Valentines Day Contest!!!

Throw pink confetti!  Open the chocolates!  It’s here!  It’s here!


And do you know why I’m so excited?

It’s not because I’m about to publicly humiliate myself with my sample entry.  (Although I suppose that does beg for a certain amount of excitement.)

It’s because I’m going to get to read all of your FABULOUS entries!!!

At least I hope I am.  Was anyone able (or willing?) to write one?

We shall see…

For any who may not have heard yet and who might like to join us in our contest, all the info is HERE.  (Please scroll down below the slugs, and please note the word count, slightly raised from the original.)

Meanwhile, for your roll-on-the-floor-and-possibly-die-laughing-at-me pleasure, here is my sample:

Fishing Valentine

So it’s Valentines Day and we’re in the Secret Clubhouse.
We is me, my little brother Ty, and our dog, Leroy.
Not Bronwyn.
I’m boss of the club because I can talk.
Ty and Leroy are perfect sidekicks because they can’t.
Bronwyn wore a dress to school today.  Traitor.
“Here’s the problem,” I tell them.  “Valentines Day is so full of silly it ruins the only decent girls.”
“Lala,” says Ty.
“Exactly,” I say.  “Pink overload.  It’s probably poisonous.”
Ty and Leroy do not disagree.
“Luckily, I have a plan.”
Here it is:
1. Cancel Valentines Day.
I am a master of simplicity.
Someone bangs on the clubhouse roof.
It’s Bronwyn.
“Go away!” I say.
Ty eats some dirt.  Leroy wags his tail.  Traitor.
“I’ve got worms,” says Bronwyn.  “Want to do some Valentine fishing?”
Fishing Valentine?
Maybe her mother made her wear that dress.  “Okay,” I say.
As we head for the fishing hole, I make up a Valentine for her.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Girls are gross
Except for you.

Yikes!  Looks like the pink poisoned me, too!

SO.  After that, I think everyone should feel pret-ty confident they can do better!  I had trouble getting an idea I could squeeze into such a low word count.  This was 22,067 words at the outset.  (Well.  I may be exaggerating a little :))

This time I am remembering the link list on the first try (yay me!) so get your entry-specific links right on there so we can all come applaud your genius!  I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories!!!

Remember, this post will stay up until Monday evening, and you have until 5PM EST Monday to post your link.  Then we’ll have a special post Tuesday with the finalists for you to vote.


(Oh, and P.S. I am being featured today, February 11, on Kai Strand’s blog, on the topic of industry love!  Should you care to pop over and have a look, I wrote about my indie :))

Also, please check the comments – there are at least 2 entries posted there, one under jrzoch and one under my name due to posting trouble.

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!

I hope you all have someone to celebrate love in your life with, whether a spouse/significant other or a feisty groundhog (Phyllis will find a way to get mentioned as often as possible!)  I also hope that you will have the opportunity to over-indulge in chocolate today because really, why not 🙂

Since Valentines Day is about love, I thought I’d take a moment to mention a few of the things I love about being a children’s writer.

I love that it has let me stay home with my children.

I love that it’s creative – every day brings something new.

I love that it offers me the chance to visit schools, share my passion for writing, and meet the people I write for.

I love being part of the writing community – so many interesting, talented, creative, wonderful people!

And I love sharing the writing experience in the blogosphere, and look forward to hearing your thoughts on writing, parenting, teaching, and the world of children’s literature each day.

Here a few Valentines children’s picture books I love (for your enjoyment if you haven’t read them yet!):

The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson
Slugs In Love by Susan Pearson
Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman
Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
Henry In Love by Peter McCarty (not, strictly speaking, a Valentine book, but so cute!)

But wait a minute!  What’s this?

Who is that handsome stranger?
And what is he doing with Phyllis?

Do you think Phyllis has a secret admirer???  We’ll have to keep an eye on that situation…!

Have a wonderful Valentines Day everyone! and please join in the comments with your favorite Valentines books, groundhog love stories, or anything else that tickles your fancy on this love-ly day 🙂  Oh, and in keeping with the pink theme of the week, don’t forget our Meet Cori Doerffeld post coming up in the next couple of days, with an opportunity to win her new picture book, PENNY LOVES PINK!