‘Tis the season to be spooky

This week is Spooky Stories week at MSM Library and there are various ways to join in the fun.

  1. Borrow some “spooktacular” fiction.
  2. Gather a team of friends and create a spooky drawing or scene on our interactive TV during morning tea or lunch each day. Sign up at the Circulation Desk in the Library.
  3. Enter our Spooky Poetry competition to win fabulous prizes.

To enter our poetry competition write a haiku or sonnet and post it in the Comments section.
You might like to use a site like Poem generator to help you.

Haiku do not have to rhyme. They are composed of three lines with a syllable pattern of 5,7,5. Here is an example:

It’s spooky season
A cold wind moves the bare trees
Warm in bed I read

A sonnet is more complicated, it has 14 lines with 10 syllables each. The rhyming scheme is ABAB // CDCD // EFEF // GG. The example below has been inspired by this form.

Ode to the Vampire

My dark vampire, you inspire me to write.
How I love the way you fly, hang and bite,
Invading my mind all day and all night,
I am dreaming of taking to flight.

Let me compare you to a sanctuary
You are more ominous and looming.
Ice bites the debris of February,
And wintertime has no flowers blooming.

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love your assuming eyes, teeth and form.
I am always thinking of your sleepy gaze.
My love, you are a drug like chloroform.

Now I must away with melancholy heart,
Remember my true words whilst we’re apart.

Change drives drama

In this week’s crop of new books we have three novels that follow a time-worn trope.
They all start with a character at a moment of change or crisis. We have three heroines dealing with different dramas: a mother’s death, a change in country, moving in with step-parents and starting at a new school. It’s an interesting way to start a story because then the rest of the novel can explore how the character meets these new challenges. The times when things change are some of the most memorable of our lives.