Thursday, March 2, 2017

3 Entries for Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge

Many thanks to Author Vivian Kirkfield for celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, with a #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge. 

I had so much fun creating one story, I kept going and created three. 

“Treasure! And it’s all mine.”
Kaida tucks the gem under her scale and soars through the sky.
But she hears another dragon far below cry, “One gem shy.”
So Kaida shares her gem. Draconia shares his ice cream.
Together, they share a most delicious treasure of all … friendship.

“Ho hum. I am so dull.”
“Take a spin with me. I’m all the buzz.”
And so Pencil met Sharpener.
Together they created ideas, art, and became best friends.
When Pencil hit a breaking point, Sharpener was there.
And Pencil shared Sharpener’s daily grind.
Until Pencil’s life ended short.

Trussst me. I’m not going to bite you.
But you’re a snake. And snakes eat rats.
True. But I sssaid I wouldn’t bite you.
Promise you won’t bite me?
Ok. You seem like a nice, honest snake.
I am. GULP. I ssswallow my food whole.

  1. 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.
  2. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
  3. Title is not included in the word count.
  4. No illustration notes please.
  5. Between March 2nd and March 6th, post your story on your blog if you have one and want to and put the link in the comments of this post. Or copy and paste the entire story in the comments of this post. I ask for the link so that people will visit each other and find new friends in the kid lit community. Please make sure you put your name in the post. If you have any trouble at all posting the link or the story, please email me and I will be happy to do it for you:
  6. Deadline for posting the story or the link in the comments is Monday, March 6, at 11:59pm.
  7. Winners will be announced in a special blog post on Thursday, March 9.
  8. Winners? Of course, there will be winners…and prizes, too!


Gregory E Bray said...

Nice work Jeanne. 3 great stories. =) Good luck!

jeanne curtin said...

Thanks for stopping by Curtin Corner, Gregory! Glad you enjoyed the stories, and thanks for the luck. :)
All the best,

Joanne Roberts said...

All three are clever, but the third is the best. Cheeky. Great job.

jeanne curtin said...

Thanks so much, Joanne! The third is my favorite, too :)One can never trust a snake.

Rose Cappelli said...

Great stories, Jeanne! I love them all, especially the puny pencil and sharpener.

jeanne curtin said...

Hi, Rose! Thanks for stopping by and reading my stories.
Looks like "What's the Point?" may be the favored story. It's getting the most votes.
Hope to see you soon.

jeanne curtin said...

**favored story out of my three that is, not for the entire contest**

Anne Lipton said...

One sweet, one sharp, and one shocking story. Yay! Oh, no! Gulp! It's challenging to write ONE story in fifty words; you have surpassed expectations with an amazing, diverse, and wildly creative triple threat, Jeanne. A Well done to you times three! ll admiration, @AnneLipton

jeanne curtin said...

LOL. Thanks so much, Anne. I look forward to reading your entry.
Best of luck to you.

P.S. Found you on Twitter :)

McMarshall said...

I love the Pencil/Sharpener friendship. So very creative. And the Snake tale feels like a fun twist on the crocodile tales. Good Luck!

jeanne curtin said...

Thanks, Maria. "What's the Point?" was inspired by actual events. I was critiquing with a dull pencil. My fiance noticed, found our pencil sharpener, and the rest is history. Lol.
Best of luck to you as well!!

Vivian Kirkfield said... happy you joined in the fun...please email's time to get your prize:

jeanne curtin said...

Hello, Vivian. Thank you for hosting this contest. It truly was challenging fun to write these stories. I also enjoyed reading the other entries, and interacting with other writers.
Being included in the winners' bracket is prize enough for me. Please pass my prize to #41.
With warm regards,