Thursday, May 30, 2013

Donut Dwellers # 3 and JuNoWriMo

ImageHere is part three of the bedtime story that I am writing for a very sweet four year old that asked me to write a story about little people living on a donut.  To read the first installment click here.  For the second click here.

Water splashed onto August's toe. 
"If your not careful he is going to run out of water before we get him to our house."  Zandy said.
"I know.  I'm trying."
August wrapped his arms as tightly as they would go.  Why couldn't Zoomer have a square fish bowl?  Maybe one with wheels on the bottom. Round bowls were so slippery. 
"Watch out!" Zandy screamed.
August jumped.  His foot hit something hard.
"No, no, no.  I won't let you fall, I won't let you fall."  Even as he said the words he could feel the bowl slipping from his grip.  He hit the ground with a thud.  Zoomer would be next. 
What if his bowl broke?  His poor, poor little fish. 
August waited for the sound of smashing glass.
 He had tripped.  He was flat on the floor, but he hadn't heard anything break.  He hadn't even heard a thump.
August looked to one side.  Nothing. 
He looked to the other.  There was Zandy.  She was on her back and balanced on top of her was Zoomer! 
"That was close." she said.
"You saved him.  How did you do that?" August asked.
"I don't know." she said, shaking her head. "I saw him falling and I just sort of slid under him."
"That was the best save ever."
August peered over the edge of the bowl.  Zoomer looked at him and blew a few bubbles.
"I'm so glad your ok, little buddy."  he said.
August looked ahead.  He could see their donut home straight ahead.  Had the tunnel always been so skinny? 
"I sure hope you fit inside." he whispered to his pet.
(to be continued next week)



I can't believe that it is almost June!  I also can't believe that I decided to write 50,000 words for JuNoWriMo!  I am so excited.  I haven't done anything like this before and I can't wait to finish drafting "Simmer".  I tried to convince myself to plot at least a little but I only have a vague outline, some amazing characters and my crazy, runaway imagination.  Since this novel runs parallel to the first one I wrote I do have my setting figured out.  I can't wait to see what happens when I sit down to type it out.  I'm going to try to blog like usual but if I'm scarce this month, you know where I will be, drafting with a giant cup of coffee beside me!

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  1. This is fun! Hi - and by the way - you have been blitzed.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! This was quite the surprise!

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  2. And the man with the list said everyone assist
    And it turned into a blogger blitz
    And the girl in the corner said boy, I wanna warn ya
    It'll turn into a blogger blitz.

    Good luck on JuNoWriMo...we'll be keeping track.

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    1. lol that's fun and thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Very cute! All the best with JuNoWriMo and enjoy being BLITZED! :)

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    1. Thanks! You guys got me good! I've never seen so many comments

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  4. Happy blitz day! Best of luck with your NaNo novel!

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  5. Precious!!! So excited to have discovered your site! Happy Blitz day!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad that you stopped by :)

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  6. Four year olds are very demanding in the story department. I had a look at part one too, great fun! I'm many hours ahead of you on time difference. Enjoy the surprise this morning.
    Clare

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  7. Whew! Lucky save!

    Good luck on your JuNoWriMo. :)

    #teamblitz

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  8. I do hope Zoomer makes it. You've been blitzed.

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  9. You've been blitzed, have a great day,
    Yvonne.

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  10. Good luck with your 50 k project in June!

    And those donut dwellers are very lucky. I wouldn't mind join them! ;)


    Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, living in a donut could have its advantages.

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  11. I think a "runaway imagination" is the most important ingredient to getting a work in progress to completion.

    This is a cute story Sarah.

    Have a good weekend.

    ........dhole

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  12. I'm intrigued to see the rest of this story. Is the hole too small?

    Good luck for JuNoWriMo. I'm thinking of doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I've started and failed NaNoWriMo twice now so I'm determined to finish one this time.

    Enjoy being blitzed!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you can complete a WriMo!

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  13. Hello, Sarah! Happy Blog Blitz!!

