Birthday! Birthday! Contest 2021

I’m so excited to participate in this brand-new contest, started by one of my own critique partners and one of her critique partners.

Gennie Gorback and Amy Leskowski discovered they have the same birthday…and thus, this contest was born!

Read all about the Birthday! Birthday! Contest here.

The rules are pretty simple. The stories have to stay at 100 words or fewer, and we have to include at least one word from each birthday girl’s list below.

I thought it would be fun to take it juuust a little further. So my silly story includes, not two, but 10 of these 12 words. 😄 Enjoy!


By Jessica Hinrichs
100 words

Turtle yawned, and switched off the lamp. “Bedtime!”

“Nope!” Monkey switched the lamp back on.

Monkey did crafts and puzzles, munched on cookies, and noisily slurped his milk.

“Seriously?!” Turtle said. “I’m trying to sleep here.” He switched off the lamp.

“And I’m trying to play here.” Monkey switched the lamp on.

“This is a conundrum.” Turtle sighed.

“Let’s compromise.” Monkey suggested. “One game of baseball, then I’ll go to bed.”

Monkey pitched. Turtle swung the bat.

Whoosh! The baseball flew through the air, bonking Monkey smackdab in the noggin.

Monkey snoozed.

Turtle switched off the lamp, smiling slyly. “Finally.”


  1. David Goodin says:

    So creative! You’ve performed swimmingly once again. I give it 5 pineapples!

    Pastor David Goodin

    Cherry Tree Alliance Church

    640 Cherry Tree Lane

    Uniontown, PA 15401

    Cell: 304.777.9452

    Church: 724.550.4624

    The LORD is my strength and my song;

    he has become my salvation.” Psalm 118.14


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha! Thanks for incorporating the two words I didn’t use. 😆


  2. Smart turtle! Haha! Love your piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sarah Meade says:

    Such a fun (and relatable) conundrum! Love all the action throughout and the funny ending.

    Liked by 1 person

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