Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Corn Maze

Last night I took Kid D to parent teacher conference. She sat and giggled as her teacher praised her and her work. They've been writing stories, cute little first grade stories. The three of us, Kid D, the teacher and I, spent a few minutes reading them. I smiled and hugged her a lot. Kid D, not the teacher. That would have been a bit awkward.

Anywho, I asked Kid D if I could share one of her stories on my blog. She turned me down flat. I begged, I cajoled, I gave her puppy dog eyes. Nada. Her decision was firm.

I sat and pondered her cute little face and asked,"Why not?"

She said, "I'm embarrassed."

I told her I wouldn't use her name.

She shook her head, still firm.

I was stumped. After all, intellectual property is serious business, and she owned it. I complained to my hubby that his daughter wouldn't grant me usage. He urged her to let me post it. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

I told Kid D that I wanted people to read my stories. Heck, I wanted people to pay me for my stories.

A small smile tickled the corners of her mouth, and a glint appeared in her eye as she said, "No one pays me for my stories."

You guessed it, I bought her story. She's walking around the house two bucks richer, and I have the goods.

Here it is complete with illustrations. The light pencil scrawl is hard to read, so I'll provide a typed translation. (Without the 1st grade spelling. )

The corn maze was tricky! In one path there was a dead woman! There were scary decorations! The corn maze was scary!

Don't you love the dead woman in the box? And, yes, I asked about that. There really was a "dead" woman at the corn maze they went to for the class Halloween field trip. Personally I'm relieved because that means I don't need to get her counseling.

I'm also proud as a bag full of onion rings over my youngest's first published story. I can see great things ahead for this budding writer. Can't you?


L.T. Elliot said...

Hey, she's got the conflict down pat! ;) Wise acquisition, Leisha.

LeishaMaw said...

L.T., dead women always make for great conflict. :) I'm so glad I bought it.

Carolyn V. said...

Aw!!! I love that. She is a writer in the workings. =) Way to go Kid D!

Jonene Ficklin said...

I love it when they write AND illustrate : ). Tell her I'm impressed and if you hadn't of bought her story and picture, I would have.

LeishaMaw said...

Carolyn, isn't she the cutest?

Jonene, I'm not sure I want to tell her. She may raise the price of her next story, and then where will I be? He he. :)

marne' siggard said...

awesome story and i love the illustrations. She is a talented girl tell her to keep it up :)

LeishaMaw said...

Marne', I hope she does! :)

Cherie said...

Cute. Very impressive entrepreneurial spirit there too.
And, exactly what does this mean,"I'm also proud as a bag full of onion rings"? I don't think I've heard you (or anyone else on the planet or off the planet)say that before.
Between this and the pigs, you've really got me wondering.

LeishaMaw said...

Cherie, I'm sure the onion ring thing is a saying...somewhere. Yes, it must be. Right? Off planet for sure. He he.

Oh, and the pigs are cool. :)

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

LOVE LOVE this post. First because I totally love little kid art and stories. Secondly because thats such a fun idea to buy her story! And thirdly because I really like you!

LeishaMaw said...

Debbie, I love, love, love your comment. And I really like you, too. :)

Wren said...

Keep encouragin Kid D! That was so funny. And I liked the dream post from before...too bad about your basement, though.

Wren said...
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LeishaMaw said...

Wren, I will! Thanks for encouraging me, and the basement survived, and so did I. Phew. :)

ali said...

That's awesome! What a great idea for you to share it too ~ it's a win/win!

LeishaMaw said...

Ali, I feel the same way. She got to buy a blue gummy snake thing with her earnings, and I get to see her smile and share her cuteness. Definitely win/win. :)


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