I’m a Resource! #FridayRecommends

So late last month, I received the following email:

Hi Marian,

My name is Stephanie Yessayan and I work for a professional book editing marketplace called ServiceScape. We would like to write a review of your site and feature it within our “Need To Read Blog” section. I think your blog is a great resource and our clients would really appreciate it.

We may have a couple of questions as we write the review, so I just want to make sure that you are available for an email or two if the need arises.

Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Yessayan
ServiceScape Incorporated

To which I replied:

I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea of my blog being a great resource. Wait a minute…. Wait…. …No, no, I just can’t imagine that.

But, yes, I’m available for emails. I check my email several times a day, though not constantly.

Thank you for considering me.


Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

I lied, by the way. I check my email almost constantly when I’m at home. Such a liar!

This week, I got another email saying that the review was up:

Everything is About Writing for Marian Allen, Author Lady

How ’bout that, then? Eh? How ’bout that? ~still shaking my head in disbelief~

So now I get to use this badge:

How cool is that? Way, that’s how!

So I recommend ServiceScape in return, because they actually have real writer resources on their blog! Like Two Ends of the Pen, which has swell articles on it like this one by a symbologist decoding the legend of King Midas.

Don’t worry: I won’t let it go to my head and start posting genuine content. It’ll be the same old free-for-all around here it’s always been. Tomorrow’s Caturday, as usual.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A character is given an unexpected recommendation.



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 a Resource! #FridayRecommends

  1. Stephanie

    August 10, 2018 at 8:54am

    Congratulations!! Of course you are a ‘need to read’!! 🙂

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  2. Mitchell Allen

    August 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

    Way to go, Marian!

    I think of you as more than a resource. You’re an inspiration!

    Glad to know you won’t sell out on us. LOL



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  3. Anonymous

    August 10, 2018 at 3:53pm

    Ive slash’s considered you a resource. I come here for

    Good stories
    Good recipes
    Tipper – ain’t no where else to get Tipper

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  4. Deborah

    August 10, 2018 at 4:06pm

    Oh my gosh that is exciting! I’m thrilled for you! Of course your blog is a “need to read”! one! I read very few writer blogs and your’s is one of those few!

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  5. joey

    August 12, 2018 at 4:53pm

    Well OF COURSE you’re a resource! For pity’s sake! 😛 Congratulations on your influence!

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