Female Superhero Challenge Submission: A Pair of Bubbleheads

Name: Linda Schueler

Word count: 486

Anthology: yes

Girls Inc.

Name of female superheroes: Cindy and Celia

Costume: They have no costumes.

Personality: Cindy is the more outgoing one. She likes to take charge. Celia is quieter, more bookish, more reluctant to get involved.

Brief description of how the superheroine gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.): Through their science teacher, also their mentor

Powers: Celia can blow bubbles out of her various bubble wands into huge sizes, trapping criminals with the bubbles. Cindy blows her bubbles with bubble gum.

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A Pair of Bubbleheads

Celia was in her usual position under the tree, blowing some bubbles. Cindy ran up to her. A big pink bubble came out of her mouth, bigger, bigger, until it was as big as her upper body, and then “Pop”.

“Nice one,” said Celia.

“Thanks, I’ve been practicing.”

“Watch this.” Celia pulled out a giant bubble wand. She twirled it around three times, and a bubble the size of her body flew out.

Cindy grinned. “You’re getting good.”

Two girls came walking by. One was crying; the other one had her arm around her.

“What happened?”

“Oh, the usual. Tina and her buddies have been terrorizing the park again.”

“Celia, I think it’s time.”

“I don’t know, Cindy…”

“We’ve been practicing. Besides, how much longer can we watch this go on?” Cindy pumped her fist.

Celia picked up a stick and started to draw in the dirt.

“Celia…”

“OK.” Celia stood up. “Let’s go.”

“Well, well, if it isn’t the bubble twosome…When are you going to grow up? You and your bubble wand?” Tina knocked it out of Celia’s hand. “And you, with your chomping the bubblegum. Chomp, chomp, chomp.” Tina’s two buddies laughed. “You’re just a pair of bubble heads.”

Cindy raised herself up to her full height. “You’d better watch your back, Tina.”

“Oh yea,” Tina sneered. “What are you going to do? This?” She pushed Celia into the dirt.

Cindy popped some pieces of bubble gum in her mouth. She started to chew.

“Oh, are you going to chew your troubles away?” Tina moved closer to Cindy.

“Now, Celia!”

Celia jumped up and pulled out her bubble gun. She started to shoot out some bubbles. The bubbles grew and grew and grew. At the same time, Cindy blew and blew and blew a bubble.

The gang stood openmouthed. “Let’s get out of here,” said the other two and started to run.

“Too late.” The bubbles surrounded the two girls and lifted them up.

They started to pound the bubbles. “Hey, hey, let us out.’

Tina looked around and plunged towards the ground.

“This bubble’s for you,” said Cindy.

The bubble engulfed Tina and lifted her high off the ground.

“Let me down.”

“No, not until you promise to stop bullying people, ” said Cindy.

“I promise, I promise. Just let me down.”

“And you girls too. Otherwise, we’ll float you higher.”

“We promise. Yea, yea, we do.”

“Ok, then,” Cindy said.

Cindy and Celia waved their hands in the air three times, and the bubbles floated lower and lower until they landed on the ground.

“Do we have your guarantee,” asked Celia.

“Yea, yea!”

Three more circles and then “pop”.

The three girls looked at Cindy and Celia. And then backed away until they were far enough away to turn around and run.

Celia and Cindy laughed. “High five!” They clapped hands together.

Cindy grinned. “Not bad for a pair of bubble heads.”

My First Author Reading

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Friday was the big night. This was to be my first reading of my work in front of an audience. I was nervous.

I arrived somewhat early and peeked into the Secord Room. Not bad, a full house for the current author. But when she left, all the crowd left with her. I decided to go in and listen to the author before me, Marcie Schwindt. Although romance is not really my favourite, I thought that she wrote well: nice images with lots of humour. I also enjoyed watching another author read her work.

Former mayor Jane Brewer listens to my reading

Former mayor Jane Brewer listens to my reading

Then I was up. At one point I thought it would only be my husband, daughter and a friend. But I was pleased to see another full house, despite the time.  The former mayor of Cambridge, Jane Brewer, read my biography. And then I was off. Now I have done many speeches in my lifetime, and I have even taught many lessons, but I never really enjoyed my experiences. This was very different. I certainly was nervous, sometimes shaking, but I also really enjoyed myself. I think it was because I really cared about what I was presenting to the audience.

The audience applauded and then it was already over. I fielded some questions, and then left with such a high. If this is how I feel, then I want to do this again, I thought. It certainly provides motivation to do more writing.

After the event, I received the judge’s comments. They made me feel great. The first were general overall comments on my writing style. And then she critiqued both my stories. The judge liked both, but thought that my children’s story needed some redoing. Ah yes, I have put it aside for a while, but it is time to get back to it.

Have you had any recent firsts?

Literary Artist at the Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

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Woo hoo! I have been selected as one of the literary artists at the Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts! Come join me for my reading at 8:45 on Friday, June 14.

And what will I be reading? I have two selections: an excerpt from an adult short story and an except from the chapter book I wrote during the chapter book challenge. Here, to tease you, are the first lines:

 

From the adult story:

He stood in front of the gravestone, tracing the letters on it. Kuno bikutusya…Here lies…He stopped and stepped back, staring off into the distance for a moment. “Hey,” someone shouted, and so he looked over to the murmuring group of people. He could see the other mourners standing by their cars, chatting, getting ready to leave. He met his brother’s eyes…

 

From the kid’s book:

“Zim zam zeedee, zeedee zim zam,” Ron waved around his carrot.

Mom sighed. “Can you eat your carrot, Ron, instead of using it as a magic wand?”

Ron grinned. “When I grow up, I am going to be as good with magic as Grandma is.” He crunched his carrot.

“That’s not the magic spell Grandma uses,” said Ron’s twin Annie. “It’s this: Zippety zippety dee dee do. Zippety zippety dee dee do.”

 

 

Want to hear more? Then I hope that you will  join me there!

June Challenge: Creating a Female Superhero Challenge

I admit that I have never really been a fan of superheroes. So when Becky Fyfe, creator of the chapter book challenge, which I participated in this year, announced the female superhero challenge, I wasn’t sure I was going to participate.

But I do believe strongly in her reasoning behind the challenge, especially when she talks about how she wants her daughters to believe that they can achieve anything that they put their minds to. I have a daughter too, and I feel the same way. Read more in Becky’s own post and in Yvonne Mes’ interview with Becky.

So I decided that I would at least try my hand at writing a story for the challenge. So far I have come up with a twosome who are just beginning to try out their powers in the form of bubbles. Not knowing so much about female superheroes, I hope that I have not written about someone who already exists.

What are your thoughts about female superheroes?