Friday, October 28, 2016

HALLOWEENSIE 2016

     There's no Perfect Picture Book Friday post today because--it's Halloweensie time!

     If you write for children and you aren't familiar with Halloweensie, get over to author Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and read about it! I'll wait. In brief, this is a brief--weensie--Halloween story contest. 100 words or less, using the magic words (this year: spider, moon and ghost).

     Susanna's holiday contests always put me in the spirit. All of the stories are linked to her blog so everyone can read the myriad of ways different writers approached a simple story prompt. After I post mine, I'll be heading over to start reading.

     My story this year squeaks in at 99 words!



Halloween Costume Countdown by Wendy Greenley

Sometimes it’s hard to find a good costume.
Spider tried being an eight-legged ghost.
“Hi, Spider!”
Eight-legged superhero?
“Hi, Spider!”
Eight-legged rock star?
“Hi, Spider!”
Spider sagged. “Phoeey! Everyone guesses it’s me.”
“I understand. It’s hard to hide my shell,” said Snail.
“Same problem with my wings,” said Moth.
“Don’t complain to me,” said Centipede.
They agreed to help each other create monstrously clever costumes, so no one would recognize them.
“Monstrously clever! That’s it!” said Spider.
By moonlight, the four friends painted, snipped and sewed.
Legs, wings, shells? Check! Check! Check!
“Trick or Treat!” shouted four matching Franken-bugs.


So- be careful when you open the door this year for trick or treaters, lol.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Halloween everyone!

25 comments:

  1. Haha love it! I laughed out loud at the Centipede's line. Nice. :)

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  2. Awesome, Wendy...love that they all had issues and helped each other make fabulous costumes...Franken-bugs...sounds like a picture book story idea to me. ;) ;)

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    1. Thanks, Vivian! So many ideas, who knows?

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  3. Agreed! Frankenbugs is a title I'd pull off the shelf to read. This is a super fun entry to the Halloweensie contest!

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    1. Thank you, Leslie! I worried that title might give everything away. But then I worry about everything, lol.

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  4. Poor spider. I never thought about difficult that would be. Loved Frankenbug! It's a real creepy, crawly!

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    1. No time this year, but maybe a costume idea for me next year!

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  5. This is great! So sweet and still a touch spooky :) Thank you for sharing and good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Kizzi! More sweets for Halloween. ;)

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  6. I never thought about it, but I imagine spider and the other bugs would have troubles disguising themselves. But they came up with a great solution.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! They're out there . . .

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  7. As if regular bugs aren't scary enough you had to go and create Franken-bugs...so very clever, and creepy. Good luck!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! All treats for this crew. :)

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  8. Hey Wendy,

    Thanks for stopping by my bog and reading my contest entry. We both were on the same track with of entries. I enjoyed your story!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! These stories were so much fun.

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  9. You had me at eight-legged rock star. =) Nice work. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks, Greg! Eight-legs could hold a lot of mics. ;)

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  10. Franken-Bugs = super cute! Fun story! Good luck and happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks, Gabi! Appreciate you stopping by to read.

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  11. Love your story Wendy. Great visual, friendship and overcoming obstacles with creativity. What's not to love, and you created a new bug... go figure! A winner for sure.

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    1. Thanks, Diane! Who knows what I'll cook up in my franken-word lab next.

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  12. Fun story Wendy! Hope I don't run into the Franken-bugs to soon . . .

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  13. LOVE this, Wendy! So creative and fun! Love how hard Spider tried - 8 legged ghost/superhero/rock star :) And love how they all worked together to conquer their recognizability problems! Great job! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

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