Win A Doodle! Woo!

Here it is! The moment you have been waiting for! It is time once again for…

Thank you for the fanfare, Mr. Elephant.
Thank you for the fanfare, Mr. Elephant.




Don’t believe me? I have proof.

Past winners have asked for a Caffeine Gnome…

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…a Protective Great Dane…

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…a Yoga Practitioner Petting an Angel Dog…

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…a Larcenous Cow…

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…and a Raven Shapeshifter (whatever that is).

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Also a gang of unseemly hooligans forced me to draw this guy:

As a consequence of this near-criminal harassment, my doctor tells me I now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Salamander Disorder).
As a consequence of this near-criminal harassment, my doctor tells me I now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Salamander Disorder).

So yes, I will draw whatever you want.

Well, I do have one exception; I will draw whatever you want provided that what you want is not pervy. I am a children’s book author, bucko, so take your dirty, filthy business someplace else!


The winning name will be drawn at random. The draw-er is this guy.

That’s right, Daniel Craig will be drawing the winning entry!
That’s right, Daniel Craig will be drawing the winning entry!


To get your name in the drawing, leave a list of five words in the comments section below. They can be any words at all, but – and this is important – the words cannot be completely random. Each word must be connected to you in some way.

For example, here are my five words:





Chip ‘n’ Putt

Here is how these five words are connected to me:

Capybara: The world largest rodent. Petting one is on my bucket list.

Bert: My favorite Muppet. If Bert was real, I am convinced he and I would be best friends.

Skipping: When I was in elementary school, my gym teacher called my mom to tell her some bad news: I was unable to skip. Mom’s reply: “Should I care?”

Juneau: Ellen and I went to Alaska on our honeymoon. We should’ve gone somewhere else.

Chip ‘n’ Putt: When I was unemployed in my 20s (which was distressingly often) I would round up my other unemployed friends and play rounds at the mini golf course.

See what I mean? The connection between you and the words doesn’t need to be deep or profound, it just needs to exist.

So give me five words for a chance to win!


Want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor? Fiiine. I’ll add two more ballots if you announce this contest on your blog and link back to this page. That’s three chances to win!

Don’t have a blog? No problem. I’ll give you one extra ballot if you announce this contest on your Facebook page or Twitter feed. (Be sure to post links in the comments.)


As I mentioned, the winner of the drawing will get a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle suitable for framing! Woo!

But the winner will also get something else:

An original, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra-penned story! This story will contain all five of the words you supplied to enter this contest. I can’t promise you a good story, but I will do my best.

So do me a favor and choose fun words, OK?


Your entry is due on or before Tuesday, April 5. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Wednesday, April 6.

That’s it! Give me five words and get going!


236 Replies to “Win A Doodle! Woo!”

  1. I’m in! A Mike Allegra original doodle apologue is too tempting an offer!

  2. Oh, this should be fun!

    • German Shepherd.
    Every pet my father ever owned was a male and female (Retired K-9) Shepherd named King and Queen.

    • Daydreamer

    • Chicken Alfredo
    … because it’s fit for a King. (I love it!)

    • Coffee
    … at least a pot a day.

    I love things from yesteryear.

    I would share on Facebook, however, as you know, I grounded myself from Facebook until I lose 5 pounds. (I’m calling it The 5-pound check-in point.)
    Hey! I’m giving myself a little tough love.

    1. You’ve got time. If you can starve off five pounds before next Tuesday, you’ll get another ballot!

      I like your list, for I, too, am a proponent of coffee, antiques, daydreaming, shepherds, and pots of coffee.

      You’re good people, Jamie.

      1. Hehe, no can do. I thought it would be an interesting one to work into the story should I win. (But I now see I spelled Play-Doh wrong. No doubt that will decrease my chance of winning.)

      2. Well, that works too. Oto for the ear, ophthalmo for the eye. And, well, you know what a scope is. Surely this new piece of knowledge gets me back in the contest’s good graces?

      1. My guy and I love to visit Switzerland (in the green luscious summer, not the snowy white winter). Our first stay in Lucerne over a decade ago, we bought a Swiss cuckoo clock, which has followed us to three different homes in the past 6 years. She (Corinne the clock) cuckoos as beautifully as when we bought her. Now, our little grandkids just stand in the room and stare at her, unmoving, waiting for Corinne to appear. Great babysitter. Ha Ha.

      1. Promising. I’m a big believer in keeping one’s promise and a handshake being as good as a paper contract. As for the pups, my promise to them is to help them become dogs once more, to find them loving, safe homes, and to love them unconditionally until that day arrives for each one. I personally adopt for life, regardless of the problems, any health needs or issues, and the eventual death. I promise to be there for all of it, fully engaged.

        I am actually on my second life. At age 39 I was in a coma I was not to have survived, but surprised the docs. So promise is a new life, a second chance. (I decided to count my age beginning with that new year. lol Unfortunately, that meant going through those rough teen years a second time, but the terrible-twos was fun.)

        X-Ray. Before becoming a social worker (in my second life) I had been an x-ray technologist. Grumpy, is for my new little guy, a grumpy chihuahua who has such terrible dreams he growls himself awake, always followed by a teeth snap at whatever invisible force was terrifying him.

        Sorry for the lengthy post.

      1. I’ve always felt that one of the most significant factors in being happy in life is to feel you belong – belong with the people you are with, belong where you live, belong in the job you’re in etc. so it’s just an important life word for me.

  3. My 5 words are:

    Dance – I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old and I can honestly say it is one of my passions and makes me feel alive.

    Food – for someone so small I’m always eating or always talking about it. Where does it all go? — Your guess is as good as mine.

    Education – I love to learn. I will be a graduate student soon and I can’t wait to get back in a classroom.

    Fire – A combination of my two favorite colors yellow and red; this also can represent passion or intensity for something and I like to think I am a very intense person about certain things in my life.

    Noodles – I love pasta which probably comes from my obsession with Italy which is where I hope to visit one day.

  4. Reblogged this on Kid Lit Reviews and commented:
    Hi everyone. these past seven days have not been good, being down with a couple of viral ails. I am happy to say I am feeling better and will be posting reviews very, very soon (aiming for tomorrow). I did miss one rather important date for me and this site. March 28th was my FIVE year anniversary here at Kid Lit Reviews (which means I have been reviewing children’s books for eight years. where does the time fly off too?). Kind of a big deal.

    So, to (post) CELEBRATE, I will be offering 5 books to 5 readers. The winners will choose from a list of books ranging from board books to middle grade novels. Some may be ARC’s but all will be terrific. It will be the winners choice from a provided list of titles, starting with the first name pulled (by

    The most recent winner, Patricia Tilton, who won signed copies of The Shark Whisperer and The Shark Rider, the first two books in the Tristian Hunt and the Sea Guardians will son receive those books. Patricia, I apologize for the delay).

  5. I am so never going to win this, this time, but I am serious about my Doodle/Poem challenge. Don’t know about you, pal, but i LOVES me a challenge. You draw a rhinocerous riding a tricycle, blah blah blah and I will TOTALLY write you a poem about it. With my usual elan and ole and stuffs like that. Huh.

    1. Well, you’re not gonna win with that attitude!

      I do like the barter system you suggest. But I still think it would behoove you to ALSO gimme five words and give it the ol’ college try.


  6. Okay, I’m in. I like your doodles, and I like your contest ideas! 🙂

    My words are:

    Black cat (I live with the best one in the universe)
    White dog (ditto)
    Abalone (I wear it — a lot)
    blueberries (my favorite food)
    Atlantic Ocean (childhood favorite place)

    Oh, and here’s the link to my tweet:

      1. Wow. I need to check my notifications more often! Sorry about that. i just copied Mike’s URL into my Tweet, and then copied the URL from my Tweet back into my comment here. 🙂 Pointless info now, but perhaps will come in handy at some time in the future!

      1. Only the shells. Forgot to mention that. 😉 Did I get disqualified by failing to check my WordPress notifications? I’m a babe in the WordPressWoods!

      2. Oh, good. I think I’ve got everything set up now so that I get an email when someone replies to a comment I make on WP. I think. 😉

  7. Coconut: my favourite scent. It reminds me of the beach.
    Piña colada: my favourite drink when I think about going on holidays. Ironically, I seldom drink it in real life. I guess it means I need more holidays.
    Fishstar: Beautiful animals. Again, they remind me of the beach.
    Seahorse: So tiny and unique. I love them.

      1. Yes, there is an older man that stands outside of the Schuster Center and plays his saxophone before every Philharmonic, Broadway series, opera or ballet performance. His music is glorious and he always serenades me with a new song, because I always speak with him (7-8 yrs) and toss some money in his case. His dream is to be on that stage playing with the orchestra.

  8. Comb (as on a chicken)

    Horn (as in French – oui oui! 😉 )

    Hound (as in dog (preferably Bassett))

    Creativity (as in creativity. Er… Never mind. I’ll stop these parentheses soon (if I must (Dang)))


    Your bestest friend ever, 😉
    (Did you see how I didn’t use parentheses?) 😉

      1. It’s your story, create the ending you want…perhaps, dogs chasing cats who are stealing the Easter eggs.

        And, I’ll bet you still haven’t read the King, the Mice and the Cheese?

    1. “Ragamuffin” is one of my favorite words, so I am delighted to see that an honest-to-goodness ragamuffin is entering my contest!

      Now I can’t help but be curious about “jail”. If you’re willing to share your connection that word, please do. If not, no biggie.

      1. Of course: it has a double meaning. I was once arrested for driving on a suspended license due to unpaid speeding ticket…and went to “jail” but thankfully, due to a responsive husband, I never got past the booking office. These days I visit the jail weekly for arrest records for my job.

