there ever be found an oasis of love’s intervention

As the winds whip waves dry as salt upon my face
My thoughts thirst for a different time and place

Comfort me in this hour of my need
Slake my thirst with touch and seed

Away to your casbah of concrete and steel
Away from this desert where nothing feels real

Let the sun bake down, let the hot winds blow
I’ve found respite in

My final word count, including the title and subtitle was 106 and it’s not finished.
It was incredibly hard to not go back and correct, harder still to publish this. I’ve joked about my ADD/OCD and I’m sure mentioned I’ve done Technical Writing. I agonize over almost every post (you can tell the ones that are “toss offs”) but when I thought “Yes!” to the challenge, I knew that was the deal.

I’m going to invite any of my fellow bloggers who’d like to, to give this a whirl. It’s fun to step out of our familiar style once in a while. I was actually a little surprised to find how much time I spend seeing the words before they hit the page. Not surprised at all that my inner English Prof was scolding for the entire five minutes! Thank you Purpleanais for the invitation 🙂

The rules are below and have fun! It’s definitely more fun than trying to get into a pair of Spanx. Guys, you’ll just have to take my word on that. Well…

1) Open an MS word document (or any other editor).
2) Set a stop watch or a mobile for 5-10 minutes.
3) Your topic is at the foot of this post. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
4) Fill the word document with as much wordage as you want, once you start writing, don’t stop.
5) Do Not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check (this is only meant for you to reflect on your control over sensible thought flow).
6) You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals.
7) At the end of your post write down the number of words.
8) Do not forget to copy and paste the entire passage to your blog post with a new topic.

Your topic — “Knots”

2 thoughts on “Desert

  1. I am really impressed! I didn’t have time to finish mine either and it KILLED me not being able to go back and edit but I think I probably need to do more of these challenges to help with thoughts control.
    I really like what you’ve done with this though, “Away to your casbah of concrete and steel” and “Blown ripples of old sentences foolish and sage” are my favourite lines.
    Thank you for giving this a go 🙂
    Have a great weekend,

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    • Thank you! I can totally relate, I’m an editing fool and “backspace” is almost a reflex for me – darn fingers can’t spell as well as I can 🙂 I’m so glad you liked it though, I love the topic and might revisit this for some polishing up.
      Thanks for inviting me and you have a wonderful weekend too. K~xx

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