HomeStory A Day May6 #StoryADayMay story and Award

My online friend Jo Robinson of Africolonial Stories has given me the Versatile Blogger Award. πŸ™‚ 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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  1. Thank and link to the person who gave you the award.
  2. Tell seven facts about yourself.
  3. Pass it on to seven other bloggers.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Writing exercises are AWESOME.
  3. Research is DOUBLE AWESOME.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:

Fairy Tale Asylum

The Opinionated Pussycat

News from the Guild

A Keyboard and an Open Mind

Candid Canine

So there you have it. Go forth and enjoy!



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6 #StoryADayMay story and Award — 23 Comments

  1. Oh my!

    Elvira Mistress of Felinity & I (Nikita Cat) are so very honored that, in the short time you have known of us, you feel we are worthy of this award.

    It means a lot coming from someone who has seen her stories published elsewhere & written books, too.

    It serves as inspiration & encouragement &, as the 1st award we have been given as a team, as a cool validation of our efforts.

    The Opinionated Pussycat

    MY own 6th Day story is now up! “The Award”

    Kiril Kundurazieff would love to share..A 100 Word Cat Story 14: The AwardMy Profile

  2. Thank you again! And I love the taxidermist line. In my house we like to watch the show Oddities. Have you seen it? Often a taxidermist or two on that–and they are weird, but in the best possible way.

    It’s too late for me to properly respond to the award tonight. But I will!

    Keep writing.

    Marta would love to share..May 6th and almost out of time.My Profile

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