Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WAG #8: Rose-Coloured Glasses

The assignment:

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!

Hm. I'm sitting here, struggling to think of something. Double hm. Triple hm. (Don't worry, I'm not going to go on in this vein for too long.) Well, I'm going to resort to something I saw last night on the Tube. You can always count on the London Underground for something repulsive.

The aromatic fumes grab my nostrils and turn my head. A succulent bit of roasted beef pokes out of a brightly coloured carton. Kermit-green lettuce clings artistically to its side and little bits of meat-mess adorn the bun. Oh, the perfectly toasted, golden bun. Sure, it's half gone but that just makes it that much more valuable.

My belly grumbles in response. Um, um... Burger King.

Right, I just need to make it clear that I DID NOT eat this. Yuck-o.


Nixy Valentine said...

Well, I'm not sure if you sold it to me, but your description was perfect! LOL!

I'm wondering if people will find this week's exercise easier -- the assignment is to do the opposite of this one and make something beautiful sound ugly.

I can't wait to see what you do. You do have a way with words!

Well done!

Marsha said...

Haha! Well, I was very disgusted by the whole spectacle, I have to admit. And hey, aren't you a vegetarian, Ms Detritus?

Chris said...

LOL, I've never been more happy to be a vegetarian. :-P

Nancy J. Parra said...

Wow- very well described. You made it sound tasty- um... really, that is kind of gross. LOL Good job!

ha!-word verification is "fooduni" ironic...

Iain Martin said...

I don't believe you...how could you pass up so delectable a snack. LOL But, really folks, I wasn't sold either.

Lulu said...

Perfect. So far you get my vote for staying to topic. I'm wondering if you could peddle the idea to Burger King's advertising agency?

I agree with Nixy, you do have a way with words and you are able to get your point across succinctly, without a lot of fluff. I am jealous of your gift.

Marsha said...

Thanks, Lulu!

I'm not sure I was sold either, Iain... I couldn't resist making it sound somewhat disgusting!

Gunnar Helliesen said...

You made me glad I'm a vegetarian! Impressively descriptive in very few words. Well done!