And So The Adventure Begins Anew

Every year, the Southern Indiana Writers Group publishes an anthology from our members. A themed anthology. Once, it was dragons (DRAGON: OUR TALES). One year, it was mysteries associated with coffee houses (GROUNDS FOR SUSPICION). One year, it was sweet and tender romance (UNBRIDLED LUST). Last year, it was science fiction (FUTURE PERFECT– TENSE IN SPACE). This year, we’re taking our old, thin, out-of-print Christmas collection (CHRISTMAS BIZARRE) and adding other holidays and calling it HOLIDAY BIZARRE. Cool, huh?

So I’ve been diddling around, stalling–uh, I mean thinking, yeah, that’s better, let’s go with thinking–thinking about what to write. Having just come out of the winter holiday season, it’s been difficult to think about any others, so that’s my best excuse. My second-best excuse is that I wanted to pick a holiday nobody else was likely to pick, so we wouldn’t, you know, overlap.

But wait! I know a holiday that nobody I know celebrates: St. Crispen’s Day. Yeah, Shakespeare’s Henry V fans, you know what I’m talkin’ about! Yeah, Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams fans, you heard me!

Now I had a holiday nobody else was liable to use AND two rich connections to it. Well, three, if you count God. Okay, a battle… with a dog in… Think about something else for a while.

A Twitter friend said she had read LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL and liked it, especially the title story. This pleased me. Then inspiration walked up and smacked me upside the head like Agent Gibbs.

And so the adventure begins.

“Lonnie, Me and the Battle of St. Crispen’s Day”. Coming soon to an anthology near you.

WRITING PROMPT: Connect a passage in Shakespeare to something else.



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 “And So The Adventure Begins Anew

  1. Sara Deurell

    January 24, 2011 at 9:40am

    OMG!!!! I can’t wait for more of those crazy characters!!!!! WRITE IT NOW!!!!!!!!

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      Marian Allen

      January 24, 2011 at 10:56am

      I’m at the library now, waiting for your grandma to get some books, but I’ll start today. ๐Ÿ™‚ It all starts when Lonnie gets on FaceBook….

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  2. Nancy Williams

    January 24, 2011 at 1:48pm

    I love the titles for your writer’s group anthologies. You have a wonderful sense of humor Marian. I do plan to read your book, soon I hope, when my brain cells can relax a little.

    Romeo, Romeo, why art thou called thus? A pie I know has asked to be renamed, and since we are all eating it to death, I guess that fits. No poison for me, thank you very much.
    Hehehe…hope you enjoyed that.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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      Marian Allen

      January 24, 2011 at 3:34pm

      Nancy, eating a poison pie to death has got to have a story in it. lol!

      Patricia, I DO love it when inspiration hits! It’s the FUN part of writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Patricia Stoltey

    January 24, 2011 at 3:30pm

    Good for you, Marian. I applaud you for getting down to business. I’m trying to do that… And isn’t it great when you get that smack up the side of the head? I love it.

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