October 30, 2010

Saturday Centus - 10/30/10 - Measure Twice, Cut Once

It's time for Saturday Centus with Jenny Matlock. Everyone's cutting back in this economy, even Jenny.

Today, she's asking that we use no more than fifty (50) words to craft a story from her prompt (appearing below, in bold).

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Abraham Lincoln was a lot shorter than I thought he would be. 

I worked for two days straight, wanting it to be perfect. The scent of tung oil hung in the air. I adjusted the satin over the padding, and nailed the strip into place over the edge of the fabric.

I hope his body doesn't rattle around much in this casket.

Be sure to visit everyone at Jenny's!


23 comments:

  1. Now that's a twist! Great use of the prompt. Can you imagine the pressure that poor guy was under? Really well done. Kat

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  2. Very interesting take on the prompt. Captures the other side of the famous story. Was Halloween the inspiration for the casket?

    Well done!

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  3. Yikes what a twist, well done pulling out those creative juices in just 50 words...

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  4. Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are toooooooooo clever and funny to be believed!! I'm laughing out loud!!

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  5. Agreed with all of the above. Terrific.

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  6. John Wilkes Booth is laughing at this one!!

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  7. Oh my goodness! What a tricky one! Really clever!

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  8. I guess the person making the casket had a lot of responsibility. Something no one ever thinks of at the time. Interesting and unique way to go. Good job.

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  9. How do you get these great ideas??? This was just an amazing take on the prompt. Very well done!!!

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  10. Great use of the prompt, totally original!

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  11. I don't know about Abe's bones, but you struck my funny bone really hard!

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  12. What an unusual use of the prompt here.

    I really liked your different and slightly macabre take on this.

    Clever, clever writing.

    And this was really hard!

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  13. Clever take on the prompt! Isn't strange how we all think totally different things? I just posted my story. Hope you will stop by and read it!

    Malisa

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  14. ewww, kinda creepy! very clever and well written though

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  15. Jeez ... you show off. What did you do ... a little research on coffin making so you can have the most impressive and historically accurate Saturday Centus yet?

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  16. Wow! You packed a huge and slightly macabre punch with this post!

    I like this a lot..........cj

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  17. Very clever. You have written a story about the thoughts of the casket-maker preparing President Lincol's final resting place.
    Interesting point of view.
    Great solution for this difficult challenge.
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's SC-Shake-up-post Week 26

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