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Friday, October 31, 2014

It has been a while. Well actually, it's been a few years since I've dusted off the shelves of this blog of mine. But I could not pass up the opportunity to participate in the best contest for writers of kidlit. The wonderful Susanna Hill is doing it again. Her world famous Halloweensie Contest is underway and this year I'm participating!! Yaay! Boy will she be surprised. She might just faint.

So on to the rules of the game:

The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie - because it's not very long and it's for little people :) 

The challenge of writing a 100 word story for kiddies was quite frightening. Like vampire and ghost frightening. But I did come up with a rhyming story. Why rhyme? Well, it's weird. When I sit down to write, I always begin in rhyme. Does this make me a poet, a good rhymer? Cover your ears...NOOOOOOOOO, It does not! It's just the way I begin. I told you it was weird. So now, from the weird to the bizarre, my story...


 What a Ghost Likes Most

“Trick or Treat!” Is all I hear,
From my friends this time of year.
But for this particular ghost
Christmas is what I like most.                                                

Moans and cre-e-e-e-aks? I’ll pass on that.
 Lights out JackO’. Shoo, Black cat.
I booo, I moan, shaking my chains.
I PREfer stripped candycanes.                                                                      

Wartlene planned this Brew HaHa,                                       
Broomstick shouted__ “Fall Hurrah.”

Candycorn draped on the door.
Pumpkins filled with gifts galore
And then I saw him, Old St. Nick
What a treat. This did the trick!

 “Frien-n-n-nds!” I say lifting to toast.

Yes, for this particular ghost
Friendship is what I like most.

24 comments:

  1. Brew HaHa--fun line. I wish I could sit down and write in rhyme.

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    1. I thought Brew Haha was a bit too on the nose. Nevertheless, I kept it in. I'm gonna learn how to write in rhyme the RIGHT way with Renee LaTulippe's Lyrical Language class. Everyone's been raving about it. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  2. *applause* WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! You go girl. Uh-huh, uh-huh. LOVE IT! What a fantastic ending. Talk about a twist. You NAILED IT!

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    1. I'm so glad you are my cheerleader. Thank you for reading this story of mine. You know how much of a scaredy cat I am.

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  3. Well now I thank you kindly Penny. Thanks for stopping by to read my little story. It was so much fun participating.

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  4. Pam...this is WAY COOL! I love the line, 'Wartlene plans this brewhaha...Wartlene...how perfect! Great job, Pam! If you keep coming up with great stuff like this, I'm going to think you are a hustler...saying you can't when you can better than most. :) :) :) This was so much fun!

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    1. Haha, thank you so much for the kind comments Vivian. I appreciate it so much. A hustler? No way, Publishing this was the scariest, really. Just ask Susanna how long I've been trying to participate in her contest. I can't believe I finally did it. PHeww! Thanks for coming by and reading my story Vivian.

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  5. Love it, Pamela! A ghost after my own heart. :-) Great job!

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    1. Thank you Mama Cheryl. It was fun creating this little Boooger!

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  6. Pam, I loved how different your take was on the Halloween story- you turned it on its side! A Christmas ghost who prefers candy canes to candy corn? Yes, please!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Who doesn't like a ghost whoooo likes candycanes.

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  7. Spot on, sister. what an original tale and I love the concept and the rhyme is working, girl. YAY. So fun to read.

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  8. Thank you Lady Kathy. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Pssst, I've got something to tell you. I sish I would have deleted the last line about, this particular ghost. Anyhoo, glad you like it

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  9. So easy to imagine ghosts like all creepy things. What a delightful turn on the ghost's preferences and liking of friendship. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Rupali. I'm glad you took time to give my little story a read.

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  10. LOVE 'Lights out, JackO'! Adorable, my dear!

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    1. Well hello! You stopped by. And thank you, my dear. It was such a blast.

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  11. Aw, friendship is always worthy of a good toast (and a fine story, too)! :-)

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    1. To my friend Cathy C. Hall, thank you for the kind comment. Grinning from ear to ear that you stopped by to read my story.

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  12. What a fun and clever twist on a Halloween tale, Pam - very A Christmas Carol :) Love the lines: "Lights out JackO’. Shoo, Black cat." and "Wartlene planned this Brew HaHa" - hahaha :) And how clever to work in candy corn and candy canes! Well done you! I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun! :)

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  13. Uh ohhhh, it appears that I cheated and made the treats one word and they are two...candy corn, not candycorn. Oopsies! Well, nevermind, never mind, never-mind, I had a total blast. Your contests really gets our community together. I love that. Now I am an official participant. So much fun. Thanks for the contest. Yaaay!

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  14. You know I love this particular entry! :) Glad to see your story. I'm more of a Christmas person too.

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  15. Awww thank you Stacy. I had so much fun with this. I could tell you did too.

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