12×12 Update and a Summer Send-Off Contest created by Susanna Leonard Hill!

First, I will start off with the story for the Summer Send-Off Contest entry. Below is my entry and I think I may use the idea to write a book or a longer story.

The rules for the contest as stated on Ms. Hill’s blog are:

The contest is for a children’s story of 250 words or less based on the picture below and in which somebody somewhere in your story says, in dialogue, “Did/do you see that?” (you may substitute any of the other senses – “Did/do you hear/feel/taste/smell that?”) and somebody somewhere in your story says, “Goodbye!” (you are allowed to substitute “Farewell!”, “Au revoir!”, “Sayonara!”, “Ciao!”, or “So long!”). Click HERE to go to Ms. Hill’s blog and see all the entries!

Heather Newman made the awesome illustration for the contest. I really like all the action going on in it! To go to Ms. Newman’s website click HERE.

illustration copyright Heather Newman 2012 used by permission


By Erik

Once Upon A Time, in a land far away (depending on where you are), a princess named Violet was high in a tower. She wasn’t trapped there, mind you. You see, Violet wasn’t an ordinary princess.

One day, Violet heard a commotion outside her window.

“He lit the moat on fire again!” Shouted the stable-boy to Josi, the princesses’ faithful servant.   “I already asked The Pale Sorceress to cast an extinguishing spell!”

Josi yelled up to Violet’s window. “Did you hear that? Your parents will banish us all! What kind of princess has a pet dragon anyway?”

“But Cuddles is just a baby!” was the reply.

“A BABY? He’s about 15… Oh-no, here comes Timothy!” Josi groaned. Violet rolled her eyes at the approaching figure.

As Timothy got closer he boasted, “I shall smite thee, foul beast and save yonder fair maiden, Violet! Oh dear Violet, I hath come hither to rescue thee!”

Violet felt her face get red with anger as she screamed back. “First of all, don’t talk funny. Smite and hither, who talks like that? It’s weird. Second, Cuddles is my PET! I DON’T NEED RESCUING!”

Just then, Sorceress cast the spell to blow out the fire. As the gust came, it lifted Timothy and blew him back to his kingdom!

“Farewell!” Timothy called as he faded in the distance.

“Will he be alright? Josi asked.

“Don’t worry, he’ll be back. He always comes back.” Violet sighed.

And they all lived happily ever after…well, until next time.

Now, for my 12×12 update!

For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it. I have been working on a PB about a bird and a worm who are friends and I have been trying to make it rhyme well. I wrote the story last month and have been working on the rhyming, but I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. In September I am going to try to complete the draft! Wish me luck 😀

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  1. Erik, I love your story! The qualifier about depending on where you are made me laugh out loud! 🙂 I like your reversal of roles – that Violet doesn’t need rescuing and Timothy is a pain in her neck 🙂 And who could resist a pet dragon named Cuddles? Thanks for a great entry! And good luck with your rhyming – I’m sure you can do it!

  2. Your story made my day. I think I’ll be smiling for quite some time thinking of that pesky “rescuing” hero and the princess who’s actually quite fine 🙂

  3. This cracked me up! I love how you have twisted all stereotypes on their heads! Brilliant!

  4. This is a great and fun story! I like the princess who doesn’t need rescuing. Well done.

  5. I love the surprise elements in your stories, Erik. So, Cuddles (what a funny name for a dragon) is a pet?? Clever!
    Keep up the good work on the PBs…

  6. Erik, Erik, Erik…you are going to be (already are) an author, no doubt. I love your humor and witty asides, like “depending on where you live,” and that whole part about “Who talks like that? It’s weird” is FABULOUS! This was so much fun, from top to bottom.

    Of all the things I’ve read of yours, this is my favorite so far. Bravo!!!!!

  7. Erik, I know the feeling when a draft is taking longer to finish. I have one that is still sitting on the back burner…Good luck finishing the bird and the worm. In the meantime, I love your dragon story. Cuddles is the best name for a dragon ever.

  8. Love your story, Erik! Good work! 🙂

  9. Dragon! is red-hot! Best of luck with the bird and worm story!

  10. Erik, this story is fantastic! I love how you’ve turned everything on its head. Good going!

  11. I really like your story. The humor is terrific. Don’t worry about the rhyming Eric. It will happen and if it doesn’t you do a great job writing your stories. I am positive that one day you will be a best selling author,

  12. Erik!!! Stupendous job! Your story is hilarious. There are so many funny lines! My favorite: “First of all, don’t talk funny. Smite and hither, who talks like that? It’s weird.” You told a great story in just a few words and it goes perfectly with Heather’s illustration! Like I said….Stupendous!!!

  13. The fairy tale genre is so fun to turn on its head. You did a terrific job upending typical roles and archetypes. Great story!

  14. What a great role reversal for this story. I laughed as I read it. Excellent writing and great wit!

  15. Thou hast produced words of magic and hithertofore I crown you master of Storyville, Sir Erik. Awesome!

  16. Erik, this is a delightfully funny story. I love your imagination. 🙂

  17. Erik…what a stellar story! I love so much about it…Cuddles – what a perfect name for a pet dragon…Violet – who doesn’t need rescuing and is a strong matter-of-fact princess…the prince – who thinks he has to talk like a knight of old. I could see the story unfolding in my mind’s eye. 🙂
    Good luck with the September draft
    Writing’s like floating on a raft
    With rhyming one will nver know
    If words should stay or words should go.
    Just keep writing! You are great!

  18. I really like the dialogue and characters in your story. Well done!

  19. Of COURSE he would boasted: “I shall smite thee, foul beast and save yonder fair maiden, Violet! Oh dear Violet, I hath come hither to rescue thee!”
    Good for Violet, to roll her eyes and straighten him out! Eric, your work is stellar! Best of luck in the contest!

  20. Hah! Love this. Cuddles is the best name! And I like the feminist princess :). Great job!!

  21. Your story is terrific!! I hope you win. I loved it so much I read it twice. It would make a great picture book too. Good luck.

  22. “… well, until next time.” 🙂 Love it!

  23. I’m back — my friend Jan read this, and asked me to let you know that she absolutely loved it. You ROCK!

  24. Erik, loved the “depending on where you are” too.
    Also the, “Who talks like that?” made me laugh…I have friends who say that all the time.
    Nice story and good job!!

  25. Now, that was one fine interpretation of the lovely illustration. Your reading stands you in good stead when you venture into writing. Great work, Erik! I love how the fun elements are interwoven into what could easily become a tragic story. 🙂

  26. Great dragon story Erik – it cracked me up! I hope you do decide to make it into a book – more please! 🙂


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