Sunday, April 19, 2009

WAG, part 8

“WAG #8: Rose Colored Glasses” Go out and choose an unfamiliar object (in other words, one you have no history with) that strikes you as ugly, repulsive, annoying, etc… some ideas might be: a wad of squashed gum on the pavement, a dead squirrel on the side of the road, an ugly sign, a loud construction site, a tacky sculpture in a charity shop… and write about it in such as way as to make it appealing to your reader. Really sell it! Use whatever words you want and cheat as much as you want, but do your best!

Wow, hard one- I am more repulsed by bad behavior then by the way anything is created. Of course, some things like squished gum are results of bad behavior...

Hmmm. Here goes-

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you the most beautiful lamp of all time. It is shapely. It is seductive. It will fit into any decor. From the gorgeous cream colored vinyl to the black fishnet surrounding it, your friends will be amazed. They will not be able to quit looking at it. The women will want to have a pair of dark pumps just like the one at the base while the men will be drawn to the seductive leggy shape. The light is bright but softened by the sounded shade with matching black tassel. Everyone will be talking about this lamp. Everyone will want one. Friends will rush out to have one in their home as well. Even better if you can find a matching pair. This shapely lamp will forever be associated with the best time of year- Christmas. Even your grandchildren will fight over who gets this stunning heirloom when you die. You'll be the talk of the town.

Okay- if I did this right, you'll know what lamp I'm describing. Hint: it's from an old movie.

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12 comments:

Marty said...

Too easy - but I watch THAT movie every year. When we first moved North of Siberia (but South of Wisconsin) I found a leg lamp in a local second hand store, it was marked "Prized Possession - NOT for Sale!" ;D

Nancy J. Parra said...

LOL! You get to see where my brain was this morning. Cheers!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Gee, I wonder which movie...!

Hmm, maybe I can make the 'Show me how the little piggies eat?' part appealing...

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Nixy Valentine said...

You know, I had completely forgotten about that leg lamp in the film... it's been a long time since I've seen it!

I like the playful tone you took with it, and your description was perfect!

Great job!

Marsha said...

Am I the only one who doesn't know what film everyone is on about?

I love the 'infomercial' tone it - made me laugh in several places. Awesome!

Christine said...

Hahaha! I haven't seen that in years! 'you'll poke your eye out!' Nice nancy. :-)

Iain Martin said...

Great job, Nancy! I liked the way you presented the features taken to be "ugly" as selling points, leaving the reader to decide. And THAT lamp really is a collector's item.

Lulu said...

A lot of fun Nancy. You have a bright future in sales. A woman I work with actually won a leg lamp in a radio contest. She brought it to work to show it off proudly. The rest of us tried to hide our revulsion, but not sure how successful we were.

Great descriptive writing. Really enjoyed it.

PS - Marsha - I don't know the movie either.

Nancy J. Parra said...

The movie is "A Christmas Story"- from the 1980's-(1986 I think)-Cult classic.

SueO said...

It's a Major Award!!

And so deserved for the results of this exercise. The moment you said "fishnet" in the same sentence as "lamp", you got it into my head.

Nice job. Reading all the wonderful results, I wish I'd gotten inspired to participate. :(

Peter Spalton said...

Ok, like Marsha I don't know what you're talking about. Maybe the film never made it over this side of teh pond.

Nice piece though.

Gunnar Helliesen said...

I've never seen the movie, but I'm sure I've seen or heard it referred to before, perhaps in another movie or a book. Either way, the lamp was instantly recognizable, even on this side of the pond. Nicely done!