Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloweensie Contest - Halloween is for Cats!

Critique sat in the window watching for ghosts and goblins. She puffed her tail to its Halloween fluffiest. On Halloween a cat can pounce and hiss all she wants. It’s fun to be naughty, she thought, convinced that children feel the same way. Why else would they go door to door dressed as a witch or a bat?  

"Trick-or-treat is for cats too!," she meowed.

 Just then a monster appeared at the door. Woofing and barking, it bared its frightful fangs right at her!

“Easter is more for me,” she said hopping away. "Where can I find a nice bonnet?"
Halloweensie Contest Sponsored by Susanna Leonard Hill
The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witch, bat, and "trick-or-treat". Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!) Get it? Halloweensie - because it's not very long and it's for little people :)

Post your story on your blog today! - Wednesday October 31 - by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below. If you don't have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section. Then have fun hopping around and reading all the fabulous entries! Anyone who has trouble commenting, please email (susanna[at]susannhill[dot]com) P.S. Special Note From Sandy:  due to the chaos and power outages caused by Sandy, if you would like to enter but need a little more time to post, please let me know! I will extend the deadline out to Friday if that helps anyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Welcome Guest Author - Clara Bowman-Jahn

Hi Storee,

So glad I could stop in and visit with you. You are an inspiration to me. I love your book and writing prompts. I understand that you would like a story about how I started writing. I have written since the eighth grade. My mother copied quotes from books she read and I started doing that, too, when I started reading books that impressed me.

Once upon a time in school I read books that impressed me and I started copying quotes from them about what I thought was earth shattering. Insights the characters had that were insights to me. Then one day I started writing my own feelings. I had been angry with my older brother and had no one to talk to about it. I started journaling about that and have never stopped. My journals are in a room I call my office. They are spiral notebooks full of emotion and ideas. They fill one and half filing cabinets. I have them organized according to year.  

The time I started writing was when I changed from just journaling to a character named Annie in a children’s book about four years ago. I was sick and wanted to record the birds outside my window. It was just coincidence that made me write it into a character instead of just journaling. During the time I was recording the “times or o’clocks" that the bird came out, I realized I wanted this to be a children’s book and after I had written it I began asking my kindergarten teacher sister questions about it. She really is the one who made it a reality. She encouraged me and re read it a hundred times giving me help with revisions. Without her support and encouragement and her saying I could write a children’s book I would not have continued.  

 Around this same time I had wanted to make my journals a public writing like a memoir but didn’t know that was what it was called. My writing education began then. I began to be interested in writing something more than just journaling. It was a sudden and unexpected turn of events. I had been a knitter until then. I knitted sweaters for everyone in the family and now I write. I still journal. But with a twist. I journal for someone else besides my self. I’ve included the reader.

Writing Prompt:  Write down your feelings the next time you are angry or especially happy. See what happens.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Welcome Guest Author, Dixiane Hallaj

Dixiane Hallaj

When I first read about Storee Wryter, I thought she was a lot like I was as a young girl.  I always loved to read and I always wanted to write stories.  There was one big difference between Storee and myself.  Storee sat down and wrote her stories.  I just started them and got discouraged.  Pretty soon I stopped writing because I thought I wasn’t any good at writing because I never wrote any good stories. 

It was many years before I realized that the only reason I didn’t write any good stories was because I didn’t sit still long enough to finish them!  Now I have three novels published, and have received awards for my fiction and non-fiction writing.  I still remember the thrill I felt when I held my first book in my hand, and I still think about all the good stories that were never written because I didn’t think I could do it.

I started writing about families like my own.  Have you ever tried to write a story about someone in your family?  Has your little brother or sister done anything that might be part of a funny story?  Have your parents every given you a surprise that would make a good story?  Has your grandmother or grandfather ever told you a story about something that happened long ago?  I’ll bet you could write a really good story about your family, but you’ll never know if you don’t give it a try—and you’ll never feel the thrill of seeing your very own story in print if you don’t sit down and write it.
Writing Prompt: Write a story about you or someone in your family.
Have some fun. Include one or both of the following words: refugee, Lola.

Thank you, Dixiane Hallaj!

