Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How About a Little Happy Hump Day?

Hey, remember those two short stories I was telling you about last week? The one I re-wrote four times and the one the popped into my head, intact and ready to go, a couple days before the deadline?

Guess what. I haven't heard back on the multi-version one but the other was accepted!!

My short story "Picture Perfect" will be included in the anthology Day of the Dark, a collection of stories to celebrate the total solar eclipse coming this August, edited by Kaye George, and published by Wildside Press.  Boy, I'm sure glad I got that submission in under the wire. 

So let's celebrate Happy Hump Day style - 

with a couple of funnies.

Do you remember the famous Olympic skier Picabo Street (pronounced Pee-Ka-Boo)

Well, Picabo is not just an athlete. She's is now a nurse currently working at an Intensive Care Unit of a large metropolitan hospital. But she's not permitted to answer the phone at the nurses' desk. 

It caused too much confusion when she would answer the phone, "Picabo, I.C.U." 

I know. I'm sorry.

But what's better than kids and church...

A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. 
"How do you know what to say?" he asked. 
"Why, God tells me." 
"Oh. Then why do you keep crossing things out?"

One more...

After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother,
 "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up."

"That's okay with us," she answered, "but what made you decide that?" 

"Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, 
and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit still and listen." 

Yeah, I feel that way sometimes.
(Oops. Don't tell my Pastor I said that.)

Last week's post ran on forever so I'm going to cut this one short and go straight to your "aw".

Would you share your sunny spot with this little guy?

Yeah, I said it, too.

Okay, that's it for today. Just some sillies to get you over the hump and coasting toward the weekend.

Did you have a favorite?

Have a great week and I hope to see you next Wednesday.

Thought for the Day:

I went to the Air and Space Museum...but there was nothing there.


Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations! You should definitely celebrate. Thank you for the laugh today.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Now you know - go with instinct and don't overthink it.
Yell at people on Sunday - yeah, some of our guest pastors do that.

Maria Zannini said...

That's great! And fast. Glad they snapped it up.

Was that a Thought for the Day or a Groaner? :) Couldn't tell.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the story being included in the anthology. Hopefully, you'll hear good news about the other story too. Love the funnies and who could resist that photo, so cute. Have a great Wednesday!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi LD - well done on getting one story in .. that's good news. Oh yes - all of those are great ... the sermons particularly! Exactly who could resist that little guy ... cheers Hilary

Mike Keyton said...

Congratulations on the sale. : )

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's wonderful! You must work best under pressure.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Congratulations! I love happy endings.

Picabo, ICU? **groan** I should have seen it coming. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

YAY!!! Congrats on the acceptance!
The Picabo one has to be my fave :)
Enjoy your week!!

Kaye George said...


LD Masterson said...

Murees - You're welcome. Thanks for coming by.

Alex - Actually, our pastor doesn't. He's upbeat and positive and makes it a joy to attend services. He'd also find that joke funny.

Maria - LOL. Yeah, it was supposed to be a groaner.

Mason - Thanks. I'm on a bit of a roll with short stories right now. I've got four coming out in various anthologies this spring and summer. Now if only I could get somewhere with a novel.

Hilary - Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Mike - Thank you, sir.

Diane - Oh yeah, if it weren't for deadlines, I'd never finish anything.

Stacy - Made ya laugh, huh?

Jemi - Thanks. And the Picabo joke was mine too.

Kaye - Yup, that's the response I'm looking for. said...

Congratulations on your short story. You'll have to share with us, when it's published. I didn't know we're having a total solar eclipse in August - that's very cool and eerie.

Be well.

mshatch said...

Excellent news! Congratulations!

LD Masterson said...

Robyn - The eclipse will only be total if you're in the path but it runs clear across the U.S.

Marcy - Thanks!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations! You're on a roll with your anthology submissions.

LD Masterson said...

Patricia - Thanks. It's always nice to string a few wins together.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on the story. That's exciting. And for making me laugh just when I returned from the dentist. I needed it.

LD Masterson said...

Susan G/K - Ouch. Dental work is the worst. Glad I could offer you a medicinal laugh.

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations! That is exciting news. :) Thanks for making me laugh today!

Heather R. Holden said...

Congrats on the short story acceptance! That's awesome. Hope the other you submitted ultimately results in some good news, too!

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats on your acceptance, and I wish you luck with the other sub too! Loved the funny jokes, the "Aw" and that last quote was hilarious! Have a great week!

LD Masterson said...

Karen - Thanks you. And you're welcome.

Heather - Thanks. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Lexa - Glad you enjoyed them. You have a great week, too.