I know. It’s Monday. When the last thing we need is confusion!
Here’s the situation:
It was brought to my attention that “Eenie Meenie Miney Mini” was a poor choice of name for my writing challenge.
I chose it innocently, thinking of the rhyme as a childhood game of random choice that was fun to say. Nothing more. I thought it a good representation for the challenge because it’s something kids (and kid lit writers) are familiar with and it represents making random choices, as we do with the prompt selection.
But someone more educated than I pointed out that it was based on a rhyme that was racist and potentially terribly offensive to anyone who knew its origin.
Now that I know, I cannot in good conscience keep the original name in such a public way. I would never want to offend anyone. So I have changed the name to the less-fun-to-say-but-more-appropriate Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge. I changed the graphic and tried to go back and correct all the places I used the original term. If I missed any I apologize and hope no one will be offended.
But it is still the same writing game and you are still in the right place!
Onward then, to the newly named but still the same
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a 7 week writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost or a little encouragement to get writing. . . or maybe just a little fun during this bizarre stay-at-home spring!
You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies!)
To be eligible for the prize drawing you must enter all 7 weeks.
For a full description of the challenge or to add your Week #1 entry, please go HERE (Week #1)
To add your Week #2 entry, please go HERE (Week #2)
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #3 for Week of May 25:
So far we’ve played with characters, setting, and emotion (or a combination, depending on where your random choosing landed you), and with nursery rhymes and point of view. 😊 This week we’re going to play with a picture prompt, fun names, and a plot point!
Here’s the picture, drawn by the incredibly talented Julie Rowan-Zoch (illustrator of LOUIS by Tom Lichtenheld forthcoming from HMH October 6, 2020!) and used with her permission for your writing fun 😊 (Thank you, Julie!!! 💕)
These will be the characters in your story!
Now, choose character names from the following list and one of the plot points!
|Character Name||Plot Point|
|Mugsy||Make a friend|
|Tick Tock||Share a secret|
|Delphine||Get in an argument|
|Henry||Cook up a plan|
|Marigold||Get in trouble|
Write a 100 word story for kids about the pictured characters, using two of the name choices and one of the plot scenarios and post it in the comment section below!
- Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
- You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is a guideline
- If you’re deeply inspired by character names that are not on the list you can use them instead – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing, not specific names!
- For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please say which plot point you’re using at the top of your entry along with your name, word count, and title if you have one.
I’m going to have to skip my sample today – I have a deadline this week and I used up my blog post writing time on tasks I hadn’t planned for – but if I have time and can add a sample later in the week I will! 😊 Meanwhile, I am SO looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with! There have been so many amazingly creative, clever, fun, and entertaining stories written so far!!!
Now come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!
Ready, set, WRITE! 😊
(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)
Check out the Week #3 stories!
Mugsy Shares A Secret – Elizabeth Meyer Zu Heringdorf (share a secret)
Time For A New Bird Feeder – Jess Murray (cook up a plan)
Who’s The Favorite – Sue Lancaster (get in an argument)
Ball Trouble – Genevieve Petrillo (cook up a plan)
Henry And The Wind-Up Chick – Rose Cappelli (share a secret)
Name Game – Brenda Whitehead (share a secret/make a friend)
Tick Tock Pip – Leslie Denkers (get in trouble/cook up a plan)
Pip’s Plan – Barbara Renner (cook up a plan)
Henry And Marigold – Linda Staszak (make a friend)
Marigold And Mugsy’s Dance Battle – Jamie Bechtelheimer (get in an argument, make a friend)
Henry And Marigold Get In An Argument – Sara Ackerman (get in an argument)
Hank, Pip And The Garden – Susan Schipper (get in trouble)
Mugsy And Marigold’s Morning – Deb Sullivan (cook up a plan)
Delphine’s Secret – Linda Schueler (share a secret)
Pip’s Perfect Partner – Jill Lambert (cook up a plan)
Miss Marigold Fluffington – Susan Inez (hatches a plan)
Pip And Dip – Sarah Meade (get in trouble)
Tik Tok Of Zico – Candice Marley Conner (get in trouble)
Henry And Pip Make Friends – Marley Conner age 9! (make a friend)
Tick Tock Makes A Friend – Mary Van Beuren (make a friend)
Mugsy And Marigold – Cindy. S. Boyll (share a secret)
