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12 Valentiny Finalists…Time to Vote!

valentinywriting-contest2017Well 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.

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STORYSTORM

storystorm_participantPicture book idea month (PiBoIdMo) is back, and with a new identity.  Tara Lazar, the famous host of PiBoIdMo has once again challenged writers to a 30 day story idea, brainstorming session officially renamed Storystorm.  Registration begins today.  Head on over to Tara’s site to register, and who knows, one of your ideas may just be the next best seller!

Good luck to you!

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Holiday Contest Winners

12daysI just want to say a big thank you to Susanna Leonard Hill for hosting this fabulous holiday writing contest.  I was so excited to be a top 12 finalist, and happy to have tied for 8th place.  These contests always bring out the best in my writing, and I love the challenge.  I want to congratulate all the winners which you can find here.

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year!

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The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s 12 Days of Christmas

ae2d899129cac0d88c3d4fd6488c8e3fIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s fabulous holiday writing contests.  I’m so excited to be participating.  If you want to participate too, check out the contest rules, or just stop on over to read all the fantastic entries. You can get there by clicking here.

The rules this year are simple: Write a children’s holiday story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas! Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 300 words.

Just a quick background on my characters for this story, my son and his Grandmother have a special relationship, and when he was little he questioned what she did at night after he went to bed.  She made up a story that while he was sleeping, she was busy saving the world.  He nicknamed her Wonder Weasel, and the rest is history.  Since Wonder Weasel needed an archenemy, The Evil Dr. Gerbil was invented.  I love these characters so much, they have been a big part of my son’s childhood.  I thought this would be a fun contest to enter them in.

I hope you enjoy my entry (299 words).  Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday’s to you all!6a011570479cdc970b0192abdbb199970d-500wi

Fox Breaking News: 1st day of Christmas

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After being sentenced to a life of spinning for crimes committed against the animal kingdom, The Evil Dr. Gerbil managed to escape from his prison wheel today. Traces of pear were found at the scene, leading investigators to believe The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Patty Partridge might have been involved.

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Story at 11…

Fox Breaking News: 5th day of Christmas

At a press conference today Inspector Wallaby announced that the 5 Golden Ring Avian Gang comprised of 4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, and 2 Turtle doves sang fowl, giving up crucial information about Dr. Gerbil’s escape. They’ve had it out for Dr. Gerbil ever since the catastrophic avian flu vaccine incident.

Update at 11…

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Fox Breaking News: 7th day of Christmas

While The Evil Dr. Gerbil remains at large, pressure in the Avian community persists.   6 Geese a laying believe they spotted Dr. Gerbil at the 7 Swans a Swimming indoor pool.

News at 11…

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Fox Breaking News: 12th day of Christmas

It’s been 12 days since The Evil Dr. Gerbil’s escape from prison. Police are no closer to his whereabouts. Inspector Wallaby received numerous, revengeful tips from the community. Dr. Gerbil’s history includes: stealing 100 gallons of whole milk from the 8 Maids a Milking organic dairy farm, failing to pay 9 Ladies Dance studio for 40 hours of tango lessons, and leaving 10 Lords a Leaping hopping mad after he swindled them out their inheritance.

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Once caught, Dr. Gerbil will be placed in solitary confinement, and subjected to the 11 pipers piping/12 drummers drumming prison band.

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Fox News Update:

After an embarrassing 12-day failure to capture The Evil Dr. Gerbil, Inspector Wallaby has called on Dr. Gerbil’s archenemy Wonder Weasel to assist in the investigation.

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Stay tuned…

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Merry Christmas to All!!

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Get out the Vote: On the Halloweensie Finalists!

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The results are in and the top 12 finalists have been picked.  Though I’m  a little sad I did not make it to the finale this year, I am more than happy for all those great story writers who did.  If you want to vote for the best Halloweensie story of 2016, head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s website and get out the vote!

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

photo-jpg Whether you’re a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a grandparent, or a friend, we all watch those St. Jude T.V. commercials showing sick children undergoing treatments we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies.  I cry during each and every one of those commercials.  In my 28 year nursing career I have focused my time mostly on adult critical care.  I have come into contact with a few sick children, but none with cancer.  I have three healthy children, and I thank God every day that they are healthy.  Like any parent, sometimes I think, what if that were my child in that commercial, what would I do, how would I cope?  I answer myself in denial, but the reality is that 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.  Some of those children will be treated in their home state, and may be covered by their parents insurance, but there are many that do not have access to top medical care, and who cannot afford it. This is where St. Jude Children’s hospital comes in.

Named after the St. of lost causes, and founded by actor Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s hospital fulfilled a promise that Danny made to St. Jude in return for providing him guidance in his life.  Through tireless fundraising events, and the help of the Arab-American community (ALSAC), monies were raised, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened their doors on February 4, 1962.  The cost of treatment is free for those who otherwise could not afford it.

At the time of the opening of St. Jude Children’s Hospital the survival rate for childhood cancer was 20%.  With the sophisticated research capabilities of St. Jude, that survival rate has climbed to 80%, and diseases that were considered a death sentence, now have a survival rate of 94%.

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St. Jude has always been a charity close to my heart, and this November 5th I will be running the Savannah 1/2 Rock-n-Roll Marathon under the banner of St. Jude.  I have volunteered to collect $500.00 for this run to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  If possible, I would ask anyone reading this to donate what you can.  Any amount is helpful.  I have collected $385.00 so far which is 77% of my goal.  And if you cannot donate at this time in your life, please consider donating to St. Jude at some time in the future.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post, and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The link to my page can be found below.

God Bless!

Jean

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