Are You Up for Another Challenge?

Are You Up for Another Challenge?

“There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself.” Michael F. Staley


According to Susanna Leonard Hill’s loyal tribe of followers, Summer, Short & Sweets was a smashing success.

Monday, Susanna launched a Fall, Short & Sweets Challenge, and if I’m not mistaken, the challenges will be every other Monday.

I’ve hoped on board, even though it’s Tuesday. And I’m still not offering sweets.

Loni Edwards created another badge with my favorite colour–purple.

Badge designed by Loni Edwards

If you’re wondering why I chose the next six lines for my first challenge, check out Susanna’s Rules. Just don’t scoff when you realize I broke the rules, again.

Princess (my character’s name) is

A curious, desperate, mean, and tired

Only child

Who loves apples and giants

But fears swimming

And wants to be first

Slinky Pinky–My Wacky Octopus

Princess curled her toes in the bleached sand. She raised her heels, squinted, and peered in the distance. Oh no. She spotted her prized, juicy red apples bobbing in the turquoise ocean.

Princess stomped her feet. I just have to get the apples so I can win. She wished she had an older brother or a sister to help. Her only friend was a giant, but he was nowhere in sight.

She dipped one toe into angry waves.


Water slapped her face. Princess leaped back, spit out a mouthful of salt water, and then licked her lips.

For hours, Princess stood like a sandcastle statue at the shoreline. The only movement–wind flapping the curl in the middle of her forehead.

Finally, princess rubbed her eyes and yawned. She inched forward and waded in, her gaze never left the marked goods..

Tentacles snapped the water. Fear strangled Princess’ throat. Eight slimy octopus arms, thicker than firefighter hoses, nabbed all the apples with its suction cups.

Princess balled her hand. “The apples are mine.” She shook her fist.

Slinky Pinky grinned. “Catch me if you can, but I swim faster than any child or man.”

“I order you.” Princess thrashed the water. “Bring back my apples.”

Slinky Pinky waved a sign. “Consider them good as sold.” Slinky Pinky splashed and laughed before disappearing into deep waters.

Princess grunted. She shifted her gaze to the left, and then to the right. “Where is my giant when I need him?”

Hope you enjoyed my wacky story. 🙂

Are you up for Susanna’s challenge?

What challenges do you face head on?


Thanks for visiting!

Tracy Campbell


7 Responses

  1. How funny! I greatly enjoyed reading this story. Mine was much shorter and I left it on the comments at Susanna’s blog. Next time I might put it on my blog like you did. My readers might enjoy it, huh? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Glad you found the story funny, Clar. 🙂 I can’t access the comments on Susanna’s site. She’s having issues as am I. Apparently even though this post shows it was published. Only a couple of my followers got the post. So now I have to investigate as to what happened. 🙁

  3. Awesome visuals… “the only movement – wind flapping the curl in the middle of her forehead”….I could actually ‘see’ her in my mind. Slinky Pinky may have to visit Matilda one day….I’m thinking they may be cut from the same piece of cloth……….haha……..they actually are!!! Great work Tracy.