Spring Fling Writing Contest

Here's my Spring Fling writing contest entry (visit https://sites.google.com/view/springflingwritingcontest/rules to learn more and enter!), following these basic rules:

*150 words or less
*post a gif that's inspired your story


Spring Stew

Tabbykin Kitten sniffs. What’s that beautiful smell?
Pink flowers near his den are lovely, but their rosy perfume isn’t the scent he’s smelling. What could it be?

Vixie Fox snuffs. What’s that wonderful smell?
Yellow daffodils by her burrow are sweet, but their green newness isn’t the scent she’s smelling. What could it be?

Tabbykin pounces into the forest. He finds sweet wild onions and plucks them up, still following the tempting scent.

Vixie prances into the forest. She finds fresh asparagus growing near the river and snaps it up, still following the delicious scent.

“Hello, friend!”

“Hello! Something smells delectable.”

The mouth-watering scent leads them to Ringtail Raccoon’s den.

“Welcome!” Ringtail says. “I’m making stew with vegetables from the human garden.”

“I brought onions,” Tabbykin says, dropping them into the stewpot.

“I brought asparagus,” Vixie says, dropping it into the stewpot.

“Then let’s share a pot of spring stew!”


16 comments:

  1. Yum! I'm so glad to see three friends in this story - I'm sure that stew was delicious! Good luck!
    Liz

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    1. Yes, the dark, evil part of me wanted it to go in a big bad wolf direction and have someone get eaten, but luckily, the characters just wanted to eat a yummy meal. :D Thank you so much, Liz!

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  2. I love the “human garden”. Good luck!

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  3. The smells of spring. And being together with friends. Good job and good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! I just love that animals enjoy sniffing flowers, too. :)

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  4. Yum, I live she in all seasons! Tell Racoon to save me some. I really like the mystery you created, I was wondering the whole time WHAT'S THE SMELL GOING TI BE?!
    Thank you for sharing this fun story and entering the Slrinf Fling Writing Contest!

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    1. Thank you so much! And I agree with you--there's never a bad time for stew! :)

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  5. Love the Stone Soup vibes I was getting from this piece! I enjoyed the creative animal names (Tabbykin is so cute!), and I loved that the animals were putting fresh spring garden vegetables in the soup. Made me hungry! Good luck in the contest!

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    1. Thank you so much, Danielle! I'm so glad you could pick up on the Stone Soup feel I was going for. :) I can't really take credit for the animal names--I just researched alternative names for those animals (except Vixie, which I created from vixen. I didn't want to call her Vixen Fox because of the other connotations of the word vixen), and Tabbykin is an old-fashioned name for kitten. But if I ever have another kitten, Tabbykin is a great name. :D

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  6. I love that springs brings about sharing in this sweet story!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather!! I appreciate your kind (alliterative) words. <3

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  7. I like your focus on the smell of spring. Even though my family and students are sneezing up a storm, no one can deny the sweet, green, new scent. I also think Tabbykin and Vixie are really fun, appealing names for the animals. It's the kind of story I would have especially loved when I was little. Good luck in the contest!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathi! Yes, spring is tough for those of us suffering with allergies, but for animals who just want to enjoy spring plants, it's delightful. :) I appreciate your kind words--good luck to you as well!

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  8. You write like a modern-day Beatrix Potter. You've created sweet and adorable characters, yet infuse so much tension into your delicious story that I breathed a sigh of relief at the unexpectedly (for me) happy ending. This combination of contrasting light and dark elements makes for wonderful illustration potential. I also love how you incorporate spring vegetables and the joy of cooking with friends. This could be a great opportunity to stimulate a reader discussion or project regarding gardening and in-season produce, as well as healthy (and collaborative) meal preparation.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne! That is the best compliment I've ever received! :) I appreciate that you picked up on the tension, because honestly, as I wrote, I wasn't sure if something unfortunate was going to happen to one or more of the characters. I'm glad they were able to share a bowl of stew, though. Yes, if this were a picture book, I'd absolutely have back matter with a recipe. I LOVE when books include recipes!

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