Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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I Won! I Won! AND It’s Microfiction Monday!

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   34 Comments | Posted in contests · microfiction

I won, I won! Did you hear me whooping and hollering and jumping up and down? No? I’ll do it again right now, just for you!

No, buttercup, no winning lottery ticket here, and Publisher’s Clearinghouse didn’t show up with a promotional check the size of Rhode Island. But  I did win first prize in the Writers’ Journal Short Story Romance contest, and that is one terrific way for a writer to begin the new year! My winning story, Fireflies, will be published in Writers’ Journal sometime in the next couple of months; I’ll let you know when. 

Other cause for jubilation? Why, Microfiction Monday, of course, where 140 characters or less has to be enough to tell a story. Thank you, as always, to Susan at Stony River for hosting.  Here is the pic for this week and my two offerings:

 I knew Mama found him handsome 
because she applied lipstick before stopping for gas, 
and we never used to go to Texaco. 
Daddy doesn’t know.

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Have you seen American Idol without Simon? 
All they win now is a star stencil and a coupon for an oil change. 
Talk about a ratings slide!

Happy first Monday of the New Year everyone!

Til next time –

34 Responses to "I Won! I Won! AND It’s Microfiction Monday!"

  1. Comment by Eric Alder
    January 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm  

    That's because, at Texaco, they use REAL GREASE! (LOL!) Nice one, Lisa!

  2. Comment by Eric Alder
    January 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm  


  3. Comment by Ellie
    January 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm  

    You won! The biggest congratulations ever! Whoop! Whoop!

  4. Comment by Sylvia K
    January 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm  

    Oh, yes! Congratulations! That is a fantastic way to start your new year! I'm so happy and excited for you! And, of course, I love your MM as always!! Sylvia

  5. Comment by Bookie
    January 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm  

    Such good news for you, Lisa! Congrats for sure. Be sure and let us know when we can read. I took the magazine but think the script ran out.

  6. Comment by ruthlivingstone
    January 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm  

    Congrats on winning the competition. Well done.And a couple of great flash stories too!

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    January 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm  

    Hey, Lisa, congratulations! Yay! That is so cool. Also, I really liked #1; bad Mama, lol.Have a great week!Kathy

  8. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    January 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm  

    The best and BIGGEST congratulations to you!Love your microfiction as well. Daddy Doesn't Know <– could very well be the title of your next Romance!

  9. Comment by tanyavalentine
    January 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm  

    this is going to be a great year! And who knew you were such the romantic? Congratulations!

  10. Comment by SouthLakesMom
    January 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm  

    Congratulations! And both are brilliant!

  11. Comment by Grandma
    January 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm  

    Congrats on you win!Loved the AI slant on this one. Grandma would say a bit more, but she's got to put on her lipstick before heading down to Texaco.

  12. Comment by anthonynorth
    January 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm  

    Congratulations to you.Enjoyed the micro.

  13. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    January 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm  

    Lisa,I'm so excited for your successful writing and getting your romance published! Good going!I laughed also, at both of your takes on this week's MM. :)~Jean

  14. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    January 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm  

    You have a way with romance, Lisa! YAY, you!

  15. Comment by Fay's Too
    January 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm  

    very clever takes on the picture. and congrats, congrats for your win!

  16. Comment by Granny Sue
    January 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm  

    Congratulations on your win! And on the really clever MFM 🙂

  17. Comment by Carmen Myrtis-Garcia
    January 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm  

    A big congratulations, Lisa. A great way to start the new year—a sign of more success coming your way. Happy new year!

  18. Comment by Marina
    January 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm  

    haha, love the 1st one!

  19. Comment by Susan Fobes
    January 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm  

    I like both, but I'm leaning more toward entry number one-it's more intriguing…

  20. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    January 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm  

    Congratulations, Lisa! You're right, what a fantastic way to start the year!! I guess that first day isn't a sign of things to come after all. I can't wait to read the story!

  21. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm  

    Lisa, HUGS, HAPPY DANCING, HOOTING AND HOLLERING. You deserve the award, I am sure. You are very creative in just a few sentences, I can only imagine your story. can't wait.

  22. Comment by Lynn
    January 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm  

    How many times will this be for you in Writers Journal? I have the last story that was published! Can't wait to read this one–be sure to tell me what issue it is so I can purchase it. So HAPPY for you! Now start working on that NaNo story so your book can be published.

  23. Comment by Lynn
    January 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm  

    OOops forgot to say I love the first microfiction! Funny.

  24. Comment by Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape
    January 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm  

    CONGRATULATIONS! that's so exciting. I'll have to read it when your story comes out.Loved your Microfiction monday story, too too funny. What daddy don't know wont hurt him, lol.

  25. Comment by Pat
    January 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm  

    Congratulations on winning first place in the Writers Journal Short Story Roamnce Contest, Lisa!! I can see your writing talent in your microfiction stories. I like the fact that Mama and Daddy are the main characters in your first story, and the Texaco man is the love object. Romantic intrigue in one and humor in the second one…excellent!

  26. Comment by kaykuala
    January 4, 2011 at 12:05 am  

    Congratulations Lisa! Talents cannot stay hidden. It'll show somehow. I'm sure the bug will be pushing you on.

  27. Comment by quilly
    January 4, 2011 at 12:26 am  

    I see a child who will very soon be getting her own way from good ol' mom! A little blackmail goes a long way! Congrats on your win. How exciting and what an honor!

  28. Comment by BECKY
    January 4, 2011 at 1:07 am  

    Congratulations, Lisa!!!!!!! I am SO happy for your contest win!! Have I read the story? Can't wait to see it! And I laughed out loud at your first MFM story!! bad mama, is right!! 🙂

  29. Comment by Katie Gates
    January 4, 2011 at 2:23 am  

    Congrats on your contest win, Lisa! What a wonderful way to ring in the new year. CHEERS!!!

  30. Comment by Akelamalu
    January 4, 2011 at 6:53 am  

    Congratulations on your win!Two great takes on the MM pic – I love them both. 🙂

  31. Comment by Michael G-G
    January 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm  

    Yay for you, Lisa. What a great way to start the new year. And I loved both of your MMs, particularly #1. Most of us had the guy as subject, but you made him the object and added secrecy. Excellent.Happy New Year.

  32. Comment by Pooch
    January 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm  

    That lipstick is a real give-away! Clever!:)

  33. Comment by Tammy
    January 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm  

    Loved your microfictions as usual, and doing the happy dance over here to celebrate your win!!! Can wait to read it!

  34. Comment by faith
    January 8, 2011 at 11:49 am  

    Congratulations! The first micro was my fav. Have a great weekend!

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