Hey guys, So, we've just started March, and so far, 2023 has been a busy year; full of activities in the writing community, like the amazing #PBPARTY *which I participated in* and the Twitter #PBPITCH event for picture book writers seeking representation, *which I also participated in.* Since the #PBPARTY entries take a few weeks to get results, I've been trying my best to stay busy. Because waiting is hard! Ways I've stayed busy include: gardening, playing with my pets, doing research on writing projects, reading books, trying to write new stories *and finding my inspiration outdoors* -it's almost SPRING! Curling up in my hammock and getting sunshine. And of course, my library work. Planning new programs and events, working on new activities for my Homeschool Group and Crafternoon and family Nature Walks behind the library. One of the things I've also done to stay busy is to participate in OTHER events, which brings me to my purpose for posting today. This year, I participated in Vivian Kirkfield's Picture Book Contest, 50 precious words. This is my first year - hooray! And my wonderful critique partner is also participating with me. Another hooray! I found out about this awesome event back toward the ending of last year, (2022) while watching a YouTube interview with Literary Agent, Kaitlyn Sanchez, hosted by Maria Dismondy, of Cardinal Rule Press. After the interview, I visited her website where I found a whole list of great resources for writers. You can find it under her "RESOURCE" tab and click "CONTESTS." Or you can just click this link here and it will take you directly to her page. So, without further ado, here is my entry for the 50 Precious Words Contest. I hope you enjoy this little sweet treat. Monday Morning Cupcakes By Chelsea DiCicco IG @chelseasworldofbooks 50 words I smell them from the kitchen. Sweet, SUGARY goodness. A treat for each hand. There they are. A perfect baker’s dozen! Oodles of sprinkles and colors. Frosting for days. Yum! A magical Monday miracle. “CUPCAKES!” Pack them, stack them, steal a taste. Safe in my lunch box. I can’t wait! If you'd like to view the original post on Vivian's Website, you can follow this link here.