A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

 Hi guys. It's Britt. 

July 1st, 2011 will mark the 100th Tire Swing Story. And I want to celebrate in a big way. 

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!! 

Use this online gift card all over the world to buy books, clothes, the latest Justin Bieber hit. Whatever you like!

How to Enter: 

It's simple. In the "comments" section of this post, write
the name of one character who has appeared in a Tire Swing Story (any character you choose.) 

Email me at: tireswingstories@yahoo.ca and let me know you've entered. This is just so I can notify you when you win the prize. I won't share your email, or use it for any other purpose.

The winner will be selected at random on July 1st and announced right here on the blog. That means you HAVE to check back here to find out who won!! (manaical laughter)

Rules and Reminders:

Comments must be made in your name in order to enter you. No "Anonymous" comments. If you've never commented on a blog before, this means you'll have to set yourself up to comment. It's very easy and there are a number of different options to choose from. If you have any questions about how to do it, email me.

Please enter only once. 

Have an inspired weekend, story makers. See you back here on Monday. 


  1. I have always had a soft spot for Marvin the sock monkey.

  2. This was hard to decide, as you have had so many wonderful and interesting characters in your stories. I decided upon "Stewart Rumple" (buying doors). He touched my heart...

  3. I love many of your wild and wonderful characters, but there is a special spot in my heart for Janina McFee.

  4. Greg. I love all your characters but his sad devotion to Annie is the one that made me eager for Mondays and Wednesdays when I would be able to read more Tire Swing Stories.

  5. I shouldn't be able to win, but I will always love Wilson Niblet.

  6. Picking just one is impossible; so I had to go with my top seven. Hope that is okay darling.

    7.Rusty the Clown from January 10
    6.Margaret from February 28
    5. Serena from April 27
    4.Greg from November 22
    3. Carol from December 15
    2. Stewart from March 16
    #1 to me would be Mark from January 3

    Each of these characters made my heart grow a little bigger, that is gift enough. Thank you wordSmith Britt and big congrats on #100. Proud of you. xoxoxo

  7. I loved the way you told the story of the character Mason who was walking to school alone (may 11th).
    I want to hear more about him.
    Your characters are so amazingly rich and easy to connect to within only a few lines. You are so brilliant Britt. Keep it up. I look forward to each and every post. Your writing is a bright moment on every Mon/Wed/Friday. :)

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  9. Poor Eddie the ceramic rabbit! From the first of your stories that I ever read- way back in February.

    Love that one! :)
    Melissa Horner

  10. Another great post! I came here from Ali's blog to check out yet another talented Smith sister and stuck around! I love the way you blend pictures with your stories, it gives me a feeling that these people are real.

    One of my favourites is Kyle. Keep up the great writing.

  11. Dang! I just wasted -- okay, spent -- 20 minutes looking for the story i was remembering, something about two cast-offs in a store talking to each other. I thought i was pretty up on tire swing stories, but there are lots i haven't read yet. Homework....

    Anyway, i didn't find the one i'm half-remembering but there's a similar one involving two mugs named Jerry and ... drat, what's the other one's name? I'm not going to spend another twenty minutes!

  12. Okay, so yeah Britt, this is your goofy mom who can't figure out how to do this kind of stuff! Anyway, my choice is the character Margaret from Feb. 28. It was a story that left me thinking, "what if ...". Thanks Baby Bear!

  13. Sonny the Beaver. I have a soft spot for pacifist rodents.