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Week 8 – Summer Short & Sweet – Final Challenge – Have You Thrown a Hissy Fit Lately?

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“Do whatever you do intensely” – Robert Henri

Well, Susanna Leonard Hill, I thought Week 8 would be breeze, but I tripped and stumbled through your last challenge. Heather Newman’s painting made me gasp. One,–it’s lovely. And two,—a dragon, a castle, a knight, a damsel, and, and, and,–oh my! 🙂

Badge created by Loni Edwards

The last challenge was to write a piece based on Heather Newman’s lovely artwork, and Susanna’s tough criteria.

Artwork created by Heather Newman

1.  A pitch for a children’s story, any level (please specify PB (picture book), ER (early reader), CB (chapter book), MG (middle grade), or YA (young adult)) based on the picture, in the manner of Short & Sweet Week 6

2.  The first 50-100 words (more or less – whatever gets the creative juices flowing) of a children’s story, any level, (please specify PB, ER, CB, MG, YA) based on the picture.

3.  The last 50-100 words (again, more or less is fine – whatever works for you :)) of a children’s story, any level (please specify PB, ER, CB, MG, YA) based on the picture.

4.  Choose a character (there are at least 10 possibilities!) from the picture and introduce us to him or her – who he/she is, where he/she came from, how he/she got into this situation – a character sketch of sorts.

5.  Choose a character and give us a one paragraph synopsis of the story told by the picture from his/her point of view.

6.  The title of the story told by this picture – give us a good one! (Again please specify level).

7.  A poem following the rules from Short & Sweet Week 3 based in some way on this picture.

I persevered and crossed the finish line. Phew!

#6 – The title

Hot-headed Harold And His Hissy Fits (PB)

#1 – The picture book pitch

When a hot-headed lad finds his older sister locked in a tower, he has a hissy fit. Now Harold must steal the golden key from the ornery hag’s raven, slay the dragon, and rescue distressed Rampina before the dark knight claims her for his bride.

Thank you, Susanna. The challenges were fun, intriguing, and tough. I look forward to participating in future ones.

What challenges have you overcome in the last eight weeks?

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Week 4 – Summer, Short & Sweets – West of Wimple Willow Way

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Phew! Week 4. I`m half-way to the finish line when I realize I’m supposed to say something about sweets. I’m on a continual diet. Sorry, no sweets for me.

Badge created by Loni Edwards

Here is Susanna Leonard Hill’s challenge:

Take it away, Susanna.

“Pick a letter – any letter! – the first letter of your name, a letter you like the shape of, a letter you like the sound of – any letter!

Got one?

Now, pick a name that starts with that letter.  This will be your character.

Now, write us 50 – 100 words (more if you like, but 50 – 100 will do of a story about this character. But here’s the challenge: you have to use as many words as possible that start with the letter you chose!  Nouns, verbs, adjectives, people, places, descriptions, actions, and things – see how many words that start with your letter that you can work into your story. It does not have to be a complete story (although it can be if you want), just get started and see where it goes. You might be surprised at the directions you go trying to use words that begin with your letter!”

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wayward Wally whale wavered

Winding up in warm waters

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wee Wanda wobbled to the wharf

With her whirl-a-wig a whirling

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wiry Willy waltzed toward the waif

Whittling weird Walnut wood 

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

A wicked weasel Willy was

Wielding his Walnut weapon

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wanda winced when Willy wanted

Her whirl-a-wig a whirling

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wattlebird’s warbled witty warnings

Wally whale whacked the water

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Whoosh! Whitecaps wiped out Willy

“Waa!” he whined and wailed

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Willy waded waterlogged through weeds

While Wally whale winked at Wanda

West of Wimple Willow Way

 

One wild and windy Wednesday

Wee Wanda waved and wondered

Would wayward Wally Whale windup

West of Wimple Willow Way?

(180 Words)

Oops, over by 80 words. Coming up with words beginning with the letter “W” proved challenging.

This story needs work, but an idea to fluff up this story popped into my brain.

I would’ve preferred to include different lettered words and use more dialogue.

An example might be: “Down at Wimple Willow Bay.”

If you have ideas that would help me expand on this story, I`d love to hear from you.

Have you ever seen a whale? Can you relate to Wee Wanda? Did Wiry Willy receive his just desserts?

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