Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

Romance is good for your heart!

Thanks, Welcome, News, Surprise, Woo-Hoo and First Time!

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in contests · microfiction · pakistan · scbwi · southern breeze · writer's journal

Hey, buttercup! I have a few things to share.  Here goes:

**THANK YOU! To each of my followers, and WELCOME! To my newest followers. My blog buddy Becky Povich started the trend of recognizing new joiners, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon.  As someone who embraces Southern hospitality (I am a Georgia girl, after all) I am frankly appalled that I didn’t think of it myself. So to Jane, Katie, Laraine, Shakira, and Tammy I say welcome, thanks for finding me, reading my blog, and deciding to take up permanent residence on my sidebar. I’ll look forward to learning more about you!

**THANK YOU! To all the folks who comment on my blog posts and Microfiction Monday offerings.  I do read every comment and truly appreciate the time you spend to visit my blog, read, and offer your thoughts. When I say “thanks”, please be assured that I mean it sincerely.

**WOO-HOO! And congratulations to my writing Yoda, the scathingly brilliant Cathy C. Hall.  Cathy won a contest hosted by Southern Breeze SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) in the category of  “Fiction for Middle Grade and Teen”.  I’m thrilled for my friend! This is a great honor for Cathy and a testament to her soaring talent and general awesomeness.  Shoot on over to her blog to see what all the fuss is about.  Way to go, Cathy!

**NEWS! My short story Angel will be in the anthology book 50 Stories for Pakistan, published by Big Bad Media.  (Thanks to my blog buddy Ellie Garratt for the head’s up on that call-out.) The book will be available soon in paperback and e-book, and the proceeds will go to the Red Cross for flood relief.  I’ll be blogging more about this in a week or so after the book becomes available for purchase.

**SURPRISE! I love a surprise and that is what I received in my mailbox yesterday. The latest issue of Writer’s Journal arrived and while thumbing through it this morning I encountered a familiar author. . .me! My short story, Dusk, which earned honorable mention in the 2009 Writer’s Journal Romance Contest was published in this issue. I’m tickled my little fiction romance made it to print. Getting a free copy of the magazine was pretty nice, too.

**FIRST TIME!  In honor of the just-around-the-bend Thanksgiving holiday I’ll be hosting my first ever blog contest. I’ll announce the details at the beginning of November (it is only polite to let Halloween take center stage until the end of the October).  I’ll do my best to make the contest prize(s) something to be thankful for, ‘cuz, you know, Thanksgiving.

Whew! That was a lot of shouting out in bold italics. Be grateful I decided not to use the underline feature, too.

Thanks again to everyone who reads and comments. I appreciate the encouragement!

Til next time –

17 Responses to "Thanks, Welcome, News, Surprise, Woo-Hoo and First Time!"

  1. Comment by K9friend
    October 20, 2010 at 8:06 am  

    Wow, Lisa, congrats on the publication news! You are on a roll!

  2. Comment by BECKY
    October 20, 2010 at 8:13 am  

    Oh, Lisa, Congratulations!! Fabulous News!! TWO publications!! Cathy C may be the Yoda, but you are definitely are….uh…what? What would be equal to that?? I don't know!! Acckkk!! But you know what I mean! :)And OOOHHH, I'm so excited about your upcoming contest!! I love contests!! Having them, and winning them!!

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 20, 2010 at 9:23 am  

    Hi Lisa, You are so full of great and exciting news today! I can tell how how happy you are about everything positive that is happening right now. I am very happy for you, and very proud of your publishing successes. I look forward to reading your stories soon. I'll visit your new follower/blends blogs soon. I really enjoy Laraine's blog already; she makes me laugh. I'm looking forward to learning more about your contest too.Keep up the great work, and thanks so much for reading and leaving comments on my blog. Your friendship means a lot to me.Kathy

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 20, 2010 at 10:19 am  

    Look at you go! So, here's comments, Lisa-style:**THANK YOU! For the swell shout out and super support!**WOOHOO! For your story published in The Writer's Journal! That's HUGE!**SURPRISE! I'm gonna win your contest! Just you wait-

  5. Comment by Jane
    October 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm  

    CONGRATS on getting that short story published! Clap, clap, clap!!!Jane

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm  

    Hi Pat – Thanks! If I don't start submitting more my roll will come to a screeching halt. LOL It's nose to the grindstone time.Hey Becky – Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not The Yoda, but I'm a hard worker bee. 😀 I love contests, too, though I rarely win them. Still, they are fun to enter and, I'm about to find out first hand, fun to host!

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm  

    Hi Kathy – Good news is always worth sharing! I enjoy your blog tremendously; you always have great photos and interesting info. My only regret is that we live on opposite ends of the country! One of these days we'll get a face-to-face and we'll make great fun of it. 😀 I value your friendship, as well.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm  

    It's the scathingly brilliant Cathy C. Hall! Hey Cathy — I'm so tickled about your big contest win. You must have jumped out of your skin when you received the news. I did a happy dance for you when I read your blog. Thanks for encouraging. You really ARE the Yoda, y'know.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm  

    Hi Jane – Thanks! Now I have to work hard to do it all over again. LOL

  10. Comment by Lynn
    October 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm  

    Great news Lisa! I'm so happy for you. I'll have to pick up my own copy of Writers Journal and read your story!

  11. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    October 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm  

    Congrats on your news, Lisa! Very exciting!

  12. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 22, 2010 at 11:39 pm  

    Lisa, You are just full of good news and cute pictures, good stuff!

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 23, 2010 at 8:18 am  

    Hey Lynn – Thanks! I'm excited about the Writer's Journal pub. That was a great surprise to start my day!Hi Deb – Thanks! Hey, I'm looking forward to hearing about the conference at our writer's group this week. Hope you took lots of notes to share!Hey Linda – My new grand-dog was a fun topic to write about. He's a sweet pup, and very gentle. Hard to believe, considering all the little guy has lived through. Thanks for dropping by!

  14. Comment by Tammy
    October 23, 2010 at 10:32 am  

    Thanks, and CONGRATULATIONS on all of your good news!!!

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm  

    Hi Tammy – I was happy to post the link. Thanks so much for following.

  16. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    October 25, 2010 at 1:37 am  

    *smiles from ear to ear* Oh, how wonderful: a new little someone to love! Best wishes (and new dog dishes) to all!

  17. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    October 25, 2010 at 1:43 am  

    Hm. My above comment was meant for your Federal Agent Chutsky blog entry. Hm.Well, since I'm here, again, I'd like to take this opportunity to offer BIG congratulations on your recent recognition (Writer's Journal)!

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