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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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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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9th Annual Holiday Contest

Wake up from your Turkey slumber, it’s time to write! Susanna Leonard Hill is at it again, with her 9th Annual Holiday Contest. Not sure what that is? Well, take a sneak peek here and read all about it. Last year I was too busy with Grad school papers to participate, but this year I’m free, and looking forward to writing more stories. So on that note, time to get writing…

Hope to see you in the contest too!

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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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8th Annual Holiday Contest Stories

Unfortunately my grad school final paper took up all of my free writing time this past week, and I was unable to get a story together for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 8th annual Holiday Writing Contest. After submitting a 28 page grant proposal writing a 250 word short story should have been a piece of cake right?

Now that this semester is officially over, I at least have some free time to pour a hot cup of coffee (or cocoa), bake something yummy, sit by the fire, and read some amazing Holiday stories. Sound like fun? Come join me here and we can read together.

Happy Reading!

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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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Halloweensie 2018: The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and the Case of the Stolen Cauldron

Happy Halloweensie everybody. So glad you stopped by. I’m so excited to be entering another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie writing contests. If you don’t know what that is head on over here to check it out. If you’re not a writer, but love reading great stories, then head on over here to enjoy all the amazingly talented entries. This year I actually wrote two stories: The Evil Dr. Gerbil and the Case of the Stolen Cauldron (98 Words), and Tricks on You (95 Words).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday writing contest without my beloved Evil Dr. Gerbil. When we last left off, The Evil Dr. Gerbil had won the Villains Got Talent Valentines contest, but was swiftly arrested by law enforcement’s top crime fighter, Wonder Weasel, and was sentenced to time on the spinning wheel.

Enjoy the stories, and thanks for reading!

 

Fox Breaking News

 

An enchanted cauldron belonging to the weird Poo sisters: Itchy, Witchy, and Snitchy, was reported stolen. Evidence of partridge feathers and candy corn were found at the scene.

News at 11…

Fox Breaking News

The notorious Evil Dr. Gerbil has escaped from prison again! Shivering witnesses described an explosion, followed by a burning, boiling, bubbling fire. A newt’s eye, frog’s toe, dog’s tongue, and howl-et’s wing were found at the scene, leading authorities to believe the old double, double toil and trouble spell abetted the escape.

Wonder weasel is flying in to investigate.

Stay tuned…

Tricks on You

“What do you want?”
My heart skipped a beat.
“Why are you here?”
I croaked, “Trick or Treat?”

Her cauldron was boiling,
a black, inky brew,
she cackled,
and tossed me right into that stew.

Ahh came my screams!
Swish went her broom,
under the glow
of a rising full moon.

The hairs on my back
pricked to attention.
Was that a shiver
of witch apprehension?

Shape-shifting swiftly.
Teeth razor points.
Ten sharpened claws,
sprang from my joints.

Growl went my stomach.
I howled with delight!
My trick,
now my treat,
to feast on tonight.