Fall Writing Frenzy

October’s here and my first submission of the month is an entry for the #FallWritingFrenzy, a competition hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis. The challenge was to select a fall photo to inspire a 200-word (or less) story. I chose several pictures, but finally settled on this image:

The colors and the animated quality of the skeletons just spoke to me. Here is my 190-word entry:

A Skeleton Soiree                        
On Halloween, I met my pal 
outside a spooky joint.
The house was draped in neon lights.
It didn’t disappoint. 
I lumbared up to where he stood. 
“Oh, there you are Patella!”
“I know I’m late, you bag of bones!
I feel like Cinderella!”
“I have a bone to pick with you,”
Eboneezer said.
Open-mouthed, I spun and stared.
His skull was bathed in red.
“Have I done something to offend?”
I quizzed him in reply.
“It seems like every time we meet,
you taunt me, though I’m shy!”
“I’m sorry if my humerus
has triggered such chagrin.
Did my good-natured ribbing 
find a crack beneath your skin?
I tease you when you’re stressed and stiff.
Relax! Let’s find some friends!”  
Spinally, he understood,
so we could make amends.
The music blasted out the door
and reached a femur pitch.
Some skeletons leapt on the porch.
Their toes began to twitch.
We heard a wailing saxabone,
a swooping trombone, too.
“Absolutely fibulous!”
I cheered when they were through.
We clicked and clacked our ribby racks 
and danced upon the lawn,
until the music slowed, then stopped.
Boo! Halloween was gone.

I can’t wait to read and comment on the other entries! Thank you so much for making this possible, Kaitlyn and Lydia. Thanks also to all who agreed to be a generous prize donor.


I am a picture book writer for children.

18 thoughts on “Fall Writing Frenzy

      1. Hi Jill! I am struggling to find out where the link is to enter the comments, so I just replied to one already entered! This is a really fun read with great word play and rhyme! Good luck in the contest!


  1. Such a humorous/humerus(!) entry with ingenious wordplay and rocking rhythm and rhyme. As a neurologist, I really appreciated “lumbared’ for “lumbered” and “Spinally” for “Finally.” Thanks for tickling my funny bone! @AnneLipton


  2. Wow! I don’t know how you put together the puns and rhyme so nicely. This is so well done. Once again I am impressed with your writing Jill. Good luck!


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