      1. That was how the guys at college described me , and I felt very proud of receiving the compliment as compared to the usual 4 lettered ones. Although few know there lies a unleashed tigress under the feigning cool and calm demeanour.

  9. This is the first time I’m visiting your blog and I’m really happy that I did at the right time.
    A small intro: I’m a Crime -Triller Author and an international Book Reviewer. I love gaming (PS3) and I’ma huge Infamous and Sly fan.
    Can I participate too? (I’m new so I’m feeling a bit awkward) but what the hell, here are my 5 words:

    I’ll reblog this post on my reviewing blog- The Reading Bud right away.

    Here’s my tweet for this post:

    Win A Doodle! Woo! via @wordpressdotcom— Heena Rathore P. (@rathoreheena) April 1, 2016


    And here’s my Fb share:

    Have a great day!

    PS: You art is AWESOME! And I really hope I’ll win 😀

  10. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    Children’s author and doodler extraordinaire, Mike Allegra, is at it again. He’s running a contest to win a personalized doodle. Entering is a piece of cake and his website is a hoot even if you’re not a doodle connoisseur. I’m closing comments on this one so just pop on over to Mike’s and good luck! Enjoy!

      1. It’s from an expression a friend of mind and I use when we’re particularly bored. Like when you might want to stab yourself with an ice pick. Hey, you asked for five things and you offered a chance to win a doodle.

  11. What a great challenge… have tweeted this and will put it on my FB page later too!

    My 5:
    Zombies (I know others have said this too, but I’m doing a whole A to Z on them right now!)


  12. Okay here goes.
    1. Selkie
    – Shapeshifting Orcadian folk legend. Connection, I`m Orcadian and I write about them.

    2. Magic
    – My world is full of magic

    3. Coffee
    – Can`t function without it.

    4. Faeries
    – My world is full of them.

    5. Dogs
    – Our German Shepherd/Collie cross cant live without him in my world.

    Shared on blog

    1. This contest has been fascinating, for I have been inundated with words I’ve never heard before. In this case, I had to Google “Orcadian.”

      Do forgive my ignorant American ways. The Orkney Islands look lovely.

  13. My five words:

    Sharing your post on Twitter and on my FB author page. Love your illustrations and hope I win. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Follow The Magic!

  14. Writing, Smart, adventures, Hawaii, singing.
    I am writing every day and love it , and have fun in my Smart roadster coup`e called Alfie, My Husband and I we travel together having adventures, We married in Oahu Hawaii and I sing when I am not writing (very very badly) , I have put your post on twitter and a ping back on my blog . I would love one of your signed sketches to hang in my writing nook as I fight with the edit of my book.

  15. What a DeLeon fitful opportunity! I’m awfully deserving. Ellenbest sent me by linking to you on her blog. I’m going to do my best to figure out how to do that. And I’m going to share this on FB. I’m an overachiever like that. Oooh–that should’ve been one of my words!

  16. I came over to find out more about your competition after reading a plea on Nananyoz’s Praying for Eyebrows site. I think your doodles are great and not even in the same galaxy as my matchstick figures. (This is not literally true, of course, but true in spirit!)

    I think some of the other lists of 5 words here are very interesting and entertaining, so rather than putting up my own list, I’ll just wish good luck to everybody else. 🙂

  17. I’m in, just for the fun of it! Ok, 5 words…

    Bat (as in flying nocturnal creature, not cricket)

    Hehe! 😁

      1. Thanks! I should give credit to my Welsh Corgi Shamus. They are all thinks he does during his daily walks, and usually in that order too!

  18. Reblogged this on Riley Amos Westbook and commented:
    Another awesome author trying to make their way in the world.

    Big- because I am larger than life.

    Dude-I practice dudism.

    Words-they’re what I use when I write books.

    Ginger-I love it in my cooking. And I have been told I am one.

    Blue-Is my favorite color.

  19. Oh, man! The Juneau thing really cracked me up. Okay, here I go:

    1. Cat-Cow: This is an all encompassing word for me, because it’s a Yoga pose and I love cats and cows more than anything on earth.

    2. Potty mouth: My office gave me the “Most Talented Curser” award a couple of months ago. As a child, I used to cuss like a sailor in public to get my parents to pay attention to me. My parents were proud when I received my award recently. They even called me up to congratulate me.

    3. Hausfrau: What my husband calls me when I go into crazy cleaning mode, which is often. I once revealed on my blog that my idea of a good time involves cleaning out my bobby pin case. This means discarding the bad bobby pins, scrubbing the case inside and out, and organizing them in the clean case. Some actually applauded this OCD behavior.

    4. Hippie: I’m technically a businesswoman…but I smell like incense and essential oils, I’m obsessed with home remedies and kombucha, and I love guided meditation and inversions.

    5. Beer: Because it’s a magical beverage. Enough said.

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