Pumpkin Carving Tips

Pumpkin Carving Tips

  1. Don’t cut out the top of the pumpkin to scoop out seeds. Cut out the bottom instead. This way, the pumpkin doesn’t cave in on itself and it lasts longer. Also, you can just set the pumpkin over a lit candle or light without having to stick your hand inside.
  2. Sprinkle some cinnamon inside the pumpkin after carving. The heat from the light or candle will make it smell like pumpkin pie.

Mythical Beasts of Europe Poster

Here’s a fun & free PDF poster with a description and picture of some of Europe’s most famous (and some unknown) mythical creatures.

Mythical Beasts of Europe poster

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Here’s what’s on the poster:

  • Alp – Germany
  • Banshee – Ireland
  • Basilisk – British Isles
  • Black Shuck – England
  • Ceasg – Scotland
  • Cerberus – Greece
  • Chimera – Greece
  • Dames Blanches – France
  • Dragon – Europe
  • Fenrir – Scandinavia
  • Herne the Hunter – England
  • Kelpie – Scotland
  • La Guia Xica – Spain
  • Medusa – Greece
  • Pegasus – Greece
  • Phoenix – Greece
  • Unicorn – Greece
  • Valkyrie – Scandinavia
  • Vodnick – Czech Republic
  • Xana – Spain


Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here is an updated recipe for Irish Soda Bread muffins that you can bake & enjoy all year round! It features currents, orange zest and caraway seeds, and minimal sugar (1/4 cup for 12 muffins). Give it a try! Recipe makes 12 individual soda breads; best when served warm. Continue reading

Psst. That’s part of the test

Pass/FailMost publishers view their submissions process not just as a way to screen for manuscripts with potential, but also as an opportunity to evaluate the authors who wrote them. Can they follow instructions? Do they take the time to make sure their submission package meets all of the requirements? Are they able to work with the publisher’s technology? And how do they react if there are problems along the way? Continue reading

What makes a good day

Just assigned two more ISBN numbers for an incredible new YA Fantasy. I am thrilled that we have signed two Fantasy novels this past month, since that is my absolute favorite genre to read. Of course, I enjoy almost anything in speculative fiction, which includes SciFi, Fantasy and Horror.

Speaking of which, I just finished reading a totally engrossing manuscript, which means we’ll be making yet another contract offer this month. That’s three so far, and we’re still working our way through the last two or three finalists from our second quarter submissions. So perhaps, even more to sign? The hardest part about the submissions process so far is that all I’m reading these days is unpublished manuscripts. I have no time for published works, even by my favorite authors. I was on my Goodreads page the other day and I will probably never get to 50 books, since so much of what I read isn’t available anywhere yet…

Finally, I also got to turn on the third quarter open submissions information for Barking Rain Press, which means even more books are coming my way. To my mind, this is what makes an otherwise laid back Sunday at home with my family into a truly good Sunday!