Storystorm time is here! What is that you ask? Why it’s Tara Lazar’s annual writing inspiration…30 ideas in 30 days. Head over here to learn all about it and to register. You only have until January 9th before registration is closed. It’s a new year, and time for new story ideas. Join in on the fun, and who knows, you may just have a book idea when your done. Good luck to all the entrants. Happy New Year, and Happy Writing!
The 14 finalists are in, and although I did not make the final cut this year, I am so excited about the entries who did. So if you want to vote for the story you love best, head over here and place your vote. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill for hosting another fabulous Halloweesie contest.
Now on to the Holiday Contest…
Hi All. I’m so excited! Another year has passed, and once again it is time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Halloweensie writing contest. You can find all the rules and regulations here. If writing isn’t your thing, then please make sure to head here and read all the fabulous stories. I am always blown away by all the wonderful, and creative entries. It is amazing what writers can do with only 100 words. I have decided to revive my lovable (or not so lovable) Evil Dr. Gerbil for this Halloween special. In case you don’t remember, The Evil Dr. Gerbil hasn’t been seen since his prison escape last Christmas. I hope you enjoy my entry.
The Evil Dr. Gerbil and the Halloween Heist
FOX NEWS ALERT: Halloween Heist!
Halloween trick-or-treaters reported being held up for their candy corn cache last night. One group of children described the shadow of a rodent creeping up from behind demanding all of their candy corn.
Inspector Wallaby believes The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Patty Partridge, who is known to have a monstrous sweet tooth, are responsible.
Bits of feathers, and rodent droppings were found at the scene and have been sent to the DNA lab for further testing. Wonder Weasel is flying in to assist.
Stay tuned to Fox News for further updates…
If you love rhyming picture books as much as I do, and want to join Angie Karcher’s Rhyme Revolution, then head here to get started. Angie has a great line up for the month of April. You won’t be disappointed.
Hope to see you there!
Today is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday…hooray! His books molded my childhood, and made reading visual and visceral with his imaginative characters and inventive language. In honor of this special day Vivian Kirkfield is graciously hosting her second annual #50Preciouswords writing challenge. Writers are challenged to write a story in 50 words or less, you can go here for all the details.
The impetus for #50preciouswords evolved from a writing challenge presented to Dr. Seuss by Bennett Cerf, his editor at Random House in which he was impelled to write a story using no more than 50 unique words (not the word count). The end product…Green Eggs and Ham. Wow, what a way to step up to the plate!
If you’re a writer, please join in on the fun of this wonderful challenge, however, if you’re just a passive observer then head over to Vivian’s site and enjoy all the talented entries…you won’t be disappointed.
Please find my entry below at 49 words. I hope you enjoy it!
Dog’s Best Friend
Come on with me Dog.
Ride along with me Dog.
Hey! Bring back my mitten Dog.
Let’s lay by the fire Dog.
I love you next to me Dog.
Well everyone the 12 Valentiny finalists have been chosen, and although I did not make the final cut, there are 12 really fantastic stories that did. So please head here and cast your vote. The talent was incredible, and the competition fierce. I voted for my favorite, and it wasn’t easy, because I had a few!
Of course there would be no contest without Susanna and her crew, so a heartfelt thank you goes out to each and everyone of them who devote their time and energy into making these writing contests so much fun.
Ready to escape the winter blues? Then join in on Susanna Leonard Hill’s 2nd annual Valentiny Writing Contest. Don’t know how…click here to learn all about it. Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. It’s also that time of the year that brings a little light to our dark and dreary winters (especially if you live in the Northeast like me). What better way to share a little love and light than in this fun, creative, and inspiring writing contest. If you don’t write, then I would highly recommend you go here to view all of the creative story entries…and don’t worry each story is 214 words or less so you’ll have plenty of time to read them all!
Thanks again to Susanna and her helpers for hosting all of these amazing writing challenges, and all their time and effort sorting, reading, and deciding on all the fabulous entries.
Here is my entry at exactly 214 words!
The Tattle-Tale Heart
It was late; I worked secretly in my room making a special Valentine. At breakfast the next morning I felt secure my Valentine was the best-kept secret until my little brother Edgar came running into the room holding something heart shaped.
“Allan has a girlfriend…” Edgar sang.
“Give that back you little tattle-tale!” I screamed.
“What’s this I hear about a girlfriend?” Mom asked.
My cheeks burned hot.
I grabbed the Valentine from Edgar and ran to my room. I tossed it under the loose floorboards in my closet. At school I could feel my heart pounding in my chest…lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub…
After school I ran to pull up the floorboards to fix the broken Valentine but it was gone. “Huh?” Where could it be?
On Valentine’s Day I sat alone. I reached inside my desk for my book, but hit something crunchy. What is that? I pulled out my Valentine, perfectly put back together. Confused, I looked around the room when I spied a little head peeking in the classroom door window. It was Edgar! He smiled; I couldn’t believe it.
I walked up to Poenelope and gave her my special Valentine. Now it was her turn to burn.
Edgar gave me the thumbs-up and disappeared.
This was the best Valentine’s Day ever!