Precipitous Brew (5)

Paws 4 Puzzles

Sometimes my two worlds collide and puzzly stuff ends up in the P.A.W.S. series. I’m editing Londinium, (P.A.W.S. 4) at the moment and came across this section that I believe some of my puzzle friends may enjoy!

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Danny got up and stirred the pea soup. It was odd, but it really did help him think, like the cauldron of green goo was in fact an immense scrying bowl. He thought about the name the werecat had mentioned, Precipitous Brew. Such a strange name, yet Danny felt he had heard it somewhere before, maybe in a spell book back at P.A.W.S.? No, not a spell book, a puzzle. Precipitous Brew had been a clue in a cryptic crossword.

Last winter, always wanting to try new things Joey, the animagus kangaroo, had discovered puzzles and in particular a devious sort called cryptic crosswords. He had shared his new interest with Danny, and Danny…

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Like a Woman anthology

Cool charity anthology looking for submissions! Check it out.

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Like a Woman: An anthology of speculative fiction inspired by women, would like to invite authors to submit stories for publication.

All submissions need to be in the speculative fiction genre and reflect the theme- like a woman. This includes fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, horror, steampunk, dystopian, etc. If you’re unsure, please feel free to ask.

Submissions need to be between 3,000 and 7,000 words in length, but we will consider stories which are a little shorter or longer. We prefer good stories over precise word counts!

We would love submissions to be aimed at a largely adult audience, but if your story has broad appeal, that’s great too.

We’re not looking for stories with erotica, but mild sex scenes are fine. We would also prefer stories not be overly gorey.

We’re open to submissions from both women and men, as long as they’re well-written.

We will not accept stories…

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Author Spotlight

Over on the YAAR blog, an interview with children’s book author Barbara Renner.

YA Author Rendezvous

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Author Spotlight:
Barbara Renner

By: Michelle Lynn

What are the titles of your work and can you tell us a bit about them?

Lonnie the Loon Finds His Home – This is a story about a baby loon looking for his home. He tries to convince his mom where he would like to live but discovers there is only one place he can call his home.
Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly – When Lonnie is a little older, he asks his mom a lot of questions about nature that surrounds him. He discovers more about life than just learning about his surroundings.
Lonnie the Loon Learns to Call – This is a story about a loon coming of age. Lonnie forms a relationship with his dad as he learns the four common loon calls. Readers can listen to the loon calls using a QR Code Reader App.
Lonnie the…

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2017 Hugo Awards Nominations

Congratulations to Misha Burnett – nominated for a Hugo for his outstanding novelette A Hill of Stars published in Cirsova magazine.

Every Day Should Be Tuesday

I almost certainly won’t wind up voting on the Hugos this year.  The number of people nominating and voting on the awards jumped way up, but that hasn’t markedly improved the quality of the finalists.  And it’s clear that a lot of people involved don’t want the make-up of the finalists to change—at least not for the better.  And those people are committed to doing whatever it takes to guard their fiefdom, including putting No Award over very fine work.

Voting means an enormous time commitment for works that aren’t special enough to merit the commitment and without the opportunity to have much of an impact on the final results (especially when a large chunk of the voters obviously aren’t bothering to read many works).

But I did buy a supporting membership for this year’s WorldCon, so I am eligible to nominate.  I’m not going to go out of my…

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Throwback Thursday Puzzle

Over on my puzzle blog it’s throwback Thursday.

Paws 4 Puzzles

Hello everyone – I thought be fun to do an occasional Throwback Thursday on this blog and highlight some of the older puzzles hiding in the puzzles tab.

Here for example is Mini-Crostic 1 – can you solve it to discover a quote from a famous TV personality. The name of the author will spell out from the initial letters in the answers.

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Happy Puzzling

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Scrambled! A Valentine’s Story

A little post-Valentines flash fiction – enjoy!

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“Mrs. Dumpty is just as klutzy as her husband. Why they can’t just stay off that wall it beats me.” The King sighed. He’d tried sending in his men and the horses again. Didn’t work though. One of these days he’d give up and just make a huge pan of scrambled egg.

But today wasn’t the day for that. Today was Valentine’s Day. So he’d call in Cupid.

“Can’t do it,” said Cupid. “Not my area.”

“Don’t care,” countered the King. “You owe me a favor. Remember that stray arrow last year?”

“Yeah, I remember. You’re never going to let me forget that, are you? I’ll see what I can do.”

“Cheers mate. If anyone can get the Dumptys back together I know it’s you.”

Cupid flew down the wall. The Dumptys lay on the floor groaning. It looked bad, real bad. He worked for three hours straight but in the end had to call the King back.

“I’m sorry your majesty.” He sighed. “Even I couldn’t bring them back together.”

 

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