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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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#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