And the Winner Is….

I got a couple of people who said they like everything I post, and a few who encourage me to post what I want to. Of specifics, though, the clear winner of what to keep is:


That was followed by:

Thursday Doors

One-Liner Wednesday

Food Tuesday

Friday Recommends

Nobody was specifically interested in Short Story Review Monday or Sample Sunday. I had hoped that those two would encourage people to buy/read/review my stories and books, but guess not. In spite of many flattering comments about how well I write, the products continue to be absolutely amazing in not flying off the shelf.

I don’t know who does or doesn’t buy my stuff; I’m not taking names and kicking ass (or kicking ass and taking names; sometimes I do it one way, sometimes I do it the other, but I’m not doing it now). I’m just sayin’.

ANYWAY, thanks to all who took — or attempted to take — the poll.

So, if anything falls by the wayside, becomes a catch-all, or morphs into something hideously Other, it’ll be Sunday and/or Monday.

Thank you for your participation. I’ll use a different poll service next time, and maybe it’ll work better. We live and learn, eh?

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone who couldn’t sell water in Hell.



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 “And the Winner Is….

  1. Ally Bean

    September 16, 2019 at 8:14am

    The people have spoken. Now whatcha gonna do? Follow their dictates or go your own way? Inquiring minds… 😊

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      Marian Allen

      September 16, 2019 at 9:01am

      I’m going to be free and easy on Monday and Sunday, maybe posting, maybe doing something quick, maybe just free-associating. They were actually the hardest to do, so I’m not sorry they weren’t the most popular. heh

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  2. acflory

    September 16, 2019 at 8:18am

    -hugs- You’re not alone when it comes to sales. For what it’s worth though, I think your writing is excellent so keep at it. Lady Luck has to smile our way eventually, right? lol

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      Marian Allen

      September 16, 2019 at 9:03am

      You’re a sweetie! Marketing would be so much easier, if so many of the marketing sites didn’t insist on AMAZON reviews as validation before they’ll even take your money. I understand having standards, and I understand that that’s an easy one, but why not Goodreads reviews? Why not blog reviews? Why MUST it be REVIEWS ON THE AMAZON SITE? ~shaking my head~

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  3. Mitchell Allen

    September 16, 2019 at 8:22am

    Hi Marian,

    I’m one of the readers in the very center of your Venn Diagram: I buy your books, tried to take the poll and just thought I was too late, and am one who believes you should post what you want. After all, I don’t have to read everything. Doors and cats don’t do it for me, but I do love the recommendations, the one-liners and, in general, your witty, engaging style.

    Carry on!



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      Marian Allen

      September 16, 2019 at 9:04am

      Thank you, dear heart! You make life worth living. Seriously, kind words work wonders.

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  4. pm laberge

    September 16, 2019 at 11:12am

    How about just doing them 1 time per month?

    As long as we do not lose our cats, and doors.
    And the odd Steffie!
    STEFFIE: I am NOT odd! Now, Pete, on the other hand……

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  5. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    September 16, 2019 at 2:12pm

    This thing about blogging being a way to sell our books is broken – or never worked.

    I say this in the full knowledge that I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever – a new med has kept me happy, but non-productive. Long term benefits are presumed, and some good short-term ones have already happened, but lifting of the brain fog reliably hasn’t yet.

    With or without posts, I sell about the same: one or two every once in a while. I hope to do better when the second volume in the trilogy is done – I love where it’s going – but marketing is the last thing on my mind.

    Things are happening, good things, and settling-into-a-new-life things, but I thought I’d be further along by now – and instead I can’t even cobble up a few words to post.

    I always admire your energy.

    You’ve changed something: even I have noticed I’m not being asked to justify my non-robotness any more. I’m slow.

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      Marian Allen

      September 16, 2019 at 2:24pm

      I don’t know if I changed it or if WordPress changed it, but I’m glad it’s changed. I don’t care if robots read my blog, as long as they buy my books.

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  6. Daniel Antion

    September 16, 2019 at 4:24pm

    I own one of your books, and I quite enjoyed it. My to-be-read pile is huge, but I could see adding another of yours to the pile. I hope I have more time for reading in the foreseeable future.

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      Marian Allen

      September 17, 2019 at 8:07am

      Thanks, Dan! An Amazon review would be much appreciated. Even a one-star review is better than no review. #beggingnotbegging

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      • dan antion

        September 21, 2019 at 10:28am

        I will try (it may take a while). I am shy about reviews, and when I did write one, Amazon banned it and kinda-sorta threatened me. It seems I reviewed a book by someone I was too close to. The book was a gift, from an author friend of mine. It came with a “go here to review this book” tag in it FROM AMAZON!

        That set me back 🙁

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          Marian Allen

          September 21, 2019 at 10:56am

          I know how they do. It really ticks me off. Can I help it if I’m fortunate in my friends?

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