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#50preciouswords

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 to read all about it.

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 STEAM story at 48 words:

Quaking Bog

Warmed by a sunrise,
shivered in fog,
on a great golden pond,
floats a great quaking bog.

 The bog is a fragile wetland display
of how to preserve
instead of decay,
but beware of this quivering, quaking like glen
’cause it’s known to have swallowed,
and mummified men.

 

 

 

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The Stinky Valentine

Happy Valentiny everyone! I’m so excited for another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny writing contests. This year the theme was curiosity. The rules entailed writing a 214 word story in which someone feels curious. “The curiosity may be about a person, place, thing, quality, idea, event, or about whether something will happen or something is true or real, or anything else under the sun…”

I had so much fun writing my entry. If you want to learn a bit more about this contest, post your own entry, or if you just want to remain anonymous and read some really fun Valentiny’s, then sit back, grab some of that Valentine chocolate you’ve been hiding, and head on over here.

I hope you enjoy my story. It comes in at 212 words!

The Stinky Valentine

The box arrived,
we stood and stared.
It smelled so bad,
that no one dared,
to pick it up
or sniff their nose,
the contents likely decomposed.

The box was wrapped
with bows, and hearts,
a Valentine
that smelled like farts!

It was addressed
to our whole family,
posted from
our favorite Grammy.
But why would Grammy
send a cache
that smelled like
weeks old, rotting trash?

I don’t think that’s
a Valentine’s treat,
it smells like Grandpa’s
stinky feet!

Mom called out
for Volunteers,
but we replied
with loud Bronx cheers!

Mom grabbed the box,
and held her nose,
tore off the hearts,
ribbons, and bows.

We all leaned in,
a tight knit squeeze,
and eyed a block
of blue veined cheese!

“Ewww,” we cried!
Quite displeased,
to find this marbled,
Valentine Cheese!

Then “Knock, Knock, Knock”
tapped like a score,
from the knocker
on our door.

Now who is that?
We went to see,
why,
Mr. Mouse’s Family,
who held a box
adorned with hearts,
that smelled divine,
and not like farts.

“I think this box belongs to you!”
It seems the post
mixed-up the two,
and no offense,
but this box reeks
of sickly, sugary,
doughy treats.”

We all laughed,
relieved to find,
a much more palatable
Valentine!

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Halloweensie 2019: Spiders Prey

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!

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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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The Love Letter

valentiny writing contest 2019!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!

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THE 4TH ANNUAL VALENTINY WRITING CONTEST: Susanna Leonard Hill

valentiny writing contest 2019!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.

 

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Get Ready for Halloweensie 2018

It’s heeeeerrrreeee…Halloweensie that is, and I’m so excited because this is my favorite time of the year, my favorite holiday, and my favorite writing contest. That’s a lot of favorites! If you don’t know what Halloweensie is head here to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site for all the rules, regulations, and instructions. Hope to see your story there.

 

Happy Writing!