    This story is so cool. What a cute creative story that child asked for! Maybe there's a future writer in the making. :)

    Good luck with JuNoWriMo and have fun with your novel!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. Thank you! He is very imaginative so it wouldn't surprise me if he becomes a writer :)

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  14. How awesome is that story?! Happy Blitz day!!

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  15. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you and Happy Blitz Day!
    Good luck with the JuNoWriMo!

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  16. This is a really cute story! I love the idea of living in a doughnut although I'd probably eat my own house then. Good luck with JuNoWriMo! I hope you meet your goal and that you enjoy your Blog Blitz day! :)

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    1. I would probably eat my own home too :) It has been a great blitz day! Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Hi (: Just wanted to say you've been blitzed! I'm hoping to do JuNoWriMo, too! Good luck to the both of us!

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    1. Yes! Good luck, hopefully I will see you in some sprints :)

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  18. Happy Blitz Day! Good luck with JuNoWriMo!

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  19. Happy Blitz Day!

    Love the premise of this story kids are so full of great ideas.

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    1. Thank you! They really do have some amazing ideas.

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  20. Enjoy your blitz day! It's nice to meet you, Sarah.

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    1. Thanks for being a part of it! It was a fun day :)

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  21. Zoomer is such a great character name! In case you haven't guessed it yet...you be BLITZED! :)

    Enjoy your Friday!

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    1. Hehe. I sure was. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. It's coming along nicely... Have a great day!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    Oh No, Let's Go Crazy

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  23. Hi, Sarah. Little people living on a donut? What a cute idea for a story. : )

    Good luck with JuNoWriMo and Happy Blitz Day!!

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  24. How fun for a four year old or a forty-four year old...little people living on a donut. Very creative. Fun character names! Have a Blitzed Blast Day!!!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Friday Faces...Confederate Cousin

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  25. Love the idea for your story. You've been blitzed happy blitz day!

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  26. Good luck with JuNoWriMo! Enjoy the chaos.

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  27. What a cute story - hope Zoomer fits in that donut! :) Best of luck with JuNoWriMo - hadn't heard of that, but it would be a much better fit in the schedule than November's!
    (Happy Blitzing!)

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you, June does seem easier than November.

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  28. Sweet story!

    Congratulations on the challenge, have fun!

    It's nice to meet you via the blog blitz!

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  29. Happy Blitz Day, Sarah! The best children's stories are the ones their parents make up for them, like yours here. Sweet story! And best of luck with the July Writing Camp!

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    1. Thank you. I still remember some of the stories that my dad used to tell me :)

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  30. I'm another 'start off with an idea and see where it goes' writer - it's fun but I sometimes let myself get carried off at a tangent. Fortunately, I currently have a writing collaborator to rein me in somewhat. Good luck with that 50,000 word target for June. I envy your ability to find the time to write right now.

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    1. Yes, I get carried away too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. That's a great snippet! So much fun! Enjoy your Blitz day! :)

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  32. cute story, now I'll have to keep reading. Glad to meet you on Blitz day. Good luck in June - 50K is a lot, but you'll be amazed at what you can do.

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  33. Hi, Sarah. Nice to meetcha! What a cute story. Good luck with your JuNoWriMo adventure. Oh yeah... you've been blitzed, young lady! Enjoy.

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  34. I agree with Susan, it is a cute story, though showing up in the middle is a strange feeling :) Enjoy your blog fame today, Sarah, keep ryzin'!

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  35. I like your dialogue in this story Sarah. Hope the 50,000 words goes well too. I'm not a plotter so know it's a scary and arduous process sometimes but exciting too. Enjoy your writing!

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  36. You're story sounds cute, that's so sweet that you're writing it with someone in mind. Good luck with JuNoWriMo, once you get started it's not as hard as it sounds.

    Happy blitz day!

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  37. I think it's so sweet you're writing a donut story. Happy blitz day!

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  38. People living on a donut - I love it!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  39. What a lovely little scene! I hope Zoomer makes it to the doughnut safely! Enjoy your blitz day, and best of luck with JuNoWriMo!

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  40. Very sweet storyline, it would capture a four year old's imagination for sure. Happy Blitz Day!

