Forbidden Dragon: The BlogGall of Marlo Dianne

"Bagels and Blood", short story, in Big Pulp (February 2010)

'Clockwork Dragon' by Marlo Dianne

"Clockwork Dragon", cover art, in Tales of Moreauvia (December 2009)

"Damp", flash, in Outshine (November 2009)

"Trenchcoats or Atomic Insects?", flash, in Outshine (October 2009)

"The Wedding Feast", short story, in Big Pulp (September 2009)

"Cooville", flash, in Sonar 4 (September 2009)

"Chiaroscuro", short story, in Cinema Spec(May 2009)

"Thou Shall Not, flash, in Everyday Weirdness (April 2009)

"Board Now", flash, in Dog Oil Press (March 2009)

"Whale Bone", flash, in Necrography (March 2009)

"Beneath the Crook", poem, in Goblin Fruit (October 2008)

'Fate Machine

"Fate Machine", story illustration, for 'A Test of Fate', in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (October 2008)

'Hands Free

"Hands Free", story illustration, for 'It's Just a Child's Toy', in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (October 2008)

'A Delicacy' by Marlo Dianne

"A Delicacy", story illustration, for 'Eating Bugs', in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (October 2008)

'Tasty Treat Revue' by Marlo Dianne

"Tasty Treat Revue", story illustration, for 'Wicked Wire', in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (October 2008)

'Teef' by Marlo Dianne

"Teef", cover art, in Big Pulp (June 2008) (reprint)

"Change", short story, in Written Word (April 2008)

"Hunted", short story, in Big Pulp (April 2008)

"Very Tale", poem, in Tales of the Talisman (March 2008)

'Follow' by Marlo Dianne

"Follow", story illustration, for 'Graduation', in All Possible Worlds (October 2007)

'Pillows' by Marlo Dianne

"Pillows", story illustration, for 'Day Off', in All Possible Worlds (October 2007)

"The Monkey's Eye", poem, in Goblin Fruit (October 2007)

"Flesh", short story, in Down in the Cellar (June 2007)

"Bard's Bones", short story, in Fusion Fragment (March 2007)

'Fantastique' by Marlo Dianne

"Fantastique", story illustration, for 'High Concept', in All Possible Worlds (March 2007)

'Robo Rampage' by Marlo Dianne

"Robo Rampage", story illustration, for 'Iron Man', in All Possible Worlds (March 2007)

'Teef' by Marlo Dianne

"Teef", story illustration, for 'Whitening', in All Possible Worlds (March 2007)

"One", flash, in Tales of the Talisman (December 2006)

"Courting Hell", short story, in Forgotten Worlds (October 2006)

"Id", flash, in Raven Electrick (June 2006)

"A Breath of Power", short story, in AlienSkin (February / March 2006)

Amityville House of Pancakes

"Ahop 2 Cover", cover art, for Amityville House of Pancakes Vol.2 (September 2005)

"Gella Murphy: Public Dick", novella, in Amityville House of Pancakes Vol.2 (September 2005)

"Prick", flash, in From the Asylum (August 2005)

"Inticingly entitled, "Prick" builds more suspense and atmosphere in 200 words than some authors manage in 200 pages. The reader truely does justice to the material, using her intensely erotic voice to give the piece the ... umm... climax it so richly deserves..."
--Decker_Angelis on the audio version of "Prick"

"Another marvelous thoughtful story."
--Abyss & Apex, on "Chiaroscuro"

" appealing magazine to look at, with the bright, childlike simplicity and intricate detail of the cover art catching, and holding, the eye."
--Eneit on "Clockwork Dragon"

"If you couldn't tell out there, Marlo Dianne does not write formulaic crap."
--Jack Mangan, author of Spherical Tomi and host of the Deadpan

"...a good bit of fun..."
--Tangent Online, on "Courting Hell"

"...funny, superbly written and engaging... tongue-in-cheek murder mystery...The story twists and turns harder than a high Alpine road, and Gella's resolution of the mystery came out in a way I did not at all expect. Dianne's pungent writing style complements Gella's gritty narration perfectly."
--SFReader, on "Gella Murphy: Public Dick"

