Roses are red
Violets are blue
And so do YOU!
Hang onto your chocolate everyone! It’s time for . . .
The First Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Writing Contest!!!
Valen-tiny because the stories are not very long and are written for little people 🙂
The Contest: since writing for children is all about “big emotion for little people” (I forget who said that, but someone did so I put it in quotes!) and Valentines Day is all about emotion, write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is grumpy! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone grumpy (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words max (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day 🙂 You can go under the word count but not over! Title is not included in the word count. No illustration notes please!
Post your story on your blog between right now this very second and Friday February 12th by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below. I apologize that I’m still experimenting with how to use link lists on wordpress – please forgive me for any glitches and I thank you in advance for your patience! There will be no Would You Read It or Perfect Picture Book Friday this week, so the post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy. If you don’t have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section of this post. (Or, if you have difficulty with the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I’ll post it for you! If you email it to me, please put “Valentiny Contest Entry” in the subject line and copy and paste your story, including your title, byline and word count, into the body of the email. NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE!) I’m not sure how posting in the comments is going to work on wordpress… whether there will be room for enough responses to each entry and whether there’s a way to link to specific comments so they’re easy to locate as I did on blogger… so we shall all have to learn together. Pantsing. It’s what life’s all about 🙂
The Judging: over the weekend, my lovely assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to 3 or maybe 6 or possibly 10 top choices (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have winnowing, so we’ll see…) which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Tuesday February 16th or Wednesday February 17th (depending on how many entries we get and because I will be out of office all day Monday.) The winners will be announced on Friday February 19th. (And there will be no WYRI or PPBF the week of Feb. 15-19 either so that everyone will have time to read and vote and so that we don’t confuse PPBF with announcing winners.) If we get more than 20 entries, I will post 6 finalists, if we get more than 30 or 40, well, all bets are off. I never know what to expect from a new contest. Remember, you’re witnessing pantsing in action 🙂 But I’m hoping we’ll get enough entries to make giving out the 10 AWESOME prizes worthwhile!
Judging criteria will include:
- Kid-appeal/Kid-friendliness – remember, this is a story for kids!
- Creativity in using grumpiness, and success in making us feel the grumpiness!
- Quality of story – we will look for basic story elements and a true story arc
- Quality of writing – use and flow of language, correctness of mechanics
- Originality – surprise us with something new and different! 🙂
The Prizes: Oh. My. Goodness! do we have fabulous prizes! If these don’t motivate you to write your best, I don’t know what will! 🙂
– A Picture Book Read and Critique from literary agent Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis who is actively building her picture book list!
CHRISTA HESCHKE graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s. For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary fiction, thriller/mystery, and horror. She is always on the lookout for a compelling voice combined with a strong, specific hook that will set a YA novel apart in its genre and the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism, whether in a voice that is more light and humorous or one with more of a timeless, literary feel. For both YA and MG, she is particularly interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting storytelling structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind. In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) with strong hooks that will grab both kids and their parents as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a unique subject whose story has yet to be told.
Please feel free to follow her on twitter and enjoy her blog! Twitter: @ChristaHeschke
Blog: Neverending Stories
– Enrollment in Julie Hedlund and Emma Walton Hamilton‘s Complete Picture Book Submissions System!
– Enrollment in literary agent Jodell Sadler‘s Pacing Picture Books 2 WOW picture book writing class in March 2016!
– A spot in an upcoming Ariel Richardson webinar, Rule Breaking In Picture Books: The Chronicle Books Edition offered by Jodell Sadler
– Winner’s choice of free enrollment in ART OF ARC: HOW TO ANALYZE YOUR PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT OR a deep analysis critique from Alayne.
ART OF ARC is a self-study course that will deepen your understanding of picture books written with a classic arc and introduce you to other picture book structures. The course gives you tools to analyze your work prior to investing in professional critiques. It shows you how to avoid common writing errors and how apply writing elements that will enhance your stories to take them to a higher level. It includes 217 pages with ten lessons, seventeen supplements, and eighteen worksheets. Plus bonus materials and resources.
– A Picture Book Critique/Developmental Edit (non-rhyming picture book manuscript) from Beth Stilborn. (Beth does developmental editing and copy editing through her Flubs2Fixes Editing, Consulting and Writers’ Resources service for writers. http://www.flubs2fixes.com )
– A Picture Book Critique from the fabulous Robin Newman, author of The Case Of The Missing Carrot Cake and the forthcoming, eagerly awaited Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (please don’t miss the fantastic trailer! 🙂 )
– personalized signed copies of The Case Of The Missing Carrot Cake and Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep by Robin Newman
– a personalized signed copy of The Night Before Valentines Day by Natasha Wing! Natasha Wing loves Valentine’s Day because it’s a week after her birthday. Natasha is the bestselling author of The Night Before series (Grosset & Dunlap). To find out more: www.natashawing.com
– personalized signed copies of Clara Bowman-Jahn‘s delightful picture books Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin
– I Heart Picture Books – a 5-pack of Valentine picture books including A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie B. Friedman, Zombie In Love by Kelly DiPucchio, Love, Splat by Rob Scotton, and Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood PLUS 3 Endangered Species Chocolate Bars!
Once again, please join me in thanking Christa, Jodell, Julie & Emma, Alayne, Beth, Robin, and Natasha for their incredible generosity, and show your appreciation by visiting their sites, buying and recommending their books and services to your writer friends and/or friends with kids, writing them nice reviews on Amazon, GoodReads etc if you’ve read and liked their books, and showing your appreciation to them in any way you can! I truly can’t thank them all enough!
So now it’s time for me to post my little sample. Prepare yourselves 🙂
Who’s A Grumpy Valentine? 214 words
Boris and Irma were making Valentines.
Boris frowned with concentration as he cut hearts from red paper.
“Boris is grumpy,” Irma announced. “His hearts aren’t as good as mine.”
“Don’t be grumpy, Boris,” Mom said. “Your hearts look good to me.”
Boris wasn’t grumpy.
His hearts looked good to him too.
Boris laid his hearts in a row.
He grunted trying to squeeze glue from the bottle that Irma had left nearly empty.
“Boris is grumpy,” Irma declared. “He can’t squeeze glue as neatly as me.”
But Boris wasn’t grumpy.
His glue lines were exactly the way he wanted them.
Boris banged the glitter jar against his hand to break up the clump at the bottom.
“Boris is grumpy,” Irma sang out. “He’s making a mess with his glitter!”
“EVERYone makes a mess with glitter,” said Mom with a meaningful glance at Irma’s mess.
Boris was carefully writing the letters L-O-V-E-B-O-R-I-S when suddenly…
“My VALENTINES!” Irma shrieked.
She had spilled her juice!
Boris snatched his Valentines from the spreading puddle.
Mom swooped in with paper towel.
Irma’s Valentines were saved but soggy.
Irma stamped her foot and made a noise like a hive of angry bees.
Boris looked at Mom. “I think Irma’s grumpy!”
But he shared his Valentines with her anyway.
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Everyone feeling better about their stories now? I should certainly HOPE so! 🙂
I can’t wait to read all of yours! I’m so looking forward to them! I hope there will be a lot – the more the merrier! And there are still 4 days to write, so you have time if you haven’t written yet. Feel free to spread the word to your writing friends as well. And your reading friends – parents, teachers, etc. The more people who read and enjoy your stories, the better!!!
Contest Entrants, remember to add your post-specific link to the linky list below so we can all come read your awesome stories! (Post-specific means not your main blog url, but the actual url of the post that has your story in it – otherwise if you post again before the contest ends, your link will take readers… and judges!… to the wrong place!)
Eager Readers – you ALSO need to click the “click here” to add your entry button on the linky list just to see the list of links. I apologize profusely for the inconvenience of not having the list visible right here on my site. If I can find a way around it before the contest ends I’ll change it.
Fingers crossed this thingamajig can fly! 🙂
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And don’t miss the 78 fabulous entries posted in the comment section!
1. Grizzly Grump – Sharon G.
2. Mommy Bunny’s Slightly Grumpy Valentine – Eric
3. My Little Buddy Boy – Tracy
4. A Heart In The Sand – Sharon C
5. Sulky Sky – Cate
6. No Valentines For Porcupines – Jess
7. Treasured Lumps Of Pickled Grumps – Maria O
8. A Groundhog’s Valentine – Jill Proctor
9. Valentines Gifts – Cindy
10. (Un)Lovely Leonard – Lauren
11. I Hate Valentine’s Day – Joni
12. NUTS! – Juli
13. My Heart Thumped – Jim
14. Roman’s Lousy Valentine – Lindsay
15. The Lonely Hearts Club – Samantha
16. The Grizzly Who Couldn’t Bear Valentines – Julie
17. Grumpy Badger’s Valentine – Ann
18. The Stinky Valentine – Judy
19. Mr. Mean – Diana
20. The Chocolate Heart – Kris
21. Porchy And Emma – Valerie
22. Replacement Valentine – Melissa B
23. Violet’s Valentines – Beth
24. My Grumpy Valentine – Gabrielle
25. KEEP OUT! A Love Story – Jen
26. Remembering Hammie – Meagan
27. The Right Angles – Meredith
28. Jim’s Valentine’s Day – Maria M
29. The Valentine’s Day Witch – Lesley
30. Lola In Love – Melissa di T
31. Happy Valentine’s Day, Bear! – Carol
32. The Unexpected Kiss – Mindy
33. Millie Mouse, Will You Be My Valentine? – Laura
34. “I Hate Valentine’s Day!” – Carleen
35. Shape Up – Jill Purtee
36. Valentine Sleepover – Caroline
37. Box Of Secrets – Lisa
38. Jim – Polly
39. Puppy Love – Ellen
40. The Favorite Donut – Helen
41. Cupid’s Sea Shanty – Alice
42. Valentine Birthday Boy – Sara
43. Mr. Grumpy’s Birds – Anne S
44. Grumpy Is Blue – Anita
45. Chomper’s Valentine’s Day Road Trip – Michele
46. Squirrel’s Valentine Surprise – Debbie
47. That’s Not A Valentine! – Anne B
48. Grump Truck, Love Truck – Amy G
49. Matty’s Angel Picture – Jane
50. George The Baker – Jennifer A
51. Every Dog Has His Valentine’s Day – Cynthia P
52. Olivia’s Gloomy Valentine’s Day – Carolyn
53. Cantankerous Claudius: The Grouch Behind The Valentine – Suzanne
54. Valentine Surprises – Kathleen
55. Badger’s Valentine – Lori
56. Roman’s Handmade Valentines – Julie R
57. Grumpy’s New Name – Amanda
58. An Unlikely Friendship – Sandy
59. Shoo Fly Valentine – Kristen
60. XOXO, Your Secret Admirer (Larry) – Christine
61. Rather Take A hike – Pamela
62. Valentine’s Rock – Dina
63. Old Grumpentine – Kirsten
64. No Snacks For Mx – Shelley K
65. Billy Goat Grump – Angela
66. The Valentine Phantom – Heather
67. Chocolate Surprise – JC Kelly
68. Grumps And The Valentine’s Day Dance – Janet
69. My Grumpy Funny Valentine – Ashley
70. The Case Of The Missing Valentine Party Supplies – Robin
71. Valentine’s Day At Sweet Pig’s – Patricia
72. The Grumps – Ingrid
73. Leprechaun Love – Patti
74. A Colorful Valentine’s Day – Susan
75. Valentine Magic – Charlotte
76. Special Valentines – Sara
[77. You Had Me At Oink – Shelley M]
78. Flicker’s Valentine – Jenifer
404 thoughts on “Be Still My Heart! The 1st Annual Valentiny Writing Contest Is Here!!!”
ENTRY POSTED FOR LORI
by Lori Lehman
Badger was a grump. He did not like glitter. He did not like glue. And most of all, he did NOT like Valentine’s Day. Instead of cutting up paper and making cards like his classmates, he banged on some books like they were drums. “I’m a one-man band,” he thought as he watched everyone get into the holiday spirit.
