Wow! It is Valentine’s Day already and we are buried in snow here in Nova Scotia, thanks to the blizzard that hit us Sunday night and all day Monday, not ending until sometime during Monday night.
In lieu of a book review today, let’s ignore the snow for now and get on to some fun WRITING NEWS:
Since it’s Valentine’s Day – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, everybody! ♥ – I finally got up the courage to participate in Susanna Hill’s Valentiny contest this year. I had entered a story in her Holiday contest in December 2014; however, I never felt I had anything to contribute for her following ones. This time I’m giving it a try. Nervously, as per my usual.
Stories are to be no more than 214 words (for Feb 14 = 2nd month, 14th day), have to be Valentine stories in which someone is confused, and Susanna also says the following:
Judging criteria will include:
- Kid-appeal/Kid-friendliness – remember, this is a story for kids!
- Creativity in using confusion and success in making us feel the confusion!
- Valentine’s Day appropriateness – this is a VALENTINE story!
- 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! 🙂
As a participant, I am required to post my story here and then link to it on her blog by midnight tonight. She and her assistants will read through them all – and there are many of them – to narrow it down to 6-10 entries. Yike! Their selections will be posted on her blog February 20 for public viewing and voting. I’ll post a link to her blog then, so I hope you will go there and cast your vote for the one you like the best. After the voting period she will announce the winner(s) February 24.
I wrote my entry a few days ago, then spent some time tweaking it and changing things a bit. This morning I worked at it some more and … here it is.
Valentine’s Day Surprises
Timmy finished painting the vase.
“Mum likes red. When it’s dry I’ll tie this around it.” He pulled out of his pocket a pretty ribbon with a tag on it that said,
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mum. Love, Timmy
Timmy set the vase to dry beside the mailbox. He picked the prettiest wildflowers he could find and stuck them in. When he was carefully tying the ribbon on he heard his mother’s voice. He ran to see what she wanted.
“Did you call me?”
“Yes. I saw the mailwoman coming. Please watch the baby while I see if we got mail today.”
“Do I have to?” He sat with his sister, then jumped up. “NO! Wait! I’ll get it for you!”
“That’s okay, Timmy, it’s my turn.”
Timmy sucked in his breath and scuffed his toe in the dirt. He watched his mother walk to the mailbox.
She came back with only a letter! Timmy raced to where he’d left the surprise. It was gone! Where could it be? His heart sank. “What do I do now?”
At that moment the mailwoman returned. “I took this by mistake.”
Timmy ran and set the special present beside his mother. She hugged him. “It’s beautiful!”
Down the road, the puzzled mailwoman was staring at her red fingertips.
I don’t know how my story will rate alongside all the others, but I can hope. 🙂 It’s a good experience anyway.
On another note:
Take a look at the following pictures. The ones on the left and in the middle are of a cherry tree behind my house, the first taken during the beginning of the blizzard, the second at the end of it. Can you tell there’s much deeper snow around it? The third is our back door from which my husband dug out a narrow path to our driveway until he could get more cleared. Yes, it’s a lot of snow, but still not as much as our record-breaking snowfall of winter 2014/15.
Any comments – positive or negative – about my story? Do you think it passes all the criteria? I’m open to hear.
How are you managing this winter, much snow yet?
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ♥♥ I send you calorie-free love and hugs. 🙂
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂 ♥