Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Story Contests AND I’m a Goodbye Wuss!

For my Sci-Fi friends, I’ve come across two contests of interest. The first is Paul Malmont’s The Astounding, The Amazing, and The Unknown Story Contest. There is no monetary prize, but if you win your story will be published in Simon and Schuster’s paperback edition of the above named novel by Paul Malmont. And, your win will be announced at Comic Con International in San Diego. Not too shabby. There are rules, of course, so please visit HERE for submission information. Deadline is July 4th, so you better start writing! Sorry for the short notice; I just found this one yesterday.

Here’s the second:

This contest is the Rosetta Books Galaxy Project. Here’s what you’ll be competing to win:

  • Be published in e-book as part of The Galaxy Project collection.
  • Receive an advance of $1,000 against royalties of 50% of net receipts to 2,500 copies and 60% of net receipts thereafter for world English digital rights.
  • Retain the copyright and all rights other than the initial digital use (per Galaxy Magazine‘s policy) 

For full information on how to enter, click HERE. The submission deadline isn’t until September 2, 2011, so you have plenty of time to pen your masterpiece.

Good luck!

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I cried again, dagnabbit.  I am a Goodbye Wuss.
My son, who lives in Florida, visited over the weekend. His lovely girlfriend accompanied him, and we enjoyed a wonderful family weekend. It had to end of course, and that meant the dreaded goodbye.
Some mothers say goodbye to their grown-up kids with nary a tear to mar the farewell. I envy those mothers their stalwart demeanor and stiff upper lip. I don’t like being a cry baby.
Lest you think me an emotional basket case, please understand that I don’t cry all day. It is just that initial wrenching away that starts the water works. The tears flow for a couple of minutes, and then I’m rational again. But flow they do.
I don’t regret honest emotion, but it would be nice to stop the goodbye tears. It only makes my son feel bad and does nothing to make me feel better. And I’m proud that he’s strong and self-sufficient; happy that he moved to a place where he is thriving, even if it means seeing him only a few times a year.
So why the boo-hooing, for Pete’s sake?
If you know the secret method for clean, tear-free goodbyes, I’d appreciate a tip. My kids deserve a smiling face when they depart the nest, and I’d like to give them one.
Besides, I don’t like being a wuss.

14 Responses to "Story Contests AND I’m a Goodbye Wuss!"

  1. Comment by Tony Benson
    June 29, 2011 at 5:46 am  

    There's no shame in a goodbye tear. It shows you care. Maybe he'd be worried if it stopped happening?Thanks for posting the interesting competition links.

  2. Comment by Sandra Davies
    June 29, 2011 at 6:06 am  

    No solution but a) it will almost certainly get better as time goes on and b) and now as a dry-eyed Mum I gain no kudos either.

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 29, 2011 at 7:49 am  

    A tear shed in goodbye is a tear shed in love. Maybe you can think of him as a little boy doing the naughtiest thing he ever did. But then, the stern expression might make him cry when you say good-bye.

  4. Comment by BECKY
    June 29, 2011 at 9:07 am  

    I wouldn't want to stop the tears, either! You could just always remind him that you're fine once he's gone, but that it's the initial good-bye that gets you! I'm sure there's millions of people who wish someone would shed a tear when they say goodbye! 🙂

  5. Comment by Sioux
    June 29, 2011 at 10:15 am  

    I'm a cry-baby, too. I don't think it's anything you need to stop or worry about, although you can reassure your son and daughter-in-law that the tears don't last long, you can't help them…hey, wait! These are rental kids you're crying over! What's your problem?

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 29, 2011 at 11:12 am  

    Oh, Lisa, you are so tenderhearted and sweet. I'm happy to hear that you had such a wonderful visit with them.God bless,Kathy

  7. Comment by Michael G-G
    June 29, 2011 at 11:18 am  

    My mum used to cry when I left, which did embarrass me. But now she seems only misty eyed when she departs from the grandchildren and their uproar. Somehow, I miss the tears…

  8. Comment by Bookie
    June 29, 2011 at 11:44 am  

    It is so normal and I understand those tears. I fight doing it too. We are older, our days fly faster, and we know how precious a possible last hug can be. The next time the son might have less hair, the grandbabies will be taller, etc. Those goodbyes force us to relish the passing minutes,no seconds even…not a bad thing.

  9. Comment by Karen Lange
    June 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm  

    Still trying to figure out the cure to Mom tears. Not sure there is one, either that or I am so practiced, I can't do things any other way. :)Thanks for the links! Have a good rest of the week!

  10. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    June 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm  

    I can usually maintain, until my daughter cries and then I am a broken water main. Sorry, I am no help at all. But I have to say, I love it that she shows her tender feelings, so she probably likes it when I do too.

  11. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm  

    Sorry Lisa-I have no solution for you for I too am a wuss. I always cry at sad movies, even those I've seen dozens of times, and I cry every year at graduation when I see the seniors (my "other kids") graduate. I also cry after a visit with my parents, and will be like you when my kids leave our nest…Sometimes the quickest goodbyes are the best-just a hug and a kiss and then turn back toward the house and let the waterworks flow. And I wouldn't worry about what your son thinks-he knows his mother loves him very much and the tears are her way of saying that she loves him but will still miss having him around. See you back here tomorrow night, and hang in there 🙂

  12. Comment by Carmen @Life Lines
    June 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm  

    Crying is something mothers do. I'd say do it in the way that is natural for you. I tend to hold back the tears until everyone's gone….then the levee breaks. I also tend to remain calm in the middle of an emergency…but after all is settled then I fall apart. We all have our own way of dealing with things. So….let the tears flow where and when they may. 🙂

  13. Comment by Lynn
    June 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm  

    Cry away. I think my hormones are all messed up as I don't usually cry when my son leaves, but I can sit and watch some dumb commercial and bawl like a baby. Good grief.

  14. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    July 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm  

    Thanks for the heads up on those competitions Lisa. I'll see if my schedule will allow me!!!As for crying – tears aren't bad – even if they can be embarrassing! Try mentally not saying "goodbye" but "see you soon". Goodbye is about losing and emptiness and absence – see you soon is about regaining and welcome and joy. (The very first time I said goodbye to my daughter was hard – I managed to escape with a few well timed swallows – but after that I knew that for one reason or another I'd see her again soon. But I admit, it's a lot easier for me when our country is so tiny!)

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