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Hank Has A Dream - A Review

 

Hank has a Dream is written by Rebecca Dudley, who also did the art work for this manuscript. Ms. Dudley followed up her debut book with another excellent picture book, which like her first, is published by Peter Pauper Press. This is different from the first in that it contains words, 91 if I counted correctly. The other contained no words. You can read that book review by clicking here. The word count is still pretty low for a picture book, but it is done so well. 

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Hank Finds An Egg - A Review

Hank Finds An Egg is written by Rebecca Dudley. It's published by the wonderful folks at Peter Pauper Press. Well, actually, to say it's written is a bit of an exaggeration. It's a picture book that is just that...a picture book. There are no words in the book. Zero. Ziltch. Nada.

 

This book is an interesting picture book. Picture books have been trending shorter and shorter over the years, but for one to have no words is a little odd, in my opinion. But it's not the only picture book in the world without words. 

 

Despite the fact that there aren’t any words in Hank’s adventure, the story is excellent. It starts with, as you might have guessed, Hank finding an egg on the floor of the forest. He finds where it belongs. He cares for the egg all while trying to return it to its home. He tries and tries to get it to its proper place. He succeeds after much effort and makes a few new friends as a result. 

 

Another thing I love about this book is that since there are no words to limit the reader to the author’s point of view, this book can be told by the storyteller in any of the three person point of views. 

 

The reader can be Hank, the storyteller can make the audience be Hank by using the second person point of view, and of course Hank can be told in the third person where the reader watches from the outside. 

 

It is brilliantly done. 

 

The art work is figurines set to a beautiful woodsy background where Hank takes his adventure.  

 

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Writing Contest-Food as a Friend

I stumbled upon another writing contest. This one is courtesy of A. LaFaye. Visit her website by clicking here.

 

The prompt was a food that becomes a child's friend. She got this idea from the book Owen's Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes. What's more fun that a marshmallow chick being a friend? Writing your own story (100 words or less) about a food that becomes a friend. 

 

Without further ado, I give you mine.

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#50PreciousWords Writing Contest

Hello, there, blog readers. It's been quite a while since I've posted something to the site. In fact the last time I posted something was in 2015 for a Halloween writing contest. 

 

Well guess what? I'm posting again for a writing contest. I love writing contests because it gets me writing. Although I've written since Halloween 2015 it's not been to the extent that I use to. 

 

Enough of my yammering on. Check out my 50-word story below. As with most children's stories the art is key. This one is no different. Part of the rules were no art notes, so use your imagination. 

 

Leave me a comment. And click here to check out what Vivian Kirkland is doing with this contest. Oh yeah, check out the other stories on her site. There's a lot of talent out there. I'm glad I'm not a judge for this one. 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - Day 7

As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Today is day 7. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - Day 6

As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Today is day 6. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - Day 5

As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Today is day 5. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - DAY 4 

As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Today is day 4. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - DAY 3

The Gaston Crew's Last Haunt - Chris Shumate

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A Week of Halloween Stories - DAY 2

 As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Below is day two's. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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A Week of Halloween Stories - DAY 1

As part of a Halloween writing contest, and in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write seven short children stories. Today's is a little late, it should have come out last night. If you like my short story please let me know in the comments below. Each of these will be short, 100 words or less. It's the contest rules and it has been fun trying to make it work. Wish me luck! 

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Happy (For the Most Part) Father's Day

Picture from Pixabay
Picture from Pixabay

This Father’s Day is a time of reflection on what it means to be a father for me. The man that raised me wasn’t my biological father, but he was awesome. He embodied to my sister and me everything a father could be. My biological father had little to do with my life after 1991 when he and my mother divorced. Even today I haven’t seen him since 2007, I think, in the summer when he and I went fishing. 


I don’t blame him anymore. In fact, I’ve forgiven him. But my father’s exit and Garry’s entry into my family’s life also brought hurt to another family. 

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News to Share

PIcture from Pixabay
PIcture from Pixabay

Hello there, internet world and blog readers. I haven’t been posting regularly like I had anticipated, and intended to, earlier this year. Like many bloggers starting out, I lost track of what to post after a few months of regular posting.

 

I did want to take a minute to give you an update on my writing adventure. Don’t worry, this post won’t be more than 500 words. 

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The Problem with Agents

I am a writer…there I said it. I am a writer. Perhaps you are too. There are many people I have read or heard speak that believe everyone has a story. Therefore everyone should write, in my opinion at least. I self-published my first children’s book in 2014. So, I am not only a writer, but I am an author. The difference is that writers are not authors until their writing is finished and published. 

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Owning Your Ministry vs Renting Your Ministry

Photo Credit: Pixabay
Photo Credit: Pixabay

I had the great privilege of attending a conference that focuses on volunteering in the kid’s ministry February 28, 2015. In February all of my posts were on the topic of kid’s ministry. The Live to Serve event inspired me to continue the theme of kid’s ministry for my posts.

 

Adam Duckworth talked about his wife’s reasoning for not wanting to do certain things to the home they are currently living in. He also talked about the exciting journey they are embarking on with a purchase of a home that will be uniquely theirs. 

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