In honor of Theodore Geisel's birthday, better known as Dr. Seuss, Vivian Kirkfield has brought back her 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge. The challenge is to write a complete story in 50 words or less. More information and the other entries here. The inspiration for my entry came from my son taking a bubble bath. I hope you enjoy it.
The animals at the zoo were ready for their bath.
The shiny cotton candy scented bubbles made them laugh.
Out of bubble bath the animals let out a collective groan.
Mortimer the bear sprang into action making bubbles of his own.
It's time for the 3rd annual Susanna Leonard Hill Valentiny Writing Contest. The rules this time are a story that is 214 words in length in which someone must be hopeful. My entry comes in at exactly 214 words. I'm hopeful that you enjoy it.
A Squirrelly Valentine
“Did you see that?” asked Chipper.
“See what?” responded Twiggy.
“Bobby left his Valentine on the bench. We need to get it to
him somehow before he gets to school.”
“How can we do that? We’re just squirrels.”
“If we take the squirrel superhighway, we should beat him to
“Sounds great. Let’s go!”
They grabbed the Valentine, scurried up a tree, and leapt
branch to branch high above the ground.
The traffic was bad. But they beat Bobby to the school.
“How do we get it back to him?” asked Twiggy.
“I have an idea,” responded Chipper. “You run in circles
around his legs. While he’s stopped, I’ll drop it into his backpack from
“I love running in circles!”
“Great. Let’s hope this works.”
Twiggy circled Bobby. Chipper took aim and dropped the valentine.
A gust of wind blew it off course.
Twiggy stopped circling. Chipper joined him on the ground. Puzzled,
Bobby continued into the school.
“We tried,” sighed Chipper.
“I hope someone isn’t too disappointed,” said Twiggy.
Chipper looked at the Valentine and exclaimed, “Hey, its’
addressed to us.”
Chipper opened the Valentine and read it, “You guys are
nuts. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Bobby.”
“I think I’m going to cry,” sniffled Twiggy.
“I’ll get you a tissue,” replied Chipper.
Check out the other great entries at Susanna's blog: https://susannahill.com/blog/
My brain had just barely returned to normal after the Halloweensie contest when the 7th Annual Holiday Contest was announced. I began brainstorming idea's and came up with nothing. After several glasses of eggnog and brandy, I came up with this story which is loosely based on actual events. I hope you enjoy it.
Santa in the Side Pocket245 words
Ah…Christmas Eve. The longest day in any present-loving kid’s life. One more obstacle to hurdle before Santa arrives with gifts.
My family went to my uncle’s house for Christmas Eve. The evening consisted of playing with cousins, dinner and the highlight of the evening: opening a few gifts.
I was greeted by the usual kaleidoscope of M & M’s. I grabbed a large handful and walked into the living room where I discovered a new piece of furniture… a pool table.
My cousins and I played pool all night long. I had so much fun that I wished I asked Santa for a pool table instead of LEGOs.
On the drive home, a bright streak in the sky caught my eye. SANTA!
“Can you bring me a pool table please, Santa?”
“I don’t think Santa will have time to fly all the way back up to the North Pole to get you a pool table, honey,” my mom responded.
I went to bed a little disheartened.
The morning sun hit my face and I sprang into gift opening mode.
I rounded the corner into the living room and…
I ran smack into a kid-sized pool table.
“Thanks Santa!” I shouted. I unwrapped my other gifts so quickly that I had no idea what I received.
I played pool all day long until it was time for bed.
The next day, I woke up and played with LEGOs. I never touched the pool table again.
Thanks for reading. Check out the other great entries here.
My Goodreads giveaway for 3 copies of The Bath of Least Resistance ended early Sunday morning after running for a week. 1286 people entered and 461 of them marked it as to-read. Congratulations to the winners. The books will be in the mail Wednesday this week.