Christmas with the Dinosaurs
It’s Christmas with the dinosaurs!
I’m working on the plans.
I’ll knit T-Rex some mittens
sized to fit his tiny hands.
Apatosaurus surely couldn’t
strike our hearts with dread
while grazing in a Santa hat
(to warm his tiny head).
We’ll drape a festive garland
‘round Triceratops’ horn.
Invite Velociraptor! He’ll delight
in Christmas morn’.
He’ll tear the presents open
with his talons and his jaws.
We’ll dress him in bright red suit
and call him ‘Santa Claws.’
Apparently, I'm on an ironic streak with my Winter Holiday Poem project. Ouch! Itch! Here comes "The Holly and the Ivy"...
The kids are almost home from school. I only had time for a haiku. Here we go...
Here's another holiday poem from me. (Hooray! I made it to #2.) These are quick writing exercises, so they're bound to be imperfect. But I hope they're entertaining. (I know I'm having fun!)
I'll be exercising my writing and rhyming muscles this winter with holiday poems. Here's my first one...and I hope there will indeed be a #2, etc. If anyone reads this and likes it, send me an encouraging word, so I'll be motivated to make more.
I love this annual teeny-tiny Halloween story contest! Thank you, Susanna Leonard Hill, for launching and sponsoring Halloweensie—a delightful annual kidlit writing event. And good luck to everyone participating!
As sometimes happens, I couldn't write just one story. Here are my two contest entries, at a max of 100 words and using the key words slither, treat, and scare. And because I'm me, they rhyme (of course). Enjoy!
Update: TEENY HOUDINI won an honorable mention in the contest
What time it is?
Here's an event I can't resist—Susanna Leonard Hill's 6th Annual Valentiny Contest. This year, kid-lit writers were invited to produce a 214 word Valentine's Day story in which someone feels brave. What a great excuse for writing a sweet rhyming tale for young readers. If there's a kid in the room with you now, please share my little story with them.
And now, weighing in at 214 words, give a round of applause for my entry—TEENY HOUDINI. Good luck to everyone participating. And thanks, Susanna, for the inspiration!
In a vole hole tiny-teeny
lived a vole they called Houdini.
She was always disappearing when the neighbors happened by--
being timid, small, and shy.
She had heard that Bear was grumpy
and that Hare was awfully jumpy.
Otter badgered, Badger bothered, Jaybird jabbered—so they said.
So the vole stayed home in bed.
Through the winter, cold and snowy,
she was never bold or showy.
All alone, she practiced magic tricks that no one ever saw.
Then…the world began to thaw.
Buoyant Badger came to greet her.
Active Otter tried to meet her.
Hare and Jaybird thumped the ground and squawked, “We’ve come to pay a call.”
Friendly neighbors, one and all.
Bear (who’d once been small and worried
in a world too loud and hurried)
knew a kind and gentle word or two could ease a frightened mind.
So he made a Valentine!
Hi Houdini. We may seem to be
a scary bunch of enemies.
But we are gentle forest friends who want play and share.
Will you join us?
Love, the Bear.
Filled with magic inspiration
from that heartfelt invitation,
small Houdini started creeping out, with hat and wand and cape--
in a daring,
Yes, Houdini’s tricks amazed the crowd.
She was brave!
And they were proud.
Update: MEAN HALLOWEEN won an honorable mention in the contest
Eek! An eensy-weensy SPIDER!
Wait. False alarm...
It's only an eensy-weensy "Halloweensie" STORY—100 words or less, for kids, and using the three challenge words goosebumps, goodies, and glow-in-the-dark (whew! that last one's a doozy). Find out all about it on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog. She runs this wonderful contest every year for those of us who enjoy writing with a prompt, under pressure, for a chance of a payoff of eternal story glory!!! (Oops. I got a little carried away there.)
I love this contest so much. Better even than the sackful of tiny Junior Mints boxes I buy for myself every year when I'm loading up on goodies for trick-or-treaters. (Hey, what can I say? Halloween makes me hungry.)
Good luck to everyone participating in this year's contest, gratitude to Susanna for all she does to support and inspire picture book writers, and thanks for stopping by to read my entry, MEAN HALLOWEEN.
On mean Halloween, the Greedy Green Ghoul
ignored every Halloween trick-or-treat rule.
Instead of a necklace that’s glow-in-the-dark…
it carried a torch with a fiery spark.
Instead of a “thank you” for Halloween hosts…
it cursed them with goosebumps and cackling ghosts.
We offered to share—a candy-corn trade.
It took without asking—a sugar-sack raid!
It gobbled my goodies, pilfered your treats,
lifted our candies, robbed us of sweets!
We tangled it tight…in a tied-taffy knot.
(That Halloween meanie deserved what it got!)
Hey. It’s okay. Don’t worry or pout.
Later, the meanie just licked its way out.
I do love a Halloween-themed writing contest!
When I got word of this one, I couldn't resist. I plopped right down and spun this yarn in one sitting. Yup. There's nothing that gets my writing-rhyming juices flowing like a time-sensitive challenge. (Reminds me of my Madness Poetry days. *sigh*) And yes, my story/poem comes in at 200 words, on the nose.
Without further ado (and with many thanks to the contest organizers), here's my entry for this year's Fall Writing Frenzy, sponsored by author Lydia Lukidis and agent Kaitlyn Leanne Sanchez. Also posted are the two photos that served as my inspiration.
(p.s. Learn more about the Fall Writing Frenzy challenge here.)