Happy Hallowe’en! A Blessed Samhain! Dress Up Today!

I hope everyone who is celebrating All Hallows’ Eve has a wonderful experience!

A minor chord: I went through channels at Amazon Customer Service and did two e-mail messages and one live chat (with three people going up the chain of command on the other end) and never could get them to put The Splatterfairies’ Hallowe’en” on the “FREE PROMOTION TODAY” page or reduce its 99-cent cost. Alas! I should have started earlier. I will do that for Christmas, when I plan to put up a free Amazon Short. They tell me that you have to go through Smashwords, or that you have to be chosen at random. The supervisor finally e-mailed me back, saying, “Sorry that we don’t have the title you want. Here’s a 99-cent credit.”

To their credit, they were quick in responding. The problem was that they were all in India or someplace, and I could tell English is not their first or best language. The people who chatted with me seriously didn’t have the facility in English to understand something unusual or complex. They were confused. I don’t imagine they get lots of requests like that, anyway.

But! If you are willing to give the story a chance for the price of a small cup of coffee or soft drink at a fast-food place, and you have a Kindle, please take a look at the story. It’s the one I was solicited to write by Dean Wesley Smith back when he ran PULPHOUSE, for a special anthology, and I got it back after they’d closed down the press, saying it had been on his desk all that time, waiting for an appropriate place to be published (the original anthology was canceled.) I got a handwritten response from Marion Zimmer Bradley saying that she wanted work that scared her readers, but didn’t turn their stomachs (!). Her assistants had made a few red marks here and there recommending minor changes in the language (you’ll see what I mean if thou readest it), leading me to believe that they actually read it all the way through. It doesn’t have anything stomach-turning, but my mother wanted the people not to be–oh, I won’t tell you. You’ll have to read it to see whether you think Ms. Bradley and my mother had a point, or if they just didn’t have a sense of whimsy while reading it!

I’ve got to make a candy run. SOMEONE ate up all those bite-sized KitKats and Nestle’s Crunch bars@!!@


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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