Thursday, March 2, 2017

#50 Precious Words Contest Entry

My Mom is a Ninja (50 words)
By Megan Haslem Jones

Problem solver.
I think Mom is a ninja.
Accurate throws.
Cuts, chops, dices.
Ninja scream.
She must be a ninja.
“Powerful kicks,” I overhear.
Stretchy clothing.
Afternoon meditation.
She IS a ninja!
“Mom, I know your secret.”
“Excited? Future big brother!”
Not a ninja.

Thank you, Vivian Kirkfield for organizing this fun event.  Writing a story in only 50 words has helped me to grow as a writer.  I had to evaluate and analyze each word more than I usually do.  Not being able to use illustration notes added another layer of fun.  I used all 50 words in this version.  Previously drafts were a little shorter, but this version is my favorite.

For more information about this contest (and other awesome kid lit info) check out

Wow, there are so many talented and creative writers participating in this contest.  I think I'll spend the rest of the day reading all the fun entries.

Chapter Book Challenge

March is turning out to be a busy month.  It is only the 2nd!  I'm pushing myself to try new things.  I usually write picture books, but I'm writing early chapter books this month, too.  My original idea was too long for a picture book.  So I'll try it out as an early reader with the possibility of it turning into a series.  We will see where the month takes me.  For more info check out: