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Exercise #205

Exercise #205: Word Play
Posted 3/30/07

Today’s exercise comes from Carlisle.

There’s a common word game where you take two words of the same length, and by changing one letter at a time in the first word, you create a new word with each change. The goal is to end up with the second word.

Carlisle suggests I give you the two words (first and last). Then it’s up to you to change the first word into the second by changing one letter at a time to form a new English word. When you’re done, you’ll have a list of words. Then write a piece using these resulting words in order and using each only once.

Got it? Your first word is
and your second word is

I advise you not to read other members’ SUBs until you’ve created your own. If you cannot figure out the word list part, email me privately and I’ll give you a list.

Word limit: 1200 (not including original word list)
Please use the subject line:
       SUB: Exercise #205/yourname

Example: twig and root are the two words.

Writer creates:

Then writes:
(copyright 2007 Carlisle) A tiny twig fell from high in the twin oaks in our front yard. It landed in an area where the grass was thin under the giant shade tree and was immediately snatched by a waiting blackbird for her nest. Albemarle the ancient cat leapt at the bird, missed and landed on his chin.

As I watched this entertaining circus, I noticed a coin near where the feline landed. Earlier, at my bedroom window I had noticed a coon scratching in that vicinity and assumed he was searching for grubs, but now it seems he also discovered a treasure, lost by this old coot last winter when I tripped on a protruding root.

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