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Weekend Challenge!

It's already the weekend where I am, so let's go! I hope your week hasn't been too stressful, and you're ready to work on some quick weekend fic and/or graphics!

This weekend, we're going with a system that seems to feature in government departments quite strongly where I am (it may be different where you are), as I've seen it time and time again where I've worked the last twenty years...


Completely Random!


Yes! It doesn't always work so well for people dealing with bureaucracy, but hopefully it will inspire you to create something beautiful over the weekend.


Hit me with a comment and tell me if you want:

A. words OR graphics
B. 5 OR 10 words/1 OR 2 pictures
C. no specific letter OR name a letter of the alphabet
D. a number of syllables OR a number of letters in the word
E. exact number OR less than the number you provide


For example:
A. words
B. 5
C. letter B
D. 4 syllables
E. less


These answers will get you something like this:
1. bullock
2. borehole
3. big
4. bagwash
5. betrothal


(for graphics I will generate the words and find you 1 or 2 pictures - as you choose - to match)



Your mission once you have your prompts will be to write something featuring as many or all of the words (as you wish) as long as you want it to be, or if graphics is your choice then make as many icons as you wish or one or two walls/banners. Any fandom, any genre - link it back here when you're done, and if it's before Sunday midnight EST, I will reward you with either a drabble of your choice, a funky icon or I'll add 100 words to one of my WIPs in your honour (and provide you with an excerpt if you wish). You can still fulfill the prompts after that time, but creating it will be your only reward, I'm afraid! ;-)

Now, comment away, and when I wake up tomorrow, I'll give out the prompts! I hope all that makes sense, but let me know if not. Right, I'm off to bed now *yawn*

Comments

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lasairfhiona
May. 2nd, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Okay, why not, I'll try and play even if it is a dog show weekend

1) words
2) 2 graphics
3) M
4) 5 letters
5) less
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
Here are your two graphics (click to link to larger version):

manx cat photo Tabby-Manx-cross_zps1df2e80c.jpg Natalie-mole photo NataliePortman-mole_zps4ff64357.jpg

I hope you can get something from them (mole and manx are the words - Natalie has a mole on her face)
bizarra
May. 2nd, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
Not quite sure I get it, but I'll try...

1. Graphics
2. 1
3. Gimme a letter
4. 5 letters
5. less
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
OK, I can work with that! Hopefully you can work with the pic I found (the random word was 'Elvis'- click for larger version):

Elvis photo Elvis_zps7c4892cc.jpg


Edited at 2014-05-03 12:18 am (UTC)
bizarra
May. 3rd, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Look at that attitude... <3

I can definitely do something wit this. :)
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah *curls lip like Elvis*

YAY! ;-) I look forward to seeing it.
bizarra
May. 3rd, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Oy.. I have got to stop replying as El...

LOL

Anyway... <3

It's a great pic! I can make it look cool, I think. :)
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
It's all good! I sometimes use haldoor_honey, although I suppose that's a bit more obvious. ;-)

and double yay for the coolness!
flipflop_diva
May. 2nd, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Let's try this ...


A. words
B. 5
C. C
D. 8 letters
E. less
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Here you go:

1. camphor
2. chamber
3. criminal
4. connive
5. copier

Good luck!
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
ooh, and I meant to say, love the icon. I love Reign!
ncisvu_lj
May. 2nd, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'll give it a shot.

A. words
B. 5 words
C. Letter T, please
D. 5 syllables
E. less

Thank you!!
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
Here you are:

1. threefold
2. tenable
3. transarctic
4. tiller
5. timidity

I hope they're of use!
bluedelft
May. 2nd, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
This looks like fun so I'll give it a try!

A - words
B - 10 words (the more to work with and tempt the muse)
C - Surprise me
D - 7 letters
E - less
haldoor
May. 3rd, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
I hope these are of use:

1. uncork
2. ionize
3. death
4. yacht
5. firsts
6. untimid
7. raceway
8. monsoon
9. bipedal
10. clerk

Good luck!
bluedelft
May. 4th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Graphics can be found here
haldoor
May. 5th, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm on standby to create a reward as soon as I get your prompt etc ;-)
bluedelft
May. 5th, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Thank you!

How about some H50 with Steve and Danny and maybe Grace?
haldoor
May. 6th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 1/2
Oops, a bit longer than intended, but who's complaining, right? it's all words for the comm! ;-)

"Danno, it doesn't look very good." Grace's disappointed frown said it all.

Danny had done his best with her hair for the party she was about to attend, but Danny was no hairdresser and clearly what he'd labored so carefully over was not up to eleven-year-old girls' party standard.

He studied her in the mirror from behind, her sad eyes following his gaze. "I'm sorry, baby, I guess I missed the long-hair styling lessons I should have taken. Do we have time to call Aunt Kono?"

"Kono? For what?" came Steve's voice in the bedroom door behind them.

Both Danny and Grace turned, Grace's smile trying to surface as she caught sight of him. Running across the room, Grace threw her arms around Steve's waist. "Danno was trying to put my hair up for the party at Carly's, but he's been having trouble. And we have to be there real soon, Uncle Steve."

Danny winced at how let down she sounded. He could make his own hair look good, but trying to pin up longer, finer, prettier hair was a complete mystery. He shrugged helplessly at Steve as the man smiled sympathetically at Danny over the top of Grace's head.

"Let's have a look, huh?" Steve asked, kissing Grace's head around all the bobby pins Danny had stuck in. Grace shifted backwards and gave him a hopeful look. Steve squinted as he surveyed Danny's handiwork. "You know, if we just…" he began as he directed her back in front of the mirror and began pulling pins out. "Hand me the hairbrush, Danno."

Danny shook his head and handed it over, doubtfully watching Steve as he began smoothing out the tangled mess that Danny had created.

Minutes later, to Danny's growing amazement, Grace's hairstyle had been swept up into something that looked like it had been done by – well, perhaps not a professional – but a half-decent home expert, Danny thought as he tilted his head to admire the surprising result.

What was it with SEALs and their amazing ability to master any number of talents that Danny had no idea they could have acquired in missions? It made Danny feel sadly lacking, though he knew there were perfectly acceptable reasons why he hadn't attained the same skill level.

Grace looked delighted. "Uncle Steve! Thank you so much! It's perfect! Carly's gonna think I had it done by a proper stylist!" She wrapped arms around him again quickly, and then beamed so widely at Danny he could only smile back at her joy. "Isn't it cool, Danno?"

"You look a million bucks, Monkey," he told her, nodding his thanks at Steve as Grace dragged him out the door to the car.

~//~
haldoor
May. 6th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
Steve was on the lanai when Danny returned from dropping his drop-dead gorgeous daughter off at her friend's house.

"You, my friend, are full of surprises," Danny said, sinking into the chair next to Steve's and accepting the Longboard Steve held out to him. "While I feel somewhat lacking for never having mastered the art of hair-dressing, I am once again stunned to find out you possess a skill of which even the most attentive mother may not have quite the finesse to emulate."

"Considering how many pins you had put in there, it was the least I could do to make her look less like Pinhead and more like a Princess."

Steve's lopsided grin wasn't cruel though and Danny knew that despite the taunt, he'd done it to help not hurt.

"My question," Danny said, after a long welcome swallow of the beer, "is where'd you learn how to do that? I have trouble imagining you and your SEAL buddies sat around braiding each other's hair after a long day blowing up bad guys."

Steve took a gulp of his own beer and eyed Danny sideways, a shy smile curving his lip. "Mary had long hair when she was about Grace's age. That summer at Aunt Deb's, she and I spent a couple of weeks together before we had to go back to our separate schools. She used the same shampoo Mom had, and playing with her hair reminded me of when I was younger; watching Mom get ready when she and Dad were going out for dinner or something. We talked a lot about home in those weeks – Mary wanted to remember some of that – and… she liked me trying to recreate the styles Mom had used.

"I… well, since then, I never needed to put it into practice with anyone else, so I kinda surprised myself today. I guess I was better at it than I thought." He shrugged somewhat self-deprecatingly and looked away before Danny could answer.

Danny sipped from his beer bottle, quietly touched by the thought of a teenage Steve doing his sister's hair and talking about their thought-to-be-dead mother.

"Thanks, babe," he offered softly, the thoughts he'd had about feeling inadequate for being unable to efficiently coiffure Grace's hair drifting away in the ocean breeze that cooled them. The warmth of the image made him smile, and added one more piece to the slowly evolving puzzle that was Steve McGarrett.

~//~//~


Edited at 2014-05-06 11:58 am (UTC)
simplyn2deep
May. 6th, 2014 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
aww this was great! I love that Steve's skill came from doing something with his sister. Now he's going to be Grace's go to hairdresser.
haldoor
May. 9th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
Thanks! He certainly is; Grace is so lucky! ;-)
kaige68
May. 6th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
Wonderful work, hon! You rock!
haldoor
May. 9th, 2014 11:11 am (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
Thanks, babe! You roll! We match! ;-)
bluedelft
May. 6th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I love it!!!

Uncle Steve to the rescue! Mary and Steve at Aunt Deb's.....LOVE IT!

Thank you ((hugs))
haldoor
May. 9th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
Re: H50 - Danny, Steve & Grace, PG - A Million Bucks (856 words) 2/2
I'm thrilled that you love it! It was supposed to be a mere drabble, but you know how the muses are, so I'm very glad it worked for you! You are so very welcome and thanks YOU! *hugs*
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