Tara Lazar is hosting STORYSTORM 2018! Come up with 30 ideas for the month of January and you might win a nifty surprise! Great guests blog each day giving some insight and fun to the writers' journey.
It's that wintry time of year and Susanna Leonard Hill is presenting the 7th Annual Holiday Contest! Here are the rules: Write a children’s holiday story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) about A Holiday Surprise! Any kind of surprise – anything at all! – the more unexpected the better! 🙂 Squirrel in the Christmas Tree? Snowstorm in Jamaica? Santa delivering toys from an excavator pulled by a herd of worms? Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 250 words! Your entry should be posted on your blog between 12:01 AM EST Thursday December 7 and Sunday December 10 at 11:59 PM EST, and your post-specific link should be added to the link list on the official holiday contest post which will go up on my blog on Thursday December 7 and remain up through Friday December 15 for your reading pleasure.
Put on your comfys, grab a warm drink, and enjoy some holiday fun! Please use the button to visit Susanna's page.
Please enjoy my story for the contest :) 241 words
“Sam, Lili, we’re off to find Santa Claus,” says Alice.
After donning our coats, mittens, and snowshoes, we TROMP, STOMP, and TRUDGE through snowy-slippery
drifts, searching for Santa Claus. Instead we find a red hat.
“Now what?” asks Sam.
“We’ll look from the top of Christmas Tree Hill,” says Alice. “Put on your goggles and caps.”
Into brushy-brambly bushes we SQUISH, SQUASH, and SMOOSH, searching for Santa Claus. Instead we find
a green scarf.
“Now what?” asks Lili.
“We’ll look at the bottom of Christmas Tree Hill,” says Alice. “Put on your skis and pull up your poles.”
Dodging tilty trees, we SWISH, SLIDE, and GLIDE, searching for Santa Claus. Instead we find a red mitten.
“Now What?” asks Sam.
“We’ll look across Santa Claus Bridge,” says Alice. “Pull off your skis and tighten your shoelaces.”
In the late afternoon sun, we CLUMP, SLOG, and PLOD, searching for Santa Claus. But we don’t find him.
“I see something red!” shouts Alice.
“I see something gold!” shouts Lili.
“I see something glowing!” shouts Sam.
UP we scramble for a better look.
“It’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa’s sleigh!” shouts Alice. “But where’s Santa?”
In a sprinkle of candy canes, Santa Claus pops into view.
“Sam, Lili, we found Santa,” says Alice.
“Ho, ho, ho,” says Santa Claus. “Thank you. You’ve found my hat, scarf, and mitten. Would you like to ride in
my sleigh tonight?”
It's that time for Susanna Leonard Hill's spooky Halloweensie Contest!! Come spend some happy time reading submissions from our writing community. Pour yourself some cider and sit by the fire while you enjoy scary, happy stories. if you submit, there are some rules to follow: 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 corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.) Your story can be scary, funny, or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!) Click the button to visit Susanna's contest.
Please take time to read my story--
MONSTER'S HALLOWEEN BALL
In the Monster’s dreary house,
There sat an empty bowl,
And an empty bag,
And a spinning spider,
Weaving a web of gold.
And there were dust bunnies
Swirling in the shadows,
Waiting for a windy WOOSH
To whisk them all
To the ball.
And there was a little mouse,
BUSTLING about Monster’s room,
Brushing twisted whiskers,
Putting on his costume,
Peeking out his door...
Monster stomped into his house.
Loose lips curled in a crooked smile,
Teeth dripping drool,
Eyes...candy apple red,
A bulging bag...
“Candy corn before the ball y’all?”
Yesterday, I attended PBSummit 2017! It was eight and one-half hours of scrumpy splendor. Tommy de Paola inspired us with his writing and illustrating journey. He was joined by Julie Hedlund, Emma Walton Hamilton, Steve Swinburne, Carole Boston Weatherford, Laura Backes, Brenda Bowen, and Adam Rex. My journal runneth over with terrific notes from some of the best in the writing community! Agents, Erzsi Deak, Kelly Sonnack, Susan Hawk, and Rubin Pfeffer did a Q&A. Editors, Grace Maccarone, Mary Lee Donovan, Melissa Manlove, and publisher Rob Broder did a Q&A. Huge shoutout to Julie Hedlund, Emma Walton Hamilton, Laura Backes, Jon Bard, Kelli Panique, Kristin Ammerman, and Aaron! I'm looking forward to 2018. If you are interested in finding a writing community with heart, check Facebook for Julie Hedlund's 12x 12.
2017 is marching on, but participants can submit to Asia Citro from Innovation Press. This month has seen inspiration, insight, and examples from guest bloggers. Sending a huge shout out for Angie, Asia, and guests! Let the rhyme time keep everyone jivin'! #rhymerevolution
KidLitCollege is celebrating it's 2nd birthday starting today! For the next 30 days come join in on the party fun and fabulous prizes! Click the button and start enjoying today!
Miranda Paul's new picture book, BLOBFISH THROWS A PARTY, launches May 2nd! I previewed the book and it is filled with fun and emotion to rock your waves. Blobfish has some problems: alone in a deep, dark sea, no friends, and no treats. When he decides to throw a party to remedy his life, he sets off a global party. Hilarious results ensue, but will they resolve Blobfish's problems? Maggie Caton's colorful illustrations add to the jolly merriment. Find out more about Miranda and her Blobfish story by visiting her website. Just click on the button.
It's time to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Vivian Kirkfield is presenting her 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge in his honor. She will select 21 winners for prizes. Write your 50 word story and enter today. The contest ends at 11:59 EST on March 6th. Click on the button to see the rules and join the fun.
Here is my 50 word story:
Maisy counted at the table...
Six edamame plopped on the floor.
“Is your plate clean?” asked Mom.
“Almost,” said Maisy.
Crawling, Maisy counted...
Maisy sowed her edamame...
in Mom’s macrame!
“All done,” shouted Maisy.
ReFoReMo is open for 2017 registration! Enjoy reading and researching for those mentor texts to help you with your story. Guests and prizes await! Join discussions and critique groups, too. The fun begins February 27th and ends March 30th. Click here to join:
My new year is off to a great start with Tara Lazar's STORYSTORM 2017! Super guests inspired and motivated me to do my best and I came up with 30 ideas. I delved into researching the latest picture books and uncovered older ones to support my quest for those 30 ideas. I'm looking forward to tackling new groups, conferences, workshops, and classes. I wish everyone a delightful new year filled with those adventures that you seek.
I enjoy sharing who and what is new in the world of children's literature. Glad you stopped in to visit.