Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Halloween Tale or Synopsis?

Hi! In the spirit of Halloween, I thought a few of you might enjoy a little taste of the holiday! I wrote this story several years ago, and to my great surprise, it actually won a contest! So enjoy:)




 Sometimes, all one has is the dark side.

     Scratch, scratch, scratch, comes the desperate cry for help near low hanging windows and locked doors. The ghostly plea continues, but no one answers.  No one dares!  The creature terrified all who once knew him. He killed to survive, living off the blood of the innocent, in his search for the guilty. 

    When the full moon beckoned, he crawled from his cold grave into the darkness--the only path he knew, urged forth by one thought, one desire. Revenge. Now his mission for all eternity is to search out and find the one who murdered the girl he loved. He will search forever, but in vain because the person he seeks lies motionless in a cold grave next to his own. 
     Ten years earlier, Ricky Truman moved to Middleport and inherited the old house on the hill above the graveyard. The Truman mansion looked inviting from the town below but inside the old house, a raw chill caused boards to creak and intruder’s to look over their shoulders. Black window panes mirrored the ruins and gaped at all who drew near.

    Ricky Truman didn’t seem to mind that the old home was in need of repair. He wasted no time, making it his home. Until Ricky got his inheritance from a step-grandfather who he had never met, he had been completely on his own. After settling in, he started fixing up the ruin-down place. Ricky wasn’t afraid of work, he enjoyed fixing things. Besides, this was his home now.

    The house was creepy at night--the hollow walls amplified weird noises. The cemetery on the hillside was over-grown with weeds. Trees cast long shadows across the grounds at sunset. The old tombstones were worn and unreadable; others had fallen from decay. It was going to be a challenge but Ricky was a fighter. He worked on the house every evening after school. On weekends, he did odd jobs in the neighborhood to support himself.

     It was on one of his jobs that he met Julie, Mr. Weirton’s daughter. She had been helping her mom clean junk from their attic for Ricky to haul away. She was a beauty in her blue tee-shirt and cut-offs. Her red hair pulled back into a pony-tail that hung across her shoulder. Ricky fell for her that first day.

    Julie and Ricky were in the same classes at school so they saw each other a lot. By the end of the school year, they were both in love and Ricky gave her his class ring. Now everything in his life was perfect. And the house was coming along little by little. Ricky decided to ask Julie to marry him, but soon afterwards, things started changing: a nasty look, an unanswered phone call, a few broken dates.

     Fall came and they were invited to a Halloween party. A full moon cast long shadows as they walked toward Thomas Bowden’s house. Pumpkins lined the front steps. Inside music blared and hairy bats swung from the ceiling. Thomas came to greet them, dressed in a vampire costume. But the outfit did nothing to hide his weird ears.

     “Hi, glad you could come,” he said smiling at Julie. Thomas was a football player but he was a no good. Often bragging about the girls he had made out with, generally joking about girls.

     “Is everyone here?” Julie asked, her eyes searching the crowd. She was overly friendly that night. And Ricky soon realized that she still had her eyes on Thomas Bowden, although he had miss-used her friendship in the past.

     “Now that you guys are here,” he said. They both grinned at each other and looked away. What was he up to? wondered Ricky. He and Julie had dated once. but Julie had said that was over.

     “Come on, Julie said, let’s mingle.” Soon the party was really rocking. They mingled in the kitchen and then walked toward the group in the corner where Julie and Thomas drew away from the crowd, whispering and laughing.

     Ricky broke in. “What was that all about?” he asked, flashing his eyes in Thomas‘s direction. Thomas was up to something. Why had Julie encouraged him?

     “What?” said Julie, “he’s just being friendly. Come on, he didn’t mean anything. Julie flung her red hair across her shoulder and kissed Ricky‘s cheek. “Now come on, be nice.”

     After joining their friends, Julie went to the kitchen for something else to drink. Soon, Ricky got tired waiting and went to look for her. She was not in the kitchen nor was she anywhere downstairs--neither was Thomas.

     Ricky threw down his drink and started up the stairs. He grabbed the banister, pulling himself faster. Hot sweat covered his forehead. The knot in his stomach jerked as he opened the first door, then another, then there. Until finally he opened Thomas’s parent’s bedroom, and there on the bed lay Julie, naked, in Thomas Bowden’s arms!

     A pain shot through Ricky’s stomach. He lunged into the air and pounced on Thomas. Thomas pulled a pistol from the bed-side table and aimed at Ricky. Julie grabbed Thomas’s neck and reached for the pistol. Thomas fired a shot--it hit Julie in the head and blew her hand off. Ricky grabbed the gun and shot Thomas in the head. Then he shot himself.

