Monkeys and Freebies

No, this is not a post about the Ikea monkey. Today, boys and girls, is:


Yes, awesomely enough, there is such a day! Wikipedia dates Monkey Day as having begun as a joke in 2000, but I know better. Here is the official 2000-version Monkey Day page, which is filled with legitimate monkey news.

Here is a video showing an annual monkey-only fruit feast in Thailand, where monkeys are divine. This has been going on since long before 2000. 😉

If you know me at all, you know I’m all about Sun Wukong, aka The Stone Monkey aka The Great Sage Equal to Heaven aka The Handsome Monkey King. I just found this super fantabulous Squidoo Lens with everything you ever need to know about Sun Wukong. Here is my Monkey God Festival post from 2011. Here is my Monkey Day post from 2011.

And, because MomGoth loves her sweet little baby angels, here is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Mambo Swing, with lyrics, including, “King of the monkeys”.

NOW FOR THE FREEBIE!!! Just in time for Christmas, LET IT SNOW! SEASON’S READINGS FOR A SUPER-COOL YULE is free for Kindle today and tomorrow (12/14-15). Pop over and pick up a copy. It includes my latest Holly Jahangiri story, “The Pratty Who Saved Chrissmuss”, set on the same goofy planet as FORCE OF HABIT.

This story was loads of fun to write. Holly Jahangiri is a real person who won the “honor” of having a character named after her. I enjoyed the character so much, and Holly was so tickled, and both Hollys turned out to be people I wanted so thoroughly to have in my worlds, I had to write another Holly story. When I was invited to be part of this anthology, a character named Holly just seemed logical for a winter holiday story. Of course, this is another planet, peopled by non-Earth species, so they don’t celebrate Christmas. They are, however, fans of Earth literature, to the point where they have entire libraries of Earth books. A few of those libraries are of talking books — well, living books, actually, who dress in costume and recite themselves. That came in handy for Holly in this story, when her pratty wagon was hijacked by two gangsters looking for her ne’er-do-well cousin.

Did I mention the book is FREE today and tomorrow?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Invent a holiday, with all the trimmings.



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 “Monkeys and Freebies

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      Marian Allen

      December 14, 2012 at 2:44pm

      Now you know! Maybe next year, I’ll be savvy enough to do a Monkey Day Blog Hop. lol

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  1. joy

    December 17, 2012 at 11:37am

    Been looking around for weird holidays to incorporate in this planner I’m making for my club. This is an excellent addition. Monkey day!

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  2. Stacey

    December 18, 2012 at 2:06am

    Been looking for a Christmas Themed read, thank you for letting me know about the freebie! A wonderful addition to my Kindle library.

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  3. Sandra

    December 19, 2012 at 1:42am

    I think mixing together monkeys and freebies in one blog post is definitely amazing. It’s a good thing you’ve brought the unlikely topics up. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marian Allen

      December 19, 2012 at 8:00am

      Sandra, I really appreciate your reading the post and commenting. Good luck on selling your gazebos! My husband is a do-it-yourselfer, so he wouldn’t want a factory direct gazebo, but maybe some of my readers would. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Kelly

    December 19, 2012 at 6:34am

    You have a very entertaining way of enlightening your readers. I’ll be sure to look up monkey-only feast which is celebrated in Thailand. It would be really amazing to be a part of it.

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      Marian Allen

      December 19, 2012 at 7:57am

      I would love to be in Thailand for that, too. 🙂 Or maybe I’ll just enjoy the video. After all, imaginary monkeys can’t bite. lol

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