Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Couple of New Ditties

I'm behind posting two ditties that I contributed to Michelle's blog over at Today's Little Ditty.

The first ditty was part of January's Ditty of the Month Club.  The challenge was to write a poem about "nothing."

The second ditty is part of February's current Ditty of the Month Club.  The February challenge is to write a poem based on the word "ditty."

If you've never visited Michelle's site or participated in her Ditty of the Month Club, you're definitely missing out!  Head over there and give it a try!


by Kristi Dee Veitenheimer

Thirty minutes to write about anything I want...

I glance down

and see a big,



staring back at me.

As soon as my teacher

turns the dial

on the timer,

my mind goes as


as the paper.


No thoughts.

No words.

No sentences.

A desert,

dry and parched.

Searching for something,


Thirty minutes later,

still nothing.



except for



Ditty Trouble

by Kristi Dee Veitenheimer

There once was a lady who wrote                                    

short simple rhymes in a note. 

Twas such a pity

that each little ditty

often got stuck in her throat.

Whenever she tried to recite one,

whether fairy tale, fable, or pun,

the words that were listed

would always get twisted,

tying her tongue in a bun.

So one day the lady decided

the beautiful words she provided,

should only be read

in somebody’s head,

so no one would then be misguided.

The lady continued to write

each night until dawn’s breaking light.

Known to be witty,

each little ditty

brought children’s loud squeals of delight.

Monday, February 8, 2016

1st Annual Valentiny Writing Contest 2016

Fun abounds over at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog this week. She is sponsoring the "First Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Contest!"

The Contest Rules:  Since writing for children is all about “big emotion for little people” and Valentines Day is all about emotion, write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is grumpy!  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone grumpy (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (Get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day) You can go under the word count but not over!

So here is my entry at 211 words:

A Valentiny Birthday
by Kristi Veitenheimer

“A birthday on Valentine’s Day. Just once, I’d like to feel special,” Val thought. Then she remembered her birthday breakfast and bounded downstairs.

“Morning, Mom!”

“Morning. Grab some cereal,” Mom replied. She blew a kiss and headed out the door.

No heart-shaped, chocolate chip pancakes?

Frowning, Val ate Captain Crunch.

At school her best friend, Haley, screamed, “Happy Valentines Day!” Val scowled.

At recess Val played in the outfield during kickball. She kicked dirt and stuck her tongue out at the worms.

At lunch Val ripped into her sack. No special note. She slumped in her seat and picked at her bologna sandwich.

Later the students made cards for their Valentine party. Val cut a crooked heart and scribbled “Happy Whatever.” As students whispered and giggled, she sulked.

Just before party time, Val sat with arms crossed and steam blowing out her ears. “May I get a drink?” she asked and stomped out.

Everyone had forgotten her birthday. Val sipped from the water fountain and returned.

“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…”

She looked up to see her classmates, teacher, and mom singing around a birthday cake with seven flaming candles! Classmates handed her birthday cards made that afternoon.

Smiling, Val knew this was the most special birthday ever!