Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Time for a Halloweensie Poem!

   Every year, Susanna Leonard Hill holds a contest where writers can submit a 100-word poem, and here is mine: (93 words)

                   Halloween Moon
   One dark and moonless Halloween night,
the ancient witch wished for some light.
    Her eyes could barely see the knife,
but carving was her joy in life.
    She cut the mouth and heard a cry.
The pumpkin screamed, "I want to fly!"
     The witch snarled, "Pumpkins shouldn't speak!
But my old bones now tremble and creak.
     I give you my broomstick, now fly like a loon!"
So the pumpkin flew off--and turned into the moon!
     The pumpkin knew the joy of flight,
And the witch kept carving, by silvery light.

   Find links to the other entries on Susanna's blog, 

   Oh, and the cat in the picture is my new (15 years-old) cat Nellie that I adopted last weekend.  She's posing with one of the pumpkins I grew this summer.  Happy Halloween, and remember that chocolate can be dangerous for pets!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time again for...PiBoIdMo!

I love this time of year--not only because the weather here in Colorado is gorgeous, but because I get to start thinking of crazy ideas for new stories, and I have to write them down!  It's time for November's Picture Book Idea Month!
Here's the link for more info on PiBoIdMo

   While I'm here, I'll report that I have no news to report on the submissions front.  I'm taking a terrific class on picture book plotting, offered by Sudipta Bardan-Quallen, so maybe that will be help.  But life is good, and my new grandbaby Dylan is wonderful!