Isolated Story, People: I’m Off Facebook! #FridayRecommends

Friday Recommends

Before I forget, today is the first of a new month, so I have a new Hot Flash up. Hot Flashes are tiny little stories, fireflies for your mind. They are not hot in the sense of being, as Sister Wendy used to say, “Ewotic.” Sorry.

Okay! Now!


I’m going to start tagging the cool sites I save to share with the bloggers who turned ME onto the sites. I suspect I got this one from Meeka, but I’m not certain. Have you heard of the island of Socotra, off the coast of Yemen? It broke off the supercontinent of Gondwana back in the day, and it’s been evolving independently ever since. Bats are the only native mammal. Dragon’s Blood trees. Sounds like a Goth paradise!


Mitchell Allen (no relation, alas) writes the best stories! Go read some! Now! I think I might put his stories on my Deal Me In list in 2020.


I put “check out” in quotation marks because the title of the article, which didn’t have the quotation marks, is total click-bait. You can only check people out of the library in fiction, namely: in my someday-to-be-re-released Llannonn books and my Holly Jahangiri stories. (search for Holly Jahangiri in my Story A Day May posts). The people this article are talking about are reference only. By schedule or appointment, people with interesting personal stories will come to the library and tell those stories. So you can check them out AT the library, not OF the library. Harrumph!


I just was on there one day and I thought, “I’m done.” I left myself logged in so I could still use Messenger, and I feed this blog to my pro page there, but I no longer read my timeline or check my notifications. I didn’t figure that would last long, but I’m loving it. I feel so good, it’s like I’ve upped my dosage or something.

I be like:

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A character gives up a debilitating habit.


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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 “Isolated Story, People: I’m Off Facebook! #FridayRecommends

  1. Mitchell Allen

    February 1, 2019 at 7:22am

    Marian, that is one cool dinosaur! Kind of reminded me of Earl Sinclair.

    Thanks so much for tagging my blog and for recommending my stories. You’ve given me an incentive to complete the task of porting some of my stories from the now-defunct site.

    I’m off Facebook, too. That gives me more time to check out the rest of the links in your post! I do miss playing Words With Friends, though.



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    • acflory

      February 2, 2019 at 6:34am

      Oh! And Fran, and the Not-the-Mamma! Possibly my favourite show of all time, well except for Doctor Who and maybe one or two others… πŸ˜‰
      p.s. I’m Meeka, pleased to meet you. πŸ™‚

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  2. Ally Bean

    February 1, 2019 at 9:23am

    I deleted my FB account years ago. It is entirely gone from my life and I don’t miss it or the drama associated with it. Also, I feel more comfortable knowing who actually cares about me– that is, those people who stayed in touch outside of FB. The other people were only pretending to be my friend and I don’t like that feeling at all.

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      Marian Allen

      February 1, 2019 at 9:37am

      I connected with a lot of professional acquaintances on FB, and people I went to high school with. I count them as real friends, for a given value of friendship = people who wish me well and whom I wish well. But the drama–Oh, am I glad to be away from the drama! Sometimes it felt like being at the bottom of a snake pit. So happy to be out!

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      Marian Allen

      February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm

      Aw, that’s sweet. But when the going gets tough, the weaklings quit Facebook. Or something.

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  3. joey

    February 1, 2019 at 10:13pm

    I’m off Facebook for a week, or weeks at a time. I go there every day, sometimes multiple times a day, to play Scrabble. If I get a message or an interesting notification, I check it out. Otherwise, I get on when I have time, like every few weeks. I Like all my favorite peoples stuffs and leave. Or play more Scrabble. And I don’t miss it at all.

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