Posted in Six word stories

6WSC: Boxes

My entry in this week’s Six Word Story Challenge: Boxes by Marian Allen.

Think outside and find new horizons.

<< If you want to read other six-word stories about Boxes, or participate in the writing challenge yourself, then hit the button! :)

Posted in Six word stories

6WSC: Wanderer

As you know, every other week on Wednesdays I post a new theme in the Six Word Story Challenge (6WSC). And I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend and talented writer Marian Allen – my Sister from overseas – will launch the 6WSC in the other weeks! Together the two of us will keep you alert and writing 😉

Last Wednesday Marian chose Super of Superfluous? as 6WSC theme. And here’s my entry:



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Check out the other contributions: #6WSC Super or Superfluous

Posted in Humour, Inspiration, Personal, Writing

My 7 Links

My sweet friend and writer Marian Allen – author of Eel’s Reverence – nominated me for participation in My 7 Links. THANKS Marian! We met online last year and have been in touch ever since.

Here are the rules, and here is list of the already nominated bloggers. At least most of them.

Are you ready? If not, I’ll continue anyway 😛 Here are my seven links:

  1. They Will Become A Memory In The Future for me is my most beautiful post. In this letter I express the things I have learned in the last ten years and then send it to myself. This post made me look back and relive the pain after my divorce, only to emerge stronger.
  2. My most popular post would be Padaung, the Long-Neck Women, a post I wrote in my developing series on the things people do and have done through the ages, for the sake of beauty only.
  3. The most controversial post would be Mother Nature. She Gives And She Takes. One minute I was admiring nature’s treasures in my garden, the next this same nature was shaking the world in an awful earthquake in Japan. Suddenly things were massively out of control, many lives (human, animal and plant) were in danger. This controversy was just incomprehensible.
  4. Death, Harsh Master, is my most helpful post, expressing my sadness and unbelief when colleague and fellow columnist Ab Bobbink died of a heart attack. Many people reacted to this poem, talking to me about their feelings, how they miss Ab. It helped them unload.
  5. A post whose success surprised me is Amazing Pictures. Sometimes it’s not the text that counts, but the images.
  6. Four rings to rule them all is a post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved.  For others, this is just jewelry. For me these rings symbolize very important daily aspects of my life. And each and every time I slide these rings onto my fingers in the morning, I am aware of their meaning.
  7. The post that I am most proud of is The Second Room On The Right. This is the way I want to write, totally lost in the images in my head and typing with my eyes closed. To catch this state of mind again is what I strive for in my writing.

Now enough about me! We came here through Marian Allen, and it is time to move on to other blogs. My five choices:

  1. Sarah May is a delightful and spirited young woman who writes with humor and heart on  Sarsm’s Blog. She often makes me spit my tea all over the screen with her witty posts. Sarah, you rock girl!
  2. In These Are Days, Terri writes about her life, her children and husband, about Lucy (their new dog) and about life in general. She does this in a kind and compassionate way and I love sharing a bit of her life.
  3. Nandini Dhiman publishes breath taking photos on Life just is. Take your time to wander through her images and beautiful poems.
  4. Gil Gonzales, by Gil, of course. Thoughtful posts on various subjects, offering me a glimpse in the male point of view on things 😉 Exchanging comments is a joy.
  5. Life in the Boomer Lane, where Renee Fisher shares her point of view on life in an open and expressive way. A delight to read and think about.

Thank you all for broadening my horizon. And please pass on the torch! 


Posted in Guest writers

Writing Old Young – Marian Allen

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Marian Allen,  special guest and writer.

For as long as Marian Allen can remember, she’s loved telling and being told stories. She enjoys connecting and reconnecting with people, meeting new friends and keeping in touch with the friends she already has.

Her writing reflects this love of network. No one exists in total isolation, but in a web of connections to family, friends, colleagues, self at former stages of maturity, perceptions and self-images. Most of her work is fantasy, science fiction and/or mystery, though she writes horror, humor, romance, mainstream or anything else that suits the story and character.

Professionally, she’s a member of Southern Indiana Writers, Writing and Promotion (WRaP), and Green River Writers.

In this blog post she wants to tell you more about her novel EEL’S REVERENCE.

Could I please ask your special attention for the wonderful initiative in p.s. she has decided upon. Thank you kindly.

When I began my sf/fantasy novel, EEL’S REVERENCE, which has an 82-year-old protagonist, I was 42. Why did I make my protagonist so much older than I?

I think it was because I had so many older people in my life — my grandfather and his twin aunts were all 82 at that time, and my grandmother wasn’t far behind them. Aunt Libby, the main character in EEL’S REVERENCE, was partly based on one of those aunts, Aunt Ruth.

Aunt Ruth had strength and diplomacy: she didn’t shy away from going toe-to-toe with power and she’d look anybody in the eye and assert her value; she would also choose her words and actions carefully to guard the fragile egos of the young and insecure.

The greatest gift my older relatives and friends gave me, and the reason I’ve always loved to write older people, is that the second word is more important than the first. PEOPLE, not OLDER. Aunt Libby gets tired and shaky, she’s more indulgent of weakness than the younger characters and much less easy to fool than most people expect her to be. Yes, her years have changed her in various ways, but her essence is the same. Inside, she’s a child, an adolescent, a young adult, a mature adult and an old woman: the same person–the same PEOPLE–she’s been throughout her life.
The older I get, the more I realize I got it right. That pleases me no end.

Marian Allen

p.s. One of my fellow authors, D. M. Anderson, author of the young adult novel KILLER COWS, is in the hospital. I’ve pledged my royalties through Christmas to him. I hope you’ll consider spending $2.99 for EEL’S REVERENCE, half of which will go to Dave.

To read more about EEL’S REVERENCE, including the first chapter, and for ordering information, click here.