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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Fresh as a Daisy No More
By Dianne Janak


Golden Silence was so much in the room, you could actually hear Pin Drop. Over the Hill started to speak as everyone sat on Edge of their Seats, eager to hear from the leader of the Glass Half Empty Clan.

“We are sitting on Precipice about to Fall and may soon join Dead Meat and Road-Kill. It’s that serious.”
Bite the Dust, By the Farm, and Kick the Bucket started to cry, “Tell us it isn’t so.”

We Don’t Stand a Prayer stood up for a short summary of their pitiful predicament.

“We need Last Ditch Effort to save us. We need When Push Comes to Shove to rally us. It’s now time for Make it or Break It to come forth. We can’t let Belly Up win again. Human writers are being told we ‘re taboo and Steer Clear of Trouble is convincing them to listen.”

Plenty of Fish in This Sea was happy. The Baby Boomer Clichés were being forced into early retirement without pensions. This was their moment to agree with Not Going Down Without a Fight. They were meeting at Woodstock, hoping to regain their past fervor, and show generations to come that It isn’t Over till the Fat Lady Sings. There were lots of fat ladies there, and no one was singing.

It was the Comeback Kid’s turn to speak and the Glass Half Full Clan stood to their feet.

“It’s time now for Light at the End of the Tunnel to be taken seriously. Every Cloud has a Silver Lining has waited for this day. Don’t Burst our Bubble is beaming and No More Doom or Gloom is joining This is the Dawning of a New Day to celebrate. “

Age Before Beauty screamed out “ Fine as Wine told me the other day we need Think Outside the Box to survive this crises. Unfortunately Get Out of Your Comfort Zone is sick from feeling used up. We must we must we must find Follow Your Dream or No Pain No Gain and the rest of us are about to Push the Panic Button. “

As Last but Not Least came to the mike, the crowd sat down to listen. He never has Hidden Agenda with him and only speaks with The Truth will Set You Free.

“ We need Hit the Nail on the Head here today. We need Face the Music now that Yin and Yang have Said their Peace. More than Meets the Eye is here folks. Sorry but so is This is So Yesterday. I know that Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow is our sweet and sour truth. But we must know that Get a Life has been right all along. The truth is We Are Books with Old Covers has been our Unsung Hero. Life is Not Fair has been saying this day would come, and We Cannot Heal what We Do Not Acknowledge needs to be our new mantra.

Can we just move on and find Get a Life? What’s Done is Done, are you here? “

As he stood up, the crowd started to stir and they sensed this gathering had served it’s purpose.

“Time will Tell has always reminded me that When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade always had a point. We always had Fifteen Minutes of Fame with us to remind us how short profound sayings can be. Let’s let Bury the Hatchet loose now to Set the Captives Free and stop Beating Dead Horses. The time has come to Let Dead Dogs Lie out of the doghouse. ”

As each cliché took in these words, they sauntered sadly away knowing that If We Can’t Beat Them, Join Them had finally Scored A Touchdown.

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Sara Harricharan 02/14/08
ROFL! Okay, you had me laughing all the way through this. There are so many of those cliches in here and the dialouge using them was just too hilarious, it made me smile as I read an understood thier predicament, the ending is just perfect though-awesome writing, this is one of my favorites for this week! ^_^
Joanne Sher 02/14/08
This is amazingly clever. I am sure you had an absolute blast writing it - I certainly enjoyed the read.
Chrissi Dunn02/15/08
Very creative! (Plenty more future topics for the Homespun Wisdom challenges in here!)
Seema Bagai 02/16/08
This is great! One of the most creative pieces I've ever read on this site.
Laury Hubrich 02/16/08
Very creative writing! Hilarious, simply hilarious!
Debbie Wistrom02/18/08
OUTSTANDING! I was ready to give a standing ovation! I hope to see a ribbon for this piece.
Lyn Churchyard02/19/08
This is just what Fine and Dandy would love! Oh my, this must have taken you ages to write! You should write fiction more often. This is brilliant!
LauraLee Shaw02/19/08
Jan Ackerson 02/19/08
This was a masterpiece! I'm such a huge fan of word play, and this just killed me.

I did catch a few minor boo-boos..."by" for "buy", and "it's" for "its".

I could have read more, more, more of this!
Lynda Schultz 02/19/08
I always feel guilty when I use a cliché. I feel SOOOOOO much better now. Thanks for this great piece.
Betty Castleberry02/20/08
Who said writers should steer clear of cliches? This was a really fun read. Thumbs up.
Beth LaBuff 02/20/08
Ha! -- This was great and SO MUCH FUN to read. How incredibly creative! I LOVE IT!
Rita Garcia02/20/08
Creative,fantastic and fun! MORE PLEASE!
Dee Yoder 02/20/08
Ooohhhh...this is so cool! How'd you EVER think of all those cliches?! Clever, clever, clever! Very good and-I mean that with all my heart...( ;
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/20/08
Loved your cliches and how you fitted each in so perfectly. Great job.
Marita Thelander 02/20/08
Very creative! Here's my favorite line. "There were lots of fat ladies there, and no one was singing."

As far as writing advice, I have no clue...was too distracted with the story to notice anything. That's a good thing, right?
Sally Hanan02/20/08
Wow! This must have taken you forever! I am in awe :)