Monday, October 31, 2016

AfTeR TrIcK oR TrEaT!

This is a 100 word, picture book story about Halloween. It was inspired by a draft illustration I did several years ago called "Eyes and a flashlight"
Happy Halloween!
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After Trick or Treat:

I cannot sleep.
The lights went out when the thunder came.
It's not the same bedroom in the dark...
...but I'm not afraid.

I forgot to close my closet door.
Eyes beside my backpack blink.
Something groaned or was it me?
Do trolls like stinky feet?
A ghostly bump sits on my bed...
...but I'm not afraid.

My under-bed-monster has a new address; I don't know where.
I wonder if he still eats toes?
Spiders, extra large, scratch at the moonlit windowpane...
...but I'm not afraid.

I keep my friendly flashlight handy!
It's not the same bedroom in the light.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Just a picture of my cat this time...

For my friends on the 'Reef' at, this is a picture of Cedar's sister. Since I too have problems imbedding links without leaning on Colin, I chose to post it here.
Cedar and Fern express their happiness at being 'featured" on this page.
(Beth: I did get a picture of the elusive Fern!)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My entry for Susanna Hill's "The 1st Annual Valentiny Writing Contest"

Grumpy, Groany, Grouchy, Growl

by Kathleen Higgins 2016

"Go to your room Mikey."

     "You don't love me!" Mikey grouched

"I love you but sometimes that's what mommies do
when they love you."

     Mickey stomped and stormed into his room and slipped
     under the edge of his blue blankety world.

"Hello? Anyone home?"

"Mommy won't let me do what I want to do. Mommy doesn't love me!" groaned Mikey

Daddy swooped under the blue blankety world.

     "Love is a funny thing." Daddy said, "My mommy wouldn't let me do
      what I wanted to do.
      Sometimes I sat in a corner for almost forever. "

"Grandma didn't love you either!" griped Mikey

     "She loved me but sometimes that's what people do
       when they love you"

"I hear voices but I can't see anyone?" 

"Popa slithered under the blue, blankety world."

     "Once my brother sat on my head," Popa said,
     "he wouldn't let me do what I wanted to do "

"That's really mean. He didn't love you." grumbled Mikey.
     "He loved me but sometimes that's what people do 
      when they love you"

"Is your blanket talking, Mikey?"

"Go away, Mommy!" growled Mikey

     "We are discussing love"

          "We are talking about doing things we shouldn't do."

Three cookies silently slid under Mikey's blue blankety world.

Because sometimes that's what Mommies do
when they love you.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Valentiny writing contest from Susanna Hill February 2016

Susanna Hill, a wonderful children's book author, has a bright idea about a “writing contest in February to break up the winter doldrums” it is called the; "First Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Contest!"
 ... with prizes!

It looks like fun (and good writing practice) so I'm entering. Just 214 words about “big emotions for little people”  in which someone is grumpy. If you are interested: