Category Archives: Storytelling


50 Precious Words

When I was in College, I had a professor who gave the most bizarre page requirements for assignments. 17 pages for this. 3 1/2 for the next. Surely, we thought, there would be some leeway, right? But there wasn’t. The professor said that no matter what we were writing, we should be able to do it at any length. It was simply a matter of putting your points in order of importance.

I thought about this when Vivian Kirkfield asked writers to participate in her #50preciouswords challenge. It is probably the best exercise out there. To see all the fun entries, go to and enjoy.


And here are my 42 words…


Traveling in Style

Time to leave! What should I pack?

Crown or hard hat?

Tutu or apron?

Wand or hammer?

Necklace or tool belt?

Unicorn or hamster?

Carriage or skateboard?

Well, carriage of course. That way I can pack everything. Everything a real princess needs.


Writing Valentiny Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day!


I’m participating in Susanna Hill’s lovely “Valentiny” story contest. For more entries, hop over to Susanna’s blog and read them all.

Special Delivery

Every year, Pepper and Mom exchange Valentine’s cards. And they have an extra lovely breakfast to celebrate.

This year, Pepper wants to do something special.

She makes many cards.

She makes them extra fancy.

Pepper hands two cards to the mailman.

She gives the rest to her friends.

Pepper wonders when her cards will arrive.

Not today.

Not tomorrow.

And there’s no mail on Sunday.

On Monday, Grandpa calls. He’s ecstatic. He got Pepper’s mail.

Pepper is happy.

And she’s also worried.

Mom shakes her head. “Why are you so jumpy?”

She puts up all the cards Pepper got from her friends.

Pepper sighs loudly.

Mom wrinkles her forehead. “Aren’t you excited?”

But Mom looks troubled, too.

Pepper doesn’t sleep well.

On Valentine’s Day morning, Pepper has no card for Mom. And Mom has no card for Pepper.

It’s a very quiet breakfast.

Until the mailman arrives.

And he delivers Pepper’s card for Mom.

And he also brings Mom’s card for Pepper.

What a special way to get them.

Happy Valentine’s Day.


Happy Grumpy Valentine’s Day (+ a Story)


Happy Valentine’s Day, friends.

I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend. Here’s a little Valentine’s story for you and your little ones to enjoy. Spread the love!

Grumpy Valentine

©Franziska Macur 2016

 Beaver was looking very grouchy.

Skunk came by, “Hey, grumpy face.”

Beaver scowled, “Hey, stinky face.”

Skunk raised his eyebrow, “What happened to you this morning?”

“I’m just practicing being a grump,” Beaver replied.

“Why would you do that?” Skunk ask.

“People will want to cheer me up and give me more Valentines,” Beaver said.

Skunk laughed and laughed and laughed. “That’s not how it works.”

Beaver’s eyes got big. “No?”

Skunk shook his head. “Nope. You give Valentines to people you like.”

Beaver smiled. “Then I better practice my smiley face.”

“Much better,” Skunk said. Then he took out a Valentine from his backpack and handed it to Beaver.

Beaver’s smile got bigger.

Just then Otter came by looking very annoyed…


Find more fun Valentine stories at Susanna Hill’s blog