"I can't think of another bunch of authors I'd rather be published with. No, really; all my favorites are long dead."
--Sally Kuntz, author of "Froggie"

"Really original."
--Adrienne Jones, author of Temple of Cod and The Hoax

Saturday, May 20, 2006

A Response to a Response

Listening to: City and Colour - Save Your Scissors

On Thursday, I got a very lengthy accusatory PM from one of the admins of
LibriVox. In itself, that would not be that unusual, or unexpected, I
suppose. But it did come two weeks after my resignation of my admin
position and my withdrawal from LibriVox, and that was unusual, because I
considered the matter over, resolved and well past.

The message was accusing me of vindictive and offensive behaviour in the
forums and in my blog.

The blog part of the ire seemed to be a single post where I had briefly
summed in public what I had said, and been bothered by, in private, that I
hadn't just left LibriVox, but told 'outside' people why I left.

The thrust of my forum offence was said to be an update I made to my 20,000
Leagues thread, based on file collection change that was made by the MC,
who is above a BC in the cat process. This, in particular accused me of
being a liar.

This is an exact quote of my entire update:

"UPDATE (05/09): Due to a decision of the administration, all completed
files are now to be sent to

The upload password for this space is: public

Be advised that I cannot access the files at this space, thus I will now be
unable to provide feedback or proof-listening. Your work will, assumedly,
be later exposed to the open proofing process.

When your work has been uploaded, please post to advise, so that I may
update this Master List."

I had trouble finding the words to respond. It was a very far ranging
message, that was missing a lot of key information, but contained mainly
untrue accusations. Perhaps I should have just ignored it, because I'm
going to be the ultimate scheming villain now to the admins no matter what,
it seems.

Still, the thing was, I hadn't lied, I wasn't bitter, and I sure wasn't
ever plotting against anyone, and yeah, okay, I'm a bitch, but get your
damn reasons right.

This what I said in response later that day:

"I think you have misunderstood my LUTS update.

It was a decision of the administration to develop a useful alternative to

I was advised by a reader by PM that he had uploaded his chapters to your
space. From your post, he believed that was what he was supposed to do with
completed chapters. So, readers were going to use it anyway.

It's true that I cannot access files on your server. I know they go into a
folder, and so on, but I couldn't download his file. The connection kept
failing and I repeatedly got the message the server will not allow resumes.
This was the same problem I was having with YSI Beta, so it's not your
server, so much as how some servers and my dialup don't want to get along.
Annoying, but still fact.

Because the readers will use it anyway, it is more efficient than YSI, and
as you are the one who will be uploading in to the catalogue, it seems
obvious to keep the files in one place. This is why I sent my own files to
the space as well.

Since I had always proofed and edited my own BC chapters, I had to tell the
readers that this change in procedure would mean that I couldn't give them
the usual feedback they would be expecting based on past interaction.
However, that they would probably get proofed and possible feedback later
from someone else.

That's all the update was supposed to mean; I tried to be very brief in the
master post because people glaze over at the length of that already.

As for the rest...

I've tried to explain the accent thing so many times now, but it seems to
be one of those either you agree or you completely disagree issues, and
discussion, at least discussion in the form of typed text, was not helping.
It's interesting that you begin by saying you "regret" having an accent.
Right there is the difference. You shouldn't be sorry for who you are,
especially when it's things you had no choice or control over.

The Dracula situation would not have been that significant, except what
underlaid it, and what followed. Criticism, even criticism that is against
policy, can be ignored, but the tone of this particular criticism was
discriminatory, and I didn't feel that was something that should have been
ignored. In the discussion following my admin forum post--in posts, and
PMs, and messages--I discovered that the admins were aware they were not
following the LV policy, but they did not find fault in this. In fact, they
were very comfortable with it. Some of the things said and done were also
discriminatory in themselves. Some of the messages that were meant to be
encouraging said that, if we want to please everyone, we have to allow

At this point, I quit because it was the only thing I could do.

My blog post is simply my perceptions at that moment, of being
disillusioned with a public organisation, of which I had previously donated
to with incredible enthusiasm. My experience revealed a gap between LV
ideals and practice, and, yes, I very much did not like what I saw in that gap.

