"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die." ~ Isaac Asimov

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Writerly Wednesday - Random Silliness

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another week of Writerly Wednesday, where I share random tidbits of my writerly life, showcase a new author or publisher, or try to give sound advice I've found on various websites. This week, I'm doing something a little different. Not knowing what else to do, I asked on Facebook for 3 random words from people: a noun, a verb, and an adjective. Including my kids and babysitter, I ended up with 10 responses to my question. Here are all the words I received:

dinosaur, sad, play, fedora, skip, spectacular, mailbox, run, pouring (rain), friend, walk, quickly, bridge, flow, relaxing, bird, jog, leafy, train wreck, jump, happy, socks, fly, gigantic, cupcake, skate, frosty, rainbow, spew, ludicrous, Miller Park, eat, grainy

I'm sure you can guess which words came from my kids. ;-) I especially like 'leafy' because then Kody (my oldest) looked at the tree we were passing and said "It looks like it has green hair!" Love that!

So what did I do with all of these words? As you may have guessed, I wrote a short story . I highlighted all the words. Here is what I came up with. It's a little silly and geared more towards younger kids, but it was tons of fun to write! Enjoy! **some of the words had to change their ending to fit properly**

Tommy and Fenton Have an Adventure

On a Saturday morning in May, Tommy the T-Rex woke up to find it was a very disappointing day. It was pouring rain outside his bedroom window! The rain made Tommy sad. So he tromped out of his bedroom and headed to the kitchen, where his mom was baking cupcakes.
“Why are you sad today, Tommy T?” she asked as he sat down at the table.
“It’s raining,” he told her.
“Yes it is. Why don’t you call Fenton and you two can play inside today? I bet Fenton is as sad as you about the rain today.”
“Yeah!” Tommy exclaimed and jumped up from the table. He went to the phone and called his best friend. Now it might seem silly that a dinosaur and a bird were best friends, but Tommy and Fenton had been friends since they were babies.
Fenton agreed to come over to play and flew through the rain as fast as his little blue wings would carry him. He loved flying, but not in the rain. Fenton shook out his feathers when he arrived inside Tommy’s house and put his little brown fedora on a peg by the door.
“Let’s have an adventure,” Tommy exclaimed and raced Fenton to his room. Fenton won—because birds are always faster than T-Rexes.
“What do you want to do today?” Fenton chirped from his perch on the top of Tommy’s dresser. Tommy hunkered down and thought really hard for a moment. What should they do? Then, he had an idea!
“There’s been a train wreck on the bridge,” he told Fenton. “We have to save the people!”
“We’re off to save the people!” Fenton squeaked. They jogged around the bedroom, pretending to run to the bridge.
“Watch out for the river!” Tommy suddenly yelled. He and Fenton skated to a stop. The river flowed rapidly under the bridge, spewing yucky brown water all around them. A gigantic, leafy tree towered over them next to the bridge.
“There! We have to save that family of salamanders!” Tommy declared, pointing to a bunch of socks in the middle of the room. “Come on!”
They quickly skipped across the bridge. Tommy bent down and scooped the salamander family into his arms as the giant tree swayed in the wind.
“This is ludicrous!” Tommy exclaimed. The salamanders were hot, burning his skin. “They’re burning up!”
“Put them in the frosty mailbox!” Fenton chirped. Tommy dashed across the room and threw the socks into his clothes hamper. Both bird and dinosaur collapsed onto the floor as the bedroom door opened. Tommy’s mom looked in on them.
“Sounds like that was a spectacular rescue,” she told the boys. “Are you boys hungry?”
“Yeah!” they cheered and jumped to their feet (or hopped, in Fenton’s case).
“Look, a rainbow!” Fenton cheeped, flying towards the window to look out at the sky. Tommy quickly followed. Sure enough, a beautiful rainbow stretched across the light gray sky.
Tommy and Fenton walked down the stairs and followed Tommy’s mom into the kitchen. They were finally able to relax. Tommy’s mom put a plate of warm cupcakes on the table and the boys began to eat. Tommy was glad they weren’t grainy like the last batch she had made. Grainy cupcakes were the worst!
“Next time we should go rescue something at Miller Park,” Fenton chirped as he pecked at his cupcake.
“That would be a lot of fun,” Tommy agreed, thinking of all the happy adventures they could have.

And there you have it, my fun little story. I might have a career in children's literature some day! LOL Hope you've enjoyed it. :) Have a great day everyone!



  1. This is an amazing short story. Bravo!

  2. This is an amazing short story. Bravo!

  3. This is an amazing short story. Bravo!

  4. This is an amazing short story. Bravo!

  5. Thanks, Christin! I appreciate you stopping by and reading it! :)

  6. Cute short story, Erin. Now just add some cartoon-like illustrations and you DO have a children's book! -DaD

    1. Thanks, Dad! I'm working on getting Kody to do the illustrations for me. :)