Here are the rules: Entrants have to write a Halloween-themed story no longer than 100 words. (In Halloween parlance that means the story is “Fun Size.”) This story also must contain the words “trick,” “potion,” and “cobwebs.”
Here’s my submission! Enjoy!
Sprinkles’ Big Scare
Everyone laughed at chipmunk. “Scary? You?!” they scoffed. “Fat chance!”
But wee Sprinkles had a trick up his sleeve.
As the crisp Halloween day morphed into an eerie, moonless night, he toiled away, carefully following the handwritten recipe.
“It’s a potion,” the witch had assured him, “sure to strike fear into the stoutest of souls!”
…Newt eyes? Check…Cobweb ribbons? Check…
Once it was well-mixed into a slurry thick as tar, he gathered the naysayers and choked down his concoction. “Prepare to be fearful!” Sprinkles boomed.
And they were fearful—for their poor little friend had turned green with nausea.
It’s the time you’ve all been waiting for! Who will win a signed, hardcover copy of the picture book that’s sweeping the nation: Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist!
As usual the impartial judge and ballot-picker-outer is this guy.
As longtime readers of this blog know, this particular ballot-picker-outer has a long history of wasting everyone’s time with excessive ballot stirring. Here’s proof:
The kid has been pulling this crap since 2012.
This time, however, we’re doing something a little different.
Instead of stirring ballots, our esteemed judge has decided to THROW them.
So here are the rules: Any ballots that land face down after the throw are OUT. The judge will then grab the face up ballots and throw that stack—again discarding all the face down ballots. This throwing and discarding process will continue as long as necessary until only ONE face up ballot remains. THAT ballot will be the WINNER.
SO! Here we go.
Makin’ it rain…
And the entrants still alive after the First Round are… (click image to enlarge)
Congrats, everyone! You haven’t won anything yet.
And we’re off to Round Two!
And more rain making.
And the survivors of that round are…(click image to enlarge)
Onward! Round Three!
And the survivors are…(click image to enlarge)
This is getting pretty suspenseful, eh?
This is a lot like The Hunger Games, isn’t it? So let’s just say these last four competitors are The Careers.
Actually in Round Five all four ballots were wrong side up. So…Round Six!
A little less rain making and more throwing…
And here’s where things got a little surreal.
For the next FIVE rounds the two remaining ballots did the exact same freaking thing—both ballots either landed face down or landed face up. It drove the judge a little crazy.
But there can be only one winner.
After twelve rounds…
The winner is…
Congratulations! You won a signed, hardcover copy of Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist!
To collect your prize, all you have to do is head up to the Hire Me! menu item and write me a note!
Thanks to all the people who entered! And a very special thanks for publicizing this contest. Every bit of Scampers promotion helps a great deal.
And doesn’t the world need to know about a female mouse with an passionate interest in science?
As you might’ve guessed by now, this book has been a passion project of mine for a very long time. It is published by Dawn Publications, a small yet very well-regarded house that decided to take a risk on a manuscript that strays a bit outside of its comfort zone. I want to reward Dawn for its faith in me and in Scampers by spreading the word as far as I can.
If you’re interested in getting a copy of Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist. Head to Amazon right now; the hardcover is nearly five bucks off the cover price, and the paperback is a bargain for only $8.95!