The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Topless on the Beach

        In France (my favorite place in the world) the women go topless. The men wear Speedos. Sometimes, visually, it's a scary place.

This is a photo from one of the towns I visited in France, on a trip
I took several years ago.

To celebrate the travel you might be doing this summer or later this year, I'm giving away a copy of Not Your Mother's Book...On Travel. Included in this anthology is my story "Half Right," and the tale answers the question everyone across the country has been asking (while they try to gouge out their mind's eye):

Did Sioux go topless when she was in France?

To get your name in the drawing, all you have to do is become a follower. If you're already a follower, all you have to do is leave a comment. (For you busy writers, to minimize the time you're spending away from the short story/article/novel you're working on, just say "Yo," or "Hey," or if you're a fan of the Lumineers, you can leave "Hey Ho" as a comment.)

Good luck--for all those who are brave enough to be willing to read these stories. (As an added bonus, there is a hilarious story about cruising by a fellow WWWP, Linda O'Connell. No, she's not a cruising cougar on the prowl in this story...at least not in this story. ;) I will draw a name on the last day of June...
 
 

36 comments:

  1. Hey Ho! I already have that book, so don't enter me. It was real, and it was spectacular.

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    1. Val--Did you find that out in the sauna? ;)

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  2. Hiedy Ho! Against my better judgement, I just gotta know. This is not a picture book so how bad can it be?

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    1. Marcia--
      You---a fellow writer, know this: we can paint pictures with words.

      So yeah, even text can be terrifying. I'll put your name in the hat.

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  3. I'm definitely a follower (Gee, does that make me a stalker???) I would love a chance to read this book!

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    1. Pat--
      You travel so much, do you even have time to read? ;)

      You stalk me just like I stalk you. I'll put your name into the huge (ha!) pile of names so far...

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  4. I'm a semi-loyal follower - does that mean that you'll Sharpie over half the words?

    I guess if everyone is topless, then it doesn't matter as much...but I'm not sure I would untether the girls for some sun.

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  5. Kim--No, I'd never redact a book or story...especially with a Sharpie. As a teacher--and all schools are going through tough times financially--no one wise would leave out a Sharpie unattended. They're like "gold" to teachers.

    My girls don't beg to be exposed to the sun either. Sometimes it's NOT wise to join the native folks...

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    1. Kathy--I will be glad to do so.

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  7. This title certainly got my attention. I gotta read your story.

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    1. Donna--I'm glad I snagged your attention. I will put your name in my hat. (Of course, this is not a hat I'll be wearing until June is finished...)

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  8. Already have it, and I must say it really is spectacular and spectacularly funny! And I am a devoted follower when I have a computer to follow on. P.S.-I just went to look up the website you gave me and saw what you wrote it on. You have such a talent for detail (speaking of scary French things)....

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    1. Tammy--And then imagine him in a Speedo...Ooh la la!

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  9. Sioux, I'm happy to say that I already own the book, so keep me out of the drawing. AND, your story was the very first one I read! Loved it! You are a fantastic writer!!

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    1. Becky--I KNOW you have the book. Thanks for the compliment, thanks for coming to our book signing and thanks for being a follower. I appreciate it all...

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    2. Awwww, well thank YOU! As Frank Burns on MASH once said, "It's nice to be nice to the nice!" (I love that line!!)

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  10. I am brave enough to read it so put my name in your hat please. I will become a follower...if Blogger cooperates today!!!

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    1. Bookie--You MUST be brave, so I will be glad to put your name on top of the PILES of names that have accumulated. ;)

      Thanks for becoming a follower. I left an earlier reply, and Blogger decided to be uncooperative with me, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed this time...

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  11. Sioux, my poem will be in an anthology called Longest Hours about waiting during hard times. I wrote about a grandbaby with problems before he was born...a long wait!

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  12. I'm in the NYMB Stupid Kid. Yup, I was one of those. Linda drove me over here - got her whip out and everything. =0) So - go ahead and enter me.

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    1. Susan--Yes, I too know Linda's whip well. As much as she cracks it, I figured it would be worn out, but obviously, it's not.

      I'm jealous. I sent in a story for that collection and got the "no news is bad news" routine. Congratulations.

      I'll put your name in the hopper...

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  13. Yo Yo Hey Ho Hey Yo. I don't know what that means I'm a fan of, but I'm happy to part of any group that would have me as a member...

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    1. Katie--ANY group would be thrilled to have you as a card-carrying member.

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  14. Sounds like a good story, Sioux!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Pat--Linda has a story in it as well, and it's a great one (as Linda's always are).

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  15. Hmm...I've got my suspicions. LOL Put my name in the hat, please. And that photo is awesome. Would've been good for a Book Blurb Friday.

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    1. Lisa--And what would your suspicions be, may I ask? Are you thinking, 'Sioux is a wild woman, of course she did as the French do?' or are you thinking, 'Sioux wants to help maintain a civil relationship between France and the United States--of course she kept her top on?'

      Which is it? ;) Of course, no matter what you think of me, I'll put your name in the hat, along with Pat's...

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  16. Is there some sort of delete button that'll wipe out from my brain what I just read? 'Cause now I've got SUCH an image in my head--

    And yet still, I want to read it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME????

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    1. Cathy--It's kind of like when you pass an accident on the highway, or someone gets sick in the hall ahead of you. You don't want to look, but you can't help yourself, and once you look, you can't tear your gaze away from it.

      The sight of ME topless...It's like that.

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  17. Hey, hey, hey! (Said in the voice of Fat Albert.)

    :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl--I haven't thought about Fat Albert in decades. Thanks for the little flood of memories. I'll put your name in the drawing, even though I imagine you don't have time to read much, with those two crazy cats of yours entertaining you every evening...

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