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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!)

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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!!

 

 

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Why The Nightingale Tales?

Andersen - The Nightingale - 005Welcome!!  I’m so glad you found your way to this page.  I decided to start The Nightingale Tales as a place where I can share my stories, poems, and ideas in an open, and simple format.  I am a critical care nurse by day, and I have a site that is devoted to more adult themed, and nurse oriented tales (nightingale chronicles), but here I would like to focus on writing for children.  As you can see I use the word Nightingale in each website, I honor both Florence Nightingale (the founder of modern day nursing), and the beautiful bird known for its melodic songs, and inspiring tales .  I enjoy making up stories, playing with themes, and seeing what I can create.  There is so much inspiration out there for children’s writing.  I have found many great websites along the way that inspire writing for children, and honing in on the craft of writing which I will share throughout this blog, and please feel free to share any treasures you may have stumbled upon.  Once again welcome to The Nightingale Tales, I hope you enjoy your time here.