Write… Edit… Publish: Haunting + From The Great Beyond Bloghop!

IT'S SCARY TIME! ! It's Halloween month! It's an exciting time! Share the excitement! *cue evil laugh*

                                       OCTOBER CHALLENGE

So today's post is a double blogfest entry… time to kill two birds with one stone… in a creative way, of course! Call it a literary kill! He! He!

There's the monthly bloghop over at Denise Covey's place  Write… Edit… Publish…You are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playscripts to a word count of 1,000 words OR artwork and photographs accompanied by your written inspiration in creating your works. There's something to suit every taste! Go and check it out!

And there's From The Great Beyond Bloghop! 

                                               Here's the details:
On October 30 put up a post about a famous deceased author or celebrity you'd like to contact in our seance! Tell us what moved you to choose this person. And what would you like to say? We will haunt your blogs, reading about your choices, then the spirits will select winners to be announced on October 31. The prizes are frightfully good! It will be a ghostly good time!


There are so many great authors/poets out there, that I had a difficult time choosing just one! So I decided to incorporate a few of them, into a fun poem… enjoy!


"I am trying to connect with the late Dr. Seuss"—-

And never imagined what chaos was about to be loosed?

The air filled with tension

Beyond comprehension

The lights all a-flicker

And my friend with a snicker

Which soon turned to a frown

His jaw dropped to the ground

And there stood the infamous man of all rhyme

He popped up, he hopped up

In the nick of all time


"You called and I came."

Informed Dr. Seuss

And then all of a sudden

All hell did break loose

Go from here! Scatter! You’d better vamoose!

We turned – almost certain that this was a ruse…

And you’ll never believe it

You’ll never guess who

They waved in excitement

Thing 1 and Thing 2

They popped up they hopped up

What were we to do?

And the séance was now a glorious zoo!

Thing 1 and Thing 2, they chanted and ranted

Thing 1 and Thing 2, they puffed and they panted!

Poof! Poof! Poof! Poof! Poof!

And others popped too —

Wordsworth and Keats, right out of the blue

Steinbeck and Frost, and Sylvie Plath too!

Cleopatra rode by

In the blink of an eye…

Oh golly! Oh my!

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?


What have you done? Send them all back!

And amidst all the chaos

We heard a loud CRACK!

The crystal ball shattered

Thing 1 gave it a WHACK!


A great flash of light ripped the black of the night!

A sound like a roar kept us glued to the floor!

A strong gust of wind seemed to blow someone in…

Thing 1 and 2 chuckled…

My shaking knees buckled…


Dr. Seuss in a panic, gave a cursory glance

To the flamboyant man, who walked by in a prance…

The master of wit

The great Oscar Wilde

In a bumbling fit

Like a small naughty child!


We were all in a daze…

Like being trapped in a maze…

But Thing 1 and Thing

Remained calm and unfazed!


And just when we thought we could take it no more

Take a wild guess who should walk through that door?

Unbelievable! Crazy! It was the last straw!

He was larger than life with a booming guffaw!

In bold velvet doublet and white pompadour

The Bard in his glory no-one could ignore!


"What manner of mischief doth here abound?"

He uttered in voice so deep and profound.

By Jove, the scene did the Bard so confound

He summoned a conjuror who was well renowned

A spinning vortex appeared from nowhere

Everyone was perplexed could do nothing but stare


We were all in a tizz

Flashing by in a whizz

A kaleidoscope moment straight out of showbiz!

People and objects  – zooming in, zooming out!

Backwards and forwards – with a scream and a shout!


One massive explosion

Every atom was frozen…

Time and space were suspended

As the seer had intended


And all that remained at the end of it all?

A miniature cat

A red and white top hat

And a fine crystal ball!

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I had a REAL BLAST writing this piece! I'm really useless when it comes to writing horror so I knew that this was the best route for me. I hope you had as much fun reading this, as I had creating this piece! Do pop around and check out the other bloghop entries!

