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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Janet Reid & The Toot; A Tooth & an LAA Truth

Three things I hate:

·         Tooting my own horn. I. Hate. It.

·         Dentists (During a 1985 visit, the Dublin dentist who worked on me did so with a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth J)

·         The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim losing (if you follow baseball, you’re probably smiling… (shaking fist your way J)

However, we are a community that lives and breathes successes and failures, so following a recent post I read by the great E.J. Wesley, I’d like to share some mini successes this week:

·         I picked up a Silver Medal at the Olympic Blog Relay this week.

Hosted by the amazing Nicole Singer, I was sandwiched between D.L. Hammons who took Gold, and some dude named Alex. (The only Blogger who doesn’t need HyperlinkingJ)

Nicole awarded me an Olympic “London 2012” pin, which is the first thing I’ve ever won for writing.

I now plan to proudly wear said pin the first time I ever do a book signing J

·         Also, this week, I made the finals of the latest 100-word contest from Janet Reid, Literary Agent.

For anyone who’s enjoyed our 300-word What If? BlogFest (runs through this Friday,) you must check in on her during the weekends, which is when she normally runs these wicked word-prompt contests.

They are so much fun to do, and you only get twenty-four hours, so it absolutely stretches your mind.

Below is my entry. (The five words I had to incorporate into the story are in bold:

Scratching her legs – the damned mosquitoes would scar her – Liz stared at her friend.

“Hamish, what does ‘ken’ even mean?”

“It means I ‘know.’”

Taking in the wreckage strewn across the beach, Liz punched the Scotsman in the shoulder.

“Well, do you ken what happened to the outrigger?”

“No idea. Dave was steering, but he –.”

Liz interrupted him. She didn’t want to think about the stacked bodies at the base of the tree.

“Do you think they’ll send anyone?”

“No, but I’ll have enough food.

I’ve never had haggis using a human stomach. I’m sure you’ll taste just fine.”


OK, so that’s more than enough Tooting for now.
Thank you very much.

Got “Toot?”
Please share!

PS… the “LAA truth” as mentioned in the title?

My Future Derek Jeter (who will only play for the Angels :)

Well, even though my beloved Angels *SUCK* so far this year, I will remain forevermore an Angel.

I love the Angels so much that my blood even turns red.



Sarah said...

I shouldn't have read your entry over breakfast! Good luck with the contest--Janet's the coolest.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome you made the finals! Sorry about the Angels. No one likes to be the cellar-dweller.
And who is this 'dude' of which you speak...?

Matthew MacNish said...

That's a bunch of great news! Congrats, Mark.

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on all your good news!

S.P. Bowers said...

I saw you over at Janet's blog, that's pretty exciting! And congrats on all your other news.

Kyra Lennon said...

Congrats on your silver medal! :D

I used to run contents like Janet Reid's on an old blog, I may have to check this out! :D

Miranda Hardy said...

I enjoy reading your successes. I also enjoyed reading that piece, and thankful I wasn't eating at the time. Lol


Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Congratulations on being a finalist! (Again, right?) Cool story. Good job!

StratPlayerCJF said...

Congratulations on making the finals and for Nicole's award! Your Olympic Relay post was excellent, and I really enjoyed your micro-story from Janet's contest!

I'm not much of a baseball guy -- for me there's only football season and football off-season, lol. But as a long-time Detroit Lions fan, I can certainly relate to hopeless causes and endles-bottom-dwelling-fandom. ;^)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Told ya you had awesome talent. I'm going to toot my horn and say, I can recognize greatness when I read it. :)

Congratulations Mark!!

ps...creepy, creepy ending...but I liked it!

Hope Roberson said...

Those 100 words are dark and icky and I LOVED them!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! That is an awesome 100 words. *I hate going to the dentist too. Doesn't everyone?*

M Pax said...

Alex has become one who only needs his first name, too. Congrats on your silver medal. Awesome.

Melissa said...

I have middle-graders. In our house, 'toot' means an entirely different thing. LOL

Congrats! You more than deserve it. ;)

Unknown said...

Man, don't know about "great" (just nowhere to go but down from that lol), but I'll take it Mark! :) Appreciate the shout out.

Nicole said...

Awesome news on Janet's contest! You know you're in some pretty amazing company in that crowd.

And your "medal" is in the mail! ;)

Morgan said...

"Some dude named Alex" <----Totally laughing!

And Mark, that's HUGE with Janet's contest... Soooooo awesome!!!!! And I totally "ken" what ken meant... I read a lot of Scottish romance novels, LOL

And aren't EJ's posts awesome? That guy rocks.

Samantha May said...

Well this is awkward.

I'm a Yankees fan...


I liked your entry! I think the prompts where you HAVE to incorporate certain words are the most challenging, so great job!

Kelley Lynn said...

Yay! Congrats.

Love this line: some dude named Alex. (The only Blogger who doesn’t need Hyperlinking :))


Arlee Bird said...

You've got plenty to toot about I see. I tooted for you with a tweet of the link to this post. Toot tweet.

Wrote By Rote

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Many congrats on the horn-tooting worthy news! I love the twist on the end. I'm thinking maybe you should think about fiction for your second (or whatever number comes next after your current WIP) novel? :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Best of luck with the contest Mark. Cute kid. Congrats on your pin.

Martin Willoughby said...

It sucks supporting a team that losses too often. My heart goes out to you...but not too much as you won a silver medal to make up for it.

DL Hammons said...


And I had the best intentions towards this blogfest, but I got swamped between WRiTE CLUB and work and was unable to devote the necessary time. :(

Nick Wilford said...

What a twist in your last line! Love it. Sinister, but made me smile (I can't help doing so at the mention of haggis). Congrats on the medal. I'll have to check out Janet's contest, it sounds great!

David P. King said...

A finalist, huh? That's awesome, dude! Best of luck to you there. :)

Bloggerage said...

haha. sweeet! Looking forward to more posts by you,

I followed you btw :)

dolorah said...

That was good. A deserted island, and new unusual food to try. Cannibalism sounds tasty.


Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats Mark!

I can certainly see why you made finals... Well done!

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