Slugs In Sequins #SampleSunday

Remember SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING? I wrote a book called SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING. It’s a science fiction “comedy of bad manners”. In this bit from it, Connie is arguing (as usual) with her best friend, Jack “Jackie” Eastman.

Slugs in Sequins

by Marian Allen

slugs in sequins“…You and I might think of this crowd as so many slugs in sequins, but there’s not one kid who spit on me in high school who could pay money to wash any of these people’s feet.”

“So you want to be one of them, so you can look down on people, too.”

“That’s right.”

“Don’t kid me, Connie. You look down on people now. I bet you always have.”

“Jackie, Jackie, what’s the good of being a Superior Person if nobody knows it or admits it? I want there to be no question. I want there to be no doubt. I want the people whose dogs I used to walk to see my picture in the paper, hobnobbing with people who wouldn’t let them carry the Pooper Scooper. I want to be In, Jackie. Not just run with them; BE one of them. I want to be THE One of them. I want somebody to name a perfume after me.”

“There are other nuts to crack, you know, if it’s a challenge you want. Not just anybody can be a nun, either. Why don’t you join a convent?”

What a funny guy.


People, eh?

SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING is available from Amazon in paperback and for Kindle and Kindle apps. Not free, but cheap at the price.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What was your main character’s status as a teen? What is their attitude toward that?



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 “Slugs In Sequins #SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    February 8, 2015 at 8:48am

    Good question. What WERE certain characters like when they were teens?

    It’s like asking:
    What the heck could Edward Cullin see in an angsssty teen girl, because HE’S over a century old?
    I Dunno.

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