                                     Happy Halloween!


  1. Jenny Brigalow on October 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    LOL Michelle, this is terrific. I used to read  Doctor Suess to my kids when they were young and loved his unique style (still do), Thing 1 and Thing 2 are cheeky fellows. Glad the Bard could sort them out!. 


    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      I LOVE Dr. Seuss. I'm thinking of buying his entire collection… if I can get hold of it… one day… the good old Bard to the rescue…  🙂

  2. Shannon Lawrence on October 30, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I loved this! So much fun! Great way to work so many in and to satisfy both blog hops.

    Shannon at <a href="http://thewarriormuse.com/">The Warrior Muse</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      There are lots of great authors/poets… I omitted some because I ran out of ideas…

  3. Gina Conkle on October 30, 2013 at 1:54 am

    That was FUN!  Well-done fun. 🙂  Thoroughly entertaining and clever. I noticed you commented how writing this post was such a blast. Isn't it interesting how the translates on the page to your readers.

    Thank you for the zany "funness"!!


    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Welll, to be honest, poetry is my first love… though it's been years since I wrote "serious" poetry (fiction is sucking up all of my creativity)  🙂

  4. krystal jane on October 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

    This was so much fun! I read it aloud. 🙂 Everything Halloween definitely doesn't have to be scary. I thought you did a great job. Did I detect a shout-out to my man Shakespeare? ^_^

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Yes! Shakespeare is THE MAN! Others should know their place and respect him… 🙂

  5. Denise Covey on October 30, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Hey Michelle! I could tell you were having so much fun writing this…and I can tell that I had such fun reading it. Clever girl! Is there anything you can't do? You say you can't write horror. I'd be really scared if you had a go…I'm sure you could. But this wacky piece, full of our favourite literary characters fills the spot quite nicely. 

    Thank you for your wonderful entry in the WEP and Great Beyond bloghop. 



    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you Denise. Poetry is my "original love"… but has since been ousted by flash fiction. If poetry rears it's head, there's sure to be a tug-o'-war between the two. Though I'd force them to live side-by-side in peace and harmony.

  6. Medeia Sharif on October 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

    This is fantastic. Dr. Seuss is such a great choice. As always, your posts are so creative. 


    I have a post ready for today or I would have joined. 

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I love Dr. Seuss. As I get older, I seem to love his work more and more… wonder if that's a sign of sorts? Maybe I should try my hand at kiddies stories? I dunno…

  7. Shelly on October 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I loved this!

  8. Carolyn Brown on October 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Very clever!

  9. Pat Hatt on October 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    hahaha now that was grand here in your land , with rhythm and flow look at you go. Many did show but just so you know, thing one and thing two have nothing on the cat left with its hat in view

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Ha! Pat Hatt. 🙂  My brain is fried. I have no rhyming response at the moment…


  10. Beverly Fox on October 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh- I absolutely ADORED this!  Really, really loved.  Wish I could snuggle it- it'd be soft and have a terribly funny expression, I'm sure.  just delightful.

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Awww Bev! You made me feel all warm and fuzzy with your wonderful comment…. 🙂 Thank you.

  11. Yolanda Renee on October 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Trick or Treat and Happy Halloween!

    Such a fun post! Truly enchanting! Congratulations! It's not all about horror – it's all about fun, and you achieved that with great skill and awesome talent! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I'm glad you were enchanted by the rhymes! Thanks Yolanda!

  12. Crystal Collier on October 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm


    Oh, Michelle, you've really outdone yourself. Whew!

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Not too cheesy then? Oooops… sorry (no cheese was intended to be harmed in the uttering of that comment…) 🙂

  13. Laura Clipson on October 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I love this poem, it suits Halloween quite well because it's so mischievous! 

