News: Happy, Sad

Posted in Life in general at 9:17 am by Marion


Big news in Fiction Dailyland today.

Since fall 2007, Fiction Daily has been a great love of mine and I’m sure that won’t change in the long term.

In the short term, however, a change ahead will probably curb my posts, though they certainly won’t end.

Yes, dearly beloved, Yours Truly is launching a campaign for the office of city council for the great City of Greenville, N.C.

Last week, I announced to the Daily Reflector, our newspaper, and reporter Kathryn Kennedy did a nice article that genuinely captured the early character of my campaign.

So while my great love is writing … books … and things literary, I am entering a new area, where I hope to learn all I can, put my principles to use, and serve the public and the community. It’s a proud moment to take part in that big, abstract, lumbering animal, democracy.

Election Day 2009 is Nov. 3 … so between now and then, expect erratic posts. It’s likely that my new campaign Web site will be located at www.marionblackburn.com. I may start a campaign blog … I will open a Facebook page (Elect Marion Blackburn for Greenville N.C. City Council) and yes, I will be Twittering.

Meanwhile … at night when the meetings have ended … and I’m wrapped up for the day … expect to find me with a big fat novel.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, I’m reading Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Gardner. They are incredible, real mind candy that’s also nutritious. Excellent writing.

AND THIS SOMBER NEWS: Our beloved Walker hound, Annie, passed away on Sunday night after a sudden, serious illness.

We were holding her sweet head in our hands when she passed, sparing us the decision to have her put to sleep. She was a marvelous dog to the end.


  1. Gene-o said,

    June 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Big political ambitions for my favorite blogger! If anyone is up to the challenge, it is you, and I will follow your campaign with great interest and hope (while, at the same time, missing the regular blog postings here at FD). This is very much in line with your philosophy of serving the greater good — and this is only the most visible evidence of your ability to put that philosophy into action. Go, Marion!

    So sorry to hear about Annie. How we love our pets, and how their passing affects us.

  2. Marion said,

    June 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words. There was no greater joy than Annie at the beach, in the woods, or eating chicken. I’ll never forget that wonderful dog.