Friday Recommends – How Beautiful Thy Sites With Shoes

This week, I’ve been doing major pre-submission edits of SAGE, my Big Fat Fantasy, and sending my more manageable and already-published spec fic novel EEL’S REVERENCE out to book reviewers and eagerly awaiting the release of my sf/farce/cop novel FORCE OF HABIT. But I’ve still had time to collect a few recommendations from my cybertravels.

One of the book review sites, which I may have recommended before, is Fantasy Cookie. This site is gorgeous, and reviews science fiction and fantasy. It’s a great place to get recommendations, in these days when we can’t afford to play reading roulette with our hard-earned mazoola.

For my fellow writers, you can’t go wrong following Wicked and Tricksy, a group blog of writing advice and resources that rocks the house. I can’t tell you how totally full of win and made of awesome this blog is–you have to go see it for yourself.

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“But what about the Shoes? You promised me shoes!”

Stop whining. I got shoes here for you. Understand, I am so completely NOT into shoes. As long as they don’t break my feet, I don’t care. As fat as I am, I can’t see them once I stand up anyway, so why should I care? But these shoes, while I doubt I would ever wear some of them, are eye candy of the finest kind. These are from ModCloth, which also has weirdly wonderful clothing. I love to look at these and imagine the people who would wear them in public and what society they move in and what reaction they get and how they handle the reaction they get in a different society with a different attitude. But I would hesitate to actually dress a character in these shoes or this clothing unless I had a long time to work on the piece, because I would have to describe the shoes or clothing in such detail I’d then have to cut it all out.

Finally, I’m pretty sure I recommended this site before, but it bears repeating. Zamzar is an online conversion site. Upload a document, music file, eBook file, video file, image file or “other” and convert it into any other compatible file. I mean, you can’t convert a music file into a document, for instance, but you can convert a docx into a doc or a doc into a pdf. It isn’t instantaneous: You upload the file, enter which format you want, enter your email, and they notify you when to come download the converted file. I find it most convenient. Besides, they have chameleons on their banner.

Happy weekend! Don’t forget Sample Sunday, when I post an excerpt or some original writing. And be sure to check out my Free Reads page.

Oh! And while I’m thinking of it, EEL’S REVERENCE is still a low low $2.99 for Kindle, Nook and in all e-formats at Omnilit. Just sayin’.

WRITING PROMPT: What kinds of shoes do your characters wear?



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 – How Beautiful Thy Sites With Shoes

  1. Margo Lerwill

    August 6, 2011 at 1:03pm

    Hi, Marian. Thanks so much for the shout out to Wicked & Tricksy.

    Oooh, and you know Mod Cloth too! A lot of their stuff is too youngish for me, but I’m a total shoe tart, willing to do the high-drama shoes. Plus, they occasionally have the coolest home decor (great for my bird phase–bird soap dish, bird key rack, bird scarf rack).

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      Marian Allen

      August 6, 2011 at 2:37pm

      I love love love Wicked & Tricksy! I’ll have to check out their home decor. Thanks for the tip!

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