Friday Recommends

First, the best story exercise generator EVAR!! Bonnie Neubauer’s StorySpinner. I love this thing. I totally used it to generate the basic springboard for PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE, my 2010 NaNoWriMo project. While you’re on her site, hit the Home button for links to her writing books, exercises, workshops and more.

As I said earlier in the week, I did an article for The Blood-Red Pencil on publishing for Amazon AND Smashwords, with additional links in the comments section.

Another recommendation for the Writer’s Knowledge Base. This is Elizabeth Spann Craig’s collection of the best articles on the web for people who write and for writers who want to publish. AWESOMESAUCE!

You know me and tiny/storybook/odd houses. If you don’t know me and tiny/storybook/odd houses, I’ll tell you: I love them. Perhaps inordinately. Look it up. Anyway, I just stumbled onto this web site for Coober Pedy, Opal Capital of the World. That alone is enough to make me drool, but even better is the “architecture”. Check it out!

Finally for this Friday, a great site for people who want to explore being vegan, for themselves, for loved ones or for a character. VegWeb has articles, recipes and a forum, so you can ask questions of real people who are also exploring or proficient in vegan living.

WRITING PROMPT: Look out your window. Focus on one thing. Describe it minutely.



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.

You may also like...

One thought on “Friday Recommends

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      February 4, 2011 at 2:34pm

      Well, it did work for us! The suggestion about going through the library is a good one, too: The Adult Outreach program at our county library advertised classes for writers (with me as the sucker bait), and a bunch of published writers showed up as well as people who were just thinking about writing. That turned into a critique group.

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply
  1. The Yard Bard

    February 4, 2011 at 2:35pm

    Eee! Tiny houses! When we were house hunting about eight years ago, we found one place that I thought was perfect. As we strolled through and took note of the amenities, I noticed that my husband seemed to be shrinking! Turns out that the place was built just a little… little in all directions. What was just right for my 5′ 4″ self was giving my 6′ 4″ husband claustrophobia.

    We didn’t buy it, but I do love tiny houses. 🙂

    Permalink  ⋅ Reply
    • Author

      Marian Allen

      February 4, 2011 at 3:53pm

      Heee! I love thinking about tiny houses, researching them, looking at pictures of them, pretending I’m designing them. Of course, if I HAD one, I’d need a storage shed the size of the Taj Mahal to store all my books and Stuff–lol!

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply
    • Author

      Marian Allen

      February 5, 2011 at 10:42am

      I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well! 🙁

      Big congratulations on your great review! I need to hustle myself over and buy a copy of Treasures!

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply

Leave a Reply, If You Ple-az

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.