Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Writer's Best Friend...Monthly Challenge

By Janie Reinart
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Alligator, hedgehog, anteater bear,
Rattlesnake, buffalo, anaconda, hare.
Bullfrog, woodchuck, wolverine, goose,
Whippoorwill, chipmunk, jackal, moose.
Mud turtle, whale, glowworm, bat,
Salamander, snail and Maltese cat.
Polecat, dog, wild otter, rat,
Pelican, hog, dodo, and bat.
House rat, toe rat, white deer, doe,
Chickadee, peacock, bobolink, crow.

Your challenge this month is to write about a pet. To help you get started, let's look at this book,

Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin.

Or perhaps you would consider a pet bee.


Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown is a playful biography "considering how Frida embodied characteristics of each of her beloved pets" (two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn.)

                    " Frida had a parrot named Bomnito. Like her parrot, Frida was colorful. "

This book, The Day We Lost Pet by Chuck Young is an endearing story. The language grabbed me.  The Kirkus Review says, "From the opening pages, with lines like “we were piles of skin laundry blending into a world of pales and fogs,” debut author Young transports readers into a world somehow familiar and simultaneously unlike any they have ever experienced."

                  "You loved Pet. And she went everywhere with you. You breathed each other's air. 
                       Some of her went into you and some of you went into her. I'm sure of it."

When I was little, I used to pretend that the little furry flowers on pussy willows were alive. What pet are you going to write about? Share your ideas in the comments. 


  1. What fun! Thanks for the challenge, Janie!

  2. Fun challenge and great choices for book s that can be our muses. TY, Janie.

  3. Thank you. Keep playing with ideas.

  4. How cute! My kiddo just compiled a book of various styled poems about our puppy so maybe one of those poems will ignite a story for me!

  5. Oh my goodness! That bee video made my day. Thank you!

  6. I love this post, Janie! What a great challenge and so many fun mentor texts to help me as I do it!

  7. Well, that got me writing. Just wrote a whole draft of a new story. One that was tickling my brain for a while, but just kept stopping. Now it's whole. Whole lot of work ahead to make it shine, but you can't get to pretty without starting at shitty. LOL.Thanks for the prompt. And I just read the Frieda Kahlo book last week. Loved it.

  8. Loving my pets, Miss Janie <3 Thank you for the inspiration to get the writing juices flowing-got an idea :)

  9. Love it. Just got an idea for a story, THE DOG THIEF, after mine ate the grilled chicken breasts and bacon I made for dinner. I'm taking the challenge!

  10. I've got a good one for this challenge. Thanks for the prod! And that pussywillow illustration is amazing!

  11. Good idea. Thanks for the challenge! Love the pussy willow illustration.

  12. I love the pussy willow illustration also. A child's perspective and wonderful misinterpretation of the world. These are wonderful examples inspiring examples.

  13. I love the pussy willows! I also enjoyed the other ideas, hey, I've even seen some of them! I have an idea about something I saw on FB about the pets of a friend...Better get cracking on it! Thanks!