Saturday, February 18, 2017


Friday, February 17, 2017
Last week's writing contest winner posited a world taken over by machines. I loved the pure imaginative concept.  The same day I posted that choice, I was reading a piece by Jeff Somers that referenced Ray Bradbury's short story There Will Come Soft Rain. That story, as you read it, seems clearly inspired by a Sara Teasdale poem. And the idea came to me: why not use a poem as a prompt! So, here it is. (this is my favorite poem of all time):  Happiness by Jane Kenyon  

Almost all the usual rules apply:

1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.

2. Use these words in the story:
3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. The letters for the
prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards.
Thus: flim is ok, but MILF is not.

4. Post the entry in the comment column of THIS blog post.
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again. It helps to work out your entry first, then post.
7. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title)
11. You agree that your contest entry can remain posted on the blog for the life of the blog. In other words, you can't later ask me to delete the entry and any comments about the entry at a later date.

Contest opens: 9am, Saturday 2/18/17 ~~ Contest closes: 9am, Sunday 2/19/17


Katina is one year old today.
There will be cake
and ice cream.
No chocolate!
And, of course,
wrapped in colorful paper and ribbons
which she will tear off
while squealing with delight.
Noisy toys, which will assault my ears
and she’ll love,
and maybe a cuddly doll or two .

Katina, my elfin granddaughter,
who can say three words I hope to hear
for the first time today

Katina, a year old                                                                                 
and no longer crawling
but walking!
towards me
with outstretched arms
and frosting-smeared lips
drawn into a smile
because she is happy to see me.

Photos by her half-sister, Christin Glicos.                


And the winner is: Not I, but Lennon Faris for his "gorgeous writing."


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