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  41. Hi Sarah! I'm blitzing by... little peeps living on a donut is the cutest kiddies story idea that I've heard of...
    Enjoy your blitz experience!

    Writer In Transit

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  42. That was a close one! Happy Blitz Day!

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  43. Love it...the best save ever! Enjoy your Blitz and good luck with your 50K word goal!

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  44. Hi there Sarah - happy blog blitz!!!

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  45. Very cute story! Good luck in June. I know you can do it.

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  46. This story is too cute! I was thrilled with your name came through the email to be blitzed=)

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  47. What a cute story! Those must be some really little people or one h-u-g-e donut! *lol* Rock the JuNoWriMo, woman! You have been blitzed!

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  48. Thanks for sharing your adorable story, Sarah! Best of luck with all your projects.

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  50. Great story and I love the idea - how clever. Good luck during June with your writing. Happy #BlogBlitz Day

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  51. Sometimes the simplicity of children is very alluring. It's a rest from adult insanity and worry. Thanks.

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  52. Whew! That was a close one! Cute story. Happy blog blitz!

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  53. oh, wow! Good morning everybody!!!

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  54. I'm here because of the Blitz!
    And good luck with your JuNo! I frequently participate in a JuNo on facebook (though there it's called BuNoWriMo for reasons and junk) but this year I'm still working on revisions, so it's a no go for me. But you are totally going to kick June Butt!

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  55. That was quite a catch! Happy Blog Blitz :)

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  56. HI, SARAH.....

    HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!!!!!!

    How exciting to do a JuNo ..... GOOD LUCK AND ALL THE BEST!!!!

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  57. What a cute story!!! Happy Blitz :) I'm thinking that I might have to join you for JuNoWriMo :)

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  58. Nice save!
    Good luck with your June-Write-Fest!
    Bazinga!
    You've been BLITZED!!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Heather

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  59. Congrats on trying the JuNoWriMo!! I hope it goes well!

    And happy blog blitz day.

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  60. I was planning on doing my own JuNoWriMo, I had no idea anyone else was going to do it. Yay! Now I have friends to write with!! I'll be back for sure to see how your writing goes :)

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  61. Got to go back now and read the beginnings! Have a Blitzy day!

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  62. Oh my gosh this is wonderful and I had to go back and read the other installments. I hope you get this published someday, I want to read this to my friends' kids. They would love it.

    I can't believe it is June already, either. where did the month go? Have a wonderful weekend!

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  63. That is so sweet that you're writing short stories for the four-year-old. It was a very cute little story. Happy Blog Blitz!

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  64. The story is coming out great so far! Good luck with June, I'm doing Camp this July and it is really coming up fast.

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  65. Awww, what a cute story. Good luck at JuNoWriMo. And HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!! New follower here :)

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  66. Best premise ever and so "sweet" that you're writing it for him - and you're bringing it to life quite nicely. Is he gonna fit??

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  67. I haven't done JuNoWriMo, but I've done NaNoWriMo, and I know it's very demanding. So good luck!

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  68. I once travelled almost the whole length of England with pet fish in my arms (in a tuppaware box with a lid however). And when I moved house once, my Mum, who is terrified of mice, went the whole way with my cage of pet mice on her lap. She had a blanket over them, but could hear/feel them scurrying around, and she was so brave!

    Good luck with NaNo!

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  69. I haven't done any of the juno nanos - I just opted for a 1 photo a day June challenge with i Heart Faces.

    Anyhoo - consider yourself blitzed!

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  70. Fun installment, Sarah. Wishing you a joyous and successful JuNoWriMo! Oh, and happy Blitz!

    ~VR Barkowski

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  71. Hi Sarah,
    It's always nice to meet a fellow writer.
    I enjoyed this installment. Great writing.
    Tracy :-)

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  72. Aw...I think it's awesome that you are recording the bedtime story your create. I so wish I'd have done that when my 4 kiddos were young. I've had a few come back to me and I jot them down, but I know there are a bunch I don't remember. You sound so sweet. Glad I found you. :)

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  73. Adorable idea for a story!

