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!


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.



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.



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!


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!




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!


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!



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


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.


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…


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…


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.


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.

Wonder Weasel

Stay tuned…



Thanks for stopping by.  Merry Christmas to All!!



Get out the Vote: On the Halloweensie Finalists!


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!