Books by Dixiane Hallaj: Born a Refugee, Refugee Without Refuge, It's Just Lola.

Born a Refugee
Refugee Without Refuge
It’s Just Lola



What's the Word Wednesday - Accept, Except

Accept is a verb and it means to receive. You accept a package from the delivery man. You accept a prize when you win the writing contest.

Except is usually a preposition and means to exclude. I like all vegetables except peas. They are too squishy.

Except can also be a verb meaning to exclude. Please except me from the decorating committee.


Write a story using the words accept and except.  If you’d like to share your writing, post it on the blog for a chance to receive a book as a gift from Storee Wryter.

Teachers: For a FREE e-book copy of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog send an email request to: 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's the Word Wednesday - LITERALLY


OMG! Did you see my dad crumping? I literally died on the spot.

If you did, your friends would be visiting you in the cemetery and you probably wouldn't care that your dad did something silly.

The correct word is figuratively. You are using a figure of speech to add feeling to your words.

What is crumping? (also spelled krumping or krumpin) Crumping is a form of urban dance. To see kids curmping click on the link below.

Write a story and have one of the characters use a common figure of speech. For more fun, add a scene where some kids are crumping.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Navy Seals - Writing Prompt

According to information on their official website:
"Navy SEALs are a unique breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. SEALs take their name from the environments in which they are trained to operate: sea, air and land. Their small highly trained teams usually work quietly at night conducting some of the nation's most important missions. SEALs are constantly deployed throughout the world to protect national interests."

Write a story about a Navy Seal and a successful mission he takes part in.

When writing your story consider the following:  
  • Who is he?
  • Where did he grow up?
  • Why did he become a Navy Seal?
  • What is his mission?
  • What special training does he need?
  • What problems will he encounter and how will he solve them?

Your story can be written for very young children, teens, or adults. Try adapting your story for various audiences. For extra points, insert humor in your story.

For more information on Navy Seals go to


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What's the Word Wednesday. ALOT is Not a Word

ALOT is NOT a word.

Think of it this way - You don't write afew or adozen. You don't have asecond helping of pie. However, you can have more if there is a lot left over.

Writing prompt:
Write a short story wherein someone has a lot of something.
Does your mother have a lot of patience?
Did you save a lot of money for college?
Do like enjoy writing a lot?
Teachers: To receive a free e-book version of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, simply send an email request via this blog or to


Friday, October 5, 2012

October Giveaway- Peter and the Star Catchers

 Follow Storee's Blog in October for a Chance to Win
  a copy of
 National Best Selling Book
Offer Closes At Midnight October 31, 2012
Offer Open to New Followers Only
International Shipping Not Included
For Teachers: To get your free electronic version of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, send an email request via this blog or to the author at


Thursday, October 4, 2012

That's Debatable - Writing Prompt

To discuss a question by considering opposed arguments
Last night people all across America tuned in to watch the Presidential Debate. The purpose for the debate was to clarify their position on issues important to voters and to convince people that their viewpoint is correct.
Write a story wherein two of the main characters have very different beliefs on a subject important to both of them.
Suggestions: Use dialogue to move the story forward.  Show how the characters feel about the subject by the way they say things. Do they stand straight or do they lean toward one another and use gestures?
For Teachers: To request a FREE electronic version of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog contact Storee via this blog or via email at
 Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner and Named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's the Word Wednesday - Too Many Twos

Two -Too-To!
Say the words fast and they almost sounds like a train whistle.
Do you find that your writing goes off the track as you struggle to make the right choice? Never fear. The solution to your problem is here.
Two  is a number. One, Two, Three.  May I have two cookies?
Too can be an adverb as in, "Billy has a stomach ache. He ate too many cookies.
Too can be a synonym for the word also.  Jenny wanted some cookies, too.
To can be used as a preposition as in, "Billy went to the store. His favorite cookies were on sale." 
To can be an infinitive phrase as in, "Jenny planned to eat more vegetables in the future.
Write a story using the words two, too, and to.  Storee would love to hear from you. Post a note about your writing, ask questions, or share your writing any time. 

For Teachers: To receive a FREE electronic version of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, send an email request via your school email via this blog or directly to me at