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Article by ERMurray © 6 February 2013.
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Jamaican cyclone on its way

I saw this storm brewing in Jamaica!

This week’s Wordspark is short and sweet.

Write an opening sentence containing these three words:

  • STORM
  • NAVY
  • TWO

Sounds easy? Let’s see what everyone comes up with… I might even give it a try myself!


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com

13 comments so far

  • “The Wakening began one dark night as the worst storm Lastagere had ever witnessed flung two men abeach, each soddenly clad in the fear-inspiring navy of their dread profession.”

  • Charlene – above and beyond what I was expecting! Love “the fear-inspiring navy of their dread profession”. Thank you!

  • ‘The sky was navy-bellied with the oncoming storm as the children, two fewer than normal this evening, struggled up the beach and away from the grasping clutches of the sea.’

  • There they wer marooned, trying to take shelter from the storm force winds, two lovers lost in one anothers embrace – should we have stayed at the navy base?

  • Karin bit her lip as she watched the navy storm clouds rage outside while her two brothers, both battered and bruised, came running towards their rundown shack.

  • Lenny Storm came from two generations of Navy men, hard, salt-bitten marine engineers who were dyed-in-the-wool realists. It came with the job.

  • @ S J O’Hart – I love that. “navy-bellied” is so evocative. I want to find out what happens now!

  • @dermhurl Thank you! I’m glad I got away with my cheeky use of ‘navy’. 🙂 I’ll have to write the rest of this story now!

  • @dermhurl “hard, salt-bitten marine engineers who were dyed-in-the-wool realists”. Wow.

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