Hi Readers! This started out as a short story that just begged to be more. I spent a few hours reading about all sorts of things - clowns, Shriners, etc. For awhile I was just assuming it could evolve into a full size book. Unfortunately, if I were to take the time to write another book, I'd rather spend my time on other subjects. I weave into this story many aspects of my own life. Anything related to my father, his brother, and his brother's ring are real (there really is one, and I wear it every day). I really do want to help control a float during a Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia some day. I really was sick when I was little, just stopped eating. They say 'write what you know', so I don't hesitate to throw in my own people, places and things when it works.
If you write, there are many e-magazines and web sites where you can get your short story out there. However, everyone is sensitive to the cost of maintaining so many gigabytes of information. So, for example, at Readwave where I post lots of stories, they are discouraging stories that are more than 800 words. If you write a poem, many options seem to want you to stay under 40 lines. I don't think this is good for the field of poetry in general, but if you want to get your creations out there, know the limtiations and create within them!
There are places on the web that will post larger stories such as this one. If you have a story substantially larger than 800 words, you might want to look at the SHORT STORY SYMPOSIUM BLOG. I had a longer short story published there, "Red Light Plywood". You can find it at http://bit.ly/1bXnT3R.
FYI, Clowns is more than 6000 words. The previous short story, Sailing on the Edge of Numb, is 374 words.