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Memorial Day Thank You! (also Paying Market AND Microfiction)

Posted on May 30, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   27 Comments | Posted in Dark Moon Digest · Grandma's Goulash · horror · Memorial Day · Succinctly Yours

To our service men and women, past and present:  

Your service and sacrifice is 
remembered, revered, and appreciated
with humble gratitude. 
God bless.

My pages for writers are always under construction, and a few new things have been added to Tools and Paying Markets (link on the italicized words or via the tabs, located above under the blog header).  The market I’d like to highlight here is Dark Moon Digest (horror). Not only do they pay for published work, but they also have nifty contests you may enter. Slasher stories are not their preference, but they welcome humor as long as it falls under the horror genre. Click HERE for general submission guidelines, and HERE if you are interested in their contest specs.  Good luck!

Grandma’s Goulash continues to host 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, “glisten.”  My stories are below.

Undercover Granny
“Southbound, red helmet,” Edna said into her hidden microphone. 
She loved undercover work. 
Who’d ever suspect an old woman of being a cop? 
(138 words)

* * * * * * * * * *

Street Spin

The sun made the road glisten and it distracted him. 
That would be Art’s excuse when the police arrested him 
for vehicular manslaughter. 
(136 characters)

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.  God bless our troops, past and present!

See you soon!

Clip art courtesy of
Photo courtesy of Grandma’s Goulash.

27 Responses to "Memorial Day Thank You! (also Paying Market AND Microfiction)"

  1. Comment by Sarah
    May 30, 2011 at 7:23 am  

    Meep! That second one is pretty ominous. Your microfic is always fascinating, Lisa!

  2. Comment by Jules
    May 30, 2011 at 7:26 am  

    Happy memorial day and those are two totally different takes on that sad like scooter. :)Loved the granny cop.Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  3. Comment by jabblog
    May 30, 2011 at 7:50 am  

    You have to watch the older generation – eyes everywhere!Art's excuse will not hold up, I think – nice try, though.

  4. Comment by Sioux
    May 30, 2011 at 8:32 am  

    Lisa–I agree with Jabblog—Those senior citizens cannot be trusted!As always, great takes–both of them!

  5. Comment by tanyavalentine
    May 30, 2011 at 9:44 am  

    Granny spies and death! What a way to start the week. Nice.

  6. Comment by anthonynorth
    May 30, 2011 at 9:51 am  

    Enjoyed both micros. In the UK we remember servicemen on 11 Nov, but as ex-forces, they're always close to me.

  7. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    May 30, 2011 at 9:52 am  

    Happy Memorial Day – I'd like to echo your thoughts for all service men and women serving throughtout the world.I loved both your microfiction, but the first one blew me away – so funny!Ellie Garratt

  8. Comment by Akelamalu
    May 30, 2011 at 10:05 am  

    An undercover cop – go granny go! LOL

  9. Comment by Sylvia Ney
    May 30, 2011 at 10:06 am  

    Happy Memorial Day – thank you for the link to the market!

  10. Comment by irishoma
    May 30, 2011 at 10:34 am  

    Hi Lisa,As always, your posts are enlightening and uplifting. Thanks for the link and for your comment on my blog.donna

  11. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    May 30, 2011 at 10:49 am  

    I think Edna should get her own TV series … I can hear the 70's style TV Cop show theme tune already!It's funny but one November day about 12 or 13 years ago, the sun was glistening on the road, as you describe, making the road markings disappear. I went straight through a junction and into the side of a car. The driver was mercifully not seriously hurt, although she was taken to hospital in an ambulance. When I showed the police officer the sun glistening, all charges were dropped. So there's hope for Art yet!

  12. Comment by Sharkbytes
    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 am  

    Ah- one from each perspective. That's a good exercise.

  13. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    May 30, 2011 at 11:09 am  

    Hi Lisa!Thanks for the tribute to our military and for the info about Dark Moon Digest. That old lady cop was for sure an young lady cop once upon a time, lol. I hate to think that she'll be killed by the guy she was staking out though.Have a great day and thanks for visiting me.Kathy

  14. Comment by Madeleine
    May 30, 2011 at 11:22 am  

    Happy Memorial Day. Lovely tribute.Great micros. I loved them both, especially the first made me smile. I've been doing a bit of flash fiction recently. :O)

  15. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    May 30, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    Interesting Dom should have succeeded with the sun-glistening defense. I wonder if he set a legal precedent or just had a nice police officer.As for Edna, I'll bet a lot of older women would love a job like that, because they'd never be suspected, until one gets her own TV show and then, suddenly, all the bads will be watching out for old ladies.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  16. Comment by Karen Lange
    May 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm  

    Happy Memorial Day to you and your family too! Hope you have a good day. I agree with you; I so appreciate what it takes to make our country free.Thanks for the links. Will have to check them out. Also love your fiction! 🙂

  17. Comment by Sonia
    May 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm  

    the second one is good, sounds like the guy is about to get into trouble. but they could be connected, old lady watching him

  18. Comment by Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm  

    I love the undercover granny take–cool! Who would ever guess.The second one is very clever, too. You are so food at this, Lisa.Thanks for your beautiful tribute to our fallen service men and women.This is Pat VanderBeek at

  19. Comment by Anyes
    May 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm  

    Two totally different takes on the same photograph! How interesting 🙂

  20. Comment by Helen Howell
    May 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm  

    I liked your take on this – it feels like there could be a much longer story in this.

  21. Comment by Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm  

    I love how different these two pieces are, Lisa! Undercover Granny is a riot, and Art should definitely have been paying more attention!Happy Memorial Day to you, with the hope that both our Canadian and American troops stay safe…:)LynetteImagination Lane

  22. Comment by Susan Fobes
    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm  

    Two takes-one funny and one disturbing-and both are great!

  23. Comment by Susan Fobes
    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm  

    Why did I just envision Tony the Tiger? LOL-I've got to get to bed!

  24. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    May 31, 2011 at 1:56 am  

    Undercover Granny had me smiling, while Street Spin had me wondering. Premeditated murder? There's got to be a big story leading up to this one.

  25. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    May 31, 2011 at 3:40 am  

    Oh m' gosh! Is that Edna Cagney, Christine's mom?!

  26. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    May 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm  

    Amen to the Memorial Day sentiments, Lisa! We have so much to be thankful for. And as always, loved your MFM. I got confused on the first one because it wasn't 138 words. But I figured it out eventually. 🙂 You do a great job every time!

  27. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    May 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm  

    Thought I'd comment just because I CAN!!!For a minute there, I thought about checking out that market, considered writing something, but then I remembered I have to rewrite EVERYTHING on my last something. What the heck was I thinking? 🙂

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