Another Month, Another Hot Flash

April. As always, I’ve put up a new Hot Flash. Click here to read it. Scroll down that page for January’s, February’s and March’s, and links to previous years’.

And, since it’s Friday Recommends day, I have two recommendations for you:

  1. Join the April A-to-Z Blog Challenge, or at least click on the badge to the right in my sidebar and visit some of the blogs participating.
  2. Read or reread Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER. You can download a digital copy FREE here at Project Gutenberg. If you’ve only ever read the book under compulsion because it’s a clllaaaaaasssic, read it again because it’s a freaking good read. Guess which letter was scarlet? Now let’s not always see the same hands….

WRITING PROMPT: Write a page about a character you invent or one you already have who is suffering for some guilt he or she shares with somebody else who doesn’t seem to be paying any price.



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 “Another Month, Another Hot Flash

  1. Enid Wilson

    April 1, 2011 at 8:46am

    LOL, I read the title Another Month, Another Hot Flush! I will just add, A for Australia, you are welcome to blog about us.

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  2. Karen Walker

    April 1, 2011 at 9:42am

    I’ve seen you all over bloggydom but I don’t think we’ve “met” yet. Found you thru A-Z challenge. How fun is this?

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      Marian Allen

      April 1, 2011 at 4:17pm

      This is MUCH fun! πŸ™‚ Yeah, bloggydom is a small world, isn’t it?

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  3. baygirl32

    April 1, 2011 at 9:47am

    I haven’t read the scarlett letter in years, I’m pushing it up to the top om of re-read list!

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      Marian Allen

      April 1, 2011 at 4:19pm

      It’s a good one! I can’t believe they make teenagers read it. It’s about SEX, dude! And kids are all like, “BORing!” This does not compute!

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  4. Madeleine

    April 1, 2011 at 11:12am

    I haven’t read the Scarlet Letter either, intriguing proposal about the character sketch. Good material for a blogfest, methinks :O)

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  5. Misha

    April 1, 2011 at 12:21pm

    I love your interpretation of the challenge. πŸ™‚

    I definitely will get around to the Scarlet Letter, but first I have to get through seven other classics.

    Yep, I have it planned.

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  6. Ann Best

    April 1, 2011 at 1:49pm

    I love this A to Z challenge. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have found you.

    I’ve found a lot of good classics on Gutenberg. I read the Scarlet Letter years ago, and once wrote a paper on it. I love Hawthorne. Thanks for reminding me.

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      Marian Allen

      April 1, 2011 at 4:22pm

      Alex Cavanaugh talked me into this, and I’m glad he did. πŸ™‚ I love Hawthorne, too, especially The Scarlet Letter.

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  7. Gail

    April 1, 2011 at 3:18pm

    Who’d of thought of THE SCARLET LETTER for the first day of the Challenge? You, of course. Great choice … from a great mind!

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  8. Jan

    April 1, 2011 at 3:25pm

    so over hot flashes, so happy! you too will get here where it is sweet and cool…
    Jan Morrison

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  9. Stephen Tremp

    April 1, 2011 at 4:47pm

    Hey, putting the badge in your tool bar is a darn good start. In fact, badge can be your B post for tomorrow. You’re off to a great start!

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  10. Kathy Matthews

    April 1, 2011 at 5:39pm

    Hi Marian,

    I just found you in the land of A-Z, and I really enjoy your blog!

    It is nice to meet you, and I just wanted to say hello.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Kathy M.

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  11. Larri

    April 1, 2011 at 7:37pm

    I confess I only read The Scarlet Letter under duress. I promise to pull it off the shelf and read it with open eyes. πŸ™‚

    Your prompt kinda scares me. I wonder if I really have a story to tell.

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. Looking forward to reading your posts. Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

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  12. Arlee Bird

    April 1, 2011 at 8:23pm

    I’d forgotten all about The Scarlett Letter. What a great pick for today. Nice post.

    Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

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  13. Rachael Harrie

    April 1, 2011 at 8:41pm

    Great A-Z Challenge entry! It’s interesting to see how many different things people have come up with for the letter A. I haven’t read The Scarlet Letter, might have to chase it up.



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  14. Patricia Stoltey

    April 2, 2011 at 11:24pm

    I reread The Scarlet Letter not so long ago in preparation for Colorado author Paula Reed’s novel Hester (which, by the way, was a really good read). This is a fun “A” post.

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