Pretty tickled to share my story online with you tonight. It’s my first ever writing contest! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this writing career. Throughout the year, Susanna’s name has been popping up in [Julie Hedlund’s] 12 x 12 group, and for good reason. Susanna is a wonderful kidlit writer AND holds on-line writing classes for a VERY reasonable cost–and worth every penny and then some. Yes, I have taken the class, it’s two snaps and a circle!!
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The contest is to write a Halloween story, using the words “ghost”, “moon” and “spider”. The catch? Only 100 words (not including the title, phew!). Challenging for the likes of me, no doubt. Susanna mentioned last year there were over 150 entries and judging by the news feed, there’s some pretty stiff competition too. It’s all in good fun and if I’m gonna make this writing thing work, I can’t imagine a better place to start. Here goes:
Outside My Window ~Yvette Elrod
Ears awaken; Owl warns again, “It’s Hu-Halloween Eve!”
Wicked Wind whirls around moonlight bright outside my window.
Creeeeeeak! Trees groan as Wind winds them up; marionettes dancing on a moonlit stage.
Thump. Thump. Thump! Trash Can tumbles.
Wind snatches acrobatic plastic bags; hanging angry ghosts from trees who grumble.
Under Moonbeam’s spell, Dust Fairies float to my floor. Wait! What’s that shadow creeping?
Eight legs, spindle thin. Outside, Spider laughs. She’s teasing while sticky web weaving.
Without warning Bat swoops! Wings spread! Claws out for grabbing!
Outside my window, Spider was no more. Hu-hoo, Hu-heh, Hu-hee!