Sunday, March 5, 2017

#50PreciousWords Challenge...Don't mind if I do!

Well, it's been a looooooooonnnnnng time since I've posted. And what is it that brings me back?
Why, a writing challenge of course!

Vivian Kirkfield is running her #50PreciousWordContest to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. And it is too much fun to resist. So much fun in fact that I made two 50 word or less stories. I mean really, who can resist a challenge?
Check it out for yourselves at

Blanche Baxter

Ba-dum. Played lonely little drum.
Happy when bell and gong ran in. Ping pong, Ding dong.
Chasing one another round and round. Creating huge rings of sound.
Hours without a care, their rhythms filled the air.
Until their mothers called them home, Ba-dum, little drum left all alone.

And then in the middle of the night, this one came to mind. . . Hehe!

Blanche Baxter

A story, 50 words!
I wake in fright,
Jump up, clap on the light.
Outlook dank, thoughts blank. 
Mind is racing and I'm pacing,
Pencil scratching and erasing.
Just when I think my story's done,
I count–
It's 51!
But wait an idea in sight–


  1. Replies
    1. Haha, thanks Sherri! Well, my first few cracks at 50 word'ers were easily reaching 150! But then, I switched gears. Let myself get zen with the "less is more" approach. And the words starting coming. Honestly, I think this was such a good writing exercise, I might make it one of my regulars. Really teaches how to include only the elements that are essential to a story.

  2. Love these, Blanche...and so so so happy you enjoyed the challenge!
    Musical friends had such great sound words...and heart. And Night Writing Trouble was well paced and rhythmic...and totally hilarious. Thank you so much for joining the fun!

    1. Thanks Vivian! Your challenge is just what I needed to dust off the cobwebs! :-) I'm really glad you liked the stories. And thank you, thank you, thank you for creating this incredible contest!!!

  3. Oh my. I love the line, "Creating huge rings of sound." Awesome. And I can totally relate to that second one. :)

    1. Thanks Joanne! I love what you did with yours as well. Music and rhythmic language fuel me, so once I moved in that direction is started to flow. I love that you did the same with your nonfic piece!

  4. Nice work coming up with two stories. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Gregory! They were fun to write. Good luck to you too!