October 2010 Update

It’s the first of the month, so I have a new Hot Flashbutton saying Advice for a Price. Team Coalition

I’ve added some new products in the EEL’S REVERENCE CafePress store: A tote bag with the ER cover art on it, a modest button in support of Team Micah and a less modest button in support of Team Coalition.

Charlie made a delicious concoction today: Ramen noodles with almost all the liquid cooked out, served over a bed of lettuce. A bed of crunchy lettuce makes almost anything–especially anything spicy–taste like heaven. Well, we like it.

Allow me to direct your attention to my short story “Goldie” and to the fall selection of Shorts in Season for some Halloween-worthy stories. Some of the Hot Flashes are pretty creepy, too, but I’ll let you sort them out yourselves. I suppose the story now posted as “Not Your Homework” is also somewhat Halloween-y; I changed its name because I was getting so many hits from students thinking they could gank it for a homework assignment.

Happy October!

WRITING PROMPT: A teacher knows a student has stolen a homework assignment. How old is the student? How old is the teacher? How does the teacher know? What does the teacher do?



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 “October 2010 Update

  1. Mary Montague Sikes

    October 1, 2010 at 5:12pm

    Guess it’s a whole new world out there for children (they’re not students if they don’t do their own homework) who can go on a computer and find writing on every subject. The teacher would know if the child did not produce the same quality work in the classroom. If I were the teacher, the child would get a failing grade. Obviously, he/she needs some lessons on accountability and integrity.


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      Marian Allen

      October 2, 2010 at 1:04pm

      Well, any student who tried to pass my story off as his/her own would be in for a sad shock. It claims to be “an essay on my mother” but it’s a fantasy that begins, “My mother has snakes for hair.”

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      Marian Allen

      October 2, 2010 at 1:02pm

      I love the art! I wish I could claim it, but I didn’t do it. 🙂

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