Wednesday, November 20, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Cannibal Tomato & Links [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday photo is [Mostly] weird.

See, we put our tomatoes in the window to ripen, and one of them got forgotten, but rather than just get all mushy and rotten, this one apparently started reproducing and cannibalizing itself.

I don't know how well you can see these, but in the first one, the tomato is sprouting like crazy...from the inside!! And in the second one, you can see an entire root system within the tomato.

Am I the only one who's never seen anything like this before?! We're going to plant it, possibly after slicing the bottom open to let the roots free, and see what happens.

By the way, this one was store-bought, and is not a GMO product. I sort of want to cut it open and see what it looks like, but then we can't plant it. Or can we?

Now for some links.

Please bear in mind that I am not personally vetting any of these publications. I haven't researched the validity of these offers. Please due your own due diligence before submitting to any publication.

Accepting Submissions:

The New Ohio Review is currently in their open submissions window. This one closes December 15, then is open again from January 15 to April 1. Paying market. Literary market for prose and poetry.

Picayune Literary Magazine is taking submissions through December 15 of short or flash fiction, poetry, black and white photography, and black-line art. Pays with one contributor copy.

The Lindenwood Review is taking submissions through December 15. Accepts fiction, poetry, and essay. Pays in a contributor copy.

Strange Musings Press is seeking romantic stories that make you laugh. They can be any genre, as long as they involve a romance and are humorous. Deadline is December 30. Pays in royalties and an e-book copy.

The Apalachee Review is always open for submissions. Fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Pays two contributor copies.

Puritan Magazine is always open for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews. Paying market (pay differs per type of submission).

Martinus Publishing has a variety of anthologies taking submissions right now, with varying deadlines. The topics include: Veterans of Future Wars (December 31 deadline, pays in royalties); Altered America (December 31 deadline, pays in royalties); Life of the Dead (open until filled, pays in royalties); We Were Heroes (opens December 1, pays in royalties); To Hell With Dante (opens December 1, pays in royalties).

Of Interest:

Speaking of accepting submissions, here's a list of the "Hottest, Newest Lit Mags (Begun in 2012 or 2013)." This list was put together by The Review Review.

This one's been going around a lot lately, but in case you haven't seen it, here's a map of the Most Famous Book Set in Each State, presented by the Business Insider.

Any of these of interest to you? Any submission/publishing news? Anything we should know? Have you ever seen a tomato do this? Did any of the books catch you by surprise? How many did you guess?

May you find Your Muse.


  1. I had no idea tomatoes did that, but it makes sense. Trippy.

  2. Seems like a great premise for a Killer Tomato Part Two! Kinda creepy.

    Thanks as always for the referrals.

  3. Isn't nature interesting? It's a 'science' experiment, 'how long will it take for this tomato to become intelligent'? I've seen the bell peppers with a small pepper starting inside.

    I like the colour of tomatoes sitting on a window sill in the kitchen.

  4. Never seen that either, but I guess it's a little like a potato. Very freaky.

  5. I didn't know tomatoes could do that, but it makes sense. Pretty cool and kinda creepy actually.

    Thanks for the links!

  6. I think cutting either of them open is a bad idea. Just stick them in a pot in the window until spring.

  7. It's a tomato that thinks it's a potato. I didn't know they could do that.

  8. Self-cannibalizing tomatoes? That's a new one. What next?
    Writer In Transit

  9. Those pictures are kind of creepy! I've never seen one sprouting from within itself before. I wonder if it likes the taste of itself...

  10. Yikes I've never seen anything like that before. Honestly I'm all about experimenting, but not sure I would want to eat the results.

    What if they started growing inside of you and consuming you from the inside out and using you as a host for spawning more of themselves?!

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 3: The Host? I think so! >.<

    When I clicked that hottest/newest lit mags link my Avast anti-virus went nuts. I opened it again and it opened just fine, but... I think I'm going to avoid it just in case heh

    The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

  11. ACK Sorry Julie, I didn't see your mention of AKT2, but I believe that one already exists! Starring none other than: George Clooney! You should check it out :)

  12. Re: your tomato; I've never seen anything like that happen before. Weird!

  13. Normally a chemical in the gel around the seeds retards sprouting, but it eventually breaks down.

    With store bought hybrids, you are wasting space if you plant this out. You'll get some properties of one of the parent plants, e.g. strong root system or round fruit; but not all of them -- and you might not get any desirable characteristics in the fruit, which is the only reason to plant a tomato in the first place.

  14. Beware, Shannon, that's one of those mutant tomatoes that is going to rule the world, along with cats.

    I note your links, Shannon. When it comes to links, the most important link is the one that directs me to your lovely site.

    Off to find a Muse.

    Gary :)

  15. Wow, I have never seen a tomato do that before. That is wild. Keep us updated on if you cut it open or plant it.

  16. That tomato is weird but cool. I'd plant it too to see what happens.

  17. Please post photos of the crazy tomatoes! You may have the beginning of a whole new race or species!

  18. You so had me at cannibal tomatoes...I've never seen anything and we've traditional gardened for 21 years and aquaponic gardened for two and that's the weirdest thing ever. I'm with Andrew. Plant the suckers and wait and see. Take pictures and document. Blog about it more ;-)
    Tina @ Life is Good

  19. Oh wow! never seen a tomato do that before. Maybe it's not a real tomato but a seed pod from outer space?? Watch it carefully I say!!!

  20. Um... That tomato freaks me out. Like... What is it even...? I would be scared to eat it haha.

    Anyways, I finally got my post done with the thank yous. Its much later than I planne but the move took me off guard with how busy I was. But again, thank you for everything!