"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
When all the sets you previously made are thrown into a pile and the instruction manuals are collecting dust, it is time to take what you have learned and create something from nothing!
Just like the blank page or screen, I have stared at the LEGO pile with no ideas in mind. At my daughter’s incessant urging, I pick up a couple bricks, then a couple more. And soon enough, we have created Santa’s village or a community library with a neighborhood park or that elusive first draft.
If I had not put my butt-in-chair and tried something, Santa would not have had a workshop to build toys, the LEGO kids would miss story time, and my drafts would never have been written.
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!
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