Winners of The Green Umbrella by Jackie Azúa Kramer

And we have WINNERS!!!!TheGreenUmbrella-cover-layout.indd

I interviewed Jackie Azúa Kramer in a blog post a couple of weeks ago. She shared about sources of inspiration and we had a drawing for two free books — one copy for the winner chosen by and one copy for a Little Free Library near the winner. The drawing is over but if you missed the post head over and read it by clicking HERE

And the WINNERs are . . . 

Margaret Simon

and the 

Little Free Library in her City Park in New Iberia, LA.


Halloweensie-HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV-Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

It’s Halloweensie time!!!! If you haven’t participated in Hallooweensie, you don’t know what you’re missing. You can participate by posting a story or you can participate by reading the stories that are posted, Easy, huh?

Susanna Leonard Hill is the brain behind Halloweensie. And, don’t worry . . . her brain is not from some random jar like Frankenstein’s brain. Her brain is organized. Her brain thinks up easy rules. And her brain thinks up teeny, tiny 100-word stories for examples. Her brain encourages your brain to come up with your own story.

All you have to do is follow these simple rules I copied from Susanna’s website:

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂  (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked.  No illustration notes please!

There are prizes, too! All the details are HERE on Susanna’s website. I will post her link again after my story so that you can head on over and read all the other fun Halloweensie stories.

My entry comes in at 98 words.

HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV
Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

Harvest moon, inky night.
Haunted house, shivering fright.

Owls perched on broomstick limbs
hooting dreary, daunting hymns.

Broken windows, shambled shutters
framing ghostly flits and flutters.

Groaning porch, creaking rocker.
Vvvv-elcome mat, tarnished knocker.

Moaning greeter at the door,
“Enter. View our ghost decor.”

Darkened bedrooms, shrouded beds.
Tombstone pillows, piled for heads.

Dingy closets, chains and clothes.
Empty shoes in mildewed rows.

Dripping faucet, rusty sink.
Grimy mirror, phantom wink.

Wilting, weedy flower bed.
Rotting pumpkins, weathered shed.

Morning light, nearly here.
Soon the moon will disappear.

Floating host, wailing “O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o!”
A spooky way to bid adieu.

Head on over to Susanna’s place. It’s only haunted during Halloweensie season and it’s not all that scary. Just click HERE.