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Brain, Child and Microfiction: Duck, Duck, Goose!

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in microfiction · paying markets

Good Monday morning! I have a paying market to share, newly listed on my Paying Markets page.  (Click on the tab above, under the header, or click here: WRITERS – Paying Markets.)  It is Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, and they publish personal essays and news articles, as well as parodies and short fiction.  Although new to me, this publication has been alive and well since 1999.  Click HERE for the writers’ guidelines.

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, “lavender.”  My stories are below.

“Hey Bo, you wanna play duck, duck, goose? Do ya? Huh?” 
“It’ll be cook, cook goose if you don’t shush! Them hunters ain’t deaf, ya know!” 
(138 characters)

* * * * * * * * * * 
“Is that lavender, Ms. Lucy? You smell delicious, if you don’t mind me saying!”  Ed winked.
“Better you than Farmer Jim,” Lucy quipped. 
 (135 characters)

Are these guys ducks or geese? I’m clueless regarding waterfowl, y’all.  The one on the right has a long neck, so I went with geese. I guess I’ll find out when I link to Grandma’s Goulash to read the other microfiction stories—always a great way to begin the week!

Enjoy your Monday!

17 Responses to "Brain, Child and Microfiction: Duck, Duck, Goose!"

  1. Comment by Helen
    June 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm  

    I liked the play on the idea of duck hunting in the first one ;)I can see why Lucy would prefer him to think she was delicious rather than the farmer……

  2. Comment by Pat
    June 13, 2011 at 12:40 am  

    These are both so unique, as yours always are, Lisa! Interesting take in the first one about the goose noticing the nearby hunters. And the second one is very clever, too, about Lucy smelling great in two different senses!

  3. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    June 13, 2011 at 1:29 am  

    Those are the world-famous Canada Geese, Lisa. The one on the left has a long neck, too, but just doesn't have it extended.Great short stories, especially the first one. I love that "cook, cook goose"!— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. Comment by Sarah
    June 13, 2011 at 6:57 am  

    Hahaha! I love the second one. Totally awesome!

  5. Comment by jabblog
    June 13, 2011 at 7:38 am  

    Very clever twist on 'duck, duck, goose'. I liked them both. Geese are such intelligent birds.

  6. Comment by tanyavalentine
    June 13, 2011 at 7:38 am  

    thanks for the Brain Child scoop! Nice MM and you used LAVENDER too. Teacher's pet. 🙂

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 13, 2011 at 8:03 am  

    Lisa, your body goes to bed each night, but I am convinced that your brain never rests. you are amazing.

  8. Comment by Anyes
    June 13, 2011 at 9:55 am  

    Cute 🙂

  9. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 13, 2011 at 11:14 am  

    Hi Lisa, I think that they are geese. I enjoyed both of your takes! Thanks for the heads up on Brain, Child. I checked it out, and this might be something that I could do. Hope that your week is wonderful, and that all is going well.God bless,Kathy M.

  10. Comment by Sonia Lal
    June 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm  

    Really like the cook, cook goose line. Pretty sure these are Canadian geese!

  11. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm  

    Which do I prefer-number one or number two? Number two-especially since you fit the word of the week in!

  12. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    June 14, 2011 at 2:13 am  

    Lovely humor in both of those. They are geese, but I'm not holding anybody to that. 😀

  13. Comment by Rek
    June 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm  

    Loved both..the loudmouth sure will get them into trouble…Poor Lucy, not much of a choice, has she?

  14. Comment by Akelamalu
    June 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm  

    Those hunters are on the ball – geese beware! 😉

  15. Comment by Stephen Tremp
    June 15, 2011 at 12:28 am  

    Hey, this sounds like a lot of fun. I've never seen it before. Is it relatively new? And great job with yours!

  16. Comment by Sharkbytes
    June 15, 2011 at 12:53 am  

    Both very funny. They are geese, but I like the words from the game… seems ironic to hear the goose say them.

  17. Comment by Lynda R Young
    June 15, 2011 at 4:49 am  

    Both great but my favourite is the second one 🙂

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