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The Joys of January // Looking Ahead, Issue 1 (VII)

 It's 2018!

*inhales happily* A year of fresh starts. 2017 was pretty good - two new additions to our family, Mia and Kit!
I know this is a 'Looking Ahead', but I want to look back over 2017 briefly and choose my favorite post from each month!

January - The Ice Princess Probably one of my favorite photoshoots EVER.
February - I STILL Love AG And I'm Proud of That
Wow. This one got a LOT of views... and went pretty crazy.
March - Spending a Day in Space
 I loved making this: the foil and improvised spacesuit, the moonsand, the foil landing pad.... the flag... EVERYTHING WAS SO FUN!
April - 6 Tips on How to Be a Doll Celebrity XD XD This one was one of my pet projects. It's like, a sarcastic poke of fun at celebrity stuff.... May - Mia and Star Another photoshoot. How original... June - Adventure in the Attic
This was so much fun to do - it took like, two hours in 100+ degree summer attic weather. *swelters at thought* But it was TOTALLY worth it. :) July - Triple…

The Creative Catalog Writing Challenge (CCWC)

We challenge you.
Yes, we do.
I'm Kitrina, and I'm here with Samantha Parkington - rising young author.
We're here to bring you a new challenge: The Creative Catalog Writing Challenge.
Also known as CCWC.
It works like this:
We give you several options of photos from the American Girl catalog (most recent) and YOU write a story based on that scene - 100-1,000 words. Wide range, yes, but it gives you more opportunity for creativity.
Please note that:
So yeah, let's go!
- no misusage of God's name in vain
- proper grammar and spelling highly recommended
- winner receives shoutout and story posted here on DNA
- story must be posted on a blog or emailed to by set date
- story must not exceed 1,000 words
Ready? Oh, right. An example  - Samantha, would you do the honors?

I propped my feet up on my fold-out desk and mindlessly gazed through the rain-pelted window at the end of my room. I liked rainy days, so long as I wasn’t filming, gardening, playing with Popcorn outside (cleaning up muddy pawprints is a pain in the neck… and the shoulder… and the wrist), or doing anything of importance in the great outdoors. I flipped open my laptop and leaned back in my wonderful swivel chair. A little orange light flickered at the bottom of the screen, so I hastily plugged the charger in. I hated it when the computer died while I was editing one of my stopmotions. Oh, yeah – I forgot to introduce myself. I’m Suzie, but most people just call me Z. You know, like the last letter in the alphabet? Anyways, I’ll get on with it. I was careful not to accidently knock my camera or phone off the desk, because that would just be devastating. I clicked through several photos and vlogs until I came to the end of the files.

“Why don’t I have any inspiration?” I moaned. I scrolled through my previous videos and kept doing so, not even paying attention until the screen stopped moving because I had come to the final one. I shut my laptop, set it on my desk, checked the larger screen (the one for watching my finished products), and flipped through my calendar. Nothing exciting, nothing important. What could I do? I spotted my small reflector atop my desk, beside the somewhat carelessly tossed beanie and scarf. In the corner, I had my dolls all stacked up from an attempted photoshoot. I looked around at all the different things I had…. What if I created a room for my dolls? I had seen plenty of other people do it. With renewed inspiration, I reopened the laptop, went to Pinterest, and found several DIY projects I could do. Within a few minutes, I had a board full of crafts and ideas, and a lot of materials spread out across the hardwood floor. And that’s how I spent my rainy day.
Thank you Samantha. Oh, she said to let you know that that is a terrible piece and to please not judge her for her terrible quality. I thought it was wonderful, but she said she only spent like, three minutes on it. So yeah.
Are you ready for your options for CCWC? Using the current AG catalog, you have six options...
- ballet class -

- the cafeteria -

- the gerbil -

- locker room -

- classroom -

- P.E. -
So, there you have it!
Post or email your entries by August 20th, 2017! Have fun!
Each participant gets 5 points for each round they enter.
The winner of each round wins 10 points. The winner of the entire 8 rounds (the one with the most points) wins 50 DNA Rewards Points.
- Kitrina and Samantha



  1. Oh my goodness this is soooo creative! I love it and I'll totally enter! Do we just choose one of those photos or are you gonna give us a specific one?
    - Ally (

    1. Thanks! We can't wait to read your entry! Please just comment below with the link when you're done. :) You get to choose!

  2. This sounds like so much fun! I'm definitely entering! So there are going to be 8 rounds, and this is round one?

    1. We hope to get lots of entries! Yes, this is round one of eight!

    2. :D The more competition, the better! >:D I definitely try to (no, WILL) enter every one! I love writing prompts!

  3. Also, I forgot to ask, can we just base the story off of the picture, and include it in one part? Or does the whole story have to take place in that one scene?

  4. Oh yes!!! This seems like so much fun! I am totally entering :D Now, which photo do I choose?!?! AHHHH!!! I'm so excited :)

    1. Yay! We can't wait to read your entry! have fun!

  5. YES!!! I got so excited when I got an email about this :) I'm entering!

    1. Oh, we LOVE when we hear that you're excited about our posts! You made our day! Thanks so much, we can't wait to see your entry!

  6. Oh, this will be fun! I've had some experience writing about dolls. I've written quite a few short stories about AG dolls. ;)


    1. We certainly hope so! Fantastic! Hope you enjoy yourself!

  7. I just entered on my blog!

    1. Fantastic! Thanks so much - I'm headed over there to read it right now!

  8. HEADS UP!!!!!!! *entry comes flying at your head*
    Ookay. I got a little carried away there. Anyways:


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