I’m going to try something completely different today…  Author Susanna Leonard Hill is organizing a “Valentiny Writing Contest.” The challenge? Write a Valentine’s story appropriate for children, maximum 214 words, in which someone is hopeful.

So… here’s a little piece of my writing out for all to see. (GULP!)

The Happy Little Paper

(207 words)

Light shines into the drawer where I live with the other unused paper. A chubby little hand slides inside.

“Pick me! Pick me!” We all cheer.

The hand grabs me and I fly up, up, up out of the drawer. I flutter a corner of my page to wave goodbye to my friends.

I wonder what I will become?

Will I be a grocery list, reminding Dad to bring milk home from the store?

Will I be a paper airplane, feeling the wind on my wings as I fly through the air?

Will I be a beautiful picture, hanging on the fridge for everyone to admire?

Gosh! I hope I won’t be one of those crumpled up papers sitting on the table by the markers!

The hand sets me on a table with markers and crayons laying all around.

This is it! I can’t wait!

The hand picks up a crayon and starts to draw.

Hey! That tickles!

I hear the child singing softly as the hand draws a big shape in my middle and little doodles around my edges. The big shape has bumps on top and a point at the bottom.

Oh! I’m the best surprise of all:

“Happy Valentine’s Day Mom, Dad, and Alex”




  1. authoraileenstewart February 10, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Cute. Best Wishes!


  2. Lynn A. Davidson February 10, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    This is an interesting perspective, very nice. I wish you well with the story.


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 11, 2018 / 4:02 am

      Thank-you. You too! It’s so cool to see another Canadian participating (I’m transplanted now, but grew up in Ontario and attended Acadia before moving down here)!


  3. Candy February 11, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Happy paper! Best of luck.


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 11, 2018 / 3:58 am

      Thanks! I love your haiku and other poetry… Haiku is one of my favorites!


      • Candy February 11, 2018 / 7:33 pm

        Thanks for stopping by to check out my poetry. So glad you liked it. I’m partial to haiku myself.


  4. rosecappelli February 11, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    A very creative take on this! And I love the picture. Is that what gave you the idea? Good Luck!


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 11, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks! Yes, my daughter loves drawing and has been making us valentines for days! Good luck to you too!


  5. candicemarleyconner February 11, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    What a fun perspective! My daughter has been busy emptying our scrap paper drawer making Valentine cards too! I love the way your character wonders what it will be.


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 11, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks! Although we sometimes talk about it as a “Hallmark holiday,” little kids really DO get excited about Valentine’s Day!


  6. Gregory E Bray February 11, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I’m glad the paper got to be something other than a shopping list. Good luck!


  7. Robyn Campbell February 12, 2018 / 1:44 am

    I love it. What a story of hope. I was pleasantly surprised at what he became. Simply beautiful. Wishing you the best.


  8. authorlaurablog February 12, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Cute story with a good voice. These contests are so much fun.


  9. willowwrites February 13, 2018 / 1:28 am

    Lovely and filled with emotion. Good job!
    Best of luck in the contest 🙂


  10. Nancy Riley February 14, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Love your perspective. Happy paper! Good luck!


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 15, 2018 / 2:57 am

      Thanks – good luck to you too! And, Happy Valentine’s (or Valentiny?) Day!


  11. Jilanne Hoffmann February 14, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    A very creative perspective! That little piece of paper is filled with hope! Good luck in the contest!


  12. StephMWard February 15, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Awwww, I’m smiling with tears in my eyes. What a fantastic idea and a lovely sentiment. Good luck!


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 16, 2018 / 11:42 pm

      That’s what my daughter thought too – a paper is always happier with hearts all over! Thanks so much & good luck in the contest!


  13. Debbie Day (@debbiedayauthor) February 18, 2018 / 2:49 am

    This is too sweet! Very nicely done. You did a great job of making us feel the hope. I love the picture at the end too. Best of luck!


  14. Susanna Leonard Hill February 19, 2018 / 2:16 am

    Such a cute, nicely-written story from a unique perspective, Liz! Kudos to you for trying something completely new and coming up with such a great little story! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!


    • 2cookscraftingbooks February 19, 2018 / 6:18 am

      Thanks for offering this fun contest for us all! (I’ve only made it through about 1/2 of the entries – or maybe less than that – and, I have to say, you guys have a LOT of great stories to read! You’ve got a tough task ahead!)


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