  14. Chrys Fey on October 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This was great! Truly clever! If I could summon someone to give me an inspirational writing boost it would be Dr. Seuss. 😉

  15. Cherie Reich on October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This was excellent! Just loved it! 🙂

  16. Carrie-Anne on October 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Very fun poem!  I don't know if I could come up with something so clever and rhyming off the cuff.

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      This is not off the cuff. Believe you me. I planned it… and then polished it to the best of my abilty! Thank you Carrie-Anne.

  17. Carol Kilgore on October 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites and I LOVED this! Too cool 🙂

  18. Gwen Gardner on October 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    MIchelle, this was so fun! And so many people showed up, even Shakespeare. I love Dr. Seuss 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Shakespeare had to make the grand appearance… after all, he IS the main man!  🙂

  19. Quanie Miller on October 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Michelle, this was just too much fun! So vivid. Well done!

  20. Emily R King on October 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    What a fun piece! It almost feels like a tribute. Excellent choice!

  21. Vesper on October 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    This was wonderful! Such fun to read! You're captured perfectly the rhythm and the… spirit(s)… 🙂

    Mischief is good for Halloween!

    • Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Pun intended, hey? Some good and solid, mischievous, high-spirited fun… involving spirits of course… 🙂

  22. Greetings human, Michelle,

    Brilliant!  Nothing like a visit here and see that Dr.Seuss has made your prose get loose. Such a delight.  All through the night.  And no, I'm not Spam-I-Am 🙂   

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!  

  23. Michelle Wallace on October 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Prose as loose as a goose with its head in a noose trying to eat some mousse…. okay, now you've got me going again…  🙂 I burst out laughing when I saw "Spam-I-Am" 🙂

  24. Raquel Byrnes on October 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    That was awesome!  Bravo…my favorite entry yet. 🙂

  25. Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry I'm so late!

    That was really creative. You channeled Dr. Seuss well.

    Now, what are you going to do with that cat?

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Maybe I'll stash him away somewhere, and bring him out in October 2014 for part II of this saga?

  26. Lisa Buie-Collard on October 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    So very inventive and FUN!! Thank you thank you for this post!! Kept me going right till the end and I laughed with all of the antics you came up with!! Great job!

  27. Suze on October 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Oscar Wilde rhyming with naughty child is brilliant, my dear girl!


    This was a wonderful twist on the 'assignment,' Michelle, I love it. And you *do* have a gift for rhythm. The momentum of this verse was pure fun!

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I just couldn't resist it! The image of Oscar Wilde throwing a tantrum….? Hilarious. Pure entertainment. Thanks Suze.

  28. Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Great! Loved it!

  29. Mary on October 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Most clever, Michelle. I've always loved Dr. Seuss. My favorite Halloween costume of all was when I lived in NYC and made a Cat in the Hat costume. I used to recite Green Eggs and Ham by heart in college.

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Awww, a cat-in-the-hat costume? Sounds fabulous! I wish I could attend a fancy dress party wearing a cat-in-the-hat outfit!

  30. Candilynn on October 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Oh my! I don't normally play favs in the blogosphere, but I have to admit, this was my favorite entry in the blog hop so far. Love Dr. Seuss and your post… fabulous! Loved the silly-fun, Seuss style way you put it together. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you Candilynn! 🙂 Dr. Seuss has a special place in my heart!

  31. tara tyler on October 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

    too terrific to take! you've out done yourself & suess would shed a tear of joy! sweetness, my friend!!

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Tara, that is the sweetest thing to say. Thank you.

  32. Angela Brown on October 31, 2013 at 3:51 am

    WOW!! I don't even know what to say. Thing 1 and Thing 2 did what they do best, raising such a clatter conjuring up a party of Great Beyonders. I really enjoyed this piece.

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      True to character, Thing 1 and Thing 2 are just doing what they normally do!  🙂

  33. Michael Di Gesu on October 31, 2013 at 3:54 am

    WOW, Michelle… THIS WAS INCREIBLE!!!! Even Dr. SUESS would be proud of you! So charming and witty, it is so befitting…. 

