We will show that the skeleton model can reproduce the intermittent generation of MJO events and their organization into wave trains with growth and demise, as seen in nature. We achieve this goal by developing a simple stochastic parametrization for the unresolved details of synoptic-scale convective activity, that is coupled to otherwise deterministic processes in the skeleton model. In particular, the intermittent initiation, propagation and shut down of MJO wave trains in the skeleton model occur through these stochastic effects. In addition to this, we will discuss how the skeleton model may qualitatively reproduce additional features of intraseasonal variability when it accounts for more details of the vertical and meridional structure of convective activity. This includes MJO events with a front-to-rear (i.e. tilted) vertical structure as well as intraseasonal events with off-equatorial heating or northward propagation.