I’m Ba-ack!

Didja miss me? If you used your cursor to select the blank space in yesterday’s non-post, you saw that I was striking to oppose the SOPA and PIPA bills proposed by the movie industry … I mean the United States Congress.

NOW, since yesterday was food day and I missed it, here is a food post:

We had spaghetti and marinara sauce last night. In the interest of eating fresh and local, the spaghetti was harvested by my husband and me at a nearby pick-your-own pasta farm. Okay, yeah, that’s a lie. Bought it in a box. Bought the sauce in a jar. But here’s what went with it:


I keep a jar in the refrigerator of light olive oil with a couple of cloves of garlic stirred in. So last night, I spread some bread with that (the oil goes semi-solid in the cold), sprinkled the oiled bread with Romano-Peccorino cheese, (Oxford comma, I love you) and broiled it until the cheese was browned. It was VERY good!

The Race To The Hugo has begun! Holly Jahangiri, Mitchell Allen, and I have challenged each other to writing Hugo-winning fiction this year. Holly even put up a web site for it: Race To The Hugo!

They’re both writing novels. I figure six short stories would give me six more chances than either of those. But — OH, NOES!! Mitchell has already posted the first installment of his novel and he and Holly are each planning to write stories AS WELL!! Will this get me off my lazy feet and onto my productive backside? We shall see, my precious. We. Shall. See.

WRITING PROMPT: Your main character is challenged to a contest. Would he or she cheat? Would he or she even be tempted to cheat? What if it were a matter of life and death, rather than for fun? Would he or she be more or less likely to cheat if the stakes were high than if they were low?



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 “I’m Ba-ack!

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    January 19, 2012 at 9:11am

    Novel…wait! No, my twin from another mother – you stole MY strategy!! I’m calling Pippa (though I’m not sure what the British royal family’s going to do for me) and telling!!! Ummumumumum!!! I think you’re just sellin’ sopa there… you should be writing a space opera, not a sopa opera!

    I am so not writing a novel. You’d better aim for the novella category, because I’m WINNING the short story award. So there!

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      Marian Allen

      January 19, 2012 at 10:55am


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  2. Brinda

    January 19, 2012 at 9:23am

    It’s very sad that your post has made me hungry for lunch and it’s only 8:22 am. Thanks for the link to the Race to the Hugo Award site.

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      Marian Allen

      January 19, 2012 at 10:56am

      Good to see you, Brinda! The toast was MOST tasty, crunchy on the top and soft on the bottom. Good for sopping up extra sauce. 🙂

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  3. Carey

    January 20, 2012 at 9:37am

    Thanks for sharing this link to us..Good for sopping up extra sauce.

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      Marian Allen

      January 20, 2012 at 3:46pm

      Exactly! And it’s quick and easy, too–my favorite kind of recipe. 🙂

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