50 Precious Words Contest 2017

Yay! It’s time! It’s time! It’s time for the 2nd annual 50 Precious Words Contest hosted by the charming Vivian Kirkfield. Have you entered yet? If not, there’s still time. The contest closes March 6.

And if you haven’t heard about the contest, you can swing on over to Vivian’s website and read the rules.

I am always up for a challenge, so here’s my entry for this year, which is exactly 50 words.

Snow Child

Fun snow.
Soft snow.
Happy in the snow.
Play…
Run…
Jump…
…in the snow.
Brrrrrrrr…
So…soft…snow.
Like jam in my toes…
What?
Oh oh!
Mama runs
Out the door.
Gets …
…my boots.
…my socks.
…me…
Runs inside…
Warm toes before the fire.
Mmmmmm…
Looking out at the snow.

My own snow child...but with boots!

My own snow child…but with boots!

There’s more fun to be had over at Vivian’s website. Take a moment and read some of the other entries. I am always interested to see how others are able to write a story with just 50 words.

Valentiny 2017

As Valentine’s Day approaches our thoughts naturally turn to…Susanna Leonard Hill’s second annual Valentiny contest!
This year, we have to “write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is confused!“ For the full rules, click here.
Last year at this time I was sweating in tropical Hainan, celebrating the Chinese new year. I remember desperately trying to find a place where I could connect to the internet to upload my Valentiny 2016 story. This year I am at home and it’s a totally different story. For one thing, IT’S COLD! But at least I have no problem connecting to the internet.

Candy Calamity

“Package delivery for Mr. Cupidus!”
“That’s me.” The head candy maker climbed down the ladder.
“Sign here, please.” Mr. Cupidus signed.
“Your load’s over there. Enjoy,” said the delivery man.
The head candy maker rubbed his hands. He danced over to the load of 1000 tons of chocolate, just waiting to be moulded into heart shapes.
Mr. Cupidus whipped off the tarp.
He stopped. He stared. He gasped.
Mr. Cupidus’ heart beat faster. “What’s this?”
Instead of a big brown blob there was a huge mound of red and white goop.
Mr. Cupidus sniffed. “Mint.”
He tasted. “Yes, definitely mint.”
He tugged at his heart shaped tie. “What am I going to do with 1000 tons of candy cane fondant?”
“Hey, Mister,” he yelled at the delivery driver. But the driver sped away.
Mr. Cupidus hung his head. “It’s too late anyway. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.”
Then his head snapped back up. “Unless…I just adjust my controls?”
Mr. Cupidus jumped into action. “Yes, that’s it!”
The next morning, Mr. Cupidus looked at the newspaper.
The headline read:
     Heart-Shaped Candy Canes a Valentine’s Day Hit!
     Mr. Cupidus Declared a Genius!
Mr. Cupidus grinned. “I wonder…What should I do for Easter?”

Don’t forget to read some of the other stories. We participants appreciate it.
And Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you enjoy it with your partner and/or children or just giving yourself some self-love.