Halloweensie Contest!

I'm entering Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie contest this year.  The challenge is to write a story with the words "spooky", "black cat", and "cackle" in 100 words or less.  Here's my attempt.

Cackle (100 words)

Spooky the black cat coughed.  Why was she always sick on Halloween?   She cleared her throat and sputtered.  Today she would compete in the cackling cat contest. How would she win, if she couldn’t even meow?
Spooky sipped tea with lemon.  Uggghh!  She spat it out.  Whoever said tea was helpful for a cold?  Spooky hissed into the mirror.  She still looked like a scary black cat, even if she didn’t sound like one. She joined the cat circle and arched her back. Spooky’s scratchy, croaky cackle made the other cats shiver.  Perhaps being sick wasn’t so bad, after all.
Happy Halloween!!!


60 comments:

  1. Excellent job, Kirsti! Very creative use of the words, and I'm glad Spooky got the last, er, cackle :) Thanks so much for joining the brew-ha-ha! :)

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    1. This is the first contest I've entered in a very long time. It was a lot of fun, Susanna!

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    1. haha ah hem. I mean, cackle cackle....

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  3. This is adorable! Great job, Kirsti. :-)

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  4. Neat idea - would enjoy this as a 32-pager too!

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  5. As someone just getting over a cold I completely relate to this one! Well done.

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  6. Thanks Heather, thanks for making me laugh!

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  7. A cat cackling contest--what a great idea! Nice wordplay too.

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  8. Cackling cool, Kirsti. I can see this as a book too. :0)

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  9. Great story! And it makes perfect sense. I, for one, am always scared to be around sick people.

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  10. Ooh, the scratchy cackle gave me chills!

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    1. Thanks Lauri, I'm glad the story is appropriately Halloweensie:)

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  11. This may be the only time when being sick works to your advantage! Go Spooky!

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  12. What a super funtastical story! Your word use was simply ingenious! Great job!

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  13. Cuute! And so hard to write a story in 100 words! I'm impressed!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. This is my first contest in a very LONG time, so it was fun to give it a try.

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  14. So lovely to meet you, Kirsti! Susanna's contests are wonderful...and your story is great! Very clever how the cat's cold is PURRFECT for the cackle-effect.:)

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    2. Oops! Thanks Vivian, this was a lot of fun and I'm sure I won't be able to resist entering the contest again next year:)

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  15. Cute story! Sometimes the raspy cold can give you a scary edge :)

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    1. I agree, I know I sound scary when I have a cold!

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  16. So cute! I love how you worked in a cold and scratchy throat for Spooky's spookiness!

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  17. Yep, a cackly, crackly voice is pretty much the best thing there is about colds, isn't it. Great job!

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  18. Spooky’s scratchy, croaky cackle sounds like my singing! ;) I enjoyed reading your entry!

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  19. Love your twist on an old tale. So cute! :)

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  20. Fun story, Kirsti. Spooky perfected the art of making lemonade out of life's lemons (or lemon tea?)

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  21. Loved this! What a creative idea -- a cackling cat contest!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read this Margaret!

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  22. Ohhhh so good! Very good. So glad I stopped.

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  23. I think you have the set-up for a picture book here!

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  24. Such a cute story. Happy for Spooky!

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    1. Thanks Pam. I'm glad you liked it!

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  25. I'm glad you think so, Carrie!

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  27. Clever! A cat with a cold. Good luck.

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