When school was almost over, Duck came over to Badger and handed him a card: “This doesn’t have glitter, It doesn’t have glue, But I made this card, Just for YOU!” Badger was so surprised that he blushed. In fact, he actually smiled. Then he panicked. He didn’t have anything to give to Duck. He had been too busy drumming all day. That’s it! Badger rat-a-tat-tatted his heart out. ”This song is just for YOU, Duck!” Badger kept playing and the whole class started to dance.
Badger still doesn’t like glitter. He still doesn’t like glue. But Valentine’s Day? He decided it was not half bad!
I love that Duck noticed the things Badger didn’t like and made him the perfect Valentine! And how quick-thinking of Badger to turn his drum solo into a return gift 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun, Lori!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JULIE
Roman’s Handmade Valentines
By Julie Rand
Mrs. Right’s instructions were specific.
“Class, this year we will only exchange handmade Valentines cards, no store bought.”
Everyone cheered, except Roman.
After class Roman begged “Please, can I bring store bought?”
“I’m sorry. It’s a school wide decision.”
Roman stomped home,
slammed the door,
and tossed his back pack across the floor.
“Hi Mr. Grumpy, what’s going on?” asked his mom.
“We have to hand make our valentines. I’m not creative and my writing’s horrible.”
“Let’s get some supplies, you can trace hearts. It will be fine.”
No it won’t
Later that day he traced hearts, but his marker slipped.
He painted with a stencil, his brush slopped.
He glued hearts, but again, disaster.
I give up.
“I’m going outside.”
Roman sloshed his skateboard through every puddle.
“Everyone will laugh. My valentines look like puddles!”
“I can’t do it. I’ll just be sick that day.”
At the top of the hill he pushed extra hard with a huff.
Roman’s skateboard wiggled, wobbled then whooshed out from under him and smacked him in the stomach.
He crash landed on his back in mud.
“Ouch,” he grabbed his stomach with both hands.
After catching his breath he trudged home.
“Are you ok?” said his mom.
“Nice mud heart.”
Roman inspected his shirt. His hand prints made a heart shape.
“I have a great idea.” He went straight to work.
Roman’s hand-made hearts were a hit.
“What gave you this idea?” asked Mrs. Right.
“I mixed grumpy with mud,” he laughed.
Cute story, Julie! You did an excellent job of showing grumpy! And what an inspired solution to Roman’s problem! Loved the ending! Favorite line: “I mixed grumpy with mud,”! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun!
What a fabulous contest! I learned about it from Mike whatawriter. I’ll join in if I can make the deadline. What a great response you’re getting!!!
So nice to “meet” you and so glad you’re here! I hope you’ll be able to manage an entry! 🙂
GRUMPY’S NEW NAME
by Amanda Sincavage
Snow White settled down with her adoring prince,
and hadn’t been to visit the dwarfs cottage since.
The dwarfs knew she lived happily ever after.
And heard the castle was filled with baby laughter.
The dwarfs went back to whistling while they worked,
But in the darkness, a lonely feeling lurked.
At the end of the day as they approached their door,
They secretly wished to find their princess once more.
One dwarf especially couldn’t shake his funk.
Grumpy just got grumpier every month.
He missed their fair princess, it had been quite a while.
She was the only one who could make this grump smile.
And as the special day of hearts and love grew near,
Grumpy got grumpier from loneliness and fear.
Would flowers and hearts decorate a valentine?
Would anyone ask him, “Grumpy, will you be mine?”
Did anyone have love for this grumpy rascal?
…wait, a royal delivery from the castle!
The dwarfs ran inside and found six cards with their names.
Poor Grumpy’s was missing; he fled to bed in shame.
But something wasn’t right; his bed was too lumpy.
Then the covers flew off and a girl yelled “Grampy!”
From under the bed, Snow White and the Prince appeared,
“Be Our Valentine Grampy!” and everyone cheered!
Hahaha! That’s delightful, Amanda! I love that Grumpy became Grampy! 🙂 Clever twist! Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun!
Thank YOU Susanna! I am amazed by all that you do!!!
This is so cool, Amanda…what a unique twist on an old classic. 😉
Awwww! I love this sweet, grumpy story.
Aw shucks! My pleasure, Amanda! 🙂
I love this, Amanda! Very cute twist on a great classic. 🙂
An Unlikely Friendship
By, Sandy Powell
One day, as Truman the penguin skated on the frozen sea he saw an old leopard seal.
“Hello,” Truman said.
“Go away!” the seal said.
“Why aren’t you swimming?” Truman asked.
“I don’t want to,” the seal said. “Mind your own business.”
“That’s silly!” Truman said. “I bet you’re an excellent swimmer. Will you teach me how to swim?”
“Seals don’t teach penguins,” the seal said. “Quit bothering me!”
“That’s silly. I’ll visit you tomorrow,” Truman said and skated off.
Truman visited day after day and always asked, “Will you teach me how to swim?”
The old leopard seal always replied, “No! Go away!”
One day, Truman said, “Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I’m going to make you a
“No! I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day,” the seal said.
“That’s silly,” Truman said and waddled off to make the Valentine.
Truman scooped snow and made several balls into a heart. To make it extra sweet
he topped it with a fish. The next day, Truman presented the Valentine. The
old leopard seal opened his mouth to grumble, but instead ate the Valentine. Afterwards, he said, “Let’s go kid.”
“Really?” Truman asked. The old leopard seal nodded. “Yippee!”
The two new friends dove into the icy water, and Truman became an excellent swimmer.
I wrote a book once called An Unlikely Friendship so i read your story. It’s delightful the way the penguin persisted. Once again a satisfied stomach helps make friends.
I love a happy ending, Sandy…and I love he learned to swim…I need to take some lessons also.;)
Aw! So nice that Truman’s persistence paid off! I’m sure they were both the happier for it! Thanks for a sweet Valentine story, Sandy, and for joining in the contest fun!
SHOO FLY, VALENTINE
This day for love does not apply
when you are born and raised a fly.
I buzz, “I love you!” but hear, “DIE!”
I swoop away and cry.
I’ll never get a Valentine.
A candy box on which to dine.
A candle-lit “I LOVE YOU” shrine.
I mean, I hate to whine…
But people slap you, try to trap you.
Grab a tissue, just to squish you.
It’s depressing. Here’s my issue:
I have feelings, too!
So what’s a lonely fly to do
when all I hear is, “SHOO FLY, SHOO!”
THE WORST DAY EVER! Yes, it’s true,
this day, it makes me blue.
I think I’ll fly far, far away,
and cross my wings, and hope and pray,
that this will be my first V-Day
I’ll find a love to stay.
Around the pond, I make a friend!
A frog on which I can depend.
He acts so shy, but that’s pretend.
I think I’ll kiss him! EEEK
Haha! Funny story Kristen. What a great line, “grab a tissue, just to squish you”. The end cracked me up – when I first read his new friend was a frog I thought, “Wait a minute . . . “. Perfect way to use “THE END”
Hehe – thanks for reading Kris!
Oh MY GOSH! This is FANTASTIC, Kristen! I LOVED your fabulous rhyming phrases…and your ending was absolutely positively PERFECT!
Haha! I’m so glad you ended this way and not happily! Love it!
– Amanda Sincavage
Thanks for reading Amanda!
I love this! Unique POV and great story. Perfect ending too.
Hahaha! Poor desperate fly! 🙂 Too bad his desire for a Valentine overcame his good sense… if he ever had any 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun, Kristen!
“I hate to whine,” haha. I liked this line in particular, though there were so many to choose from! What a great ending.
Too bad it was THE END for poor little Shoo fly, he seemed so cute searching for his perfect Valentine!
Ha! Love this, Kristen! Love it that Lar-dog smells like my favorite kind of food. I’d fall for him, too! And I love the name Petunia Picklebottom!
XOXO, YOUR SECRET ADMIRER (LARRY)
by Christine Rodenbour
I like your hair. You smell like chocolate. Will you be my Valentine?
You smell like chocolate?
How do I love thee? Let me count the sand in the sandbox.
Your face is nice. Like ice cream in the summer. Or hot dogs.
Yours truly, Larry
I love you. Do you love me?
Xoxo, Your Secret Admirer (Larry)
I like you. Do you like me?
Lots of love!
Larry is a great guy.
Miss Petunia Picklebottom,
You’re the rainbow to my dark day.
With all the colors of the world and love in my heart, Larry
What’s up? I was just thinking, maybe, you’d be mine? You know, if that’s cool with you and all.
Laters baby, Lar-dawg
You smell like enchiladas and sour cream.
Meet me at the swings.
Hahahahaha! You made me laugh out loud, Christine! SO entertaining! Such a struggle to find the right words, isn’t it? For writers and would-be Valentines alike! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun!
Love that you laughed out loud, what a compliment! Glad you were entertained. And yes, finding the right words in writing (and in Larry’s case) can be seriously tricky. And fun :). Thank you for hosting this contest.
This is really really funny…and so engaging….I can see this as a picture book, actually…don’t lose this idea, Christine. 😉
Thank you for reading and posting such an encouraging comment Vivian. I really appreciate it! And I promise not to lose the idea ;).
(**Technical difficulty – “I’m hungry” is intended to be written with strike-through font. A small, but somewhat important detail =)).
I fixed it! I figured out how to add strikethroughs with html! I am so pleased with my cleverness! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you Susanna! I’m impressed :).
I pretty much knocked my own socks off! 🙂
Christine what a cute story, loved the ending!
Thanks so much!!
RATHER TAKE A HIKE!
More than twenty cards I have to write
for a chubby cupid with bow’n arrow
“One for each student, it’s only right,”
my teacher claims, but she doesn’t know.
My fingers ache holding the marker so tight
‘cause my friends will make fun, ‘specially Joe.
We boys would rather skateboard or take a hike
or write to the other fat guy, Santa Ho Ho Ho.
But I’m coloring this special card pink and bright
since it’s for Becky, who always says “Hello!”
as if I’m nice, and she knows I won’t bite.
Maybe she’ll like my heart; I certainly hope so.
Lovely job showing us grumpiness and the push and pull of kid emotion where Valentines are concerned, Pamela! Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun with this cute story!
And finally, here’s the link to the poem in my web site! https://roughwighting.net/2016/02/14/rather-take-a-hike-a-childrens-valentine-poem/
The lonely old otter of the sea swam about on his own, day after day. With a rock in hand, he swam with the kelp, but not a buddy in sight. He wasn’t a friendly otter, but held a hand from time to time to keep him from drifting away.
“Friends? I don’t have time to play”, and out he went with the tide and came back at the end of the day.
As he swam near the shore, while others held hands, his reply always remained, a sigh and a “Bleh”.When all at once, he encountered a pup.
“I present to you a Valentine’s Rock.”
“A Valentine’s Rock?”, the old otter growled.
“Why, yes, it’s a thing” the pup said.
“Amongst otters, you see, we have no need for cards or treats. Paper doesn’t hold well and turns into mush. And chocolate makes our tummies ache. But what has the power to unlock a yummy treat? A tool so dear we keep it safe in our pouch. The beloved rock! A lovely gift from my wonderful romp; my mom, pop, brother and sis. Will you receive this precious rock as a Valentine gift?”
The once grumpy old otter, happily replied, “A Valentine’s Rock and new friends are welcome indeed”.
Love this twist on what makes a great Valentine! Very clever, Dina! And how nice that the pup could cheer the old grump! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!
The people of Loveville were feeling quite bright,
while settling into their heart-beds that night.
Sweet thoughts filled their heads as they drifted away,
excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
One grim, grayish creature did not feel the same.
Old Grumpentine hated their silly love game.
He waited as nighttime gulped up each heart-house.
Then snuck into town like an overgrown mouse.
He stuffed an old sack with their cakes and red flowers,
their greeting cards, jewelry, chocolatey towers.
When all was collected, he grinned as he slunk,
“Without their sweet tokens, this day will be sunk.”
He giggled and hid as the Lovevilles awoke
and noticed: no Valentines! Nobody spoke.
Instead, they all wandered along Sweetheart Street.
They offered up hugs and forgot about treats.
The Grumpentine furrowed his gray, grisly brow.
“But why aren’t they crying? Not even a scowl!”
The people of Loveville walked straight to old Grump.
Who shrunk behind heart-trees, a fuzzy gray lump.
Before he could flee, they had crowded his space
and trapped him inside of a loving embrace.
The Grumpentine struggled but simply too late,
he felt the warm glow of his rosy red fate.
His heart beat tip-tapped like a fancy ballet,
as he shouted to all, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Wonderful, Kirsten! A Valentine’s Day version of the Grinch! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun with this clever entry! 🙂
Thanks, Susanna! I always have such fun participating in your contests 🙂
Adorable ending. Really enjoyed reading this.
I loved your Valentine Grinch interpretation. So very clever indeed!
No Snacks for Max, by Shelley Kinder (203 Words)
Once upon a Valentine,
A grumpy dog began to whine.
He yelped and barked for heart-shaped snacks.
His owners said, “Calm down, dear Max.”
They rubbed his ears. And tummy too.
Then, out the door, the couple flew.
“They’re buying yum yums!” Max was certain.
He sat for hours by the curtain.
Max was angry. Lonely too.
He ate a rose. He chewed a shoe.
He knocked a vase onto the floor.
And that was when he heard the DOOR!
Uncle Harry stepped inside.
“Happy Valentine’s!” he cried.
He plopped his suitcase in the den.
Max’s fit began AGAIN.
He ripped apart a Teddy Bear.
Fuzzy stuffing everywhere!
Harry yelled, “NO TREATS FOR YOU!”
Max went to bed. His dreams were blue.
Harry stayed for one more night.
Max did his best to be polite.
But Max was still a canine grump.
A car door made him jump!
Max’s tail wagged. They were back!
Did they bring his favorite snack?!?
They had a bag. And something blue.
A blanket moved and said, “AH-CHOO!”
“Meet our little sweet bambino!
Also known as Valentino!”
Max was grumpy. Max was glum.
But soon enough, he had a chum.
Hahaha! VERY clever, Shelley! What a twist! And poor expectant, hopeful Max! 🙂 Thanks so much for a delightful entry! 🙂
Thanks, Susanna 🙂 Had a blast writing this one!
Shelley, this is really cute…great rhyme…love the ‘salivating’…that was perfect! And I’m glad that in the end, Max is going to have a friend. 😉
Skillfully done, Shelley! How fun to have a dog’s point of view.
Max reminds me of my dog, always salivating for a snack, but settling for the loving company of my kids. Really cute story!
Thank you Vivian and JeanJames! I’m thanking you in one post because there is no ‘reply’ button after Vivian’s post, for some reason. Vivian, your story is cute and creative! JeanJames, I’ll have to hunt yours down, if you entered one. Wow, lots to read! So fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shelley here is Vivians site https://viviankirkfield.com and mine is http://thenightingaletales.com/
hope that helps.
Billy Goat Grump
Billy Goat Grump grazed in the meadow.
“This grass is too dry,” he complained. “The sun is so hot. My brothers left me,” he grumped. Nothing ever went right for old Billy Goat Grump.
Well, he thought, things weren’t getting any better around here, so he might as well head down to the lower meadows. Getting there required crossing Troll’s bridge. To cross, he had to butt him off the bridge. What a headache.
Quietly, he tip, tapped onto the bridge.
“Yoo hoo. Who is that lovely tip, tapping over my bridge?”
Bill Goat Grump stopped. That did not sound like Troll.
A tiny man with wings, holding a bow and arrow flew over the side of the bridge.
“Who are you?”
“I am Troll’s cousin, Cupid. You are not allowed to cross . . .”
“Oh yes I will.” Grump lowered his head, running toward Cupid.
Just before his head made contact, Cupid planted a big kiss on the goat’s forehead.
“You are not allowed to pass UNTIL I give you a big kiss.”
Lightness and joy filled Billy Goat Grump. He even smiled.
Hopping off the bridge, he heard, “Come join us!” Under the bridge, his brothers happily munched on heart shaped cookies and bon bons.
Hahaha! Anything that ends with heart shaped cookies and bonbons has to be good… even for a grump 🙂 Thanks so much for a delightful twist on Billy Goat’s Gruff and for joining in the contest fun, Angela!
Oh Angela…that is too funny. I’ve never seen Cupid in a Billy Goat Gruff story…good for you! I’ll have a bon bon please. 😉
THE VALENTINE PHANTOM
By Heather Preusser
Ava crept into the dark evening, ready to track the Valentine Phantom.
Every year on Valentine’s Eve, the holiday hero secretly decorated downtown with red hearts, spreading love as if by magic. Ava wanted to catch him in the act. Then he would haunt her house and make her mom less grumpy.
Ava turned the corner and spotted paper hearts up and down the street. She was on the right track!
The wind whooshed.
“The love is blowing away!” Ava darted around, picking up nuggets of niceness. The taped hearts became entwined.
“Let me help,” a voice echoed.
“Are you—” Ava gazed up, but the Phantom was already papering the library, city hall, and the fire station.
“Wait!” Ava ran to catch up. “Can we visit…my house…next? Mom could use a heart.”
The Phantom had vanished.
“Now I’ll never be able to cheer up Mom.”
The snow twirled Ava around and…around until…she was back at home.
“Where have you been?” asked Mom. “I was worried.”
“Hunting the Valentine Phantom. I wanted him to pin a heart on our door to make you happy again.”
Mom hugged Ava. “Who needs a paper heart when I have you?”
Mom pointed to the red heart on Ava’s coat. “He was here after all.”
Love the idea of the Valentine Phantom! I feel like maybe I remember an older version of this from MPBM? – lovely story 🙂 Such a nice ending! Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun, Heather!
What a different take on a valentine story, I really enjoyed it.
Patty Porcupine’s mood was as prickly as her quills. “I know I won’t get any hugs today, but a valentine would be nice. Even smelly Sarah Skunk got a box of chocolates,” she grumbled. “Hmmm, how can I get those candies?”
“Oh Sarah,” said Patty in her sweetest voice. “I heard that a candy company accidently made chocolates with disgusting fillings like sardines and dirt. I’d better check those for you.”
Patty grabbed the box and started eating them. “This one looks like it’s full of dirt. Oops, no, it’s fudge, but this one looks suspicious…”
Before Sarah knew it, Patty ate all her candy. Sarah took the empty box home, made some ‘special’ chocolates especially for Patty and refilled the box.
Patty was surprised when Sarah asked her to test a new box of chocolates. They actually looked a little suspicious, but Patty greedily popped one into her mouth — and spit it right out. It was filled with liverwurst!
“Well, it looks like you were right about those yucky chocolates,” said Sarah. “Why don’t you come to my house, and we can make our own valentine’s candies. I have lots of chocolate and tons of yummy fillings.”
Together, they made a box of delicious chocolates that they shared. All fudge. No liverwurst.
Oh, my! Quite a surprise! I’m glad in the end they made chocolates without liverwurst 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun with your entertaining story, JC! 🙂
Well Jean, this Jean actually enjoys liverwurst, but probably not covered in chocolate lol…although you never know…Cute story!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JANET
Grumps and The Valentine’s Day Dance
By: Janet Webb
Word Count: 214
My grandpa, Grumps, sent me an invitation to the Grandfather-Granddaughter Valentine Dance.
The note attached said:
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I hate bed head.
Get dressed Millie Moo!
So I did.
I heard 2 buzzers and 14 knocks!
“I am looking for a rotten little girl who dresses like a ragamuffin. She is suppose to be my tiny Valentiny.”
“A dancing princess? You can’t be her! Well, your coach is waiting. Let’s get crackin, cuz dances are for fools.”
So we did.
There was pink everywhere.
“I hate flowers. They make me sneeze! You better wear it!”
So I did.
“The music is terribly loud. I hate to dance, but you can do that twirly thing.”
So I did.
“Watch where you are going, Joe!. There is a lady on the floor!
This is how it is done, you old dancing dummy.”
“Take Silly pictures with dumb hats and glasses.? I hate pictures!”
So we did.
“Stinking punch, I wouldn’t drink it! Cake is bad for you! Don’t eat it!”
So we did.
“Don’t Valentine people know when to leave?”
So we did.
“Did you wheely like my coach and dance?”
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Don’t kiss my head.
I hate kisses from you.
So I did.
Love the determination to un-grump the grump – drinking punch, eating cake, dancing and kissing him on the head in spite of the grumpiness! 🙂 I bet the Grumps was more cheerful by the end of the evening… even if grudgingly 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun, Janet!
ENTRY POSTED FOR ASHLEY
By Ashley Pierson
“Class, we will be making Valentine’s. Kate, Patrick may be your partner,” said Mrs. Hall.
Kate looked at Patrick. Patrick rolled his eyes.
Kate thought about earlier when she said Good Morning to Patrick.
Patrick replied, ‘What’s so good about it?’
She thought about the lunch line when she turned to Patrick and said, ‘Awesome, pepperoni pizza!’
Patrick said, ‘Pepperoni pizza is boring.’
He still ate a slice.
Kate hoped the pizza would wiggle his funny bone.
Kate spread out supplies, tiny hearts, glitter, glue, and scissors. Kate cut out a big, red heart.
Patrick slumped in his chair.
Kate said, ‘Do you want me to cut out a heart for you?’
‘No”, mumbled Patrick.
Kate squirted glue onto a piece of paper. She dipped small hearts in the glue and pasted them to her cut out heart.
Soon she couldn’t get the small hearts onto the big heart; they stuck to her fingers, they were all gluey.
Kate started shaking her hands around wildly.
Patrick’s eyes bugged out.
Kate’s hand hit the glitter bottle, sending it into the air and onto her head.
She shook the glitter onto her cut out heart.
“Awesome, Kate,” snorted Patrick
Kate’s mom always said laughter can fix anything.
Kate didn’t tell Patrick what her mom said.
Hehehe! Funny how a little mishap can often turn grumpiness to laughter! I’m glad Patrick ended up more cheerful 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun, Ashley!
I was glad to be apart of the first ever Valentiny Contest. So fun Susanna! Thanks for organizing! It was quite a success.
ENTRY POSTED FOR ROBIN
The Case of the Missing Valentine Party Supplies
by Robin Brett Wechsler
Mrs. Hazelnut had been prepared for the Valentine’s Day party. But two days beforehand, the streamers went missing.
“Did anyone take the streamers?” she inquired.
The children shook their heads. The only noise in the room was from Strawberry, the hamster, rustling about.
“If you know where they are, please return them,” said Mrs. Hazelnut.
While the children read, Mrs. Hazelnut feverishly checked in desks and cubbies, but to no avail.
Before dismissal Mrs. Hazelnut asked, “Class, where could the streamers be?”
“Your purse?” wondered Rose.
“The garbage?” suggested Heath.
“They aren’t,” grumbled Mrs. Hazelnut. “I’ll bring in some extra from home.”
The next day during recess, Mrs. Hazelnut double checked the party supplies. Now the festive napkins were gone. “Not again!”
When the children came in, Mrs. Hazelnut asked, “Has anyone seen the napkins?”
They shook their heads.
Dulcie raised her hand.
“It seems the items go missing at night.”
“We should ask Mr. Heart what he knows!” shouted Chip.
“Excellent thinking!” said Mrs. Hazelnut. I’ll check with the custodian. You work on math problems.”
Mrs. Hazelnut returned in a sour mood. “Nope.”
“Somebody else is in our room at night …” said Coco.
Everyone looked at Coco. Coco ran over to Strawberry’s tank. He was asleep in his cozy, colorful, new bed.
Ooh, that sneaky Strawberry! 🙂 I think a hamster named Strawberry might be especially drawn to valentine-colored streamers and napkins 🙂 Thanks for a fun Valentiny mystery, Robin – nicely done! 🙂
A valentine mystery, so very cute, that Strawberry is quite mischievous!
ENTRY POSTED FOR PATRICIA
Valentine’s Day at Sweet Pig’s
by Patricia Corcoran
“Delicious!” Sweet Pig squealed as he took a bite of a cherry-berry cupcake. “No wonder everyone waits all year for these.” He put on an apron and opened his bakery.
“Hurry up! We have to get to school!” cried Miss Mellowhog’s students. “Where are our teacher’s cherry-berry cupcakes?”
“Wait your turn!” grunted Harvey Hippopot. He was hungry for a cherry-berry.
