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Friday, July 18, 2014

Use Your Words: July 2014

Hello, friends!
Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 12 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 

My words/ phrases are: 
diabolically-challenged ~ angel ~ slap-happy ~ any form of dare (to dare, dared, daring, dares) ~ The Lollipop Guild ~ fetch (think Mean Girls, make it happen)

They were submitted by:  

I'm going with a newspaper article:


Shellybean says... VOL XXV July, 2014

Successful Sewing Shop To Close After 50 Years

Dan and Brenda Simpson have spent the last 50 years married and working together in a small corner shop on the second floor of 21st Street and Main.

The couple who opened The Lollipop Guild, a specialty-sewing store in 1964, permanently closed their doors last Sunday.

From the beginning, the pair have continuously worked on creating, designing, repairing and updating outfits for some of the world’s most prominent superheroes.

“People always assume that this amazing, active clothing automatically appears out of thin air.  It just doesn’t work that way. It needs to be made and made well. That’s what we did here.” says Dan. “We worked really hard for the men and women doing good things in the world.”

Teasing that the couple have forever been “diabolically challenged”, Brenda admits to dressing only superheroes. “Villains don’t even seem to care about the quality of their clothing. They’re simply too focused on their slap-happy plans to ruin the world. As far as we’re concerned, they can shop on Amazon.”
The Lollipop Guild customers take advantage of sale prices.

Customers coming in and out of the store during its final days were quick to rave about the wonderful service they’ve received over the years.

Keeping his anonymity, “B-Man” sang the praises of Brenda, who has always taken the time to finish his projects before the light of the moon. “Ever since my butler became ill, my eating habits have been less than healthy. Without complaining, Brenda accommodates my body and adjusts my utility belt as needed.”

Before leaving the shop, “B-Man” added in his famous raspy voice, “ I’m not saying these people invented Superhero ‘Underoos’... but I’m not NOT saying it either.”

Another customer, W.W., shakes her head upon news of the closing. “No one else takes the time to properly fit my body like this place. I spend a lot of time whipping around my lasso and twirling in-between clothing changes. ONLY the angels at the Lollipop Guild can make a sparkly, comfortable bustier/onesie that stays in place. All of that AND an invisible zipper!  I love invisible stuff. Even the teenage girls notice how “fetch” I look. Where am I going to find that kind of craftsmanship again?

S.M., the shop’s last customer, agrees with the others. “ It’s as hard to find a well- fitting garment these days as it is finding a telephone booth. Dan and Brenda always make sure my, ahem, under-suit is tight and right.”

“It was an amazing job.” Dan admits. “If someone would have told us that 10,000 yards of Spandex, a few vats of glitter, latex, and plastic molds would bring us this much happiness…well, I don’t know that we would have believed them.”

When asked what advice he’d give to future small business owners, Dan smiles lovingly at his wife and says, “Have as much fun as you can. Make all of the friends you can. Laugh everyday while making sure what you’re doing is adding to the good in the world. Do it with integrity. Love it. Love every minute of it. We dare you.”

After a short vacation to a favorite customer’s cave/mansion, the Simpson’s are off to spend the rest of their “quiet” years in a studio apartment in the heart of NYC.

Happy "Yes, I love Marvel Heroes too." day, friends!

Check out the other participants in today's Use Your Words Challenge!

Baking in a Tornado                                
Spatulas on Parade                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                      
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                              
Dates 2 Diapers 2                        
The Berghams's Life Chronicles                  
The Sadder But Wiser Girl                        
The Momisodes                                    
Someone Else's Genius                   
Follow Me Home                 
Crumpets and Bollocks             


  1. Girl THAT was awesome! I love how creative you were and the story is really cute. I'm a superhero kinda girl too :)
    Spatulas On Parade

    1. Thank you, Dawn. I had to practice my Wonder Woman spin while writing this :)

  2. Wow, excellent job using "your" words! I hope that those superheros will have another place to shop (maybe now that the Lollipop Guild has closed it's doors. I like the illustrations, too, although I think they should have sold "B-Man" a few more boxes of those cough drops. I hope that Dan and Brenda get the relaxing retirement that they deserve after all those years serving all those superheros - maybe that would be a good follow-up story. Thanks for sharing your humor and looking forward to the next.

    Love, M

    1. That was fast, Mr. Man. Is it a slow day at work? My illustrator is pretty awesome. We only had a few creative differences this time, but he won out, knowing so much more about the DC world than me :) Have a great day at work and thanks for the plug. (Even though the shop is empty.) Working weekend for me?

  3. Hahahaha, yes, let the ignorant villains shop online..! Reminds me of "Shop around the Corner" vs "Fox Bookstore".
    Love Dan's advice - it applies not only to small business owners :-)
    It's great to see you back!

    1. Tamara, I absolutely would have loved to work at "Shop Around the Corner". I'm a sucker for small business :) I'm going to start living by Dan's advice :)
      So glad to be back.

  4. Aaaahhhhh. I feel like a junkie who just finally got her fix (not that I have a clue what that feels like). No one writes like you. No one has your imagination and ability to spin such a unique story. Loved it, as always.

    1. Karen, it feels like it has been forever. I'm happy to be writing (last minute, of course) again. I'm glad you liked the story. The words I had were fun to use. Thanks for the challenge and continued encouragement <3

  5. Love, love, love...

  6. Is that actually a day?? Where have I been? Although, I'd go with just superhero day for this post... they may want to stay anonymous, but I happen to know that 2 interviewees are DC, not Marvel. Love, love, LOVE the story. So clever!

    Sorry. I'm a purist. Nerds Unite!

    1. Hahaha. No, Robin. My youngest was upset that I didn't mention any Marvel superheroes in the piece, so I added my "Marvel-love" at the end :) Glad you liked the story and proud to have a purist on board!!

  7. I love this piece, Twinnie! But I do agree with the youngest...Marvel needs to be added at all times! lol

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I promise to keep Spidey and Captain America on standby for the next superhero post :)

  8. What a clever post! Absolutely loved it :-)

    What creativity you got there lady, especially rocking out "diabolically challenged".

    I'll definitely be stopping by to get more of your writing-you got me hooked!

    1. Thanks, Jenn. I had NO idea what I was going to do with "diabolically challenged". Cheers to "Crumpets and Bollocks" for those awesome words. I am so glad you liked the post. :) Come by any time!

  9. Great post, Shellybean! I have to say that B-man has always been one of my personal favorites. I am glad that the truth finally came out and that his butler doesn't have to take all of the credit anymore ;) The picture of the two old people just melts my heart. Props to you for your amazing writing skills, and also props to your AMAZING graphic designer. :) Love you!


    1. A, I know your love of B-Man well. C. will be so happy to see the props you gave him on the drawings. Yep, I hope I look just like Brenda when I grow up :) Thanks for the comment. <3 you.- Mamacello

  10. Love the post. I am always amazed at your writing. Very entertaining and creative. Hope you are doing well!!

    1. Oh, Thank you Dawn. It means a lot that you stop by to make me smile. I'm doing really well. Hope you are too!

  11. You did a fabulous job with the post. I totes enjoyed reading it. Very good use of the words. At 60% off, I'll take some masks and capes for the kids, and some boots for myself.

    1. Thank you! Hey, at 60 % off, I would have been in some trouble. It is way past time for a new cape. HA!


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