I hope you’re ready because boy are we going to have fun today!
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First off, we’ll be having birthday cake because we have a birthday in our family today 🙂 Happy Birthday, Justin! Cake anyone?
Yum! Now that we’re all supplied with a nutritious breakfast (why do you think I put strawberries on?), we’ll have a Short & Sweet to get our writerly gears turning for a week of exceptional productivity.
For today’s Short & Sweet we’re going super simple:
There’s been some kind of holiday mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster. Write the newspaper headline (and a couple lines of the article if you like)!
(Admit it. You didn’t think I could come up with anything that simple! Well, I’m giving you a break after my very long-winded post on Friday 🙂 Also, my mouth is full of cake :))
Santa’s Letters All Delivered To South Pole Penguins! Postal service blames malfunctioning GPS. The penguins only comment was, “Hrowrrk, Hrowrrk!”
Viking Delegation Arrives At Rockefeller Center. “We thought you asked for a Norway Truce!” exclaims Harald V whose senior advisor is looking into new hearing aids for the king.
Monopoly Dispute May Ground Sleigh! “I called first dibs on the shoe!” Dasher yelled as he was hauled off to time out. Dancer was quoted as saying, “You poopy head!” which earned him a stint in time out as well. A spokesman for the Clauses said, “This is trouble. The sleigh won’t fly with only 6 reindeer!”
Post your headline (and as much article as you like :)) in the comments and hopefully yours or someone else’s will give you a great idea for a story!
And finally!! The moment you’ve all been waiting for!! Announcing….
Wow! Would one of those critiques be an awesome prize to win or what?! And $20 to spend on a book you wanted but didn’t get for the holidays? Plus bragging rights? So put on your thinking caps! Sharpen your pencils! Fire up your imagination! And start writing those holiday stories 🙂 You’ve got 2 whole weeks! 🙂
Just to be clear, in case it wasn’t above, in the interest of leaving time and space for the contest and giving y’all time for the busy-ness of the holidays and all the things I know you have going on in your homes and lives at this time of year, my usual posting schedule will be in a complete shambles between Dec. 15 and 26. I will have a special post on Saturday December 15 (not a usual posting day for me) to kick off the contest, there will be no new post on Monday Dec. 17 (so we can keep posting and reading each other’s stories), no WYRI on Wednesday Dec. 19 (so we can finish posting and reading each other’s stories), no PPBF on Friday Dec. 21 (so I can post the finalists and you can vote), no new post on Christmas Eve (because it’s Christmas Eve :)) and no WYRI on December 26 (so I can post the winners!) Hopefully that will free you up to write, read all the wonderful entries I sincerely hope we’re going to get, because with 5 such fabulous prizes to give away it would be very sad if we only got 3 entries :(, vote, and still have time for your families 🙂 I think we got somewhere between 30 and 35 entries last year – I hope we can meet or exceed that this year so our critique donors will feel loved and appreciated 🙂
I can’t wait to read your Short & Sweet headlines :), and then I guess I’d better get to work on my sample entry for the holiday contest since I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write! 🙂
Happy Monday, Everyone! And please spread the word of the Holiday Contest to anyone you think might be interested. It’s a chance for some writing fun, lots of blog visits, and maybe even a prize 🙂