Esther’s Challenge – Can You Tell A Story In . . .

Happy Thursday!

This week, Esther Chilton appears to have given us limitless scope with her prompt for her five-word challenge. I foresee some revelations of guilty secrets and confessions of secret yearnings. I predict that there will be a lot of food references.

This week, her prompt is CRAVE. So can you tell a story in five words, using the word CRAVE in it somewhere?

Please post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

This is an open invitation to all of my followers and Esther’s to have some fun with words. The only limits are the boundaries of your imagination.

Here’s your starter:

We crave your crazy stories.

Esther and I await your submissions. Make us laugh and and entertain all the followers of our challenges.

Have fun!

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Esther’s Challenge – Laugh-along-a-Limerick

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to Esther Chilton’s regular Monday challenge.

We hope that you had a great weekend.

Today, Esther’s one-word prompt is DREAM. So can you write a limerick using the word DREAM in it somewhere?

The prompt gives you almost limitless freedom, only bounded by the extent of your own imagination and creativity. However, you may wish to ignore the prompt and write a limerick to suit your current mood and feelings. That’s fine. Just let it flow.

Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

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Esther’s Challenge – Can You Tell A Story In . . .

It’s Thursday and, once again, and I have the pleasure and honour of hosting Esther Chilton‘s five-word challenge while she continues to recuperate following her shoulder surgery.

I’m HUNGRY!

This week, her prompt is HUNGRY. So can you tell a story in five words, using the word HUNGRY in it somewhere?

PLEASE Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

This is an open invitation to all of my followers and Esther’s to have some fun with words. Let your imagination run wild.

Here’s your starter:

Hungry for your wild words.

Esther and I await your submissions. Make us laugh and give us food for thought.
Feed our hunger with your five word stories.

Have fun!

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Esther’s Challenge – Laugh-along-a-Limerick

Happy New Week to you all and welcome to Esther Chilton’s regular Monday challenge. We hope that you had a great weekend.

Jaguar ready to POUNCE

As Esther continues on her road to recovery from her shoulder surgery, I continue to host her limerick challenge. We really enjoy reading your submissions and hope that more people will join in to redouble the fun element. Please feel free to pass on the links to your friends to attract more participants.

Today, Esther’s one-word prompt is POUNCE. So can you write a limerick using the word POUNCE in it somewhere?

You may wish to ignore the prompt and write one of your own. Whatever word or theme comes sparks the poetic fire in your mind is wonderful. Write it here!

Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

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Esther’s Challenge – Can You Tell A Story In . . .

Those of you who understand the laws of thermodynamics will know that heat flows from a hotter to a cooler. Our challenges flow in the same direction!

On Monday, Esther Chilton‘s limericks challenge worked around the single-word prompt, HOT. Today her prompt for the five-word challenge is COOL.

Esther Chilton

So can you tell a story in five words, using the word COOL in it somewhere?

This is an open invitation to all of my followers and Esther’s to have some fun with words. Let your imagination run wild.

Please post your submissions in the Comments on this post. You may post as many five-word stories as you wish.

Here’s your starter:

Cool stories raise our temperatures.

Esther and I eagerly await your submissions. Transform us into glaciers or volcanoes depending on your creative inclinations.

Have fun!

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Esther’s Challenge – Laugh-along-a-Limerick

Happy New Week to you all and welcome to Esther Chilton’s regular Monday challenge. We hope that you had a great weekend.

I am still driving the bus for Esther’s regular limerick challenge. We have been enjoying your submissions. Please feel free to pass on the links to your friends to attract more participants so that we can have even more fun.

It’s been a very warm weekend in UK so, naturally, Esther’s one-word prompt is HOT. So can you write a limerick using the word HOT in it somewhere?

There is so much going on the world right now, so you may wish to write one of your own on something topical. Add a smattering of your own humour to entertain us.

Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

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Esther’s Challenge – Can You Tell A Story In . . .

It’s Thursday and, once again, and I have the pleasure and honour of hosting Esther Chilton‘s five-word challenge while she continues to recuperate following her shoulder surgery. We all wish her well.

Esther Chilton

This week, her prompt is TREAT. So can you tell a story in five words, using the word TREAT in it somewhere?

PLEASE Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

This is an open invitation to all of my followers and Esther’s to have some fun with words. Let your imagination run wild.

Here’s your starter:

Treat us with witty words.

Esther and I await your submissions. Make us laugh and give us food for thought.

Have fun!

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Esther’s Challenge – Laugh-along-a-Limerick

Happy New Week to you all and welcome to Esther Chilton’s regular Monday challenge.

I am honoured that Esther continues to entrust me with hosting while she continues on her road to recovery from surgery. I must be doing OK, as she hasn’t fired me yet.

This week, her one-word prompt is BREAK. So can you write a limerick using the word BREAK in it somewhere?

Or write one of your own to suit your mood. If you can make the rest of us laugh, you will score bonus points.

Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

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Book Review: Definitely Dead by Kate Bendelow

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Definitely DeadDefinitely Dead by Kate Bendelow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a truly excellent debut novel. There is no question in my mind that it fully deserves my five-star rating.

From start to finish, the pace never lets up.

As you would expect from a writer who is a serving CSI, the authenticity is exceptional. Not only does that come through in the characters in the SOCO team and the situations in which they find themselves, but Kate Bendelow has obviously researched the police procedural side of the story too. She even manages to capture perfectly the point of view of a young person of mixed race who is finding her feet in modern society.

The story opens with main character, Maya, a new CSI on her way to the scene of her first dead body. Although she is accompanied by a very experienced CSI, she makes an embarrassing yet comical, rookie error which draws much mirth from her colleagues when she returns to base. But she can take it. She realises that it is all part of the job. Not being able draw some humour from situations that arise in her chosen professions would make life very tough and almost unbearable.
There is something that irks her in the first scene. Although the death looks like, and is declared, as not suspicious, Maya feels that something is not quite right. Opening up about her feelings is a big mistake and her boss, Kym, is soon making it very clear to her that she must put facts ahead of feelings.

Maya is naïve and far too trusting. That quickly leads her in into more trouble with her boss and her colleagues and with the CID team. It takes her a while to understand that it is dangerous to automatically trust people from first meeting.

There is a great diversity in the characters, which are very well developed as the story moves on. My favourite character, despite some of his despicably violent acts, is a giant called Lurch. I won’t say why in my review, as you should have the opportunity to form your own opinion. I wonder if you’ll agree with me?

This is a great start to what promises to be an enthralling series. I look forward to the appearance of the second episode.

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Esther’s Challenge – Can You Tell A Story In . . .

It’s Thursday and, once again, and I have the pleasure and honour of hosting Esther Chilton‘s five-word challenge while she continues to recuperate following her shoulder surgery.

Today, Esther is receiving her second COVID vaccination so, appropriately, her prompt is JAB.

Can you tell a story in five words, using the word JAB in it somewhere?

PLEASE Post your submissions in the Comments on this post.

This is an open invitation to all of my followers and Esther’s to have some fun with words. We both believe that JAB gives us tonnes of scope, so let your imagination run wild.

Have fun!

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