The End of the Year is Nigh!


The month of November is almost spent, sending us skidding into December at a dizzying speed!

Kudos to those brave souls who participated in #NaNoWriMo, by the way. I was not one of them as I recognise that I’m a plodder, and putting more pressure on myself than necessary tends to make me crash-burn.

I did, however, make a promise to myself that I’d sit down and write every single day in November, and I have managed to stick to that small victory 😀

I also designed a set of four humourous Christmas cards featuring Santa and his reindeer, which I’m going to post on my Facebook page every advent Sunday in the run up to Christmas. The full set will also be for sale in my zazzle store, but I’m posting the first one to accompany this blog.

If I don’t blog before, I hope you all have a joyous and peaceful Christmas!


Halloweensie Writing Contest


The wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill is currently running her 4th annual ‘Halloweensie’ writing contest:

The rules are to write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak.

Head on over to see the entries already posted (or enter yourself, if you’re a writerly type!) but in the meantime here’s my entry:

Halloween Hop

Webs are strewn as decorations,
Scary pumpkins line the walls,
Jellied eyeballs on the tables,
Ready for the worst of balls.

First one in is Frankie’s monster,
Clomping round in heavy boots,
He’s soon joined by Caspar’s ghost
Who flies about with shrieks and hoots.

In zooms Winnie on a broomstick,
Her cackles causing quite a din,
She’s closely tailed by Zac the zombie,
Creaking and groaning as he shuffles in.

All night long the un-dead dance,
Bobbing for apples and drinking red pop,
Then tired and happy they sink in slumber,
To dream of next year’s Halloween Hop.