    And wow, good luck with JuNo! Hmm, maybe I should do it too - get this plot bunny out of the way...

    Love the background images on your blog. Oh, and happy blitz day!

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    1. You should join! It is very motivating. Thank you. The picture is of one of my favorite "thinking" spots.

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  74. Hey Sarah, nice to meet you! Love your donut installment.
    Good for you on JuNoWriMo. I'm doing BuNoWriMo - wonder if we're talking about the same group. Hart Johnson (Elyse Carlson as pen name, garden cozies) as head honcho? Anyway,doing DL's Whip It Good Blogfest today, so I have also announced to the world what I'm doing.
    Happy Blitz, by the way :-)

    Tina @ Life is Good

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  75. Is their doughnut frosted? Even if it isn't, I suppose it might be hard not to want to eat themselves out of house and home... kine of like a ginger bread house.

    Consider yourself blitzed! :)

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    1. Yes, my little buddy wanted it to be frosted :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  76. Cute story! Happy Blitz Day! :) And have a great weekend!

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  77. Cute story so far!! I might have to read this to my five-year-old. :)
    Good luck on JuNoWriMo! If you feel discouraged during it at all, just remember; one word is one more word than you had before!
    Happy Blitz Day! Can't wait to read the next part of the story!

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  78. Hi! Lovely story, reckon the little girl will love it :) Happy blitz day!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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  79. Love the story! Happy Blitz day!

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  80. Good save, and good luck with the writing!

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  81. GL with the nan-no-no. Great story.

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  82. What a cute idea! I had to go back and read the first two installments *phew, not a jelly filled - that was close* I know your lil' audience is loving this sweet tale:) Good luck with "Simmer"!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, my little buddy seems to be enjoying it quite a lot.

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  83. AWE poor Zoomer got a thrill LOL. Happy Blitz Day :)

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  84. Happy Bltiz! Love the name of your characters!

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  85. Zoomer seems to be having quite the adventure! I love the idea of tracking the short stories. :-)

    Happy Blitz Day!
    Lyre @ Lyre's Musings

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    1. Yes, its a pretty big adventure for a fish! Thanks for coming by.

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  86. I love the fact that you were commissioned to write a story about little people living on a donut. Perhaps the sequel can be the other tribe of little people living in the giant coffee cup.

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    1. That could be a fun idea to explore.

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  87. I really like the idea of posting kid's fic online like this. A lot of children's authors don't do that. If only there was some way to get pictures or something involved--this sounds like such a visual idea to me!

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    1. Yes, I agree about the pictures. I have no artistic talent. I wish I did. I wasn't sure about posting kid's stories at first because I haven't really seen it done but I'm glad I decided to go for it. Its a lot of fun.

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  88. Zandy & Zoomer are awesome names! what a cute story snippet!

    happy blitz day!

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  89. I love how a donut is like a lifesaver! Great writing. Lewis Carroll defined a good children's book as a good book...that children happen to enjoy. I believe your story will qualify. :-) Happy Blitz Day from Faith at Eat Play Move (where I have set Friday as PLAYday--visiting your blog was good match today!)

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    1. What an awesome definition. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  90. Happy Blitz!!! Nice to meet you...big busy kudos for teaching your kids at home. I don't know how you guys do it!

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    1. Thank you! Homeschooling is certainly an adventure.

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  91. Sounds like a cute story! Good luck with JuNoWriMo! And Happy Blitz Day!!! I hope you have a fabulous day! :)

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  92. Best of luck with JuNoWriMo. Happy Blitz Day! It's great to meet you. :)

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  93. Happy blitz. Have a wonderful weekend! Dragon Greetings. :)

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  94. Happy Blitz Day!

    What a wonderful idea for a story. I'm thinking the 4 year old could be a little writer in the making.

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  95. Happy Blitz Day! I really enjoyed your snippet. Glad you're getting so much writing done.

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  96. Hi you're story is great! Keep on writing :) happy blitz and may you always be inspired in writing your stories :) god bless alwaysss !

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  97. I have thought about doing JuNoWriMo too - since school is out, it would probably be more feasible than NaNoWriMo for me. Considering...

