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9th Annual Holiday Contest: The Evil Dr. Gerbil Steals Christmas

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…

“Oh Gerbs, you truly are the Evilest villain in town!”

“This is my greatest work yet, Patty! I’ve stolen Christmas…Christmas! No presents, no smiling children, no stockings by the chimney. Let’s see what those miserable critics have to say about me now!”

 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.

Stay Tuned…

 

Hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

 

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#50PreciousWords Contest: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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.

Telephone

Two soup cans,
butchers twine,
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!”

 

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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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#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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#50 Precious Words Contest

Snoopy writing

     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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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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Sneaking a Peek on Christmas Eve…

Hello everyone it’s time for another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s fabulous holiday writing contests.  Here are the rules:  Write a children’s story 350 words or less with any version of “Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas Party Hop” as your opening line.  The story can be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate.

This tune was way too catchy so I wrote my story to the music of Brenda Lee, sing along and have some Christmas Cheer!!

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imagesSneaking a peek on Christmas Eveimages

at the presents under the tree.

Mom and Dad believed we were fast asleep,

but in reality…

Sneaking a peek on Christmas Eve is a dangerous game we play.

Crawling on our bellies all through the house,

in a covert Navy Seal way.

They would go completely mental knowing

we were here;

voices whispering,

“Shhh be quiet, getting caught would cause a riot.”

Sneaking a peek on Christmas Eve

like the ghosts of Christmas Past.

Checking out the gifts that Santa left,

and the piles that we amassed.

They would go completely mental knowing

we were here;

voices whispering,

“Shhh be quiet, getting caught would cause a riot.”

Sneaking a peek on Christmas Eve,

whose that hiding under the tree?

Oh my god, we’re busted, it’s Mom and Dad,

and they’re laughing merrily..

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday's To Everyone, and Safe and Peaceful New Year!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday’s To Everyone, and a Safe and Happy New Year!!