amusing musings…considering conundra…dark sparks has a new creative challenge. Just use the words given in a story or poem posted on your blog, with each word linked back to its page on, and you can win $100 gift certificate from Amazon. It’s  a great way to get free incoming links. I wish I had thought of it!

 The guidelines are below, copied verbatim from the site along with the give words and phrases. You might want to click on each one to find out what it means unless your vocabulary is in the top 5% of the nation. I say that because I have a two masters degrees (one in education, one in humanities) and a BS in English, and I’m not sure of the meanings of at least two of these words.

 But I’ll give it a lick and an promise anyway, to see if my praxis  for sapid prose is up to snuff and to assure my ataraxia.  If I can crank up my mantic pendulum and spew out some of my zeitgeist about subjects often considered contraband, I’ll relax with a semilunar bite of halva and enjoy the serendipty of contests.  

  • Be creative.
  • Write an original composition using no more than 750 words. Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or any other form of creatively written expression.
  • In your submission, correctly use each of the words or phrases below and hyperlink each one to the corresponding entry.
  • Please keep it clean. We’re a family-friendly site.
  • Post your submission on your blog or website. We must be able to access the entry from a direct link.
  • Fill out the entry form so we can judge your work.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than December 21, 2007.

Your creative and original submission must include each of the following words and phrases with hyperlinks to the entry for each one:


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