Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Hot Flash Mommas!

You know how your stories are sort of like children? You’re proud of them when they go out in the world and do well. And you love each and every one of them, exactly the same.

Except sometimes, you like one a little better than the other. She makes you laugh, or she makes you smile, or maybe she makes you sigh. But mostly, there’s just something there, close to your heart, that makes you like her just a teensy bit more than the others. Not forever, of course. You know that tomorrow, your heart will be pulled in another direction.

That’s just the way it is, with stories and kids. And that’s the way it is with my story, “The Funny Thing in The Bathroom at Casa Del Rio.” You can read it in A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas. This anthology has just come out of Mozark Press, and it’s brimming with wonderful stories about the forty or older woman and her search for happiness, or love, passion, or perhaps revenge.

I’m not sure what each character is searching for because I haven’t had time to read each and every story. But I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read so far. And I’m so glad that this story of mine found a home there. There’s a little piece of me in that forty-something woman who bumps into a long-ago lover in the Senoritas.

Makes me feel twenty-something again when I read it. And for just a few minutes, that’s a fine thing. Might make a fine gift for the woman of a certain age you know. That’s all I’m saying.

And that I really love “The Funny Thing in the Bathroom at Casa Del Rio.” I’ll keep smiling… until the next special story grabs my heart.

Tooting My Horn Tuesday on Diamonds and Toads and Witches (Eeeek!)

There’s nothing like a good witch story to get you in the mood for Halloween, is there?

Um, this isn’t exactly a good witch story. It’s more about a bad witch. But I had jolly good fun writing this tale. And Kate Wolford, editor over at Enchanted Conversation, asked if she could use it at the Diamonds and Toads blog to promote the Hansel and Gretel issue, soon to be released at Enchanted Conversation.

Naturally, I said, “Yes, dearie.” And if I’m being perfectly honest, I kind of cackled. Hope you’ll cackle, too, when you read “Not Exactly Innocent,” by yours truly.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! (That’s me, cackling.)

Market of the Month: Sniplits!

I didn’t exactly intend to take off last week, but for some hot and humid reason, I just didn’t get into the writing zone. Thank goodness, I’ve found a market to give me a push in the write direction. (Um, sorry. I’ll wait while you finish groaning…)

Now, on to the market of the month: Sniplits! Here’s a spot that’s all about short stories and getting those stories out there to tech-savvy readers on the go. It’s a downloadable service that offers literary as well as genre writing, so there’s literally something for every reader (and writer!). You can hear stories on I-phones, I-pods, MP3 players, Blackberries…well, if it’s got downloading capability, it’s a fit for Sniplits.

The question you’re asking now is if it’s a fit for your writing. Check out their guidelines for word counts, payment, rights, and other info. You’ll see that thay accept previously published works (though the pay will be lower). And don’t forget to peruse the Submissions calendar to make sure that what you want to submit is open now. I think I counted six different categories open in July. You’re bound to find the write stuff, right? Write.

Um, SO sorry. I should probably get a tall, cool drink and hydrate my brain cells. Or at the very least, drown those cells that keep making awful puns.