The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

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 cauldronhowl and shiver.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries.

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

My two entries are listed below.

ThMonsters

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.

smiling jack o lantern

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Rhythm and Rhyme

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

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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 Poems

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.

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

Start A Story

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!

A Writer’s Week

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.

Happy writing!

Query Organization

While we are all sure that the first agent or editor we query will fall in love with our writing and immediately sign us, the truth is, we may have unorganized file folders, notebooks, charts, post-its and other jotted down notes for queries we have made for our beloved writing.

What is the best way to manage those queries.  Recently a friend gave me a printout of an article that Writer’s Digest posted on January 25, 2017. I have attached a link.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/track-pitches-and-queries

This is a small step to organize in the new year, but one I find very helpful.  You can tailor the sheets to your own needs.  The downloads are an efficient, quick way to organize your queries so you can get back to what you love most – WRITING.  Also great should you not receive an offer on your first attempt.  🙂

Thank you again Writer’s Digest-Tyler Moss!

 

 

 

Memoir (FREE contest) “Dear Lucky Agent”

Below is a link from Writers Digest (such a helpful website and tool for writers) to a FREE contest “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest for writers of Memoir.  Contest deadline December 31, 2016.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/28th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-memoir

Judged by Agent Jennifer Wills @WillsWork4Books, Chuck Sambuchino

They are also currently doing a contest for writers of historical fiction.

Happy writing,

Carole

Where to Publish?

You’ve spent countless lonely hours writing.

Taken numerous classes.

Revised and revisited.

Enlisted the help of critique partners.

Your polished manuscript is finally ready.

Where do you send it?  Should you be agented?  How do you gain an agent’s interest?  Should you self-publish?  How do you go about doing that?

Your mind spins with questions.

The industry of helping new writers become authors is a industry itself.

I am finding there are many knowledgeable professionals and books to guide you.

Below are a few of the ones I am researching for my manuscripts.

Agent Query – http://www.agentquery.com/

Writers Market – http://www.writersmarket.com/

Manuscript Wish List -this is also on Twitter under #MSWL – http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/

Also, I recently came across this blog and it is wonderful – https://janefriedman.com/

Please feel free to comment me with your suggestions.

Happy writing!

 

 

 

Inspiration

Today I will…

These three words are a part of my daily vocabulary.  I grew up in a family who made daily lists of things they needed to accomplish.  In recent years, I’ve noticed that I have passed this trait on to my children (perhaps a good quality to have?)

Where does inspiration and ideas for writing comes from?  Since I am a list maker, below is my list (not necessarily in order of significance):

1.  Family

2.  Friends

3.  Social media

4.  TV

5.  Environment/nature

6.  Online writing prompts

Since I can’t share my family and friends with you and I am sure you have enough of your own social media to keep you busy, above are a few pictures I have taken and below are several links to some of the online writing prompts that help inspire me to write.

Enjoy!

Writing prompt inspiration – –

The Writer’s Digest

Reader’s Digest

The First Line

On the Premises

I hope this post inspires you!

Where do you receive inspiration from?

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