100 Words #357 - It's Secret Santa Time!

100 Word Challenge writing promptRight. So I'm still in Florida where the weather has been more cloudy than sunny. My father says I must have brought it with me. Apparently I'm a modern day, real-life Joe Btfsplk. I left the steel gray November skies of Vermont to be greeted by... gray skies in Florida. I've been cheated.

Still, there is sun sometimes, and there is certainly warmer weather to un-chill my bones, so I'm happy. Dad is recovering at a steady clip and in good spirits. All is well.

NOW, on to the matters of the holiday season. Do we want to be a bunch of crazy internet people swapping addresses and sending each other gifts? According to Tara, Barbara and Debbie, we do! So, announcing  the (drum roll please)...

Velvet Verbosity Secret Santa

I did a little research to see if there was an easy way to do this, and one way to keep addresses anonymous is to use an Amazon wish list which would only be sent to the person who is gifting you. So here's what I propose, but if someone has a better suggestion I'm open!

  • To participate, you must have submitted a 100 words entry at some point in the history of this website.
  • If you want to participate in the first annual (well, that remains to be seen) Velvet Verbosity word-nerdalicious Secret Santa gift swap, send me an email at velvetverbosity(@)gmail(.)com. In that email, let me know that you are willing and able to participate including sending a gift to another player in the range of $10-$20 (is that too wide?). Let me know if you are able to send internationally if necessary, or if you would prefer not to (I'm not sure if we'll be able to do this with international word-nerds yet).
  • Please send the above email by Wednesday midnight. I will then send you a little survey to fill out  which will need to be returned to me by Friday and you will need to include a link to an Amazon wish-list and/or your address with some gift ideas (this will be more clear in the email I send to you).
  • Gifts should be sent by next Monday.
  • I'll be participating too! To make sure it stays a surprise, I'll be using an online tool or my mother to help out.

What am I missing? I know I'm missing something. I've got about a billion things on my plate as usual, INCLUDING some exciting ideas about to be put into play for this website that I can't share just yet.

Yes, that's right, I'm going to leave you hanging, for now.  In the meantime, you've got plenty to keep you busy with this Secret Santa business and the 100 Words challenge. This week's prompt is from the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition. Here is the opening:

The chapters which immediately follow constitute a fragment of one of my many attempts (after I was in my forties) to put my life on paper.

It starts out with good confidence, but suffers the fate of its brethren--is presently abandoned for some other and newer interest. This is not to be wondered at, for its plan is the old, old, old unflexible and difficult one--the plan that starts you at the cradle and drives you straight for the grave, with no side-excursions permitted on the way. Whereas the side-excursions are the life of our life voyage, and should be, also, of its history.

Verbose, but beautifully executed. Your word is:

Brethren