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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…

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Time for #50Preciouswords

822532._SX540_SY540_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!

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Dog’s Best Friend

Snow Dog,

Show Dog

Come on with me Dog.

Sleigh Dog,

Play Dog

Ride along with me Dog.

Run Dog,

Fall Dog

Hey! Bring back my mitten Dog.

Cold Dog,

Tired Dog

Let’s lay by the fire Dog.

Sleepy Dog,

Dreamy Dog

I love you next to me Dog.

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2nd Annual Valentiny Writing Contest

valentinywriting-contest2017Ready 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!

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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!

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Happy Halloweensie

x354-q80The air is getting cooler, colorful leaves are blanketing my driveway, and pumpkin spiced stuff is everywhere, which means it must be that time of the year…time for children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill’s 6th annual Halloweensie contest.

I absolutely, positively, love this contest.  It is so much fun trying to come up with my own Halloweensie story, and equally as fun reading everybody else’s.

If you want to submit a story of your own or read all the fabulous entries, head on over here, and prepare to be delighted by a cauldron of creativity. Continue reading

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#50 Precious Words Contest

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     What I love so much about the kid-lit community is their enduring love of books, and the endless generosity of their writers.  Whether it is sharing information, offering advice or support, or just lending an ear, the kid-lit community is like a close-knit family.

I am always impressed when a writer offers to host a writing contest on their blog, spend many, many hours reading all the submissions, and positively commenting on each and every entry.  This week Vivian Kirkfield is challenging us to write a children’s story in 50 words or less…CRAZY…right?  Wow what a challenge!  I thought Susanna Leonard Hill’s writing challenges were hard at 100 words or less.

This month, we all know, is the birth month of the lovable and prolific Dr. Seuss, March 2nd to be exact.  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).   Enter: Green Eggs and Ham.  

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Our challenge will be to stay within a 50 word count.  You can find my submission below.

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Cat’s Revenge?

Cat’s finally done it!

Squirrels in his teeth.

A hostage to revenge the dog.

Payback to bequeath.

Cat purrs with satisfaction

Dog barks with delight

Angered squirrels protest

hurling acorn pegmatite’s.

Meow and Yelp cry cat and dog

distracted from their prey

ducking flying acorn shells

as squirrel gets away!

I also wrote this next one in honor of the wonderful, silly relationship between my son and his Grandma Silly (Yes they actually call her Grandma Silly!)

Fox Breaking News:

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. The notorious Pack Rat Gang is believed to be involved. Police Chief Wallaby has summoned Wonder Weasel.

Story at 11…

Wonder Weasel

Wonder Weasel

and The Evil Dr. Gerbil

and The Evil Dr. Gerbil

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#LogiVSS Contest

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     So the other day I posted a link to Tara Lazar’s website about a very short story challenge sponsored by Logitech.  The idea was to write a short story on twitter in 8 lines or less.  I wasn’t exactly sure how to write a story that short and have it make sense.  After a bit of research, I realized that this type of writing is a bit of an art form.  On twitter, there are so many entries where people manage to write their stories in only one line, that would be 140 characters or less for those of you unfamiliar to twitter like myself.

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     Now, considering I didn’t have a twitter account, and knew nothing about it, not only did I have to figure out how to write a story in eight lines or less, I also had to figure out how to set up a twitter account.  To my surprise it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and after a bit of reading and a great introductory video by David A. Cox  I was on my way.  I created my twitter account using my nightingale tales blog name, and created my twitter handle (that’s lingo for my @I.D.), and successfully entered the Logitech challenge.  I even managed to write my story in 6 lines; not quite the 140 character story, but I now have something to strive for.  It’s a little addicting trying to complete a story in 140 characters.  The story I chose to write was really more appropriate for my nursing blog and can be found here

Let me know what you think.

 

 

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The Love Note

valentiny-logoTHE FIRST ANNUAL PRETTY MUCH WORLD FAMOUS VALENTINY WRITING CONTEST!!!

Susanna Leonard Hill is at it again turning the winter blues, into a rosy opportunity for a little Valentine writing contest, and lord knows I could use the break from writing school papers in APA format.  The format for this heartfelt Valen-tiny contest is described here. Good luck to all the entrants, there is a load of talent out there, and I just love reading everyone’s stories.

Ever since I met my husband he has been putting Valentine like love notes in all my cards, they always start the same way:  Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… followed by something sweet or funny.  When our children were born he passed those same Valentine love notes on to them, and now they are passing them back onto us, ahh the circle is complete.  Those love notes are the inspiration for my story today.

So without further ado, here is my entry (and yes I counted the words in the photos too: exactly 214).

The Love Note

“Susie and Thomas sitting in a tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g
first comes love,
then comes marriage,
then comes baby
in a baby carriage”

If Thomas heard this song one more time his head was going to explode. All the kids in his class haven’t stopped singing this song since Bobby Iritson found Thomas’ folded up note to Susie on the floor. Thomas was so embarrassed. He and Susie had been best friends since pre-school, and now she wouldn’t talk to him, or look at him without blushing cherry red. Thomas was kicking himself for writing that note.

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Now Thomas had no chance of ever knowing how Susie really felt, and today was Friday; the dance was tonight.

As the last bell rang for the day Thomas gathered the books from his desk, and under the last binder he found the crumpled note he had written a week earlier.

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