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Three things to share

First Thing
I think many of my friends can identify with aspects of this cake-making (and life-living) experience:

There are only two things I really care about: impressing people and death sugar. Baking involves both of those things and I derive a lot of--what's the approximation of joy for a person who obsessively competes with others? Whatever that is, that's the thing I get from it.

But I'm also really impatient, not exactly a character trait compatible with baking. I don't wait for the oven to pre-heat. I don't wait for cakes to cool before I frost them. I don't even really have the patience for meringue to whip up properly. But damn if I'll let that stop me from getting ambitious when it comes to people's birthdays. Read more here

I especially like the fact that this cake has bees in it. I'm be-caked with bee cake.

Second Thing
A new StoryBundle collection of fantasy titles, all of whom are winners in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off. More than 250 indie writers sent in books (not me; I'm busy working on the next book), which were divided among 10 reviewers. Each reviewer chose one favorite title--and the result is this StoryBundle. These days I don't read that much high fantasy, but if you like the genre, check out the bundle here. And look at blairmacg's gorgeous banner of the covers!

Third Thing
Rosarium Publishing, which brought us The SEA Is Ours (a collection of Southeast Asian steampunk) and Carlos Hernandez's The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria (such a great title), is raising money via Indiegogo. And CSE Cooney did this wonderful video blog post about their books.


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Apr. 14th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! The beesting cake (or "yeast" as such cakes are locally called) is really prized in my home state - which has a strong German influence dating back some 170 years. :) I'm smiling a lot right now, recalling ardent expeditions with friends through the suburbs and hills in the quest to find the best bakery, the perfect beesting!
Apr. 14th, 2016 12:47 pm (UTC)
Have you ever made one yourself? (And did you find the best bakery?)
Apr. 14th, 2016 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! We found the best bakery several times (different bakeries - but each one the best!)

No, I've never made one myself; "yeasts", as that whole class of comestibles is called round my home state, are seen as something special, for advanced cooks. But I can make bread, and I can make cake (in a rough and ready sort of way); perhaps I should try it. :)
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
These are all wonderful things. :D
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
That cake looks amazing.

Hoping to acquire the Storybundle once I get paid.

And thanks for the link for the Indiegogo.
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
The cake does look good, doesn't it? I think even the blogger's failed attempt looks pretty delicious. And you're welcome and welcome!
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much so posting about the StoryBundle. These novels are so cool, and the authors so deserving. :)

Your support is appreciated muchly!
Apr. 14th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
It meant a whole lot to me when my novel was included in one, and I hope that these writers get a similar boost!
Apr. 14th, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
This is what I love about writers in my community. :)
Apr. 14th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
That cake looks yummy!

And so do the other offerings!
Apr. 14th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wait - "the next book"? Is it going to be a sequel or something different?
Apr. 14th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
Something different. I won't be able to write a sequel, not with the same style or feel. I'd like to write more about the characters at some point--but not yet/now.

The one I'm working on now is set in the far future and uses the notion of the sky ocean.
Apr. 14th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! Looking forward to seeing the sky ocean then...
Apr. 14th, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
I like the sound of southeast Asian steampunk.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I have the book but i haven't read any yet.
Apr. 15th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
Bee-uatiful blog entry buzzing with humor.
No, I did not say that. ;)
I don't wait for the oven to pre-heat. I don't wait for cakes to cool before I frost them.
Me too.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D

(now are those grinning faces, or bumblebees in flight?)

I have a hard time waiting too.
Apr. 15th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of charmed at the idea of a cake with bees as an ingredient. Though it's hard on the bees. I think it's a cake for witches to make.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
I think you're right--a bee cake, made by witches. A bee-witch cake. A bewitched cake.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you and hugs
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
Strong hugs back! And hello. And thank you ^_^
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