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The Southern Indiana Writers Group will be at Corydon, Indiana’s Halloween on the Square this Saturday (October 24th) from 1:00pm – 7:00pm at Magdalena’s Cafe on the Square. We’ll be selling our spooky books, like GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE…AND ELSEWHERE…. and THERE’S SOMETHING UNDER THE BED-TIME STORIES. We may or may not be reading from the books at the First State Capitol building–still waiting to hear for sure about that. We will be wandering the square, handing out coupons for discounts at Magdalena’s.

Drop by and see us! We’ll be the ones inside behind the table of books, laughing and yakking and swilling coffee treats the way The Blue Brothers Band swills beer.


writing prompt: Write a ghost story.

Sounds like one of those TV catchphrase insults, doesn’t it? “Kiss mah grits!” “Eat my shorts!” “Cast my story!” It isn’t, though, it’s an invitation. There’s this totally kewl site called Storycasting, where you can… er… cast stories. Have I already told you this? Anyway, you can decide who should play this or that character. They have a database of whole big bunches of actors and actresses. If you want somebody who isn’t in their database, just email them, and they add him/her/them.

And they have 14 of my stories! If you’ve read DYING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, SWORD AND SORCERESS XXII or XXIII, or the last six or so Southern Indiana Writers Group anthologies, you’d be doing me a kindness to go to my stories and cast them.

My only quibble is that you have to cast the actors/actresses at the age they are now. I think it would be so much fun to mix live performers of all times and at whatever age would be appropriate. But that’s a small thing.

Now I must get high-speed–and a time machine. I just don’t have time enough to play!


Writing prompt: Cast your own story/novel/screenplay. In my little world, you can mix living/past performers and specify their ages.

Cold last night, chilly today, but BEAUTIFUL. The sky is clear and richly blue, and I have nowhere to go until I take Mom to the doctor for a regular checkup after lunch. Imagine you see mecrocus-mix dancing. Imagine I can dance.

I had a headache the past two days and part of last night, but it’s <whisper> gone for now </whisper> so I feel wonderful by comparison.

I didn’t go to the Southern Indiana Writers Group meeting last night because my head hurted and I was very very tired. Meh. I know I missed a good time and a great meeting.

So this morning I’m supposed to be working on my Culinary Chronicles for World Wide Recipes, and I’m blogging, instead. Well, well, to work I go, and I do love it.


Writing prompt: What do you do to postpone work? Stop it!

I’ve been working on a science fiction short story for the Southern Indiana Writers Group’s coming sf anthology. Mine is a very silly story, but I don’t feel very silly. Yesterday’s bad news (one daughter lost a job, another daughter’s good friend and co-worker lost her job, one of my dear friends lost a cat) just took all the stuffing out of me.

I think I’ll go for a walk in the woods. It’s a beautiful day, and the sounds and smells will do me good. I’ll take my camera and my mushroom bag and see if anything interesting turns up.


Writing prompt: What do your characters do when all the stuffing has been taken out of them?


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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