When I went to post my Halloweensie story for Susanna Leonard Hill's 10th annual contest, I realized I hadn't posted anything since the Valentiny one. Which, unfortunately, is an accurate portrayal of my writing life. Since the start of the Covid pandmic, I haven't been able to focus on anything but reality. My creativity is next to nothing. But I'm trying to put myself back out there.
I've been reading Brene Brown's "Dare to Lead," and I'm finding it calling me to "Dare to Write" again. In Part 1, the author quotes Amy Poehler and puts my whole writing conundrum into perspective.
"It's very hard to have ideas. It's very hard to put yourself out there, it's hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers, and the creators. They are the magic people of the world." ~Amy Pohler, Smart Girls: Ask Amy
So here is a story...albeit less than 100 words. I'm also looking for guidance in revising some of my works in progress. I signed up for a picture book mentor through SCBWI-Midsouth, and I'm anxiously awaiting feedback. I'm staying hopeful for #Pitchwars, and last week I entered #PBcritique fest.
Here's me being a dreamer, a thinker, and a creator. Here's me being vulnerable. Good luck to all the word wizards out there. Keep being magical!
Haunting at Home
By Elizabeth Muster
No bones about it, Governor Goblin’s pandemic regulations were tough on every body.
Without ears or a nose, skeleton Kay Daver couldn’t wear a mask in public.
Mummy Dearest desperately needed new dressings, but the mortals had bought out the toilet paper...again.
Their ghoul-friend Ghostie was in quarantine with a temperature of 42.3.
This year the fiends would have to haunt their own houses instead of creeping along the streets.
So Kay, Mummy, and Ghostie spent October 31st on Zoom telling human stories and scaring each other.
It was definitely different, but Halloween 2020 was still spooktacular.