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Photo Writing Prompt

April’s issue of The Publisher’s Desk Magazine is all about travel! I thought that this would be a great time to send out a photo writing prompt that may help you beat some of the winter doldrums. Using the photo below, write a 1,000-word story in the third person narrative while adding a theme of adventure. If you’d like your work to be considered for our blog or magazine, please send your submission to pandapublishing8@gmail.com. Deadline is March 30, 2023.

Portugal
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A Saintly Soul Abducted

Part 5 of 5 of the short story A Saintly Soul Abducted by K.G. Watson. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

McNeil sat paralyzed by the obvious decorations that he knew so well being an affront to the mindset of the time.  How could they have missed that?  Well, would they have banned it?  Look at the gold leaf, the jewels that had bedecked it!  Look at the penance it showed!

He thought Liam had finally run out of paper, but another thin pair of pages appeared from the lad’s back pocket. 

“Of all, this will be the hardest to reconcile, I fear,” he began.  “While I was in Dublin studying the Book of Kells, the technical staff told me that they had a collection of tiny flakes, dust really, that has come from the document recently.  Highest on their question list was why some of the blacks are brown and others so deeply dark.”

Well, they said it was obviously a change in chemistry, but since none of the recipes have survived, it was a ‘so-what’ sort of question.  I mentioned that I had access to a CRISPR unit in the Biology Building, and with it, we might be able to identify the DNA of the plant pigments and thereby deduce what plants and maybe the proportions that were used in the various paints.  I got the results back yesterday for the black that was used to make eyes in the saints.  I thought I should bring them up here.”

“I don’t know what you’ll think of them in the context of what I’ve laid out – about St Patrick being a champion of opposition and there being an underground faction within the Church that was likely able to survive because it had inside powerful and secret support.  But here it is anyway.”

Liam handed over the stapled pages.  McNeil scanned down the first page, which outlined a technique he did not understand.  The second page was a re-run to eliminate doubt. The conclusion in bold print was unmistakable. 

“At the 95% confidence level, the sample contained human blood,” the report read. 

“McNeil looked up.  “So this is why the ink was darker for those eyes of the saints in the margins?”

Liam nodded and urged him to read the sentence that had been covered by his mentor’s thumb. 

McNeil was reading it out loud to prove he was really reading it, but he stopped abruptly.  “The human blood concerned was from a female.  Confidence level 100%.”

He looked up open-mouthed.

“What should I do with that?” Liam asked.

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The Publisher’s Desk, Issue 1, March 2023

We’re so excited to present our brand-new, digital magazine The Publisher’s Desk!
If you’d like to advertise with us or have a story idea, please email us at pandapublishing8@gmail.com. Thank you to all of the contributors, and my entire team at Pandamonium Publishing House for making this happen! This wouldn’t be possible without all of you! Flip through the pages below or download your digital copy by clicking on the link: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/The-Publishers-Desk-Issue-1-March-2023-5.pdf

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February 25 at 7 pm EST!

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/534124419517 What questions do you have about publishing? If you’ve ever wanted the chance to speak to a publisher in person, now is your chance! I’ll be chatting about What Publishers Want on Friday, February 25 at 7 pm EST where all of your publishing and submission questions will be answered. Plus, when you attend this event, you’ll receive a free gift! I hope to see you there.

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Writing Prompt…

What’s more romantic than a tower, a canal, and a far-off place full of possibility? Today’s writing prompt is based on the picture below! What words and stories does this image bring to mind? I’d like you to write in a third-person perspective/point of view, 2000 words, and in the romance genre. Feel free to submit your work to pandapublishing8@gmail.com for a chance to have your story featured on our blog! Deadline to submit is February 10, 2023.

Bruges Belfry Tower, Belgium
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Balancing Act

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You Don’t Have To

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Engaging Content How To

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Comment Tracking

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