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Villains Got Talent

The 3rd annual Valentiny writing contest is now open.  If you haven’t done so already, head here to check out the rules, and read some amazing Valentiny entries.  I decided to bring back my lovable characters The Evil Dr. Gerbil and Wonder Weasel for this 214 word entry.  I don’t normally enter twice, but I couldn’t resist bringing back these guys. Hope you all enjoy!

 

Fox Breaking News…

“Turn that off Patty!”

“But why Evil Gerbs? You’re famous.”

“I’m not famous, I’m infamous.”

“Same difference.”

“Not to me. When I was a pup, do you think I wanted be The Notorious Evil Dr. Gerbil?

No, I wanted to be a star! I had talent you know, big dreams.”

“Well then,” Patty said, “Why don’t you enter the Valentine’s Day, Villains Got Talent Show?”

“I secretly hoped for a shot on that show. Imagine, ME, The Evil Dr. Gerbil a STAR!”

MEANWHILE BACK AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS…

“Wonder Weasel, any leads on Dr. Gerbil’s whereabouts?”

“No Commissioner Wallaby, not yet. But I have an idea, and I’m hoping I’m right.”

“What is it WW?”

“The Valentine Villains Got Talent show is tomorrow. I know that rodent would like nothing more than a shot at legitimate stardom.”

“Well, that’s it then, stake out the joint. This may be your chance to finally nab that lab rat once and for all.”

“I hope you’re right Commissioner.”

“For you’re sake Wonder Weasel, I hope you’re right!”

DAY OF THE VALENTINE’S VILLAINS GOT TALENT SHOW

“And the winner is…The Evil Dr. Gerbil”

Click, click, click, click.

“You’re under arrest Dr. Gerbil”

“Wonder Weasel, how’d you know I’d be here?”

“Let’s just say I had hope….”

 

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The Princess Frog

It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 3rd annual Valentiny writing contest. If you haven’t already done so, head here to read the rules, and some pretty amazing Valentiny entries.  I hope you enjoy my 213 word entry.

The Princess Frog

Frog hopped down to the pond. Tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, and he needed to collect lily flower Valentines. Across the pond he saw the most beautiful lily flower. Just as he was about to grab it, a hand came down.

“Hey!” said a girl, “That’s my lily flower!”

“You’re not even a frog,” said Frog, “Why do you want a lily flower?”

“I’m hoping to use it to attract the most handsome frog to kiss tomorrow, and turn him into my prince,” said the girl.

“That’s just a myth,” said Frog.

The next day at school Frog’s friends were missing. He hopped to the pond. His friends were getting kissed and turning into princes. He saw the girl from yesterday holding the wilted lily flower.
“What have you done to my friends?” Frog shouted.

The girl was crying.

“What’s the matter?”

“I kissed the frogs, but none of them turned into MY prince,” the girl cried.

Frog felt sad for her, and gently kissed her cheek.

POOF!

The girl turned into a lovely frog princess.

Frog said, “Wait here.”

He hopped to the other side of the pond, returning with the most beautiful lily flower.

“Would you be my Valentine?’

The Frog Princess smiled, and said, “Yes!”

Together they lived hoppily ever after.

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Get out the Vote: On the Halloweensie Finalists!

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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!

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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