I can’t believe it’s already February! You know what that means? It is time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Writing Contest! Not sure what that is? Head over here to read up on all the contest rules. We have to write a tiny (Valen-tiny), 214 word story where somebody is feeling curious. I can tell you right now I’m so curious as to how I’m going to tackle this story idea. So if you’re feeling a little curious, check out Susanna’s website so you can enter a curiosity of your own. Until then…happy writing. See you back here by the 14th!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…so I can get cozy on the couch and start reading Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest story entries. Not sure where to find them? Head on over here to read all about the contest and find the links to all the entries. I managed to squeak my story in at the last minute, and at 249 words!
It’s time to see what my beloved (or not so beloved) The Evil Dr. Gerbil is up to. When we last left off The Evil Dr. Gerbil managed to escape from prison again with the help of his on again, off again, girlfriend Patty Partridge, a stolen enchanted cauldron, and a little magic. Inspector Wallaby put his best agent, Wonder Weasel, on the case.
Fox Breaking News
An international gerbil-hunt is in effect after elves from the North Pole reported Santa’s sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer stolen. Bits of rodent droppings, and traces of pear were found at the scene, Investigators believe this to be the work of The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and his on again, off again girlfriend Patty Partridge.
Story at 11…
Fox News Alert…
The 5 Golden Ring Avian Gang reported being knocked out of the sky this evening by a fast moving sleigh, believed to be piloted by The Evil Dr. Gerbil.
Our Fox reporter interviewed the fowled Fowl, who had this to say,
“It was that filthy rodent!”
Back to you in the studio…
Thank you Ralph. Children are bracing for this global crisis; Wonder Weasel has been called to investigate.
Meanwhile back at Police Headquarters…
“Yes Santa…we’re wor…I under…of cour…CLICK! Wonder Weasel, please tell me you have a plan?”
“Yes Inspector Wallaby. I have a plan to return Santa’s sleigh, and put that rodent back in his cage…”
Fox Breaking News
Santa’s sleigh and eight tiny reindeer have been located on a small reindeer treat farm in upstate NY. The Evil Dr. Gerbil remains at large. Investigators are collecting DNA and paw-print evidence at the scene.
Hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Wake up from your Turkey slumber, it’s time to write! Susanna Leonard Hill is at it again, with her 9th Annual Holiday Contest. Not sure what that is? Well, take a sneak peek here and read all about it. Last year I was too busy with Grad school papers to participate, but this year I’m free, and looking forward to writing more stories. So on that note, time to get writing…
Hope to see you in the contest too!
Happy Halloweensie everyone! I’m so excited Halloweensie is finally here. This is my absolute, favorite time of the year. Perhaps it’s because I was born in the fall, but I just love this season. The air is cool, and crisp, the leaves are brilliant shades of crimson, and gold, and Susanna Leonard Hill posts her fabulous writing contest that completes the spirit of the season. If you don’t know who Susanna Leonard Hill is, or what this Halloweensie thing is all about, head on over here to check it out.
Please take the time to read as many of the Halloweensie entries as you can, because the talent is always amazing, and the stories do not disappoint. This year’s word prompts are: Cobweb, Potion, and trick. You can find my entry below coming in at exactly 100 words! I hope you enjoy it, and thanks so much for stopping by.
I woke wrapped in a cobweb,
an icky-sticky food-bed,
I shivered with impending dread,
as Spider crawled my way.
My mind raced in slow motion,
reminded of that potion,
that superstitious notion,
the old witch passed my way.
That craggy, hag spoke slickly,
of a get-rich scheme, so quickly,
I responded coxcombically,
now in this web I lay.
I should have seen it coming,
An All Hallows Eve witch summing,
of an evil trick forthcoming,
making me the spiders prey.
To think I turned down candy
falling victim to that bandy,
beastly’s modus operandi,
now a spider’s webbed buffet!
Get ready ghosts and goblins, All Hallow’s Eve is soon upon us, and you know what that means right?
Evil tricks and yummy treats?
Cavity laden teeth?
Blackmail worthy costumes?
Nooooo….it means it’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 9th annual Halloweensie writing contest. Not sure what that is? Head on over here to read all about it. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful entries, and to submit my own. Hope to see your story there!
March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and to celebrate, the #50preciouswords contest is now open. Don’t know what #50preciouswords is? Then head on over here to Vivian Kirkfield’s website.
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 that you do to support the kid lit community. You are a true inspiration!
Here is my entry at exactly 50 words.
Two soup cans,
grab a can,
pull the line.
You run there,
I’ll go here,
put your can
around your ear.
Mouth to can,
I yell, “Hello!”
and watch sound travel
to and fro.
My friend replies,
“No need to shout,
I hear you clearly,
Over and out!”
Happy Valentines Day Everyone, or should I say Happy Valentiny! I’m excited for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 4th annual Valentiny writing contest. For all of the fabulous entries, or more information on Susanna’s contest, head on over here. I hope you enjoy my story. It comes in at 209 words.
The Love Letter
Susie loves Johnny,
and Johnny loves Jane,
but Jane’s one true love
is Marty McShane.
Marty McShane still thinks
girls are icky,
but everyone knows
that Marty’s so picky.
On Valentine’s Day
Susie wrote a love letter,
in hopes that her Johnny
would never forget her,
but Johnny loves Jane,
and pretended the letter
was one he had written
in order to get her
to be his true love,
his girl, his sweet Jane,
but Jane’s one true love is Marty McShane.
And Marty McShane still thinks
girls are icky,
and everyone knows that Marty’s so picky.
Love letters make Marty queasy inside,
so when Jane passed that letter,
He wanted to die!
Then the teacher said,
“Marty, please hand me your letter!”
and Marty burned red,
‘cause he knew he upset her.
Marty knew Teacher would read the love letter
out loud to the class,
there was no way he’d let her!
He crumpled the letter
He rumpled the page,
then hid the love note
in the class pet’s steel cage.
Freckles woke up
As the letter slipped in,
and he knew that the letter wasn’t for him,
but he guiltily swallowed it down with a grin.
causing classmates to laugh,
much to Marty’s chagrin!
Get ready for another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s fabulous writing contests. Don’t know what that is? Then head on over here to find out. This year’s writing challenge is to write a 214 word story where someone is feeling guilty. Now that sounds like fun! Hope to see your story there. If not check back in on February 14th to read all of the amazing entries.
Today is an exciting day because registration is open for Tara Lazar’s Storystorm 2019! Not sure what Storystorm is, then head on over here to find out. I’m looking forward to participating again this year. Who knows, maybe a great picture book will be born this year.
Unfortunately my grad school final paper took up all of my free writing time this past week, and I was unable to get a story together for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 8th annual Holiday Writing Contest. After submitting a 28 page grant proposal writing a 250 word short story should have been a piece of cake right?
Now that this semester is officially over, I at least have some free time to pour a hot cup of coffee (or cocoa), bake something yummy, sit by the fire, and read some amazing Holiday stories. Sound like fun? Come join me here and we can read together.