The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dogs and Swans and Chicken Fat, Oh My!

        Yesterday St. Louis All Dogs hosted a book signing for some St. Louis writers. Four local authors--Linda O'Connell, Renee Hughes, Gregory Lamping and myself--spoke about our writing, our dogs, and sold (and signed) a surprising number of Not Your Mother's Book on Women, On Dogs and On Being a Stupid Kid books.
 
       Publishing Syndicate has a book in development for everyone. Have you caught an acquaintance picking their nose, and you can tell the story in a funny way? There's an anthology they're working on called On Nose Picking. Did you ever have a bunion that looked just like Tom Cruise? There's a collection called On Skintag and Bunion Celebrity Lookalikes, and they're desperate for submissions. Seriously.

         Well, now I actually am serious. There are Publishing Syndicate books about RV adventures, military life, firefighters, nurses, being actively retired, weddings, treasure hunting (for the nose picker, I guess), special occasions, sharing secrets, politics, pets, holidays, girls' night out, food, dieting, dating, cowboys, fishing, working, and more. Now that I've listed hundreds of themes, what is your excuse not to write and submit several stories? They're looking for edgy and funny. You can do hilarious, right?


           After our book signing was over, several of us commented on Linda's youthful skin. She flaunted her fountain-of-youth face, stretching her neck like a vain swan (see the picture above--I had to snap it quickly). No saggy neck. No wrinkles on her face. We all demanded to know her secret.

          Apparently when you have gotten published in over a dozen Chicken Soup books, CS will send monthly vats of fresh chicken fat (known for its wrinkle prevention abilities) in order to keep their favorite writers handsome and happy. Linda's husband will methodically and lovingly apply the strips of fat onto Linda's face every evening as part of her beauty regimen. I must say, it works.

       Check out Publishing Syndicate's website, dig into the recesses of your mind (and not your nasal cavity) and get writing.

11 comments:

  1. I have another theory about Linda's taut neck skin. I think a dog holds a spoonful of peanut butter, and Linda keeps her neck skin tight by licking the spoon clean. Not to poo poo your chicken fat hypothesis, of course.

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    1. Oh, Linda told that peanut butter story just to get people off the trail of her beauty secret. Don't let her fool you...

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  2. I wish I could have been there! I'll take a look at those NYMB topics again to see what I have. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Mary--I know you have several stories. There is a teacher's anthology as well.

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  3. Check out THEIR web site? Could you be more specific, Pinocchio? It sounds like we have a chicken fat website. :0

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    1. Linda--As a matter of fact, I AM thinking of peddling chicken fat, since it's so effective, but I did fix my post and put a link where it belonged.

      Why couldn't you have looked over my shoulder and suggested that last night? (Or maybe I wouldn't have written that if it had been your turn last night to supervise me?)

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  4. She is beautiful! I will go on over and pay them a visit.

    Have a great week, Sioux.

    Kathy M.

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  5. I think that I might have some to add in the category of "Places to Discover".

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    1. Kathy--Excellent. I KNOW you have stories about discovery, what with your "photographer's eye" and all...

      Thanks. You too have a great week.

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  6. Sorry I missed your signing. I didn't know about it, but it sounds like it was great fun.

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    1. It was a private event, but it WAS fun.

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