A small tan colored sheep faces the camera. It has short horns. Two stand behind it. Green pasture in background.

Closeup of young soay domestic sheep livestock ovis aries in field

For no reason at all I got curious about Soay sheep, a small breed the originated in the British Isles (Scotland?). This is a commercial site that sells them, but it still has nice information about these tiny, “thrifty” grazers.

Continuing the sheep theme, here is an article about the Welsh shearing cake, and a recipe.

WorldCon 2024 is accepting registrations.

Tor.com shares five SF stories that work “better” as audio books. Kat, take note!

Mabon or the autumnal equinox happened on September 23, so we missed the holiday, but these recipes look like they transit smoothly into the season. While steeped in pagan vocabulary, they aren’t too “witchy.”

Let me follow that with a chocolate review.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx landed and brought back bits from an asteroid.

Writer Beware lists two scams that invoke Barnes and Noble, and one area of concern, a translation outfit called Babelcube. (Thanks to File 770.)

I think Bored Panda really does include 105 photos of brilliant cosplay costumes. I didn’t go all the way through. What I saw was amazing though.

Nerds of a Feather reviews Lavender House, and reminds me that I want to read it.

Pardon me while I indulge in a moment of patronage. I’m including this Publishers Weekly story about bookstores stocking up on genre titles because The Word Horde Emporium of the Weird and Fantastic is noted, and they’re one of my favorite locals.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.

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