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No picsh today–scroll down for past pictures of The Costume. But here’s today’s clue: I am a book. Not a character in a book, but a book title.

Again, the winner of this contest gets a copy of THE GIFT OF MURDER, an anthology of winter holiday mysteries to benefit Toys For Tots. For a taste of what’s in this anthology, see Jack Hardway’s review. If you already have a copy of the anthology, I have a few others from which to choose.nano_09

I’ve been working away at the Warrior Wisewoman story. It seems to be coming together–although I’ve thought that before! I have all day today and (I think) all day tomorrow to work on it. Then it’ll be time for NaNoWriMo! Not sure if I’ll get anything done on that on November 1, since Mom and I are going to the Kentucky Opera to see OF MICE AND MEN right after church. Well, I tell a lie–RIGHT after church, we’re going to eat. THEN we’re going to the opera.

Just heard from Sue at the Harrison County Public Library–I’ll be selling and signing copies of THE GIFT OF MURDER on Saturday, November 21 from 1-4. If you’ve bought a copy elsewhere and want it signed, bring it in. Bring in a toy to donate to the kids and get coupons good for use at Magdalena’s and at the Friends of the Library’s Book Box (used book building). Good stuff, there. I buy books and movies there all the time. Er…at the Book Box, I mean. I buy food and coffee at Magdalena’s.


writing prompt: What’s the best toy you got for Christmas when you were a kid? My top three might have been a magic set, a chemistry set and a bike.


I said more than a week ago that I would post pictures of our signing, and I don’t think I ever did.

“We” means both the Southern Indiana Writers and S. M. Harding and I, S. H. (Suzanne) and I both being in DYING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, Wolfmont Press’s Toys for Tots anthology.

We approached our target:


Little did they know…. HA!

The Mystery Company turned out to be a great place, and we would have said so, even if it DIDN’T have a coffee and chocolate shop as part of it.


Jim Huang and a charming woman whose name I never got were actually happy to see us!


Suzanne (S. M. Harding) turned out to be not only a fine writer but a delightful person. She very generously donated a free cup of coffee to everyone who brought in a toy for the Marines’ toy collection box. This picture of her would be less blurry if I had partaken less of her generosity. Javajavajavajava!


We sold ALL the Toys for Tots books and people brought in so many toys the Marine had to make three trips to his vehicle to load up! Here are Suzanne, a VERY cute Marine and Old Lady Allen–in other words, me.


And a fine time was had by all.


Southern Indiana Writers’ next signing is December 13 from 1-4pm at the Harrison County Public Library.


Writing Prompt: The Mystery Company ONLY stocks mysteries, crime fiction, suspense and non-fiction related thereto. What kind of “dedicated” store would you like to visit? What kind would one of your characters like to visit or to run?

The Southern Indiana Writers will be signing GHOSTS and other anthologies at Cafe on the Square in Corydon (see previous posts) on Black Friday, November 28, 2008. Y’all come!

I’m probably taking tomorrow off, but you never know what trivia may enter my brain and burst forth from my fingertips. Meanwhile, here is a link to a story for ya.

The Cautionary Tale of Silas Rockport
Written in response to Paul Molyneaux’s (editor of Laughter Loaf) remark, “It’s hard to commercialize a holiday based on gratitude and humility.”


Writing Prompt: Where does your main character go for Thanksgiving, if anywhere? Your villain?

Not much today–busy and tired. I wrote 1500 words on the NaNo book–not blocked anymore–YAY!!

Went to Carmel, to a signing party at The Mystery Company, a GREAT store! Makes me wish I lived in Carmel.

Anyway, 2+ hours there and the same (duh!) back, and about three hours at the store, and, as a kid who used to be in Jr. H band with me used to say, “Ah’m tahrd. Ah’m rill tahrd.”

Pictures of the signing as soon as I have the time and energy.


Writing Prompt: Does your main character like to go on road trips? Get car sick? Like to drive at night? Have night vision problems? Afraid of hitting a critter? If he/she sees a big fat raccoon waddling in the road, does he/she try to hit it, try to avoid hitting it, or (me, me!) stop and talk to it through the windshield in a funny voice?


Here is where I ramble on about whatever happens to fall through my mind. I also have a professional site, where I post about my books, stories, news and appearances. Every month, I post a “Hot Flash” there–a story or prose poem of about 50 words. I hope you enjoy your visit. –Marian Allen

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