First Word Of The Day Challenge

First Word Of The Day Challenge

This is my first Submission

The Word Of The Day Challenge

So, going to, the word for January 1, 2017, is:


or hansel [han-suh l]

1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
2. a first installment of payment.
3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste.
verb (used with object), handseled, handseling or (especially British) handselled, handselling.
4. to give a handsel to.
5. to inaugurate auspiciously.
6. to use, try, or experience for the first time.
Actually, quite fitting, as this is the inaugural post for my new challenge. So, here goes:

James had been down on his luck for some time. Whenever he thought he might be making progress, life came along and knocked his good fortune out from under him.

He never let his problems be known, so no one realized his needs. He figured few would offer him a hansel, let alone help him get through the hard times. He would have to go it alone whether people knew or not.

He finally decided on his own handsel; he would play the lottery and see if his luck could change.

When the winning numbers were drawn, he amazed everyone by matching all of them.

No more would James be a pauper.


I welcome all comments, feedback and/or critiques. I would also extend to any and all to feel free to make your own creation on this word, or another found elsewhere. As stated in the “rules.” Due to overwhelming SPAM, I’ve had to disable the comment section. If you wish to pose any, please email them to me and I’ll see that they are added. Thank you for understanding.

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I am a fiction writer;

A creator of larger-than-life heroes of ages gone by;
Great wizards tainted, and those who resist them;

War between interstellar travelers, both on this planet and far away;
Alien races intent on the annihilation of any being not their own,
and weaker ones in need of a savior- as well as the One who becomes their savior.

Clashes with bad people and dangerous places, where only one can survive.

When you get to my writing, sit back, hold on, and enjoy the ride!