    Happy Blitz Day! Enjoy your weekend.

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  98. Great story! Happy Blitz Day :)

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  99. Happy blitz day! You're a talented writer!

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  100. BLITZ! And nice writing, too.

    ~MPL
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  101. I read what you have written Sarah and it is adorable!! I wish you so much success!! You are very talented and I believe that talent comes from your stay at home experiences with your own children! Very cute story. Today is Happy Blitz Day, and I must say...this is by far the best blitz visit I have had yet!!

    sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  102. Here's wishing you HUGE and awesome success with your June writing frenzy. It's a rush--and enjoy the ride, eh?

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  103. Happy Blitz Day!! I love your little story, that's adorable! Now I'll have to keep visiting each week to see what happens next. :)

    And good luck with JuNoWriMo! Sounds like you'll have a blast! :)

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  104. Sweet, indeed. It'd be fun to live on a donut. Great imagination! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  105. HI Sarah, nice to meet you. Love the donut dwellers. I'll be back to read more. Good luck with JuNoWriMo, I think I'll wait until November. Oh by the way in case you haven't noticed, you've been blitzed.

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  106. Happy Blog Blitz Day!!
    Your story is precious :) I will definitely be back to read more!

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  107. Thank you for sharing your creative story with everyone :) Happy Blitz Day :) I have followed your blog so I can keep up with what's happening on your blog :)

    Cassandra
    http://closkot.blogspot.com/

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  108. Cute Concept for a children's story, Sarah. Sounds like you are having fun with it. I did read it from the beginning and I will look for the tower to be built for your donut castle and can't wait to hear how you add running water to keep that fish bowl filled. Enjoy your blitz. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

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  109. This is such a great story, I will definitely be back for more! Happy Blog Blitz day!

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  110. Cute story! Happy blitz day. New follower. I give you a lot of credit for writing and homeschooling!

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  111. What a cute idea for a story! And good luck for your June writing project.

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  112. Hi Sarah, great to meet you and happy you are doing JuNoWriMo. It is such a great writing month challenge to be a part of. I will be running some of the twitter sprints for JuNoWriMo so stop by and say hello.

    Consider yourself Blitz'ed.

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  113. I want a donut home.

    Hello from the Blitz!

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  114. I'm a little late but that's because I've lost my head, it rolled under my desk somewhere...anyway, happy blitz day! Nice to 'meet' you! I'll come back and hang out once I've found my noggin. (:

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  115. Happy Blitz Day. Loved the cute doughnut story ;)

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  116. Wishing you great success in this June writing spree! And yes, you do have a runaway imagination, which is what makes you so charming! :) Happy Blitzing!

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  117. Love that story premise, though, if I lived on a donut, it probably wouldn't last long :)

    Oh, and happy Blitz Day! :D

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  118. Another blitzer coming by. There are lessons in this story, as in friends sticking together and getting the job done. Have a fabulous weekend, Sarah.

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  119. What a nice story. I have a 2-year-old niece who I'm sure will end up loving the donut tale. As for me, I'm just another blitzer enjoying your post!

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  120. I'm blitzing twice!

    What an adorable story! Congrats on your bedtime writing success. you have a very blessed child:)

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  121. What a great story! Any 4 year old would love. Congrats on getting blitzed.

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  122. What a fun story! I can't wait for it to be complete and share it with my kids! Hello from the blitz. :)

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  123. what a neat story. I think it is so cute you are writing a bedtime story for your kids

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  124. What a great initiative by DL Hammons. Happy Blitz Day, Sarah!

    Loved the story - and what a pleasure to meet you!

    Vidya
    http://vidyasury.com

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  125. Hi, Sarah! I'm a Blitzer too! Great YA style here!

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  127. Cute story!

    Deb (a fellow blitzer!)

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  128. I love that you are writing this story for a 4 year old. Really fun!!!

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    1. Thank you! Four year olds are so fun to write stories for :)

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  129. Excellent blog, Congrats to the Web Master, nice colors and text.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. God bless you.

    Cherry Marmalade Recipe

    Geetings from Venezuela.

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