STORYTIME BLOG HOP JULY 25TH, 2018, WED — OPEN CALL
GENERAL SPECULATIVE FICTION
NEXT HOP: WEDNESDAY, July 25th, 2018
STORY LINKS DUE July 20TH
What is speculative fiction?
Speculative fiction is a broad category of narrative fiction that includes elements, settings, and characters created out of imagination and speculation and not based on reality and everyday life. It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism. JOIN US!
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RULES & GUIDELINES
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This is Storytime blog hop’s third year featuring speculative fiction shorts 500 to 1000 word stories from authors all over the globe. Come read and join us. The hop occurs four times a year on the last Wednesday of the month. You can read more about this in Rules & Guidelines, link above.
We currently have an ongoing open call to all speculative fiction authors each blog hop. Story links always due on the 20th of the month of the hop. You post your story on your blog and send the link to the host, which you will find listed in the Rules & Guidelines.
The theme is always optional unless stated required, e.g. Equal Rights-Freedom themes in January, April Fool in April, 4th of July in July, and Halloween in October.
In celebration of Elaine Kaye, The Pea Soup Diasater picture book release. Welcome to the Blog Hop of the same name. It is a Souper’s delight. Check out all the recipes posted by the participates. Links at bottom of the post.
SOUPER BLOG HOP
FOR THE SOUPER BLOG HOP: One of my favorite soup recipes – Low Carb Pumpkin Sausage Soup. It tastes great; it is filling. A great winter and fall soup recipe, but I like it all year round whenever the mood hits me.
Oh, oh, can’t leave this one out either. Bear Creek Tortilla Soup add a can of dark navy, or pinto, or kidney beans, plus a can of diced tomatoes with your favorite tortilla chip brand on the side — shred cheese, sour cream to top, and guacamole as a side dip.
;)AND Olive Garden Zuppa Tuscany & Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup Copy Cat versions from the internet. Oh okay, I have more than one favorite and I really can’t choose. I love them all. I picked only one to display officially for the Souper Blog Hop. It is one of my top three faves! The one I eat most often is Cheese and Broccoli Soup or Tortilla Soup because Bear Creek brand is fast, simple and really good.
LOW CARB PUMPKIN SAUSAGE SOUP
16 OZ COUNTRY STYLE SAUSAGE
1 SMALL ONION, MINCED
1 CLOVE OF GARLIC, MINCED
1 TB ITALIAN SEASONING
1 CUP FRESH MUSHROOMS, CHOPPED
1 CAN (15 OZ) PUMPKIN
5 CUPS CHICKEN BROTH, REDUCED-SODIUM
1/2 CUP HEAVY CREAM
1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM
1/2 CUP WATER
Brown sausage, drain, add onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and mushrooms, sauté until done. Add pumpkin to mixture and mix. Stir in broth and simmer 20-30 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and water, simmer on low for another 10-15 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Here is link to similar recipe online
BLURB: Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.