I did feel it would be abandoning my readers to a harsh fate to walk away
from the projects I was BCing. They, like I, had donated time and effort in
good faith, and I didn't want them to feel, even for a moment, that their
contribution was not appreciated. Of course, this was going to be somewhat
uncomfortable for me, but too bad, the situation was not their fault, and
they were not going to get fallout if I could help it.

I haven't used the forums or PMs to rail against the administration. I
haven't posted, here or elsewhere, correspondence, public or private. I
haven't named individuals, or suggested certain people as the problem or
the solution. These things would have been grossly inappropriate, and that
would definitely be trying to end things unpeacefully.

All I have done is try to finish out my BC projects, and my posts there
have been, I think, completely neutral and polite. Aside from what you
thought of my LUTS update, but I have tried to explain that.

We're all just people. Imperfect, but trying to do the right thing.
Unfortunately, as it happened, we had completely irreconcilable differences
on what the right thing was.

Aside from endorsement, I felt far too self-conscious to record. I had to
orphan things. I should have told you that I couldn't continue with the
lovecraft project, but at the time I was overwhelmed and then forgot to
drop you a note.

Finally, I didn't want to leave anyone in the lurch by walking away from my
BC projects. I don't like leaving things unfinished, and I didn't want to
give my MCs needless headaches either. You already have all the complete
chapters for LUTS, and if you would rather have someone else take over
coordinating duties, that is not a problem. I actually wanted to make this
as painless as it could be, and I have tried my best, as I know we all have.

Be well,

It is so profoundly weird to get a condescending call to end an enraged vendetta that you never detta'd...or raged. Or thought about...

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Online Portfolio: Small samples of my art.

Forbidden Dragon: Very small online print gallery.

They're Free. Take One. Or All:

"Despair" by H.P. Lovecraft (recorded live, 06/22/07)

Prick by Marlo Dianne (higher res single; posted 02/08/07)

Prick by Marlo Dianne (previously appeared in digital print; August 2005, From the Asylum; posted 02/08/07)

A Fruitless Assignment by Ambrose Bierce (posted 01/22/07)

Id by Marlo Dianne (higher res single; posted 01/13/07)

Star Wars in 230 Words by Byron Starr (posted 12/07/06)

Id by Marlo Dianne (previously appeared in digital print; June 2006, Raven Electrick; posted 11/30/06)

Seen by Marlo Dianne (previously unpublished; posted 10/04/06)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 1 - From the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft (04/04/06; posted 05/13)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 2 - The Plague-Daemon by H. P. Lovecraft (04/16/06; posted 05/18)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 3 - Six Shots By Moonlight by H. P. Lovecraft (05/17/06; posted 06/01)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 4 - The Scream of the Dead by H. P. Lovecraft (07/14/06; posted 07/17)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 5 - The Horror from the Shadows by H. P. Lovecraft (08/12/06; posted 08/14)

Herbert West: Reanimator - Part 6 - The Tomb-Legions by H. P. Lovecraft (10/18/06; posted 10/18)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (03/27/06; posted 05/02)

Books I've saved, forever free for everyone:

Mary Hartwell Catherwood - The Romance of Dollard (100%)

James De Mille - The Lily and the Cross (posted 01/27/10)

James De Mille - A Castle in Spain (posted 01/05/10)

Robert J. C. Stead - The Homesteaders (posted 04/20/09)

James De Mille - The Cryptogram (posted 03/29/09)

James De Mille - The Dodge Club (posted 10/29/08)

James De Mille - The Lady of the Ice: A Novel (posted 07/07/07)

(As a PP for DP):

Émile Faguet - Initiation into Literature (posted 07/27/03)

Stephen Hudson - War-time Silhouettes (posted 06/17/03)

Ezra Pound - Certain Noble Plays of Japan (posted 06/14/03)

Elias Johnson - Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians (posted 06/08/03)

Magnus Gustaf Mittag-Leffler - Niels Henrik Abel (posted 05/19/03)

+474 pages for DP (from April - July 2003)

September 22 2005 - September 14 2013

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