Saturday, June 20, 2015


Straight from Janet Reid's blog, it's Texts from Mittens writing contest! 
I just got my paws on a copy of TEXTS FROM MITTENS: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It. What can I say, I love this book so much I could just ...well..purr. Sharks purr? Well, they do if they're reading that book! So, in the spirit of sharing the fun, the prize for this week's flash fiction contest is a copy of TEXTS FROM MITTENS. 

The usual rules apply: 
1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer. 
2. Use these words in the story: mitten phil patty gang dish 
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. Example: phil/philodendron is ok, but dish/delish is not. 
4. Post your entry in the comment section of THIS blog post. Comments are closed until the contest opens. 
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. 
6. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title) 
7. Under no circumstances should you tweet anything about your particular entry to me. Example: "Hope you like my entry about Felix Buttonweezer!" This is grounds for disqualification. 
8. Please do not tweet anything but contest entries. (Not for example "I love Felix Buttonweezer's entry!") 

Contest opens: Saturday June 20, at NOON & closes: Sunday, June 21, at noon

My entry (first one!)

The flurries were intermittent when we started out, 
but it was snowing like gangbusters when we headed home. 
Trudging uphill, 
 dragging that spindly spruce nobody else wanted, 
on Christmas Eve in 1957. 

You showed us how to make tinfoil stars from gum wrappers 
and angels from feathers. 
We sang carols, 
and ate soup Mom made 
from a hamburger patty and potatoes, 
and admired the most beautiful tree in the world. 

We were poor, yes, 
but never disheartened.
You and Mom made us feel cherished and loved. 
Christmas has never been the same 
without you two. 
Happy Father's Day, Dad. 

And this winner is?  JR hasn't decided yet, but I didn't make the finalist list so I didn't win. However, once again, I got special recognition, this time for "A particularly wonderful entry in honor of Father's Day"  

UPDATE!: And the winner is Hank :)


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