Saturday, 1 September 2012

Summer Send-off Contest--250 word story challenge


illustration copyright Heather Newman 2012 used by permission

                                                             

                            The Hero Writer by Diane Mae Robinson 

                                                                          

King Sillyknot has sent me on yet another quest to rescue his wife, Lily, from the lair of the dragon. The job pays 3 quill pens per week, which is a good and fair wage for a hero. You see, I am a hero by day and a writer by night, so the quill pens are needed.

The dragon, Tullula, of the Witless Kingdom captures Lily Sillyknot on a weekly basis, holding her ransom. The ransom never comes because King Sillyknot is very cheap, hence, my hero job.

Tullula is quite easy to trick and easier to embarrass.  He now turns instantly pink the moment he sees me. I have tricked him with such lures as; home movies, dancing girls, jugglers, and his favorite, Mars bars. All I have to do is distract him with something simple, then get Lily down from the tower and take her home.

The job has become somewhat mundane except in my inventiveness to distract Tullula.

     “Do you see that?” I yell in fake surprise, pointing to my newest distraction. Today I have brought along the palace chef who is frantically tossing pizza dough.

Tullula’s embarrassed-pink color pales while he’s subdued, drooling and gawking at the chef.

I dismount my steed, go around back of the dragon, walk the 59 paces to the tower, yell to Lilly it’s safe, she comes down, and we leave.

“Au revoir,” I bid to Tullula, and we are already off and galloping when Tullula’s pink color intensifies.

 (248 words)


The 250 word children story contest, created by Susanna Leonard Hill.
Contest Rules:
The contest is for a children's story of 250 words or less based on the picture above 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!")  Entries must be posted on your blog between Friday August 31 and Tuesday September 4 at 11:59 PM EDT.
http://susannahill.blogspot.ca/2012/08/summer-send-off-writing-contest-and.html

20 comments:

  1. Very fun, Diane! I love the idea of a hero writer. Perhaps he can use his tales of rescue in his writing work :) Thanks so much for joining in the contest!

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    1. Thanks,Susanna, for creating such a fun contest.

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  2. Nice! Very imaginative, a little crazy, and lots of odd-ball names for people, towns, and things. This is definitely you! Nice story.

    My link: http://kid-lit-reviews.com/2012/09/01/end-of-summer-contest/

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    1. Thank you, Sue, for understanding the creative madness of this writer. You know me well.

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  3. Diane, very creative and I love all the names!

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I enjoyed your story, also. Keep up the great work.

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  4. I love the off-handed, mundane feeling of this hero's job. So oppossed to the typical hero story! Very entertaining.

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    1. Thanks, Laura, for dropping by and sharing. Your story was wonderful, too.

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  5. So creative!!! I love the names of the characters and the premise of your story! You did a great job with voice all the way through!

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    1. Hi Penny. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting my site.

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  6. Hi Diane...so nice to connect via Susanna's awesome contest!
    Your story is so much fun...love the hero by day and writer by night concept...kind of how many of us feel, I think. :)

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  7. Hi Vivian. Thanks for dropping by. You're right, lots of us writers feel that way: Hero by day, writer by night.
    I'm heading over to Susanna's awesome contest again. Hope to see you there.

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  8. You're the best with writing about dragons! I like the creativity! :)

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    1. Thank you, Erik. I love dragons and I love dragon stories. Snarls says "Hi."

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  9. Hero writers...brilliant! Such a fun story!

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    1. Thanks,Kim, for dropping by and your kind words.

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  10. My favorite line: I have tricked him with such lures as; home movies, dancing girls, jugglers, and his favorite, Mars bars.

    Now that's MY kind of hero! Best of luck in the contest!

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    1. Thanks you, Cathy. And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. The best of luck to you also.

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  11. Ahh, the challenges of life as a hero-writer. I'm glad Susanna's contest introduced me to your blog.

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    1. Hi Lauri. Thanks so much for dropping by. Ahh, it takes a hero writer to know a hero writer. Take care. Good luck.

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