    WELL done, and with that I will RUN…..

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Ah Michael, seems like this has brought out the Seussical part of your creativity… 🙂 Thanks!

  34. Donna Hole on October 31, 2013 at 4:39 am

    That was wonderful Michelle. I'm sure Dr Suess would have approved of this. It has all his flare with words. Well done.



  35. Misha on October 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Loved the rhymes. Maybe you're meant to follow in Dr. Suess's footsteps. 😉

  36. elizabeth seckman on October 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Looks like Gary Pennick will have to come here because if that doesn't lure in Dr. Suess nothing will! Excellent post. 

    • Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Gary has already visited above! Thanks Elizabeth!

  37. Julie Flanders on October 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so fantastic! I just read your name in the list of winners on Gwen's blog and I can sure see why you won. You're so talented!

    Happy Halloween! 🙂

  38. Michelle Wallace on October 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the compliment Julie! 🙂

  39. L. Diane Wolfe on October 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Oh that is adorable!!! I love it.

  40. N. R. Williams on October 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Now that was fun! I love Dr, Seuss. I could just see all the writer's franticaly grabbing their supernatural pens.


    • Li @ FlashFiction on October 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Loved this! Creative, fun, well executed, with a wide range of favorite characters showing up! Well done 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on November 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Nancy! And wouldn't that be supernatural quills?  🙂

      • Michelle Wallace on November 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Thanks Lisa. I also enjoyed your chilling "peek-at-the-possible-future" medical tale… 🙂

  41. Sally on November 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Excellent – I read it out loud it was so good. 

    • Michelle Wallace on November 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      I need to do that. Read it out aloud. Thanks Sally!

  42. C. Lee McKenzie on November 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    What a great choice of authors to contact in the beyond. I'll bet he'd give you ***** for your poem.

  43. Lexa Cain on November 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    *applause* That was wonderful! I adore Dr. Seus and you not only rhymed, but you captured his whimsical style. I loved it! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  44. Charmaine Clancy on November 2, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Very fun!

  45. The Armchair Squid on November 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Good fun!  Calling back Dr. Seuss would certainly bring all kinds of mischief.

    • Michelle Wallace on November 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      I love the Seussical mischief… never a dull moment and always a gooooood laugh! Thanks Armchair Squid!

  46. Julie K Pick on November 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    This was fabulous Michelle! I loved your creative poem, and your special guest star. Congrats on being one of the winners!

    • Michelle Wallace on November 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Are you referring to Dr.Seuss or Shakespeare… they are both so special… two great literary figures!

  47. joylene on November 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Pat Bertram wrote a terrifying short on her blog. Scared me silly. I didn't participate because we're too caught up in new babies around here.

    • Michelle Wallace on November 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      It's my first time participating in a halloween event… ever!! Halloween isn't too much of a big deal my end of the globe…

  48. Anna Nordeman of Adornments for Dreams on November 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    What fun!

    Best wishes,


    <a href="http://annas-adornments.blogspot.se/2013/10/weps-blogfest-for-wednesday-30-october.html">Anna's WEP-Challenge for October: Haunting</a>

  49. Trisha on November 4, 2013 at 2:16 am

    This was brilliant, Michelle – thanks for sharing. I also love Dr. Seuss. Don't know that I've ever met anyone who doesn't, though. 😉

    • Michelle Wallace on November 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      You're right. He has a wide appeal… how on earth can you not love him?  🙂

  50. Vanessa Morgan on November 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    What a fun blog hop and post. Too bad I didn't know about it sooner. Have a lovely week.

    • Michelle Wallace on November 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I had a blast! It was tons of fun… thanks for popping in!

  51. J.L. Campbell on November 5, 2013 at 2:07 am


    That was indeed fun to read. I like the way you incorporated all the characters.

  52. Jen on November 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This was fantastic! I really enjoyed it. The pace was breathless, just like one of Dr. Suess' poems. Very well done indeed!! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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