My online friend Jo Robinson of Africolonial Stories has given me the Versatile Blogger Award. Because fulfilling the conditions of the award is somewhat space-consuming, my story today is a micro-mini, like my monthly Hot Flashes.
Thank you, Jo. I love your blog; I love your writing; it pleases me beyond measure that you think well enough of me to grace me with this.
by Marian Allen
They didn’t unveil it until after they had announced the winner and I came onstage to accept it. It was a lamp. The stand was a woman’s leg in fishnet stockings, the lampshade looking something like a very short skirt.
The crowd roared approval.
Taxidermists are a weird bunch.
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- Thank and link to the person who gave you the award.
- Tell seven facts about yourself.
- Pass it on to seven other bloggers.
- Link to specific posts on their blogs so they’ll be notified by pingback. I’ve also notified my recipients by commenting on specific posts, since I read them every day anyway!
Since Monday is usually Writing Day on this blog, I’m limiting myself to writerly facts. So here we go.
Seven writerly facts about me:
- I love “Mary Sue” fanfic. In fact, I prefer it to any other kind. I’ve written some Star Trek TOS, some Pretender, and (in tandem with daughter #4) a Pretender/Early Edition crossover. My fanfic is camped out at my old abandoned WEBLAHG.
- Writing exercises are AWESOME.
- Research is DOUBLE AWESOME.
- When I first put up a website, I made it myself by writing html code in Notepad plain text editor. I had a dial-up connection.
- I started inventing stories as a child, started writing them down in junior high, won honorable mention with one in high school, had my first professional publication as an adult.
- My first sale was to an online magazine called Bovine Free Wyoming with this flash fiction. My first professional-pay sale was to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s FANTASY Magazine; it was a horror piece called “Nightchild”. I sold two to her, the second (“The Dragon of North 24th Street”, now the final story in my collection THE KING OF CHEROKEE CREEK) appearing in the magazine’s final issue alongside an interview with Terry Pratchett.
- Although I write almost everything on computer, pens and loose-leaf paper delight my heart.
I hereby pass this award along to some of my fellow Story A Day participants:
So there you have it. Go forth and enjoy!
MY WRITING PROMPT TODAY: Award