THE DOG ~ [contest piece for #50PRECIOUSWORDS 2021]

Author and friend Kathy Halsey turned me on to author Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words Contest – a story for kids in 50 or less words. I thought I’d have a go. 

This is basically a true “tail” of my dogged determination to get a furry friend, pitted against my mom’s dogged determination to not allow – or love it.

Bonnie ‘fireUrchin’ Lambourn

I begged, “Pleeeeze!  Let me.  I NEED a dog.”
Four years.

The relatives prodded . . .

Reluctantly Mom caved,
but her eyebrows twisted like cheese curls
at the black mop with legs and wagging tongue –  
who then skulked to the corner.
40 minutes sulking.

Earned . . .
a bowl of food. 

[wc= 50 words ]


What is it about picture books that keeps me paddling through the currents?

Right now, the currents are getting this new website set up. My old one was no longer editable, so had to face that struggle of facing this… and while it is a simple setup for many, I’m a “pantser”. Picture book people know that means I jump in and face the waves rather than read loads of instructions.

As an artist, prior teacher and dancer, I’ll validate myself by saying – I’m a kinesthetic, visual, learner. Even if I read directions and follow them to the letter, and get it right first time around… I remember what I wade through better. Eventually I’m a swimmer who will save myself from the wild wave… but right now…. this blog post is a mostly a test to see if it lands in the right spot.

©bonnie lambourn / fireUrchin ~ 2021