Friday, March 3, 2017

Not Just a Princess

Hey All! Here's another entry into the 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge that can be found here:
This contest is so much fun!

“A princess that wants to run? To dribble, juggle, and zig-zag? It can’t be done.”

I’ll sprint, step, and strike! I can be many things, not just one; a doctor, an astronaut, anything under the sun!”

She trained, tried out, and made the team- the soccer princess lived her dream!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Slugs and Bugs and Glugs

Hey All! This little story is an entry into the 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge that can be found here:  Please tell me what you think!

Slugs and Bugs and Glugs by Penelope Aaron

Chop the rocks and the crocs and the lox
Toss 'em in with
The slugs and the bugs and the glugs
Grab the worms and the germs and the kerns
Mix 'em with
The snakes and the jakes and the flakes
Then boil all 'til rumbly, crumbly, and yummy

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Valentiny Contest, Entry 2: Buddy's Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

Here's my second submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here: Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!

Buddy's Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
by Penelope Aaron

“Woof!  Woof!” said Buddy to Tyson as he licked his face.  It’s time to wake up! thought Buddy.  There’s a heart shaped paper on your nightstand and I don’t know what it means!
Tyson sat up.  “Look Buddy!  This heart says to go to the playroom for a Valentine’s Day surprise!”
Buddy jumped off Tyson’s bed, ready to follow him anywhere.  He could feel Tyson’s excitement even though he didn’t understand what it was all about.
Tyson ran down the hallway with Buddy at his heels.  Tyson searched the shelves full of toys while Buddy sniffed around the toy box. 
“Woof!” Buddy gave one quick bark to alert Tyson that he had located the heart. 
Tyson rushed over to him.  “Good dog!” he said and patted Buddy’s head.  “It says to go to the kitchen.  Let’s go!”
Buddy galloped behind Tyson into the kitchen where Mama was sitting at the table. Buddy smelled something delicious.  
“Good morning boys,” Mama said with a smile.
Tyson’s plate was piled high with heart shaped waffles and strawberries and whipped cream.  He read the heart next to his plate.  “Buddy, it says Happy Valentine’s Day!” 
Buddy noticed the large bone in his dog dish.
“Thank you Mama. I love you,” said Tyson. 
“Woof! Woof!” said Buddy in agreement. 

2017 Valentiny Contest, Entry 1: Abuelita's Valentine's Day Surprise

This is my first submission to the 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest hosted by Susanna Hill, found here:  Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!
Abuelita's Valentine's Day Surprise
by Penelope Aaron
“What are you doing, Abuelita?” asked Tomás.  He slid a barstool up to the kitchen counter so he could get a better look at his grandmother.  She was surrounded by bags and containers and small cups and spoons.  “What is all this stuff?”
“It is a surprise or una sorpresa,” Abuelita said.
“A surprise!  I like surprises!  What’s that white stuff?” Tomás asked.
“Flour— la harina.”
“And what’s that?” Tomás pointed.
El azúcar— sugar.”
“And that?”
“Butter— la mantequilla.”
“And what’s that?”
Los huevos— eggs.”
“How about that?”
“Vanilla— la vainilla.”
Abuelita showed Tomás how to mix all the foods together in a big bowl.  When it was smooth, they rolled it out into dough.  They rolled the dough until it was a big flat circle.  They cut the dough into heart shapes.
“Like this mi amor,” said Abuelita.
She showed Tomás how to put them on a pan.  Then Abuelita put the pan into the oven.  A few minutes later the timer rang and Abuelita pulled the pan full of hearts out of the oven.  The kitchen smelled wonderful.
“Cookies!” cried Tomás.  He clapped his hands.
, cookies— las galletas.”  Abuelita passed a cookie to Tomás and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day mi amor.”
Tomás smiled and hugged his grandmother.  “I love you Abuelita.”

Monday, October 10, 2016

Aunt Fabulous, True Story #3

My kids have been blessed with a lot of wonderful, talented, intelligent, gorgeous, amazing aunts.  One of these aunts is determined to obtain a newer, faster, limo-tinted-windowed luxury car every five minutes.  Her overabundance of charm and taste for all things upscale inspired my Aunt Fabulous character in my young adult novels, INSPIRALED and INSPIRITED.
Excerpt from INSPIRALED:

Aunt Fabulous put her arm around me and asked, “Are you ok?”

“I’m fine.  I’m a little stressed out- this happening to Coco, exams are coming up.  I don’t have my Christmas shopping done yet, and there is a cute boy that I kind of like.  I’m not sure though, because I’m still getting to know him which is hard because he goes to a different school.”   I rambled all of that out nervously, and somehow she was able to pay attention even as I was watching a cute doctor checking her out as he was walking by.  Aunt Fab could probably get a date anytime, anyplace, any hour, in any circumstance. 

“Can I help with anything, miss?” Cute Doctor asked Aunt Fab with a smile, as he slowed down and turned toward her.

“Oh, no sir, we’re all taken care of.  Thank you,” she answered as we continued walking.

I didn’t mention to her any names about the cute boy since my brothers were still in earshot.  Even though they were horsing around and popping wheelies with the wheelchair, they might still be listening.  She wanted to know more about Coco and about what I was feeling when I hugged him.  What was I supposed to tell her?  Sometimes I hallucinate and the things that I see make no sense at all, and as far as I can tell they don’t mean anything.  Oh, and I have bad dreams, too.

I played dumb, and told her, “I felt really, really sad for Coco and was trying really hard not to cry in front of him.  I wanted to cheer him up, not make him feel worse by crying.”

She stared at me with big suspicious blue eyes and somehow I knew she didn’t buy it.   
To continue reading INSPIRALED:



Friday, August 26, 2016

The best thing about Career Day at Earle B Wood Middle School

Author Penelope Aaron presenting to E.B. Wood Middle School students at Career Day

The best thing about presenting at Career Day?  The kids!  To get to spend the day with such intelligent, innocent, curious, and creative young minds was an honor. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the mail started coming in.  Here are some of their sweet letters:

Thank you E.B. Wood Middle School!  To check out the novels we discussed during the presentation, visit 
INSPIRALED has been approved for MCPS high school libraries and INSPIRITED releases 9/23/16!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My boys, True Story #2

Inspiration for my Kavi and Lakota characters in my debut novel, INSPIRALED, came from my boys, pictured here soon after arriving at college.  Like the characters in the book, these two handsome gents like to eat, play sports, eat, make people laugh, eat, workout, eat, wrestle, eat, play video games, eat, drink protein shakes, eat...well, you get the idea. 

Excerpt from INSPIRALED:
I could hear Mom yelling about all the extra chores the boys were going to be doing for getting in trouble at school even before I entered the kitchen.  When I walked in to say goodbye, Kavi was sitting on the counter shoveling heaping spoonfuls of strawberry Nesquik into a large glass of milk.  He stirred the milk, licked the spoon, and then inserted it back into the Nesquik for one more scoop.  Ew.  Lakota was sitting at the dining room table with a bag of gummy bears, pretending to be interested in what Mom was saying.
To continue reading INSPIRALED: