Here I am for a special occasion. Yep, it’s not Tuesday or Friday so that could only mean one thing. Something special has come up. Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting a writing contest on her blog and I thought it would be fun to take part.
And can you believe how long?
Here’s what she said:
“The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat“. Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, 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
Post your story on your blog on Wednesday October 31 and link up here (and I’m really hoping we don’t get 2 feet of snow that knocks out the power and the internet this year!!!)”
NOPE, some of us didn’t get snow or power outages but many people did. How did you fare in the Frankenstorm? We just had branches down. On Monday morning before the worst wind my husband and I went out and cleared leaves and mud from our very steep and long driveway gullies to prevent corrosion damage since we live in rural VA down a mountain. No flooding here but branches are down. Now we’re settled in with warm lemonade spiked with cinnamon sticks. Having fun reading and relaxing. I wrote this Monday after hearing a Red Cross rep say not to burn candles because of fire hazard. (I have one burning just for fun, right now though.)
Stacy’s Big Scare
The wind howled, the branches shook. Under her blanket, Stacey’s knees shook, too. She smelled sulfur. Were the candles blown out before she went to bed?
Outside someone cried “FIRE!” Getting up she saw smoke. Her neighbors shouted to jump down from the window. It looked awful far. But she spied the tree branch and climbed down.
Collapsing on the wet ground she found her cat, she saw her parents. She cried with relief. Realizing she had everything she needed to make her happy, no amount of Halloween witches, bats or trick and treats could make this Halloween scarier.
My story was 98 words long not counting the title. (Which I kept changing ) Hope you go through the blog hop and enjoy the contest! And I’ll see you back here Friday for my Perfect Picture Book Friday on a historical fiction picture book.