It’s Halloween and time for one of my favorite contests.
Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest. This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words potion, cobweb and trick. Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the other fabulous entries.
Here is my entry –
I watched all my sisters
Above me in the sky
Moonlight casting shadows
Off their brooms as they fly.
My broom in the corner
Cobwebs cover it thick
To get me to join them
They attempt every trick.
Mixing up dark potions
Casting a flight time spell
Cackling voices chanting
“It’s go time” they all yell.
“Come on now sister witch
There is haunting to do
You need to be airborne
We can’t fly without you.”
Instead of joining them
And causing ghastly fright
I am the only witch
Who is afraid of height.
For a second time, I was lucky to win a free book from katiescottagebooks.com
A huge “Thank you” goes out for this giveaway. If you haven’t checked out her blog, click on the link above.
This is my first read of this author and also my first Amish mystery. The book centers around a small quaint town in Pennsylvania which has a predominantly Amish population. It is Christmas and the main character/amateur sleuth who is “English” (non-Amish) is planning a holiday celebration for the entire community. When a double murder takes place, some of her closest friends are suspects and she must solve the murder before it jeopardizes the way of life she knows and the people she loves in her town.
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me interested and I learned several interesting things I didn’t know about the Amish culture.
There are a lot of suspects/characters in the story. I must admit at first I was confused as to who was who when it came to some of the characters in the book but as the story progressed, I began to sort them out. This character-driven story is very well-written and well-plotted. Toward the end, I will say I had an inkling of who the killer was, but the way the story played out made this a page-turning cozy for me. I am anxious to pick up another book by this author.
Thank you Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin and katiescottagebooks.com for offering me a chance to read a book I might not have otherwise picked up. I will be sure to keep an eye out for other reads by Laura Bradford.
Recently the luck of the draw made me a winner in a free book contest. – katiescottagebooks.com
The book was the new release- Dying for Devil’s Food – Jenn McKinlay
This book was the eleventh in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (but my first read by this author). –jennmckinlay.com
The book centers around a 15 year high school reunion. The protagonist owns a cupcake shop and is hired to provide cupcakes for her own class reunion. Not being one of the popular kids and suffering from intense bullying throughout school by the popular crowd who are now the reunion organizers, she has zero interest in attending but does to promote her business and also to standup to her old enemies.
At the beginning I have to admit I guessed who would be found dead and was not surprised where. However, Jennifer McKinlay’s characters and storyline are so clearly formed that even though as the story developed, I had an inkling of who the murderer/murderess might be, I dove into her well-written plot like I would my favorite can of frosting. A real page turner-especially the ending.
After this read I am definitely going to pick up another book by this author!
Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest. This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words cauldron, howl and shiver. Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries.
My two entries are listed below.
A loud knock on my door signaled dinner was here,
but what stood on my porch made me shiver in fear.
At my door was a monster whose name was Big Fred.
In his hands were my pizza, my soda and bread.
From a cauldron he handed out napkins and plates,
to the werewolves who toasted each other as mates.
Then together the monsters inhaled my whole meal.
Each one growling and howling, “It’s Halloween – deal.”
The Soccer Team
The soccer team that played on Halloween night
was manned by players causing shivering fright.
The vampires roamed as strikers baring sharp skills,
with crows for wingers who attacked with their bills.
The sweepers flew around. They all held a broom,
to stir their potion-filled hot cauldrons of doom.
Their zombie coach was lumbering by his net,
as werewolves howlingly defended the threat.
No shot on goal got past their keeper that day,
a six-foot monster who came ready to play.
I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse.
Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away.
Jean Marzollo, Author of more than 150 books. Among these books a series which originally published in 1992 by Scholastic entitled “I Spy.”
This series of books present more than a game of search and find with rhyming text, it is a visual adventure. Accompanying her perfectly metered text are elaborate scenes with photography by Walter Wick.
These books teach children word/object association, vocabulary and rhyme.
If you haven’t enjoyed this series, it is well-worth spending some enjoyable reading time with your little ones.
The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.
The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words). You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow. Here is my entry below:
The Candy Corn Monster
Lily’s favorite day had arrived. At exactly 5:30 p.m. she dressed in a spiky-hair white wig, bright orange dress and canary yellow high-top tennis shoes. Smiling in the mirror, she was proud of her homemade candy corn costume. Once outside, she shadowed behind the other trick-or-treating children as they ran from house to house. Lily held out her sack and the homeowners filled it with treats. Not a single person noticing that under Lily’s outfit she was a real two-horned, five teeth, three-foot tall, blue haired purple monster who loved Halloween.
Fall is my favorite time of year. While I work on my cozy mysteries, I thought I would share a poem I have written in between edits. Enjoy!
Apple cider, pumpkins and festivals galore
Fall is knocking on the door
Come in my old friend and let me partake
Before winter arrives and I put away my rake.
– Carole Lynn Jones
I would love to hear your short fall poems. Comment me back.
Where do you get inspiration from?
How do you start a story?
I find my creative juices flow with a great opening line.
Below are some opening lines I have thought of.
Let’s hide it in here, no one has been in here for eight years.
Brandon Schmidt wanted to be popular in the worst way.
After five days of nonstop rain, the morning sun held the promise of a great day.
I’ve looked everywhere where is my guinea pig Penny?
Feel free to comment back to me with some opening lines you have thought of or use one of my opening lines and write a short story. If you do, I would love to hear it.
Thanks for reading this short blog and Happy Writing!
Mondays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more.
Tuesdays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more.
Wednesdays are for … (you get it..)
Thursdays are for editing. Sit down, drink coffee and edit.
Fridays are for writing. See above.
Saturdays are for writing AND snacking on chocolate.
Sundays are for writing, reading, updating social media AND exercising off the chocolate you ate on Saturday.
With spring knocking on the door, here are some thought‑provoking questions. I hope they keep you motivated to reach your writing goals.
How many hours do you spend writing?
Where do you write?
Do you quit when you reach your daily word count?
How much time do you spend editing?
When do you edit?
How much time do you spend finding a market for your work?
How much time do you spend reading?
How is all of the above working for you?
Feel free to send me your answers I would love to hear from you regarding the above.