Monday, December 24, 2012

Erik's Birthday Special: Choose Your Own Adventure!


If you have arrived in the middle of the adventure, you may start at the beginning by going HERE (http://susannahill.blogspot.com)

#7 Erik chooses the left path (at the fork after the woodcutter)
Erik turned to the left, through the churned up snow. Surely with that many hoof prints there was a chance the black horse had come this way. But he had not gone far when he came to a wide, deep river with a fast-flowing current. Sturdy as his pony was, there was no way he could cross.

A little way up to the right, Erik thought he saw a bridge, but at least from where he stood, it didn’t look to be in the greatest shape.

“What do you think, Benton?” he asked his pony. “Should we head for that bridge? Or look for a ford?”

If Erik heads for the rickety bridge, click HERE http://hnewmanart.blogspot.com

If Erik searches for a ford, click HERE http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com

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Happy Birthday This Kid Reviews Books and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Contest: Checking off the list


Here's my entry into Susanna Hill's Holiday Contest. The contest is to write a children's holiday story with any version of "Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh.



Checking off the list
By Stacy S. Jensen

Dashing through the store
In a shopping cart.
Through the aisles we roar
Searching for one thing more.
I don’t know where Mom will dart.
The aisles are packed with shoppers
My eyes stop on a huge display of Whoppers.

Chorus:
Oh, shopping lists
Shopping lists
Keep us on track.
Mom won’t turn back,
Unless there’s a fight.
Then, she’ll return another night.

Mom ignores my plea for candy.
She says it’s too late for a treat.
I yell, “Oh no,” as we roll into neighbor Randy.
He doesn’t see us, as he’s sending out a tweet
About two parents fighting over a truck,
With lights and bells. I duck.

Chorus:
Oh, shopping lists
Shopping lists
Keep us on track.
Mom won’t turn back,
Unless there’s a fight.
Then, she’ll return another night.

We crash into a colorful pillow display.
I fly through the air from the cart.
Mom falls on her back with into a sleigh.
Another Mom remarks, “Well that wasn’t smart.”
Mom scrambles to where I landed.
In the middle of the fight, I’m now stranded.

Chorus:
Oh, shopping lists
Shopping lists
Keep us on track.
Mom won’t turn back,
Unless there’s a fight.
Then, she’ll return another night.

Much to Mom’s shock.
I stole the truck from the fighting pair’s grip.
I hope they will take stock
Of their exploits during this trip.
No item on a shopping list merited a fight.
Surely the adults know this isn’t right.

Chorus:
Oh, shopping lists
Shopping lists
Keep us on track.
Mom won’t turn back,
Unless there’s a fight.
Then, she’ll return another night.

Mom chases me out the door,
As I whizz by a man in red suit,
Her list falls to the floor.
By this point, the missing item is moot.
“Don’t worry,” the man said. “I can grab this treat.
And drop it from my sleigh when I’m on your street.”

Merry Christmas!

My inspiration for this:


 My own poor shopping cart moments. This pix is a little fuzzy, but I hope you get the idea. 

I know my meter is off in this entry, but wanted to try. Thanks for reading my attempt. 

Also, I'm over at Writing from the Peak — Pikes Peak Writers Blog talking about What Happens the Morning After a Writing Challenge? I talk about PiBoIdMo and 12 x12. 

Now, that' I've posted mine, Enzo and I can read all the other entries.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12x Party!

I love picture books. 

I love reading them.

I love writing them.

I love watching my son eat them, sleep with them and look at them.

I even love it when he demands "more books!" Of course, we're working on the demands, but he's 2.5.

I'm so very grateful for the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge and more grateful it will continue in 2013.

I'm struggling with my December manuscript. I had hoped to finish it before this post, but no such luck. Don't worry. I'll write one before we see 2013, because I'm a seasoned picture book writer. I have 18 drafts already completed this year.

This challenge has kept me motivated, connected and inspired. Thank you Julie Hedlund — even before your awesome video. Thank you also to the inspiring writers in the 12x group. I appreciate your support, expertise and spirit. You all make this writing thing feel easy, even though it's not.

I look forward to 2013 for this challenge and many more opportunities to learn and to write.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Winning! A break

Nope. That's not a fun title for a Perfect Picture Book Friday post.

I'm going to be realistic and call "Break!" right now. You know that's like calling "Shotgun!" or "Last piece." Well, maybe not. See, I'm not making sense. "Break!"

I'm in the middle of final projects — two complete websites — at this very minute. When I was testing a link, I realized I hadn't posted my Perfect Picture Book Friday. 

Instead, I'll just share this:


Yep. I'm a winner!

I wrote 97 picture book ideas in November. This badge is a great prize, plus all those ideas.

Once my projects are complete, I will write my 12x draft, write a little holiday contest story, and write my goals for 2013. If all goes well with my final projects, I'll have a real website and can mark that off my list. Of course, I'll enjoy Christmas (we visit Santa on Saturday), family, and holiday treats.

Have a wonderful December and holiday season!