“What would you like, Francine?” asked Sweet Pig. Francine St. Bernard always had a hard time deciding.
“Two cookies.” She shook her head. “No, I’ll take a chocolate muffin.”
When Sweet Pig handed it to her, she pointed to the cherry-berries. “I’ll take two instead. Or maybe a raspberry cream?”
“I’m hungry,” growled Harvey Hippopot.
Sweet Pig put in two cookies, a muffin, two cherry-berries and a raspberry cream. “Here,” he said to Francine. “Take them all.”
On the phone was Clementine Squirrel. “I’m on my way to pick up my 40 cherry-berries for my party.”
Sweet Pig gulped. He’d forgotten her order.
I’m sorry,” Sweet Pig told Harvey. “I don’t have enough.”
“No cherry-berries!” Some Valentine’s Day!”
Just then Francine returned. “I’ve changed my mind. I’ve decided I don’t want the cherry-berries!”
Sweet Pig smiled. He turned to Harvey and handed them to him. “Happy hearts day, my friend!”
Ooh! Now I’m hungry for cherry-berry cupcakes! 🙂 How lucky that the indecisive Francine decided to stick with cookies so Harvey could satisfy his Valentine sweet tooth 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun, Patricia!
ENTRY POSTED FOR INGRID
A 214 word Valentiny
By Ingrid Boydston
It always puts me in the dumps.
My friend took one quick look and said,
“Oh dear, you have the Grumps.”
“I do NOT have the Grumps!” I growled
and curled up on the couch
My friend just sighed and said “Ok,
I’ll join you, you big grouch.”
She scrunched her shoulders way up tight,
her smile become a frown,
she turned to me and said with glee,
“Let’s take these Grumps to town!”
Together we went wandering,
went looking for a fight.
I was just about to start one
when she yelled, “Look to your right!”
And while I looked, she tapped my left!
Then turned to skip away.
I knew what she was up to;
she was tricking me to play!
I hollered “Hey you sneaky friend, I know what you just did!
You’ll have to do much better if you’re gonna fool this kid!”
I snuck up right behind her and yelled “TAG! This means you’re IT!”
“Oh no you don’t!” she laughed and said “Here comes the tickle fit!”
Quite suddenly I realized,
the day was nearly done,
and despite myself and grumpiness,
Ol’ happiness had won.
“You’re terrible at Grumping” I said at the days end,
“But will you be my Valentine? You’re such an awesome friend.”
Love this, Ingrid! So nice that the cheerful friend is such a miserable (and probably intentional!) failure at grumping that she jollies her grumpy friend out of the grumps and they both have a happy Valentines Day! Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun!
Many thanks for creating this contest! May your Valentines Day be filled with as much joy as you’ve brought to all of us who got to participate. :)!
ENTRY POSTED FOR PATTI
Leprechaun Love by Patti Pruitt
“Don’t have yer ornery Uncle Shamus barreling down the lane with a wheelbarrow of flowers again this year, Jamey. I would’ve rather had nothing than to hear how long it took him to cut the red tulips that ye begged him to bring to me. And it wasn’t me fault that leprechaun law wouldn’t let him use magic on nature, now was it? Just because ye forgot ‘Twas Valentine’s Day and ye were off celebrating with yer buddies was no excuse,” Katherine gently scolded.
“Aye, ye may be right about that, Lass. And don’t be hiding me gift under me pillow the day after because ye also forgot ‘twas Valentine’s Day last year,” he laughed.
“Jamey McLaughlin! Would it be that ye were spying on me?”
“Could be that I saw it in a vision the next morn. Or, could be that we were so enamored with the gift of our wee babe that nothing else mattered,” Jamey answered. “And by the way, how was it possible that our little lass stole me heart the second I saw her?”
“Tis called love, Jamey. And now’s a good time to tell ye about this year’s Valentine surprise. “
“Sure and begorra, I love surprises.”
We’ll be having triplets in five months!”
Oh, my! That is QUITE a Valentine surprise! Poor Jamey 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the valentiny fun with this cute story, Patti!
ENTRY POSTED FOR SUSAN
A Colorful Valentine’s Day
by Susan Schade
The crayons were crazy.
The box was a buzz.
Pink and Red wrestled to the front.
Purple pushed past Periwinkle.
Yellow yodeled , “You are my sunshine.”
February 14th was THE day to make Valentines.
Every color was eager.
All except one.
Black was on the bottom when he was bumped.
“OUCH! Watch it or I’ll give you something to be blue about!” He grumbled.
Blue bellowed, “It’s Azul to you! What’s got your wrapper in a bunch?”
Black’s voice was thick with the grumps, “Valentines are covered in color. No one draws black hearts. No one sketches black flowers. I wish there was NO VALENTINE’S DAY!”
His dark words shook the box.
The crayons cringed!
The box went silent.
Black slouched back to the bottom.
But others wanted to brighten his day.
The colors put their sharpened tips together and thought carefully.
They quietly started a special valentine with all the right words.
They finished just before the children arrived.
Black was baffled when tiny fingers searched just for him.
His wrapper was warm by the time he was finished.
His valentine was hung up for all to admire.
The title read “I’m batty for you.”
“Happy Valoween!” Cried the crayons.
The grumpy crayon cracked a smile.
What a cute, clever story, Susan! Nicely done! That was thinking outside the (crayon) box! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun!
I love this story and idea!!! I agree with Susanna: way to think outside the “box” 🙂
Susan I loved your story from the crayons point of view, so cute.
ENTRY POSTED FOR CHARLOTTE
By Charlotte Sheer
Assignment from Miss Kitty Kline
said, “Make a special Valentine.
Design your greeting carefully,
For someone other than just me!”
All started right away, but Gus,
who thought it was ridiculous.
“I’d rather buy, than make, a card.”
For him, the task just seemed too hard!
He tried to draw and paint a heart,
His scissors sliced the shape apart.
No markers would write anymore.
He spilled the glitter on the floor.
“I cannot do this!” Gus grrrr-umped.
He flailed his arms, the crayons dumped!
That’s when Penelope, a friend,
Showed him some poems she had penned.
“I’ve got an extra one or two,
I’ll gladly share my rhymes with you.”
