Saturday, September 4, 2010

Job's never done -- Saturday Centus

Hi Ho Ranters!

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't do this. But, my wife told me about this week's prompt and I couldn't resist....

So, here is the promo:

This is part of Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus.

Here is the story:

Zebidiah checked the hen house one more time. He knew that it was the middle of summer and the storms blew with the fury of God. He would lose more chickens if they were not shut in for the night. The horses were fed and stabled. Zeb thought how much better the horses had it than anything on the ranch …even he and his bride of 30 years! These were the evening chores and they had to be done night after night… including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays! After all, it was a dark and stormy night and a poor rancher must always be prepared for the worst.


  1. Very nice. You worked that in there almost transparently. I do love your blog, crazy you have two great writers in one household! pelican Joe, keep em coming!

  2. I loved it. An ordinary life written in an extraordinary way. Great job with the Centus and glad you participated again.

  3. I could see this in my mind's eye. So glad you came back for more abuse!

  4. I really liked this. As someone else has said, the prompt was just a natural part of the story. Glad you broke your promise!

  5. Ha! Loved it! The lure of the great and poetic prompt made you do it!

    Loved the integration of the prompt into the sentence just like it was its natural dwelling.

    You are a clever writer for sure.

  6. Guys...Stop it! His head is big enough as is! Although I have to admit he did weave a good tale with this week's prompt. :o)

  7. You had me at Zebidiah. I am a sucker for any story about ranch life. Good use of the prompt. I enjoyed! ~Ames

  8. Zebidiah, huh? The life of a rancher is not an easy one. You captured the spirit in your words. Glad you decided to join us again!

    I just posted two assignments in one post. I'm bad, but come visit me anyway!


  9. So glad you joined us again, and shared this story with us! Beautifully done, you used this prompt seamlessly. And I love the name Zebidiah :)