Okay, so I wrote this book, EEL'S REVERENCE, right, and I read it and I read it and I gave it to other people to read, and I made corrections, right? And I sent it to Echelon Press and their editor read it and suggested corrections and I made them, right? And they sent me a proof copy and I went through it and I CAUGHT MANY MISTAKES THAT I NEVER CAUGHT BEFORE! And they fixed my mistakes and sent me a final proof and...can you guess what comes next? Yup, I found many and many mistakes that I missed all the times before.
I'm like, how was this even readable before? Should I have just left it as it was, and challenged my readers to break the code?
God bless Karen Syed, the publisher at Echelon, for bearing with me through all this with patience and good humor!
I invite you to download and read "Line of Descent", a free story at Smashwords (available in read-without-a-Kindle formats) that is set in the same world as EEL'S REVERENCE and includes chapter 1 of EEL'S REVERENCE--uncorrected, for your puzzle-solving pleasure.
As for the food connection: I am eating crow.