"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
It’s time for Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords writing challenge inspired by the birthday of Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Check out the guidelines and my entries below. Head over to Vivian's blog Picture Books Help Kids Soar to read more. Visit my entry from last year here.
The challenge: "Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count of the story is 50 or less."
MARY HAD A LITTLE JAM
Mary had a little jam,
a secret recipe from Gram.
Mary entered the Grand Jam Slam.
Judges Pam and Sam tasted it with yam and ham.
The hot pepper flavor hit with a…BAM!
The judges could’ve drank up a dam.
The winner was NOT Mary’s Wham Jam.
Sheila was sure she’d never been sleepier.
Her body sunk into bed.
Her head nestled the pillow.
But, instead of a snore, she let out an…
Sheila wiped her nose and nestled deeper.
But, instead of a snore, she heard a…
Sheila snuggled her kitty pillow and…
Friend in Flight
by Amanda Sincavage
Your wings are so symmetrical; their colors so divine.
I want to be your friend in flight. Will you be my valentine?
The chocolates were fruit-filled…and quite yummy!
I ate them all! Then, got an upset tummy.
Time to cocoon!
Let’s meet at noon
on Valentine’s Day.
See you soon!
Look at my beautiful wings! Oh, be still my heart!
Though, I am sorry we spent Valentine’s Day apart.
Hopefully still yours,
Thank you for the soaring soiree –
my best ever Valentine’s Day!
A Look Back on 2017
Despite the political and social climate, 2017 was a great year for me both personally and professionally. My most significant accomplishment was born October 28 and my other turned 3 in December! On the professional front, achievements include:
read 465 picture books
participated in 31 webinars
submitted 24 queries
drafted 15 manuscripts
wrote 12 blog posts
entered 5 writing contests
read 3 craft books
awarded 1 amazing mentorship
Here are the steps I took in 2017 that most supported my writing career?
Steps Forward for 2018
This year I have created a vision board to support my writing goals, wishes, and intentions. I have begun bullet journaling to stay organized and focused. And while my word of 2017 was “creativity,” I have set 2018’s word as “quality.” Here are specific career goals for 2018.
Let’s go 2018!
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