Friday Five: Only Weather Edition

Hello all. Been a while since I’ve done of these, as I’ve not really been paying attention to other people’s stuff. Hard to do a round up with nothing to share! Truth told, I’m still a little disengaged from most things. But I think I’ve found enough things to be worth sharing, so here goes nothing.

1. We’re starting with touting some friends from my two favourite forums.

SFFChronicles now has an official podcast – Chronscast – run by my very good friends Dan and Chris. The first episode features a look at Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights, with author Stephen Palmer joining them. I know a lot of people looking for podcasts, so come check it out.

I’ve also been running the Fantasy Faction Competition Winner stories here for a while. The Competition has been a little in abeyance recently due to a lack of numbers, so the forum mods are seeing if anyone around is interested in entering. If anyone’s looking for more places to try their short story skills, why not head over and we’ll see how any there are?

2. It’s sad to see the end of the FolkloreThursday hashtag being announced, so I thought that in its honour, I’d include a bunch of folklore tweets contain some very cool stuff.

3. Wow, this one is really tweet heavy today. Here’s a couple of interesting ones from agents.

4. Now it is time to talk about books.

This review on of Andre Norton’s and Robert Bloch’s collaboration, the Jekyll Legacy has me rather intrigued.

In book titles you don’t see every day, The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù is well up there and Cup of Cyanide’s review says that’s not where the originality and attraction ends.

Mini-reviews covering some Bujold, some McKillip, some folklore novellas, and how to charm your fellow weirdo? Para’s got your back.

Sarah J Daley’s debut novel Obsidian sounds pretty interesting, and she’s on the Hive to talk about her route to publishing

Doomscribe’s got a review of Jeff VanderMeer’s Shriek: An Afterword, which sounds like another slice of utter madness.

I’m always on the look out for interesting things with Ye Faithful Epic Fantasy, and Sun at Libri Draconis says that’s what’s happening with Jacey Bedford’s The Amber Crown

Curious about Daniel Abraham’s Age of Ash? Azucchi has you covered at The Book Nook.

Last but never least, Jodie at Witty & Sarcastic Bookclub is doing a focus on Comedic Fantasy, and might have one or two recommendations

5. Apocrypha time!

Do you want to know about great Chinese New Year cookies? Zen Cho has a tweet thread on her favourites.

Do you want to watch some live footage of a watering hole in Namibia? Para turned me onto this, and it’s pretty cool.

Do you want to know about the growing movement to make New England IPAs with English hops? Step this way.

And d’ya wanna look at Encanto art? The Mouse has it’s book of it free for the time being.

That’s it for this week, have great weekends all!

8 thoughts on “Friday Five: Only Weather Edition

  1. I’m so glad Friday Five is back! And thank you for featuring my review, I feel very honoured. So much cool stuff this week too, and I’m always happy to have a new SFF podcast to listen to. Maybe if I listen to enough I’ll finally start my own…

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    1. I also meant to ask – can you give me a bit more info about the Fantasy Faction competition? Looks interesting but not entirely sure what it entails

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      1. I shall have a look around. If I’m honest, I don’t know what the exact shape of it is right now, and I’m not 100% that’s fixed depending on who’s up for it.


      2. Hi, thanks for asking 🙂 I’m (one of) the forum’s admins and co-organise the contest.
        As Peat said, we’re currently re-evaluating it, so are pretty open to ideas.

        What we had before was a monthly event (although now some people are asking for it to last 2 months), where we’d set up a theme (it could be an idea or a writing style) and people would submit a 2000-word-max short story following that theme. At the end of the month we create a voting poll, and people (not only the writers – I’m just a reader and love the contest!) choose their favourite (which are the stories Peat’s been publishing here on the blog).

        The best is really for you to check the forum for the past events, see examples – Peat’s link goes directly to the thread where we’re discussing the new event, but then you can go to the main page and check the old stuff. You don’t have to register on the forum to read that section (or most of it).
        Also feel free to ask me any other questions 🙂

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