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A witch’s playbook

I hope you have a perfectly gruesome Halloween

At great personal peril, I copied a witch’s Halloween plans.

Halloween Horrors

Ah, me lovelies, me pesky little humans,

Witch’s utter delight, such a dark stormy night,

Not an end in sight of your unending fright.

Me cauldron is a boil, blood stains the very soil,

Yowling black cats, screeching long-winged bats,

A green-eyed toad, a handful of green woad.

Pinch of eye of newt, hunk of hoary hemlock root.

I have just the charm to do your enemy great harm,

I love to cast a spell, where it goes I cannot tell.

Trick or treat? Your defeat. I got you beat.

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Broom suggestions:

Ride your broom close to the ground, terrorizing trick or treaters is so much fun.

Fly right out the moon—mortals will shriek.

Airports can be fun—fly next to the planes and do loop de loops around them. Cackle.

Do let mortals hitchhike—they will fall off and make gooey messes.

Cauldron suggestions:

Don’t overboil your cauldron—eye of newt & toad tongue & bat wings will explode.

Don’t let men drink from your cauldron—hordes of frogs will be underfoot.

Do not share your cauldron recipes with common folk—unless you leave out a key ingredient.

Other helpful tips:

Do turn mere mortals into mice—your cats are likely bored.

If a man messes with you, by all means turn him into a miniature man.

Cast not your spells in anger—just kidding, when someone angers you, blast them with a venomous spell.

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(50 shades of orange & black)

My confessions:

I sometimes drink a cauldron-brewski & fly my broom too faski.

Treetops often snag my dress. I fly skyclad!

I am guilty of hexing and flying.

Turning kids into mice is a blast.

But turning men into rabbits is the most fun ever.

My ex lives in the pond behind my house. Ribbbit. (shut up)

How I have Samhain (Halloween) fun:

Attending Halloween parties disguised as a princess or a movie star.

Bobbing for poisoned apples. (only poisonous for mere mortals)

I like to close my eyes & cast a spell—you never know who you’ll bewitch.

Turning pumpkins into carriages and watching the panic at midnight.

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Ah yes, me mousy victims. Me witches will boil thee. Ride with thee across the gibbous moon. Laugh at thy plight. Have a merry Halloween!

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Around the time of the Revolutionary War, a trader named Charles Tully set up a trading post about 20 miles north-east of Louisville, a mile from Charlestown, Indiana. Charles Tully was likely Meti—half French/half Shawnee. He traded with local Shawnees. Whites moved in, and the town became Springville before being abandoned a few years later.

A couple miles away, in Utica, Indiana is the Witches Castle. Three sisters, Tully’s daughters from his Shawnee wife, lived here. Legend has it that the 3 sisters were burnt out and driven from their home because they were Shawnee. The place is said to be haunted by them.

I would love to write about this. Some Tully descendants still live in the Charlestown area. I have been unsuccessful in contacting them. (I believe my Cherokee great-great grandfather moved to the area and married into these Shawnee) If anyone can help me contact them, I would so much appreciate it.

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Don’t let that Cherokee witch, Spearfinger, grab you! Spearfinger, picture kook, 4RV Publishing, to be released in 2014. A Cherokee boy battles Spearfinger, the evil witch who likes livers. Suitable for ages 4 to 8. I am not an illustrator, so I am waiting for an illustrator to do their magic.

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Don’t let that Cherokee witch, Spearfinger, grab you! Spearfinger, picture kook, 4RV Publishing, to be released in 2014. A Cherokee boy battles Spearfinger, the evil witch who likes livers. Suitable for ages 4 to 8. I am not an illustrator, so I am waiting for an illustrator to do their magic.

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My picture book, Spearfinger, will be released in 2014 by 4RV Publishing. A Cherokee boy battles Spearfinger, the evil witch who likes livers. Suitable for ages 4 to 8. I am not an illustrator, so I am waiting for an illustrator to do their magic.

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An illustrator from 4RV Publishing is working on the illustrations for my picture book, Spearfinger, which is about a little boy and a Cherokee witch. 4RV Publishing anticipates a fall 2013 release. This will be my first picture book.

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What: Louisville SCBWI Chit Chatters Schmooze — Open Mic Night
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Place: Vint, 4901 Old Brownsboro Road (Hwy 22).
At this month’s schmooze we will have an Open Mic. Writers can read from their manuscript for three minutes. Listeners will have three minutes to write a critique for the author. More details on how the Open Mic works will be provided at the schmooze, but please bring pen and paper. The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for Open Mic.
No RSVP required for this schmooze.
For more information, contact Charles Suddeth at csuddeth@iglou.com.

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