     A week later on Halloween, three coffins were carried to Truman cemetery. To this day, Julie’s hand with Ricky’s ring has never been found. But from that time on, strange things started happening on moonlit nights. The Weirton’s thought they saw Ricky looking through their bedroom window. The Bowden’s heard scratching at their doors. The old mansion on Truman Hill stands empty but lights mysteriously go off and on.

     Nobody goes trick-or-treating in Middleport anymore. If they hear knocking at night, they don’t open their doors.     

     Until this day, Ricky prowls the thick darkness of night, seeking the blood of Thomas Bowden . . . And the hand of Julie.


© 2003 Sue D. Frye

Frye is the winner Mochamemoirs.com Halloween contest.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

One Terrific Blog!

I would like to give a shout-out for a very special writing friend, Dani Duck! Woohoo, Dani!

Dani stays super busy with her writing, her art, and a totally awesome blog! When she isn't writing excellent author reviews, she's creating contests of one sort or the other with wonderful give-aways and prizes! I can't say enough about Dani and her blog which is growing in leaps and bounds or her contests! Speaking of contests--she has THREE going on now! Yep, ya heard me right, THREE!

Hop on over and enter all of them, I did! And I'm sure she would love to hear from you or answer any of your questions.


And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Oh, Myyy!

Wait. Wait. Wait . . . And without farther ado, the Liebster Award Goes To... Meee!

OH WOW! I take a bow! Grinning like a lucky gal!


A very heartfelt thank you to Dani Duck! She nominated me for this fabulous Liebster Blog Award. Now, I’m cheering, clapping, dancing . . . eating lots of coco-puffs!

The beautiful Liebster award is given to blogs with under 200 followers. In accepting this award, I am now obligated to answer 10 questions of Dani's choosing, and then beg 5-10 other people to answer my similarly worded questions.  And now, here are my answers!

1. What is your favorite thing about writing or illustrating for children? My favorite thing is imagining myself the main character, and then going on their journey.

2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer or illustrator? My mother, she loved to read, and she read me stories as I sat on her lap.

3. What is one thing that most people don't know about you? I love to clog (dance) at festivals. I’m a lead singer in a bluegrass band, and I play several musical instruments; mandolin, guitar and dog-house base.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I picture myself in a two-story house, overlooking the ocean.

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood? They would chuck all the wood in the land of Oz.

6. What do you do when you aren't writing or illustrating? I’m thinking about writing, creating new characters and sending them forth on long journeys into unknown worlds.

7. Color or Black & White? I prefer black and white photos and colored movies.

8. How long? I’ll write for as long as it takes to fill a book or until I run out of characters.

9. How annoying is it that I tagged you on my blog for this? No annoyance here. I love challenges.

10. Do you have any big events that you are going to or hosting soon? I’m taking the Interact-builder Getting Started Webinar. And want to take Mira Reisberg’s grammar workshop at The Picture Book Academy.

Tip-Toe, oh so slow and . . . TAG YOU’RE IT!

Beth Stillborn: http://www.bethstilborn.com

Rena Traxel: http://renajtraxel.com

Wendy Greenley: http://wendygreenley.com
If you accept this award: Link back to the blogger that tagged you. Then nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you. Then ask 10 questions for the bloggers you tagged  as well as letting your tagees know of their award. Ready? Then get crackin' :)
·         1.  Who are your favorite published authors?

·         2.  Name three of your favorite picture book titles.

·         3.  Write like a . . . ?

·         4.  If you could write a winning book tomorrow, what genre would it be?

·         5.  What do you do while waiting to write?

·         6.  If you could write like anyone, who would you write like?

·         7.  Hot or cold?

·         8.  Sweet or sour?

·         9.  Your fuel for thought.

·         10.What sparks your creativity?

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Friday, October 11, 2013

One More Lucky Day

Bells ringing here!

I can't stop dancing! I was surprised this morning with an email from an awesome writing buddy, Dani Duck. Dani is a masterful author illustrator who is (like me) involved in several online groups. Well, to my great surprise she wrote a fantastic blog post about little-'Ole Me' and my blog: www.inkler.blogspot.com!

Thanks, Dani! With such wonderful writing friends, I can't go wrong:)

I feel blessed!

To read Dani's Blog post go here:

If you have any questions, I would love to answer them for you, just leave me a message. And I hope you will friend me and join my circle of friends at the top right corner! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

3 The Magic Number

WOW! This is so nice . . .

Okay, I know some of you are dying to know what I'm talking about, but I'm too excited to give all the details at the moment so here's the basic scoop.

This is my new RYS Badge! Gulp. They said my non-fiction story is both exciting and fun to read. I am so grateful to my reviewer. I just want to say Thanks, RYS!!!

This may not seem like a big deal to many, but I'm thrilled! Only two more steps to reach the top:)