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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: At Sea With a Word Painter
By Marlene Bonney


As she boarded the statuesque ocean liner, Margery was overwhelmed by its magnificence and by the slice of varied humanity that still stood in line awaiting entry.

After the handsome steward escorted her to the assigned miniscule cabin quarters, she quickly took her writing materials from her traveling bag and hurried to the uppermost level to watch the craft disembark. How diminutive the departing acquaintances appeared while making their way to their parked vehicles adjacent to the harbor!

An author-in-the-rough of Christian romance novels, Margery was elated with the prospect of a whole week to practice her craft, uninterrupted. She soon seated herself on a secured bench that she would later claim to be her personal “drafting chair” during the chartered voyage. She closed her eyes briefly, and on the wings of a prayer, already new thoughts formed from her soul while her imagination glided across the sea of her heart. After filling several pages, alternating with deep breaths of admiration of the scenic beauty displayed before her, Margery rested from her ponderings and went down to her cabin to dress for dinner at the Captain’s table . . .

And thus followed several days of tranquility and creativity, blending in harmony with the renewal of Margery’s previously ebbing spirit. The setting was idyllic . . . sometimes during turbulent contemplations, her ideas churned like a floundering vessel on the stormy ocean, struggling to maintain balance and accurate perception. Other times, like the sedate sea-craft gliding through placid waters, reflections skimmed across her blank pages in rapid succession. It was then that breezes of inspiration were fanned from her soul that must be released into waves of flowing script. Occasionally, much the same as a boat dropping anchor and remaining in one place, this word painter needed to pause from her musings and subsequent scrawling to garner experience’s lessons as she made friends and took excursions with fellow passengers.

All too soon, her vacation was almost over. Only then, as “THE END” graced the bottom of the last page of her work, did Margery still her writing of shaped phrases and passionate imagery. Stretching in blissful surrender, she was then able to inhale the vibrant seascapes and majestic rainbows painted against the sky by her Master and her God. And, only then, was she able to bask in the relief of a task well done.

On the seventh day, as the craft docked at the waiting pier filled with welcoming friends and families, Margery once again marveled that God had chosen her to spill out His love through her gliding, writer’s tongue.

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Marilee Alvey02/15/07
Oh, my! I felt as if this woman needed to enjoy her cruise more! When I am in the midst of an idea, I don't like to be interrupted by people or events. I don't want to stop the flow. At first, I thought it would be the perfect thing to do: to go on a cruise for inspiration, but I think it would have served her better to go home afterwards and bask in the thoughts and feelings she felt. Now that's inspiration! See how you put me right in the story? I'm feeling frustration at being out to sea and in a frenzy of creativity while still trying to be hospitable and get my money's worth!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/16/07
Beautiful words fit for a king, but for this reader...it lagged a bit. But that's only one person's opinion; not to worry.
Jacquelyn Horne02/18/07
This was very good. I could place myself in the story. One thing was confusing. Did you mean she watched the aquaintances "disembark"? The craft would have been going out to sea, not disembarking. But, in spite of that, this was a very good piece.