Once upon a Halloweensie, 2 feet of snow fell out of the sky and caused all manner of trouble!
So, the good news? Those of you who would like to enter the Halloweensie Contest and didn't get around to writing your stories yet still have a chance to join in the fun! I'll give you until the end of tomorrow - Friday November 4. For those of you who might not remember, the contest is for a 100 word story (in poetry or prose) suitable for children, using the words boo, candied apple, and jack-o-lantern. The story can be a little under 100 words but must not go over! If you don't have a blog and want to enter, just copy and paste your story in the comments.
Here's my sample, just for fun (because obviously I can't enter my own contest :))
Mom was out, so Caitlyn was babysitting for Dex and Jax.
“Is it time yet?” asked Dex.
“Not yet,” said Caitlyn.
They put two dozen candied apples on a tray.
“Is it time yet?” asked Jax.
“No,” said Caitlyn.
They poured three jumbo bags of mini chocolate bars into the cauldron.
“Now?” asked Dex.
“Nope,” said Caitlyn.
They hung fake cobwebs around the door.
They turned off all the lights. Caitlyn lit the jack-o-lantern.
It was dark and spooky.
“Is it time yet?” whispered Dex.
“Yes!” Caitlyn whispered back. “One. Two. Three…”
“BOO!” they all yelled.Boy was Mom surprised!
I think about 6 or 7 people that I know of wrote their entries and posted them on time. I'm hoping they'll all see this (or I'll try to contact them) and get the addresses of their Halloweensie posts into this linky list so they're easy for everyone to find in one place. And I hope you'll all go read the stories they worked so hard on! And, while I'm hoping, I also hope a few more of you will be inspired to join - especially all you fellow PiBoIdMo folks whose creative thoughts are flowing right now! Remember, the prize is a signed copy of Haunted Party by the one and only Iza Trapani :)
And just so you know? I've decided to make this an annual contest! Of course we'll use different words and have a different prize each year, but you might as well go ahead and mark your calendars now for Halloween 2012 :) It will give you something fun to work toward. While I'm at it, I'll probably do this for most of the major holidays because it's fun, good practice in writing, educational for all us writers honing our craft, and a chance for me to give away signed books by authors I know and love :) Better start thinking about Thanksgiving :)