This is the pumpkin I carved with my family. I am definitely a traditionalist.
So my good friend Susanna Leonard Hill holds these wonderful children's story-writing contests on her awesome blog (if you haven't visited, you should) and I never enter. So I mean to rectify that. Here are the rules:
Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spooky, black cat, and cackle. (black cat can count as 1 word and title not included). So here is my entry:
Brewster's Halloween Trick
Brewster, the fat black cat, loved Halloween only second to chocolate. He ate it all the time.
When the witch donned her spooky hat, he shivered. When she whistled for her broom, he quivered. When she chanted her battle cry, he quaked.
"Cackle, cackle, black crow's feet, scaring children, that's MY treat!"
Brewster hopped on the broom. Tensed for take-off.
But the broom wouldn't go.
It hummed and whirred. Rattled and shook. Shuddered and Drooped.
Brewster was too fat.
So the witch kicked him off and zipped into the sky.
"Cackle, cackle, Eye of newt. Eat your veggies and more fruit!"
So wow. Getting it down to 100 words was a fete-and-a-half!
Finally, I wanted to let you know that I will not be around for the month of November. For the first time EVER, I will be doing NaNoWriMo. I'm a touch nervous, but I've outlined until I can outline no more, and I'm excited by the idea, so here's to hoping it all goes well!
For those of you who have done it before, I'd love any hints or suggestions! Otherwise, I will see you on the other side. :)