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Elephant oven mitt and review by Lois Tilton of "A Thread of Silk" in IROSF

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Thanks to amysisson's advice to try eBay in my quest for animal oven mitts, I purchased a new elephant-shaped oven mitt to replace the killer whale ones who we've retired. Just in time, too. fosteronfilm has been braving the dense and thorny hazards of our backyard to pick the wild blackberries that grow there. Last year's drought decimated our harvest, and we barely had enough for a single pie. This year's, though not as bountiful as previous years, is going to be much better. We've already got enough for one blackberry pie, possibly two, and the season's nowhere near over.

*squee!* Although I don't recall elephants having such fierce looking canines.


Writing Stuff

A new issue of IROSF came out yesterday, and I was happy-giddy to see that Lois Tilton had given a "Recommended" review to "A Thread of Silk":

"While this tale is grounded in the well-known story of Taira no Masakado, Foster skillfully slips this variation in between the cracks of the historical account and the subsequent legends, warping it in a different direction. The ending of the frame story delivers a strong final twist"

! Read the whole thing here.

New Words:
• 200 on the Sudanese Pied Piper story. Not my most productive day.

Club 100 for Writers: 14
I'm feeling:
bouncy bouncy
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On July 2nd, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
That is so cute! I need a new oven mitt or two. Maybe I should check out eBay.
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On July 2nd, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC), spitgirl commented:
Hm... maybe they wanted the teeth to look like tusks? A little ingrown, if you ask me... :P But still very cute! I tend to buy things that I can't get too emotionally attached to, because then I can't get rid of them due to a vague sense of guilt.
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On July 3rd, 2008 05:00 am (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Tusks or canines? Ferocious looking pachyderms nonetheless!

Love the snippet from the review. You've definitely got some rights to be thrilled there.
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On July 3rd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC), basletum commented:
Congrats on the cool review. :)

Elephant oven mitts? Just when I thought I've seen everything.
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On July 3rd, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC), j_hotlanta commented:
Mmmmm - Blackberries.

They were always a summer ritual at my grandmother's house. My father and I would pick 10 or 20 gallons that were dutifully canned then brought out through the winter as cobblers for each Sunday dinner.

Here, I have brambles but the deer enjoy all the berries. (at least I enjoy the deer).
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