Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Get Paid! AND Microfiction Monday

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   32 Comments | Posted in book blurb · microfiction · Nanoism · Thaumatrope

My followers topped over 100 this weekend! Yay! Thanks, everyone!

Did you know there are paying markets for your microfiction? Those 140 character gems might earn you a buck or two. More on that below. For now, thanks to Susan at Stony River for hosting Microfiction Monday. Here is the picture for this week and my two stories (each 140 characters or less) to accompany it.

Ann awoke, shivering. 
The nightmare lingered—myriad doorways leading to the same endless abyss; 
an echoing silence. 
She wept, fearing sleep.
Homer raced to class. 
“You’re late for 1st period.” Railed the teacher. 
“But early for 2nd!” Homer declared. 
That Homer. Always an optimist!

Two paying markets for your 140-character-or-less stories are Thaumatrope ($1.20 per microfiction) and Nanoism ($1.50 unpublished, $1.00 previously available online).  The payment is roughly equivalent to $0.05 per word. You won’t retire with millions, but after a few sales you’ll have earned enough for a trip through Starbucks’ drive-through. And you’ll have a blast writing microfiction in the process.

If you have a minute, please scroll down two blog postings to my February 16th post titled: “Book Blurb: Your Opinion is Requested.”  I’m considering starting a Friday meme and would like to have you vote on whether or not you might participate. There is a polling widget on the post to make it easy to render your opinion anonymously.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to reading the other microfiction stories.


My blog contest ends on midnight, Friday February 25th, so there’s still time to participate.  The winners will be announced next Monday the 28th.  For details, click the contest tab under the blog header. 

32 Responses to "Get Paid! AND Microfiction Monday"

  1. Comment by Madeleine
    February 21, 2011 at 6:35 am  

    OOh I like the idea of earning enough mirco money for a coffee! Great mircos. Loved them both :O)

  2. Comment by 5thsister
    February 21, 2011 at 7:39 am  

    LOL @ Madeleine (micro money…tee hee hee)Both posts are really clever.I have an affinity for the first one because of my vivid and crazy dream life. However, I appreciate the second one for the comic relief and balance in provides.

  3. Comment by Jim
    February 21, 2011 at 7:45 am  

    Very nice one, Lisa! :)She can join the crowd and start enjoying those nightmares. I did mine until lately when they have stopped coming. Must they need more oats?And school dreams are always the worst. I was forever getting lost or being late, days late!..

  4. Comment by tanyavalentine
    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 am  

    Loved your Micro stories this week! Great job, as usual. 🙂

  5. Comment by Priyanka Bhowmick
    February 21, 2011 at 8:25 am  

    love both of them. the 1st one's creepy and the 2nd delightful.. good MFM!!

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 21, 2011 at 9:35 am  

    Hi Lisa, Yes, it's me. I am going to tackle micro fiction, but from what Isee the competition is tough and the creativity is inspiring.

  7. Comment by jabblog
    February 21, 2011 at 10:22 am  

    Both excellent but my favourite is the second. I like optimists!

  8. Comment by Jules
    February 21, 2011 at 11:20 am  

    HUMMM, need to check those out 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  9. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 21, 2011 at 11:23 am  

    Hi Lisa, congratulations on topping your goal of 100 followers! The first story draws me in, and I want to settle in for a great and mysterious read. The second one makes me laugh. I love them both. I am wishing you a week full of blessings, my friend.Kathy

  10. Comment by Ashling
    February 21, 2011 at 11:26 am  

    Enjoyed both–one for the questions it provoked, the other for the humor.

  11. Comment by anthonynorth
    February 21, 2011 at 11:47 am  

    Two very different takes, but both excellent.

  12. Comment by Michael G-G
    February 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm  

    You display an awesome range here, Lisa. Both are excellent, though personal preference makes #2 a narrow favorite. (I always try for funny–the picture this week somehow didn't allow for that and I got all Hero's Journey a la Joseph Campbelly.)Congrats on reaching 100 followers! In honor of you, I'm adding your blog to my blog roll.Have a great week.

  13. Comment by Peggy
    February 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm  

    I liked them both.You have scary for the first and upbeat for the second. I love the ying and yang of them.Very clever.

  14. Comment by Diane
    February 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm  

    Love the optimism and thanks for the links! :O)

  15. Comment by Sylvia K
    February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm  

    Love them both and particularly because they show the pic from both ends — terror and fun! The best! Hope you have a wonderful week!Sylvia

  16. Comment by hope
    February 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm  

    Good old Homer! If I ever have the dream again, NOW I know what to say. 🙂

  17. Comment by Bookie
    February 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm  

    Today I like the Micro with Homer the best!Thanks for paying market…I have a Sonic habit and this might help someday! 🙂

  18. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    February 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm  

    I, too, liked them both but I have to say I like Homer the optimist the best! I'm wavering over whether or not to try your book blurb…I think the 150 words threw me off. LOL! Some write I am, huh?~Jean

  19. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    February 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm  

    Glad you ended with the optimistic one. I think most of us have experienced the fear of going back to sleep. I don't weep, just get up and play on the computer. :)My MM: Escape

  20. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm  

    Hi, fellow microfiction lovers! Thanks for the comments. I appreciate you!

  21. Comment by Bill ~ {The Old Fart}
    February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm  

    Poor Ann, I hope she starts having pleasant dreams. Gotta love Homer's zeal of life. I wonder if his teacher feels his optimism.

  22. Comment by Paul C
    February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm  

    I like both of your open ended micro fiction and interesting links to sites which are interested in them. Twitter also is fertile ground for creative posts.

  23. Comment by Karen Lange
    February 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm  

    Thanks for the links! Will check them out. Great job with your microfiction! 🙂

  24. Comment by K9friend
    February 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm  

    Always great to hear about any potential markets. Thanks for the links!

  25. Comment by Monica Manning
    February 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm  

    I can relate to Ann. I also fear sleep. And thanks for posting the links! As you say, if nothing else, it will pay for my Starbucks addiction.

  26. Comment by Susan Fobes
    February 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm  

    Lisa, I love #1, but you know I love drama!

  27. Comment by Melanie Sherman
    February 22, 2011 at 12:04 am  

    Oh yes, #1 is awesome. She needs to ground herself before she tries to sleep again.

  28. Comment by imaginationlane
    February 22, 2011 at 1:02 am  

    Oh, I enjoyed both these scenarios so much, Lisa! Glad to have found your page…I went straight in and voted yes on your new meme idea. Definitely sounds like a winner…:)Lynette

  29. Comment by imaginationlane
    February 22, 2011 at 1:43 am  

    So glad you stopped by to visit…I'm happy to say I'm your latest follower!Lynette

  30. Comment by Tammy
    February 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm  

    Clever as usual! Thanks for the links and congratulations on your followers!

  31. Comment by Margaret
    February 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm  

    …the endless abyss. LOL Especially if one is a freshman! 😉

  32. Comment by sylviamorice
    February 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm  

    I have had tons of nightmares since my beloved husband died…so I can certainly identify with your mm. Hope you have a good week. And I'm going to check out your Friday MM proposal. Cheers~

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