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Blog Contest AND Monday Microfiction (Love and Hate)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   28 Comments | Posted in Amazon · Chicken Soup for the Soul · contests · Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Succinctly Yours
It’s time for a blog contest giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for helping me reach the 200 follower milestone. To celebrate and offer my appreciation for your support, I’m hosting a contest giveaway of the following:

One person will win a $25.00 Amazon gift certificate.

Four people will win the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life.

For a chance to win, please do the following:

1. Be a follower of this blog.
2. Leave a comment that includes your desire to enter the contest and your email address so I can contact you if you win.

That’s it—so easy!  If you would like your name added a second time to increase your chances of a win, please make mention of this contest (with a link back) on your blog or other media, and let me know that you did. The contest ends at midnight on Saturday, July 30th. The winners will be chosen at random and announced here on Monday, August 1st.  Good luck!

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “obscure.”  My stories are below.

Vivian’s butt obscured Ed’s study of the rare yellow-bellied sapsucker perched in the tree. 
Ed smiled. He didn’t mind the alternate view.
(139 char)
 * * * * * * * * * *
Jan complained of everything from their picnic lunch to the temperature of the lake water. 
Bill bided his time. Drowning would shut her up.
(137 char)

Have a great week!

28 Responses to "Blog Contest AND Monday Microfiction (Love and Hate)"

  1. Comment by Rinkly Rimes
    July 18, 2011 at 5:04 am  

    You must be a very balanced person….one happy and one sad response. Mine was just sad.

  2. Comment by Madeleine
    July 18, 2011 at 6:09 am  

    LOL! I love both your micros. The last one made me chuckle. Congrats on the 200 follower mark. I'll mention your contest in my sidebar. :O)

  3. Comment by Sarah
    July 18, 2011 at 6:51 am  

    Haha! And yipes! Congrats on reaching 200 followers! Please enter me in the contest!

  4. Comment by Elaine
    July 18, 2011 at 7:01 am  

    Congratulations on the 200 followers!I like both your MFs. Very clever to think of two.

  5. Comment by jabblog
    July 18, 2011 at 8:08 am  

    Two contrasting tales – I like the first one, can relate to the second;-)

  6. Comment by Bookie
    July 18, 2011 at 9:31 am  

    Love both your memes! Sharp and witty.I am alread7y working on Friday's Blurb…might make this week! I would love to win either of your giveways! bookwoman1015 at sbcglobal dot netWow, is it to be hot here today, all week really…must get going before I have to hunker inside! Happy Monday.

  7. Comment by Sioux
    July 18, 2011 at 9:46 am  

    Both were great, but the funny ones always appeal to me the most. It sounds like she needs to be silenced…I'm in it to win it. I mentioned your contest at the end my Magpie, and even provided TWO links—one to your blog and one to your contest specifically. Does that mean I get THREE entries? (ha)

  8. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    July 18, 2011 at 10:28 am  

    Congratulations, Lisa!I prefer Love of course, although I can identify with Hate. hehehGrace

  9. Comment by Pooch
    July 18, 2011 at 11:32 am  

    Ouch!! Definitely hateful! I choose love to conquer all!!:)

  10. Comment by Lynn
    July 18, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    The Microfiction Queen as I always say, nice job. I'll try and let folks know about your contest, but… I'll let you know for sure if I do.

  11. Comment by Tammy
    July 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm  

    I thought the first one was going to be the funny one as soon as I read about Vivian's butt, but what a nice ending. You are a master at these, with pacing that is downright impeccable. Great contest. LOVE the dog book, but have a few of my own thanks to the generosity of the Chicken Soup publishers! 😉

  12. Comment by Sonia Lal
    July 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm  

    I love them both! The second one made me laugh.

  13. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm  

    If Ed didn't mind, they aren't married yet! Sounds as though Jan and Bill tied the knot years ago. I do admire his problem solving skills. 😀 Thanks for the smiles.

  14. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm  

    Hi Lisa … I loved them both, and that is a really pretty picture too. Please put me in for your contest, and congrats at 200! I gave up on the following thing. I have 97, and sometimes somebody will decide to follow me and click on the top button. Maybe someday I'll pass 100, lol.Have a great week!Kathy M.

  15. Comment by Calico Crazy
    July 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm  

    Congrats on 200 followers, I'd love to enter your contest.Your micro fiction entries this week are great. I can just see the second one ending badly.My email is on my profile. ~ Calico Contemplations

  16. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    July 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm  

    Lisa,Congratulations on reaching the 200 mark! You really scored big with the Love/Hate MFs. I liked the first one a lot.Please enter me in your contest:Lampjeenie(at)Yahoo(dot)comThanks,Jean

  17. Comment by irishoma
    July 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm  

    Way to go! Congratulations on reaching 200 vollowers.Woa! What a contrast in your stories. The second one took me by surprise.Oh, and please enter me in your contest. dvolkenannt (at) charter.netStay cool,Donna

  18. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm  

    Congrats on the followers! I would love to be entered, thanks so much. :)Have a great week!Karenklange61(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Comment by Susan Fobes
    July 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm  

    Oh Lisa, very good! Would it be wrong of me to like the second better than the first? LOL!Can I enter too? My daughter is a dog lover and would enjoy this, so count me in.

  20. Comment by Helen
    July 19, 2011 at 2:50 am  

    Haha yep drowning would do the trick! I liked the fist one best though ^_^

  21. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 19, 2011 at 8:36 am  

    Oooo, dayum! That's quite a contrast!! LOL

  22. Comment by Lisa Potts
    July 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm  

    Congrats on 200 + 1!I love microfiction and yours were wonderful. Tweet The Meat was one of the first places I published a story (sad that it's no longer around).I would love to win that wonderful book. I'm a sucker for a dog story. Any animal really. Thanks for the chance!lisapottswriter at gmail dot com

  23. Comment by Michael G-G
    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm  

    I would love to be a winner! Your blog is awesome, Lisa.

  24. Comment by BECKY
    July 21, 2011 at 11:16 am  

    I'm so sorry you've been sick!! Yes, please enter me in your contest. Congrats on reaching 200! Hugs…from afar…don't want to catch any germs!! :/

  25. Comment by Bish Denham
    July 25, 2011 at 10:27 am  

    Great micro fiction! Congrats on reaching 202 followers. I'm already a follower and would love for you to put my name in the hat.

  26. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm  

    Since you sent out such a nice reminder today, I'm here to throw my hat in for your contest. 🙂 Katie and I both read your story in Chicken Soup and loved it. We'd love a copy! And congratulations on 200 followers. I have a feeling that number is just going to keep going up! (You've got my email, right?!)

  27. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    July 29, 2011 at 3:55 am  

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers, and for hosting a contest. You are too generous!Loved your microfiction, especially the second.Ellie Garratt

  28. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm  

    Holy moly! I thought I signed up for this…I haven't been the same since thos MO folks breezed through town. 😉

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