Frustration melted to a smile,
Gus whispered, “Sit with me awhile?”
As if by magic, with her there,
Gus suddenly became aware
of paper pieces, red and pink-
The random scrap heap helped him think.
“Okay,” he said, “Maybe I see
a valentine in front of me!
Torn pieces I can organize
into the shapes of butterflies.”
Imagination and some glue
helped Gus do what he wanted to.
Although assigned to make just one,
completed two when he was done.
He handed in one valentine,
It had the message, “Please be mine!”
The other for Penelope,
said, “Happy that you sat me.”
Aw! So sweet! 🙂 How nice that Penelope helped Gus find the happiness in Valentines Day and that he was able to be successful at the assignment 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun, Charlotte!
ENTRY POSTED FOR SARA
By Sara Dean
` 213 words
“We will pass out our valentines after recess,” Mrs. Ryan told the class.
Lacey put her head on her desk. She didn’t have any valentines to
pass out. Her dad had lost his job and they couldn’t buy any. She was
going to be the only kid in class who didn’t bring them.
“Valentine’s Day is dumb,” her classmate, Mark, grumbled, crossing
his arms across his chest, and slumping low in his chair. But this was
nothing new; he was always grumpy.
Just then, the bell rang and Lacy started toward the door, but Mrs.
Ryan stopped her. “Are you alright? I saw you put your head down.”
Lacey shuffled her feet and stared at the floor. “We didn’t have
money to buy Valentine’s Day cards,” she said softly.
“When I was a kid we made homemade valentines,” Mrs. Ryan
said. “Why don’t you eat lunch in here and we’ll make some together.”
Lacey’s frown turned upside down. With Mrs. Ryan’s help, she cut
paper hearts out of construction paper and wrote a special message on
When she passed them out, everyone wanted to make their own. Mrs.
Ryan agreed to teach them how. And even Mark had so much fun he forgot
to be grumpy the rest of the day.
Love this hearkening back to when we all made our own Valentines instead of just buying Batman or SpongeBob or whatever! The homemade ones mean the most 🙂 Thank so much for joining in the Valentiny fun, Sara!
It’s always that one special teacher to the rescue! I loved making my own valentines and I could relate to Lacey, we didn’t have extra money growing up either.
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHELLEY (which sadly came in at 12:03 AM 2/13/16 so missed the deadline, but wanted everyone to enjoy it anyway!)
You Had Me At Oink
By Shelley Marshall
Word Count: 202
Most days I’m a scrap-happy piglet
But today’s even better I’ll bet.
So I’m rolling in mud and slop
Cause I hope for a Valentine swap.
I have my snout on the lookout
Pretty piggies are out and about
One looks my way – I collapse!
Can I get past my fears? Perhaps!
Then I spot her across the barnyard
Doing twirls in her leotard.
I savor her graceful girth.
Never seen one like her on earth.
My vision blurs when she’s near.
I mumble and stumble – it’s severe.
I feel a bit dizzy whizzy
And all in a blizzard-like tizzy.
So I send a valentine messenger –
Lovebirds drop trash on top of her,
Then a cool hog-wash and dry spin.
I pray she’ll respond. Amen.
This grumpy Miss ignores my gift.
Her cold stares are like a snowdrift.
She tosses my heart in the brig,
Like my gift was a thingamajig.
I clean off nasty cooties.
Dress up in my hoof booties.
Write poems of her big beauty.
And sign them “Cute Patootie.”
This pig is a crabby crank
Who says my pranks all stank.
But she’ll be my pink swank tank
If I’ll be her piggy bank.
What a delightful grumpy piggy Valentine! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun, Shelley!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JENIFER
Flicker’s Valentine bu Jenifer McNamara
Flicker ran, opened her large silver wings, and flew to her mailbox. She opened the mailbox. It was empty
She put her large silver paw in the mailbox, and banged on all four sides.
“No valentine! No friend to be mine!,” she cried.
She blew a big fiery breath, and sat next to her mailbox. In another fiery breath she spouted, “No colored
paper hearts with frilly lacy edges,” and sighed.
All after she sat next to the mailbox. The scent of peonies, pansies, and posies filled the air. The flowery
smells made her feel dream and sleepy.
Clitter! Clatter! Flicker’s long silver ears rose. The clatter stopped. Flicker sat smelling the sugary-sweet
scent of the flowers. The silky soft shimmering flowers danced. They glided and slided in front of Flicker’s eyes.
The petals wiggled, waggled, and waved on their long green stems sweeping Flicker away.
Wwwhhmmm! Wwwhhmmm! Flicker’s long silver ears rose. Her skin prickled and tickled with fear. She
took a deep breath, and faced her fears. Among the peonies, pansies, and posies she spotted ten red
The ten dragonflies lie shaped like a heart. Flicker’s heart swelled. She yelled, “Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day!”
What a lovely shimmery, silvery, flower-filled Valentine, Jenifer! Love the image of 10 dragonflies shaped like a heart – so pretty! I’m glad Flicker cheered up 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun!
Thanks for posting, Sue. But why so many errors: bu for by, after for afternoon, dream for dreamy, and the spacing?
JENNIFER I thought the dragonflies were a neat way to end your story and very original too.Thanks for it. People writing here are so creative.
Thanks for posting, but why so many errors, Sue? Like: bu at the beginning, after for afternoon, dream for dreamy and the spacing.
Thanks for posting, Sue. But why so many errors bu- for by, after for afternoon, dream for dreamy, and the spacing?
Thanks for posting, Sue. But why so many errors like bu for by, after for afternoon, dream for dreamy, and the spacing?
Not sure why I can’t find my entry any where on this page. I believe I was #78 when I did.
Your entry was on the linky tools list. It is still there and still #78. The judges have all read it, and I have commented on it. The stories listed on the blog post are all from people who don’t have blogs to post on so they posted their entries in the comment section of my post (or I posted it for them). Only a couple ended up on both lists.
What a wonderful contest. I just heard or rather I just read about it from my new critique partner Laura Renauld’s Blog ‘I ‘ve Got a Book for That.’ I loved your story. Will read all the entries over the next few days.
So glad you found it, Rachna! I’m not sure when the next contest will be, but I hope you’ll join us! 🙂