Friday Recommends – Cincy and Footnote

Went on a group tour to Cincinnati on Wednesday. I love visiting Cincy. It’s a gorgeous town–the parts the tourists get to see. We went to the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park. I took many pictures, which I haven’t had time to go through as yet. I hope to have a slideshow available on Saturday. Meanwhile, you can visit their website, which has much better pictures than mine.

Then we went to Jungle Jim’s International Market. Yes, I got miso! I got some of those delicious daifuku mochi [link defunct] with sesame seeds on the outside and sweet red bean paste inside. I got some almond crush pocky. I got some rice noodles, some Saya snow pea crisps, which brings me to my first web site recommendation: Food Junk, my new favorite foodie site. And I got miso. Mmmmm, miso! I got a block of miso so big and so concentrated that, if it were dope, the street value would be incalculable. Imma write a poem to miso one day. You’ve been warned.

We did NOT eat Skyline Chili, although I adore it. We did NOT go to a Riders in the Sky show, although I adore the Riders, too.

Have you been to FantasyREADERS yet? I just got turned onto it. Free Stories! Free, free, free!! You can submit your own stories there, to get your name out there, but you can also READ stories. Did I mention they’re FREE!?

I don’t think I’ve recommended A Strong Man’s Cup Of Tea yet, which was quite negligent of me, because I love the site. This is a link to one of my favorite of his posts.

Footnote - sandals and matching toenails of tour guide's daughter

Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a free eBook, a MomGoth’s Sweet Little Baby Angels pin or your name in a story.

Don’t forget to be so excited about FORCE OF HABIT, my newly released cop/sf/farce, you can’t wait for the contest drawing and want to buy it NOW.

WRITING PROMPT: Do you believe in magic? Does your main character? Why or why not?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Friday Recommends – Cincy and Footnote

  1. Misha

    August 20, 2011 at 7:52am

    Yes, I believe that there are many inexplicable things in the world. Magic being one of them. I don’t however, believe that magic outside of books are a good thing.

    My characters believe in magic. After all, they live in a fantasy world. 😉
    Misha would love to share..Guest Post Friday: Alexandra VillasanteMy Profile

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      Marian Allen

      August 20, 2011 at 11:17am

      Misha, have you experienced magic? What makes you sure it exists outside of books, and why is that bad?

      I have one fantasy book (not published yet) where magic exists and one where it doesn’t. 🙂

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  2. Lindsay B

    August 20, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for the blog comment!

    Have you had mochi ice cream? I’ve seen that at Trader Joe’s but haven’t known what to make of it, heh. I do get mochi sometimes from Whole Foods and just bake it up with a little butter. The cinnamon one is sweet enough to treat like a dessert, though it doesn’t have any sugar in it. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      August 20, 2011 at 3:07pm

      Mochi ice cream? ~swoons~ I have NOT had it, but I now have a new item on my bucket list…or should that be nosebag list?

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  3. Lindsay B

    August 20, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Ahem, that should be “Hi Marian.” Why don’t these blogs ever have edit buttons? 😉

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