You know what Columbus Day means, don't you? It's time for a little (twisted) history:
And if that is not the version you're familiar with, well, lets just say there's a reason it's called hiSTORY!
Either way, the fact that we don't have work or school means that we are here... ready... and waiting with baited breath (which, what does that mean really? That your breath smells like bait? Because that would be icky... but I digress...) We are here, and ready for the announcement of.....
The 3rd Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!
That's right! It's time!
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Post your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Monday October 28th and Thursday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list that will accompany my October 28th post. There will be no Would You Read It that week, so the post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy. If you don't have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section of that post once it's up.
The Judge: my lovely assistant and I will narrow down the entrants to 3 (hee hee hee - you know how much trouble I have with only 3, so we'll see) top choices which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Monday November 4th. The winner will be announced with Would You Read It on Wednesday November 6th. If we get more than 20 entries, I will post 6 finalists and give prizes for 1st through 3rd.
The Prize: yeah... I'm still working on the prizes :) Feel free to chime in the comments if there's something you'd particularly like to win! :) But prizes will include (in some way, shape, or form) a hardcover copy of Charlotte Gunnufson's picture book Halloween Hustle and an e-pub or PDF copy (winner's choice) of Linda Ashman's new Nuts And Bolts Guide to writing picture books. Plus whatever else I dream up in the meantime :)
So that's it! Have a marvelous Monday, everyone, and use that Columbus Day holiday free time to get started thinking about your Halloweensie Contest entry!
Have fun! :)
Hm, only 100 words? I might be able to swing it. Whoooooo knooooooooows?ReplyDelete
BTW, the phrase is "BATED breath," as in "abated breath" or with held breath. It's a common mistake. Though I suppose if you are a cat, you could have baited breath and smell like tuna!
That Columbus book sounds fun, Susanna. Happy Columbus Day and looking forward to all the fun Halloween stories.ReplyDelete
Love your twisted history, you silly one! Off to spread the word about the contest...ReplyDelete
Looking forward to coming up with something. Enjoyed your story. I can't relate to stumbling and discovering new lands. I can't make pie crust.ReplyDelete
Oh, I hope you do swing it, Renee! It's right up your alley - people who write in rhyme always have an easier time with this word count :) And thanks for pointing out bated vs. baited - you made me laugh :)ReplyDelete
I hope you're going to WRITE a Halloween story, Catherine! You're a rhymer - you have an advantage in the short word count department :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed the history lesson, Iza :) Thanks for spreading the word!!!!!ReplyDelete
Oh yay! I can't wait to read your story! I hope I'll be able to think up a sample - oh the pressure! :) And I can't make pie crust either :)ReplyDelete
Wow...that's one of the most creative (and funny) versions of Columbus and the New World! And the Halloweensie Contest...Hurray!!! Thanks so much, Susanna, for always providing us with great writing inspiration.:)ReplyDelete
You don't always learn the right version of history in school, Vivian :) I hope you'll enter the contest - now that you're right there with Jeremy for inspiration :)ReplyDelete
Columbus sailed the ocean blueReplyDelete
and wore footie pajamas too???
I'm so excited to know another interesting bit of history. I imagine his footies had gripper bottoms so that he didn't slip and slide around the deck of the Good Ship Lollipop.
The contest sounds fun. Hope I can come up with something.
Yes, it is a little known fact about Columbus that he wore footie pjs - definitely with no-slide bottoms for ship safety :) I hope you come up with something for the contest too, Penny!!!!!!!!!!! I hope *I* do!!!!!! :)ReplyDelete
Love your story! Your contest sounds like fun too - hope I can think of something!ReplyDelete
You CAN Pat, I know you can! You have two whole weeks! :) We will cheer each other on, because I have to think of something for a sample :)ReplyDelete
I like you version of hiSTORY far better than actual HIStory. :-)ReplyDelete
Well, you may have noticed that the history of Columbus Day on this blog changes every year :)ReplyDelete
I let the kids help make pie crust the other day. For the record, it is scientifically impossible for small children to be involved in the creation of pie crust which can actually be used to make a pie. After 5 failed rolling attempts, I chucked the lump of lard across the room. I decided to try Martha Stewart's recipe, which as expected turned out beautifully and tasted a kin to eating a stick of butter. Which it basically was. I feel better knowing I share this struggle with Mr. Columbus. (and Yay! Halloweensie!!)ReplyDelete
I hope I can enter, but I have a lot of stuff on my giant, jumbo-sized platter-that-has-no-limit-to-things-that-go-on-it. But, a Columbus Day rhyme...ReplyDelete
Columbus sailed the ocean green.
with Shirley Temple,
on a magical machine!
Doing it right now. It has none of the words in yet though. Can they be in the title lolReplyDelete
Gah! 100 words? With black cats? And I thought the last contest was a nightmare!ReplyDelete
Fiiiine. I'm in.
