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Time to Toot, Toot!

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   11 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · Cape Women Online · Katie O'Sullivan · toot · Uncle John's Flush Fiction

This post, as evidenced by the title, is all about tooting.  What kind of toots, you ask? Two different kinds. Press on, buttercup, to unravel the mystery of the double toot!

Cape Women Online Summer 2011

TOOT #1:  (As in, “Tooting my own horn.”)

Back when I was a young ‘un, summer fun meant time spent on Lieutenant’s Island, Cape Cod. After more than thirty years those precious memories are some of my most vivid, so when Katie O’Sullivan, editor of Cape Women Online, invited me to submit an article, I jumped at the chance. Who doesn’t love going back to a well-loved place and time, even if only in one’s memory? The result is my article “In Dreams,” published in the new summer issue of Cape Women Online. If you feel so inclined, you may link HERE to read my article. I hope you’ll enjoy this glimpse into my past, and perhaps peruse the publication which offers many treasures, even for those of us who do not reside near the Cape.

And moving right along. . .

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader

TOOT #2: (As in, “Oops! Pardon me!”)

Okay, buttercup. Do your Miss Manners’ sensibilities cringe at the thought of this sort of toot? You know the kind. A toot that would make any middle school boy proud. A toot that says, “I’m headed for the throne room and proud of it!” Well, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? And the folks who bring us Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader know that good reading material is a must for those fine tooting occasions. But here’s the really good news: You don’t have to actually write about tooting to be published in this book. That’s right. No writooting required. Want more information? Here’s the poop:

“Uncle John’s Flush Fiction wants your short story! We’re looking for entertaining short fiction, suitable for bathroom (or any room) reading, maximum 1,000 words. Send us your best Western, mystery, horror, sci-fi, literary story, parody—all we ask is that it’s entertaining.

• All themes, styles, and hybrids considered.
• Humor is appreciated, but not mandatory.
• Does not have to be bathroom-related, but if you have a tasteful and imaginative take on a bathroom topic, we’d like to see that too.”

To read complete submission guidelines, please click HERE. Good luck! Hey, did I mention this is a paying market? $50.00 if they choose your work for publication. Now that’s something to toot about!

See you back here for Book Blurb Friday, where 150 words or less must sell your book. If you’ve never participated in BBF, click HERE for details. It’s fun! I hope you’ll play along.

Toot, toot!

11 Responses to "Time to Toot, Toot!"

  1. Comment by tanyavalentine
    July 6, 2011 at 7:27 am  

    congrats on your first toot! I can't wait to read the article. I've been reading some of the Uncle John's books (outside of the bathroom, thank you very much) and they are great. Thanks for the second, very informative and fun toot too.

  2. Comment by Katie Gates
    July 6, 2011 at 10:41 am  

    Oh Lisa, what a treat to read your "In Dreams" piece. When I was a kid, we traveled to the Cape from Virginia every June. My mom's parents had a house on the dunes in Truro. I treasure those childhood memories so deeply. There really isn't a more magical place than the Cape. BTW, as I was reading, I was curious as to where Lieutenant's Island is (I couldn't recall the name), but as soon as I saw mention of Wellfleet, I could place it easily. Thank you for taking me back to another time…

  3. Comment by jabblog
    July 6, 2011 at 10:56 am  

    Lovely article, Lisa, and an invitation to visit this lovely place.

  4. Comment by BECKY
    July 6, 2011 at 11:04 am  

    Congratulations, you high-falootin' multi-tootin' gal!! :D(No really…I'm so happy for you!!)

  5. Comment by irishoma
    July 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Great news! Congratulations.I'll have to check out your article. I have fond memories of my honeymoon 43 years ago next week at Buzzard's Bay on Cape Cod and several summers after that when we lived in Massachusettes in the early 70s.And thanks for the submission guidelines. You are so generous with your writing tips and markets.Donna V.

  6. Comment by Tammy
    July 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm  

    Toot #1: What a beautiful piece! Loved "…hot days that painted my skin, and nights chilled by wind that molded clothes to sun-kissed limbs…." Priceless as a summer's day.And Toot #2: Perhaps fresh in a different sense? Thanks so much for sharing the beauty and the fun!

  7. Comment by Jules
    July 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm  

    Big congrats on the wonderful piece, Lisa. I have only been to Cape Cod once but had a great time.Thanks for the potty link. $50 to get published in a book that everyone is straining to read. You are right, something to toot about! 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. Comment by K9friend
    July 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm  

    Gotta love that story call out!

  9. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm  

    Lisa, I so appreciate your nostalgic piece about your childhood summers on Cape Cod. It touched me deeply. Your words and descriptions felt like sea breeze blowing across my face, refreshing!

  10. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 7, 2011 at 8:48 am  

    Congrats on the article! Will check it out. Flush fiction, now there's a term that's new to me. :)Have a good weekend!

  11. Comment by Lynn
    July 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm  

    Woot! Woot! on your Toot Toot! Beautiful piece. Loved the photos too! We never vacationed as a family and even if we had, it was never out of the state of Missouri! Lovely memories for you.

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