Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Valentiny Contest

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
(214 words)

“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 school.”

“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 above.”

“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:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

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.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vivian Kirkfield's Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm honored to have The Bath of Least Resistance featured on Vivian Kirkfields Perfect Picture Book Friday. I'm so honored that I'm giving away a copy. Just leave a comment on her blog to be eligible to win.

Friday, November 17, 2017

And the winner's are....

Congratulations to the winner's in Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest! My story wasn't one of the top 15. But I did get an honorable mention for Great Kid Appeal. The results are posted here.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Time to vote...

...for your favorite story in Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie contest. As always, there are many great stories to choose from.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Goodreads giveaway stats

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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest

It's that time of year again... time for pumpkin lattes! But the thing I look forward to the most this time of year is Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie contest. This is the 7th year for the contest and my 3rd time entering.  

The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy cornmonster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.)  

I got out my thinking cap, added dust and cobwebs, and came up with the following story. I hope you enjoy it. 

Killer Candy Corn Costume
80 words
(78 with candy corn as 1 word) 

King sized pillow case? Check! 
Flash Light? Check! 
Monster costume? Check! 
I’m all set to trick or treat! 
First block done. I’m a little hungry. I’d better eat some candy. 
My whole pillow case is filled with candy corns. My favorite! I could eat them all day long. 
What’s this large shadow looming over me? 
Oh a candy corn costume. 
“Nice costume kid. That’s my favorite candy.” 
Oh cool! The mouth opens really wide. 
“Humans, my favorite candy. BURP!”

Check out the other great entries into the contest here

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!