Pixabay images modified by author
Mike Allegra suggested that I give Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Writing Contest a try. The goal was to write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children (12 and under) using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. Here’s my entry:
Monster under the Bed
Darla scrunched her blanket under her chin. “You can turn off the light, mom.”
“You won’t be scared?”
“I’m okay. And you don’t need to check under my bed; there’s no monster.”
Her mother kissed her. “Honey, I’m so proud of you.”
Left alone, Darla clutched her trick or treat bag. A gnarled troll with pointy fangs crept from the shadows beneath her bed. Its orange eyes squinted and curved claws rustled in a paper sack. “I got chocolates,” it growled. “What did you get?”
“Taffy, licorice, and candy corn,” Darla whispered. “Want to trade?”
“Bah.” The monster giggled. “Let’s share.”
The Visiting Room
By Holly Rene Hunter
Released from my nightmare I follow the long corridor of doors to the landing, rattling keys lock the rooms as I pass by. A tipsy ballerina, my bare feet float above the heavy carpeting that covers the oak stairway. At the end, I find my myself embalmed in the dark parlor of the once opulent mansion . Nothing has changed, high back chairs and Toscano settees beneath dull white sheeting over-fill the room. Dusty paintings of daffodils and brocade vases of still life line the burgundy walls. Above the mahogany fireplace a portrait…
(Continue Reading: The Visiting Room – Halloween Fare)
I’m thousands of feet in the air as you read this, or I’m on the 4-hour drive from the Utah airport to my folks place in the high desert of Colorado. My parents don’t have internet, and even if they did, my time isn’t likely to be my own.
NaNoWriMo starts on Sunday, and I’ll spend my private nighttime minutes on a cot behind the sofa, cranking out a smattering of paragraphs. I expect a slow start and will make up the time when I return. For me, it’s better to just accept it, take a deep breath, and let the week unfold.
The point of this post is to graciously advise my friends in blog-land that my November presence will be intermittent. I’ve preplanned posts for once a week. My reward for achieving my word-count goals will be some luxurious browsing of your blogs, but I know I’m going to miss many wonderful posts. For that, I pre-apologize and send everyone gigantic virtual hugs.
Oh, And Happy Halloween! Some pics that still make me laugh.
My daughter at age 2. Mother of the Overlord. She dressed herself and walked in to show me.
The Overlord as Yoda. (In a costume for a dog). Ha ha! The woman behind him had blue clown hair 30 yrs ago.
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Have a wonderful weekend!