Friday Recommends

I’ve told you about the super photographs on Leslie R. Lee’s blog. Now go look at the ones on Mindy’s blog. She does some kind of crazy filtering or something on a lot of them. I can’t tell what it is about them that’s so hinky, but they’re the only photographs that look EXACTLY  the way things look when I’m steering close to suicidal ideation and I counter it by concentrating on the deep beauty of ordinary things. They’re amazing, her photos.

If you have a Kindle or other ereader, or are thinking about getting one, or have Kindle for PC/whatever, or have books available as eBooks, I recommend cruising over to Kindleboards. I think you can read all you want without registering. Information overload at first, but it isn’t as if poking around is going to disturb a rattlesnake or release a vindictive genie from a bottle. –Okay, I’ve been involved online long enough to know there are rattlesnakes and vindictive genies everywhere, but what I’m saying is that it probably won’t hurt you very much to go take a look, okay?

While I’m on the subject of eBooks, Dark Valentine Magazine just posted the good news that TEA WITH THE BLACK DRAGON, one of my favorite books, is available for Kindle. It’s a unique fantasy and a “mature love story”, meaning that the heroine is a lady of a certain age and the hero is … older than that.

Barbara J. King has a lovely and moving story about a rescued feral cat on her Friday Animal blog. It made me think of Miss Tiffany, my first cat. Here’s the poem I wrote for her, which appeared in the Southern Indiana Writers Group’s anthology, BEASTLY TALES.

The Styrofoam Kitty
by Marian Allen

After sixteen human years of life
Miss Tiffany
— cat of the silent meow —
had no heft, no weight, no mass
except on stairs.
There, by force of will,
she mimicked elephants.
Or, when I napped on the couch,
she stepped
from her higher perch,
passing a cosmic pressure
through one small foot
into the space between two ribs.

WRITING PROMPT: If your main character has a pet, have him/her write a poem about it. If he/she doesn’t have a pet, have him/her imagine one. If you don’t have a main character, imagine one imagining a pet.



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

  1. Jane

    February 25, 2011 at 10:32am

    Hi. Bless Miss Tiffany.

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      Marian Allen

      February 25, 2011 at 10:40am

      Hi! Yes, you remember her, don’t you? Beautiful cat. Rotten temper. Until baby Meggie came along. That child could pull that cat’s ears off and get away with it. I would miss her even more than I do if Katya weren’t Tiffany reincarnated.

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  2. Jane

    February 26, 2011 at 8:23am

    Hi. I just looked at the photo links, and now I have learned about something new: HDR photography. Sweet.

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