Who knew that Christopher Columbus was into pie? I now declare that I will celebrate Columbus Day by making and eating pie. Of course, I will purchase the crust in the frozen food section of my local grocery store. And while I'm eating my pie (hmm, pumpkin or apple?), I will ponder my Halloweensie Contest entry.ReplyDelete
A very interesting twist of history, indeed. You sure are clever, Susanna!ReplyDelete
What's in your pumpkin juice today? You are creative, courageous and a bit nutty -- but that makes you a lot of fun! That's almost as short as a tweet! :)ReplyDelete
I love a writer who can worked the CIA into her blog post! Food!!! I have a million things to do and will need to hide for a month...so I won't enter this but looking forward to coming back to blogging in December. Hugs!ReplyDelete
History class sure would be fun with you for a teacher, Susanna! :)ReplyDelete
Oooh, this sounds like fun! I really want to try this one!ReplyDelete
As in , "Cackle, Spooky Black Cat"? :) I think that would be evading the challenge :) But I'm impressed you're on the job already. I spent my day driving back and forth to Boston and didn't write a single thing!!ReplyDelete
I think I'll challenge my critique group to this one. I mean, 100 words...how hard can THAT be? :-)ReplyDelete
I knew you would, Lauri! It's important to know about the struggles of our forefathers so we can take heart! I will look forward to your Halloweensie entry (which doesn't have to involve pie crust :))ReplyDelete
I have one of those plates, too, Erik! I hope you'll have time to enter! And,ReplyDelete
In fourteen hundred and ninety two
Columbus didn't know what to do
Because try as he might
His crust was a fright
So he sat down and cried, "Boo-hoo!"
Happy Thanksgiving to you, Beth! And I guess that technically does count... but it might get edged out by an actual story :) Feel free to enter another :)ReplyDelete
It's important to challenge your writerly comfort zone, Mike :) And sorry - I forgot you didn't like cats. I just loaded the word suggestions from last week into random.org and let it choose the 3 words! I'll look forward to your story :) If it makes you feel any better, we're all in the same boat... :)ReplyDelete
See? My version of history has inspired a new tradition of excellence! :) Enjoy your pie, and I will look forward to your entry!ReplyDelete
I don't know what it is about Columbus Day, but every year I feel that there must be a better story than the real one... so I make one up :)ReplyDelete
That is probably why you are good at twitter and I am not, Pat! :) I'm glad you enjoyed Columbus as Shirley :)ReplyDelete
It's all about making it interesting, Coleen :)ReplyDelete
WHAT???!!! Teresa! You're killing me! It's only 100 words! *sob* *sniffle* Please at least keep your mind open in case 100 words which should just happen to include spooky, black cat and cackle should happen to float in there! (But if it doesn't I understand and good luck with all your stuff and see you in December... for the Holiday Contest! :))ReplyDelete
Oh goody! I can't wait to read your entry, Rachel! :)ReplyDelete
For me? VERY hard :) But I will look forward to entries from you and all your critique group, Cathy! :)ReplyDelete
In eighteen hundred twenty four,ReplyDelete
Columbus sailed the ocean floor,
He gave a mermaid a start,
As he went off the chart,
And Ole Columbus hit the door!
Once upon a stormy oceanReplyDelete
Chris Columbus got the notion
To sing Good Ship Lollypop
The others said, "This has to stop!"
So the first mate, One-Eyed Hank,
Forced Ole Chris to walk the plank!
Loved your twisted hiSTORY, Susanna!ReplyDelete
And yay! Time to enjoy some SPOOKY play!
Trick or Treat . . . smell my feet
Give me somethings CHOCOLATE to eat!
History is more fun as hiSTORY :) And YAY! I'm glad the Halloweensie wheels are turning. You may certainly have chocolate if you come to my house :) I'll pass on smelling your feet though... unless they're sweet :)ReplyDelete
Row, row, row the boat,ReplyDelete
Swiftly up the stream.
Quickly, quickly, quickly! Now,
Columbus is gonna scream!
Said Columbus to his mama,ReplyDelete
"Off I go to sail the sea.
I'll be rich and I'll be famous!
I'll go down in history!"
Said his mama to Columbus,
"Foolish boy, it's time for tea.
And you're not going anywhere
Until you learn geography!"
100 words??? I can't make a shopping list in less than a thousand! Okay, I will think about this. It's a tough assignment. I look forward to reading the winners.ReplyDelete
Hahaha! You're funny, Rosi :) I have the same problem... which is why trying to write short is a fun (and useful!) exercise. I hope you'll give it a whirl and that one of the winning entries we'll be reading will be yours! :)ReplyDelete
Well, that explains how he got lost... :)ReplyDelete
Where am I? Where is Chris?
I don't know! He doesn't know!
Thought I knew my way, Thought he knew his way,
I guess not! I guess not!
That's supposed to be a call and respond poem, to the tune of Frere Jacques or Where is Thumbkin. :) The last line is said at the same time by both, and repeated. :)ReplyDelete
Sounds fun!!! I'll have to put my thinking (witch's) hat on! :DReplyDelete
Oh, yes! Please do, Meg!!! :)ReplyDelete
*sigh* I was hoping for 500. Now I find out it's 100. What's a gal to do?? Eh????? Off to see if I can come up with something decent.ReplyDelete
You can! I know you can! Like the little engine that could :)ReplyDelete