A Pal To Play With – Ashley Congdon (make a friend)
Dot And Edna: Chick Trouble – Deb Buschman (get in trouble)
Storm Secrets (Zack & Pip Share A Secret) – Di Litwer (share a secret)
Tick Tock’s Luck – Michelle S. Kennedy (get in trouble)
Different And Yet Alike – Eleanor Ann Peterson (get in an argument)
Marigold And Mugsy Hatch A Plan – Patricia Nozell (make a plan)
Henry And Marigold – Beverly Baird (make a friend)
Pip And Zico Share A Secret – Corine Timmer (share a secret)
Henry And Marigold Cook Up A Plan – Susan Krevat (cook up a plan)
Mugsy The Chick’s Tricky Trick – Rebecca Gardyn Levington (cook up a plan)
Pip And Zico Cook A Plan – Ketan, Aiyka & Ravi Ram (cook up a plan)
Pip And Henry – Mia Geiger (plot a secret)
Pip And Zico Share A Secret – Kristy Nuttall (share a secret)
Big News – Dawn Young (share a secret)
Untitled – Kay DiVerde (share a secret)
Butch And Kip Cook Up A Plan – Liz Kehrli (cook up a plan)
Limerick – Marty (make a friend, Delphine)
Untitled – Dot Anson (cook up a plan)
Pip And Delphine Cook Up A Plan – Tracy (cook up a plan)
Tick Tock (and GusGus) Come Up With A Plan – Penny Adler (cook up a plan)
A Chick For My Hat – Lily Erlic (cook up a plan)
Zico And The Fiesta – Katie Schwartz (cook up a plan)
PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!
When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who completed the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊
Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazone, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Kirstine Erekson Call, author of THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN’T FALL (Character Publishing 2013) and the forthcoming MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee Books, September 2020), COW SAYS MEOW (HMH March 2021), and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown Spring 2021)
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Lindsay Hanson Metcalf, author of BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST (September 2020), FARMERS UNITE!: PLANTING A PROTEST FOR FAIR PRICES (Calkins Creek November 2020), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Your choice of EITHER a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a Virtual Visit with Keila Dawson, author of THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican 2015), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Winner’s Choice of Webinar from the amazing Alayne Kay Christian, author of picture books Butterfly Kisses, An Old Man And His Penguin, and the forthcoming The Weed That Woke Christmas and the chapter book series of Sienna The Cowgirl Fairy, and editor at Blue Whale Press! Webinar choices include: How A Picture Book Is Made, Perfecting Your Critique, Top Ten Reasons For Rejection, and How To Write Powerful First Pages Like A Pro!
15 Minute Video Chat – ask your questions about writing, research, submissions – whatever’s on your mind! – with Christy Mihaly, author of DIET FOR A CHANGING PLANET: Food for Thought(Twenty-first Century Books/Lerner 2018), HEY, HEY, HAY!
A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them (Holiday House 2018) , and FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means (Albert Whitman March 2020)
Quick Impressions on your Picture Book Manuscript from Rosie Pova, author of IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU (Spork 2017), SARAH’S SONG (Spork 2017), the forthcoming SUNDAY RAIN (Lantana Publishing March 2021) and others.
Your Choice of EITHER A Picture Book Manuscript Critique (fiction, non-rhyming) or an Ask Anything 15 Minute Video or Phone Chat with Tara Luebbe, author of SHARK NATE-O,(Little Bee Books 2018), I AM FAMOUS ( Albert Whitman 2018), I USED TO BE FAMOUS (Albert Whitman 2019), OPERATION PHOTOBOMB (Albert Whitman 2019), and RONAN THE LIBRARIAN (Roaring Brook Press 2020) (see above)
is offering 6 of her nonfiction middle grade titles which will go to 6 lucky winners!
Ann Whitford Paul, author of Writing Picture Books (being donated by Becky Scharnhorst below), the book we ALL use as our picture book bible 😊, and countless wonderful picture books, is offering signed copies of her IF ANIMALS… Series (Farrar Straus Giroux):
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A hand lettered quote of someone’s choice from a picture book, or a quote about reading or writing that could be framed as a gift for a child’s bedroom, a writer you know and love, or an inspiration for writing in your own work space (why shouldn’t you give yourself a present?!) offered by Kristy Roser Nuttall! (Samples below – you can choose your own quote!)
Making Picture Book Magic – Self Study Class any month (x3)
The Nuts & Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman (only available for Kindle) (x2)
Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness
The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty
This Book Is Gray by Lindsay Ward
Writing Journal (x10)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman