The 2020 Fall Writing Frenzy is on! #FallWritingFrenzy is an awesome contest hosted by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez  and Lydia Lukidis to connect writers with each other and literary professionals. The contest runs from October 1, 2020 until October 3, 2020. Winners will be announced October 31, 2020. Contestants must choose one of the provided Fall Images and write about it in 200 words or less.
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The image I chose made me think of costumes and fairy tales. My children practically live in costumes all year long. Two-year-old Oscar enjoys princess dresses as much as his 4-year-old sister does. Callisto called Oscar Cinderfella the other day, and now I have a new story.

Thank you Kaitlyn Sanchez, Lydia Lukidis, Callisto, and Oscar for the inspiration.

Here is my 200-word submission. I hope you enjoy it!

Cinderfella the Sculptor
By Dana Marie Miroballi

Once upon a time in a kingdom by the sea, there lived a builder named Sinclair. Because Sinclair crafted cinder blocks, everyone called him Cinderfella. But what they didn’t know, was that Sinclair was also a sculptor. He tried adding artistry to the buildings, but his creativity was always struck down. So, Sinclair sculpted in secret. 

One day, the princess announced a competition. Sinclair wanted to enter, but the artists laughed. “Stick to building, Cinderfella. Leave the art to us.” Sinclair sat amongst his sculptures and cried. As his tears mixed with cement dust, a fairy appeared. She transformed Sinclair’s hard hat and overalls into a cap and smock. A diamond chisel was in the pocket. “Create,” said the fairy. “But be back before midnight.”

Spectators gathered as Sinclair’s sculpture took shape. Just as Sinclair finished, the clock struck midnight. Sinclair dashed away, dropping his chisel. The princess searched every studio for the owner of the chisel, but no artist wielded it just right. Then Sinclair stepped out from the shadows. “I believe you’re looking for me,” he said. Sinclair took the chisel and transformed a boulder before the princess’s eyes. From that moment on, Sinclair created happily ever after.