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8th Annual Holiday Contest: Tis the Season to be Writing!

When one holiday writing contest closes another one opens! Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie writing contest finally came to a close, and I was proud that my story “Tricks on You” received an honorable mention.

With the holiday season upon us, it is now time for the 8th Annual Holiday Contest. Not sure what that is?  Then head on over to Susanna’s site for all the details. Stories should be posted on your site between December 6-8th. Hope you join in for all the holiday fun.

Happy Writing!

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Halloweensie 2018: The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and the Case of the Stolen Cauldron

Happy Halloweensie everybody. So glad you stopped by. I’m so excited to be entering another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie writing contests. If you don’t know what that is head on over here to check it out. If you’re not a writer, but love reading great stories, then head on over here to enjoy all the amazingly talented entries. This year I actually wrote two stories: The Evil Dr. Gerbil and the Case of the Stolen Cauldron (98 Words), and Tricks on You (95 Words).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday writing contest without my beloved Evil Dr. Gerbil. When we last left off, The Evil Dr. Gerbil had won the Villains Got Talent Valentines contest, but was swiftly arrested by law enforcement’s top crime fighter, Wonder Weasel, and was sentenced to time on the spinning wheel.

Enjoy the stories, and thanks for reading!

 

Fox Breaking News

 

An enchanted cauldron belonging to the weird Poo sisters: Itchy, Witchy, and Snitchy, was reported stolen. Evidence of partridge feathers and candy corn were found at the scene.

News at 11…

Fox Breaking News

The notorious Evil Dr. Gerbil has escaped from prison again! Shivering witnesses described an explosion, followed by a burning, boiling, bubbling fire. A newt’s eye, frog’s toe, dog’s tongue, and howl-et’s wing were found at the scene, leading authorities to believe the old double, double toil and trouble spell abetted the escape.

Wonder weasel is flying in to investigate.

Stay tuned…

Tricks on You

“What do you want?”
My heart skipped a beat.
“Why are you here?”
I croaked, “Trick or Treat?”

Her cauldron was boiling,
a black, inky brew,
she cackled,
and tossed me right into that stew.

Ahh came my screams!
Swish went her broom,
under the glow
of a rising full moon.

The hairs on my back
pricked to attention.
Was that a shiver
of witch apprehension?

Shape-shifting swiftly.
Teeth razor points.
Ten sharpened claws,
sprang from my joints.

Growl went my stomach.
I howled with delight!
My trick,
now my treat,
to feast on tonight.

 

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Get Ready for Halloweensie 2018

It’s heeeeerrrreeee…Halloweensie that is, and I’m so excited because this is my favorite time of the year, my favorite holiday, and my favorite writing contest. That’s a lot of favorites! If you don’t know what Halloweensie is head here to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site for all the rules, regulations, and instructions. Hope to see your story there.

 

Happy Writing!

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#50 Precious Word Contest 2018

March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and to celebrate, the #50preciouswords contest is now open.  Don’t know what the #50preciouswords contest is, then head on over to Vivian Kirkfield’s website here, for the all the rules, and fabulous prizes.

Dr. Seuss was not immune to writing challenges either, and was dared by Bennett Cerf, his editor at Random House, to write a story using no more than 50 unique words (not the word count). The result: Green Eggs and Ham.

Thank you Vivian for all of your hard work and dedication to children’s literature, and the kid lit community.  My entry comes in at exactly 50 words.

 

Snow day

School is cancelled!

Hip, hooray!

Called my friends

“Come out, let’s play.”

Slick bottom sleds,

conquer the hill.

Pigtails ascending,

Oh what a thrill!

Race up and down

till sun starts to set,

stomach growling,

clothes soaking wet.

Gather our sleds;

head on our way.

Hoping tomorrow’s another snow day!

 

 

 

 

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Villains Got Talent

The 3rd annual Valentiny writing contest is now open.  If you haven’t done so already, head here to check out the rules, and read some amazing Valentiny entries.  I decided to bring back my lovable characters The Evil Dr. Gerbil and Wonder Weasel for this 214 word entry.  I don’t normally enter twice, but I couldn’t resist bringing back these guys. Hope you all enjoy!

 

Fox Breaking News…

“Turn that off Patty!”

“But why Evil Gerbs? You’re famous.”

“I’m not famous, I’m infamous.”

“Same difference.”

“Not to me. When I was a pup, do you think I wanted be The Notorious Evil Dr. Gerbil?

No, I wanted to be a star! I had talent you know, big dreams.”

“Well then,” Patty said, “Why don’t you enter the Valentine’s Day, Villains Got Talent Show?”

“I secretly hoped for a shot on that show. Imagine, ME, The Evil Dr. Gerbil a STAR!”

MEANWHILE BACK AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS…

“Wonder Weasel, any leads on Dr. Gerbil’s whereabouts?”

“No Commissioner Wallaby, not yet. But I have an idea, and I’m hoping I’m right.”

“What is it WW?”

“The Valentine Villains Got Talent show is tomorrow. I know that rodent would like nothing more than a shot at legitimate stardom.”

“Well, that’s it then, stake out the joint. This may be your chance to finally nab that lab rat once and for all.”

“I hope you’re right Commissioner.”

“For you’re sake Wonder Weasel, I hope you’re right!”

DAY OF THE VALENTINE’S VILLAINS GOT TALENT SHOW

“And the winner is…The Evil Dr. Gerbil”

Click, click, click, click.

“You’re under arrest Dr. Gerbil”

“Wonder Weasel, how’d you know I’d be here?”

“Let’s just say I had hope….”

 

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The Princess Frog

It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 3rd annual Valentiny writing contest. If you haven’t already done so, head here to read the rules, and some pretty amazing Valentiny entries.  I hope you enjoy my 213 word entry.

The Princess Frog

Frog hopped down to the pond. Tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, and he needed to collect lily flower Valentines. Across the pond he saw the most beautiful lily flower. Just as he was about to grab it, a hand came down.

“Hey!” said a girl, “That’s my lily flower!”

“You’re not even a frog,” said Frog, “Why do you want a lily flower?”

“I’m hoping to use it to attract the most handsome frog to kiss tomorrow, and turn him into my prince,” said the girl.

“That’s just a myth,” said Frog.

The next day at school Frog’s friends were missing. He hopped to the pond. His friends were getting kissed and turning into princes. He saw the girl from yesterday holding the wilted lily flower.
“What have you done to my friends?” Frog shouted.

The girl was crying.

“What’s the matter?”

“I kissed the frogs, but none of them turned into MY prince,” the girl cried.

Frog felt sad for her, and gently kissed her cheek.

POOF!

The girl turned into a lovely frog princess.

Frog said, “Wait here.”

He hopped to the other side of the pond, returning with the most beautiful lily flower.

“Would you be my Valentine?’

The Frog Princess smiled, and said, “Yes!”

Together they lived hoppily ever after.

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Halloweensie Finalists: Time to Vote!

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…