It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Folks are shopping and baking and trimming the tree. Me, I’m still in my PJ’s in the afternoon posting my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 3rd Holiday Contest!
This year’s theme is to “Write a children’s story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster (a la Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer :)). Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words not counting the title.”
So grab a cup of hot cocoa. I hope you enjoy my story…..
HICCAPUFF HEATS UP CHRISTMAS
Everyone in Christmastown buzzed with excitement. Everyone except Hiccapuff. A dragon with hiccups does his best to stay out of the way.
It was Christmas Eve, and Santa was ready for lift-off, but his nine famous reindeer weren’t. They were stricken with the rare reindeer sickness, SleepThroughChristmasItis. Santa’s reindeer were grounded!
“I’ll fly your sleigh, Santa!” shy Hiccapuff volunteered.
“You’re nothin’ but trouble, dragon,” snorted Jingle Elf, Santa’s pilot.
Hiccapuff nervously HICC-A-PUFFED, and torched a snowman.
Jingle rolled his eyes, “See what I mean!”
“He’s our only hope. Let’s fly!” shouted Santa.
WHOOSH. Santa flew down a chimney.
Jingle’s pants lit up! “OOH, HOT, HOT, HOT!” He scooted his butt through the snow. “Aim ‘em somewhere else!”
Poor Hiccapuff hung his head and hiccupped off the ledge.
“He almost fried me, Santa!” Jingle complained.
“He cleared the streets of snow,” Santa smiled.
But Jingle’s grumbles were all Hiccapuff heard.
As they glided over the ocean, Hiccapuff noticed sad faces watching them pass.
“Ignore them, Hiccapuff,” Jingle snapped.
Instead, he HICCED some PUFFS, rocked the sleigh, and scattered tons of presents.
Eyeglasses settled on Old Whale’s nose. Octopus slid eight slippers on his tootsies. And Dolphin twirled in his tutu!
“You’ve wasted gifts! You’re nothin’ but…”
Santa interrupted, “Hush, there’s work to do.”
Hiccapuff thought Santa was disappointed in him. But Santa realized that the sea creatures should have been on his gift list all along.
They finished delivering presents, and as they soared home through the Milky Way, BOOM, BING, BANG…asteroids blasted the sleigh! Brave Hiccapuff mightily torched them to smithereens! But he got hurt, and the sleigh fell into the sea.
Santa and Jingle awoke in Christmastown. Dolphin and Octopus had towed them home. Old Whale swam poor Hiccapuff to shore on his broad back.
Everyone cheered when Hiccapuff opened his eyes. “Hiccapuff, you saved Christmas and us!” Santa exclaimed.
“I’m sorry I doubted you, buddy,” said Jingle.
The sleepy dragon sighed a happy HICC-A-PUFF… and almost singed off Santa’s beard!
“No worries, Santa. I found my aim tonight!”
If you’re in a gift-giving mood, would you please copy this link and put it on your calendars to vote (just once) for HICCAPUFF HEATS UP CHRISTMAS? Visit Susanna’s blog any time between Monday 12/16 and Wednesday 12/18 by 5 pm EST. You would help this girl have one very happy holiday!
Here’s wishing you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season!
The Texas sun isn’t the only thing that is scorching hot. Mallory Dillingham is beautiful, successful and primed to take over the family oil business when her father is ready to retire. However, that isn’t soon enough for the billionaire heiress. She wants it all. And, she wants it now. Mallory will stop at nothing to get what she wants, including seduction, lying and blackmail.
Joseph Barnes has stepped into her slippery trap. Can he find a way out before his evil sister-in-law destroys his marriage to Sarah? Will the Dillingham family be able to survive the destruction caused by her devious plot?
Love, betrayal, forgiveness and the bonds of family are all intertwined. This story deals with the complicated lives of the Dillingham family and the people caught in the crossfire. As Mallory wages war on everyone, innocent people pay the price.
About the Author-
Candy Ann Little grew up in a small town in Ohio. She now resides in Michigan with her husband, two adult kids and 4 cats. She began writing in the aftermath of tragedy – her third child was stillborn. The nurse suggested keeping a journal to cope with the grief. Although she thought it a dumb idea at the time, she soon found a freedom and healing that only writing brought.
Eventually that pain and sorrow turned into her first Inspirational romance, Unforgiving Ghosts. Since then she has finished 2 more inspirational romances. Her historical romance The Unwilling Bride was published in 2011. She has also tried writing in the genre of mystery, including a novella, Death By Broken Heart, and her first full length novel, Murder of an Oil Heiress. Candy Ann finds it therapeutic putting her thoughts into the words and action of her characters. She also finds that discipline is the biggest lesson learned in her writing life.
When she isn’t busy writing, you can find her subbing in the public schools, or helping with church activities. Her favorite things to do are reading, cooking, baking and doing crafts.
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Much success with your new novel, Candy!
I read UNFORGIVING GHOSTS, loved it, and will be reading MURDER OF AN OIL HEIRESS today! I hope y’all will too! :0)
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I’ve contributed a haiku for this anthology, and give advance thanks for your kind support. ;0)
Entries can be funny, scary or anything in between, poetry or prose, but they must have 100 words or less, and contain the words: spooky, black cat and cackle.
If you have a moment between now and October 31st (when they are all due), do yourself a favor and read the entries on Susanna’s site. It’s always worth the effort. Better yet, you still have a few days to enter if you wish.
Voting on top choices takes place on November 4th.
Now, be afraid. Be very afraid…
TREAT OR TRICK?
Headstone Hill's a spooky place. Wanda Witch lives there. It's said she steals small children. Little ones beware! Dared to go on Halloween, Rip approached her house. He tiptoed past the black cat. Quiet as a mouse. Wanda pulled the creaky door, Stretching a sly smile. "My, a sweet young child is here!" EWWW, they're all so vile! Shaking, Rip held out his bag, Waiting for some stuff. Wanda gave a sugared snake. "This was not so tough! I don't need to be afraid. You gave me a sweet." Then she yanked Rip in, cackling, "BEAST, come get your treat!"