Tea Guys Pumpkin Caramel Tea, photo by Corrina Lawson

Tea Guys Pumpkin Caramel Tea, photo by Corrina Lawson

It is the time of year for pumpkin spice–which tastes mostly like nutmeg to me–but this is a local twist on that, a flavored caramel tea by a tea house about an hour from me. Happily, the local Big Y supermarket carries their teas. This, so far, is my favorite, probably because the other teas carried by Big Y tend to be the fruity teas and I’m not a big fruity tea person.

Gotta have my caffeinated black tea.

What does pumpkin caramel taste like? A little bit sweet, a little bit cinnamon, and pumpkin, all under a strong black tea flavor. Highly recommended. Now, if I could have only found a good Star Trek tea blend at the Star Trek Mission NY convention over Labor Day weekend, it would have been perfect. Alas, not even Earl Grey. The Trek convention was fun but the dealer room seriously lacked in swag.

In other news, I’ve been writing and revising, fiction and non-fiction. With the twins back to school on a mostly regular basis, it’s time to look back on what I’ve done and what I need to do.

In non-fiction, my work continues at GeekMom.com, (Whoa, I didn’t realize I wrote so much last month.) Then there’s Heroes and Heartbreakers–a review of Margaret Coel’s Winter’s Child, and the Barnes & Noble SF/F blog, with a post about the Lost Stories of Star Trek, and a post at B&N Reads about romance authors with multiple identities and why they do that.

In fiction:

Hawk’s Family–a 20,000 word erotic m/m/f novella featuring characters from Phoenix Legacy. This story was happenstance, meaning it came to me mostly fully-formed and took only 3 weeks to draft. It’s been out to beta readers already and is in good shape.
Above the Fold–my romantic suspense.

In the final revision stages:
Death’s Door–a modern gothic romance with ghosts turning murderous.
The Crystal Tower–my ambitious urban fantasy
Have to revise those before we can send them out.

Drafted and Sitting While Thoughts Percolate:
The Hidden Mage of Lotus Hall–a sequel to The Curse of the Brimstone Contract. It’s a “truck draft,” meaning that if I get hit by a truck today, it’s publishable with editing. Normally, this would be my priority. I fully intended to turn it into my editor at Samhain Publishing earlier this year for publication in six months but then news broke of Samhain’s closing/notclosing weirdness. I want to self-publish it but I want to do it in the best way, so I’m waiting until I can do that.

In Research/Outline Drafting Phases:
A paranormal Victorian story set in my steampunk world, more in the vein of Amanda Quick’s Victorian paranormals than steampunk.
A new SF/F romance
An idea set in 1970s Hollywood on the set of a television detective show. This may just become my first screenplay.

There’s something else going on too but until that become real, I’d rather not talk openly about it.

Next up for me in events? A trip to New York Comic Con where I’m definitely going to use this backpack that the awesome pirate lady, Maureen O. Betita, made for me!

Wonder Woman backpack!

Wonder Woman backpack!

My daughter gave me this  extra-large mug.

My daughter’s gift. :)

A deep sigh here: my local tea shop is closing.

In response to that news, I’ve been laying in a large supply of loose tea, everything from licorice to German gingerbread to hot cinnamon spice (my current favorite) to chai to Earl Grey Creme to Toated Almond and, finally, Supreme Breakfast tea.

It’s back to mail order after all that is gone. The tea shop owner seems happy about the closing. She’s worked for over a decade to keep the shop afloat but now she wants a new adventure and she’s getting out before she goes under water. I can’t blame her for that.

On writing, I’ve taken a red pen to the plot of The Hidden Mage of Lotus Hall, as I had to reorder things to make sure I had that Moment of Impossible Choice at the climax. I’ve started back at the beginning and I wrote a new first chapter. Nothing new for me, as my original draft first chapters usually end up being chapter three. (In one memorable case, it ended up on page 100. That’s called starting the story in the middle. ๐Ÿ™‚

To prove that writing isn’t always a solitary experience, I attended the Connecticut Romance Writers of America Spring Fling Reader’s Luncheon on Saturday as a sponsoring author. What a lovely, lovely time. Major props to the organizers and, oh, my, such fun to talk to librarians and book bloggers! I even spoke to my boss at the Heroes and Heartbreakers blog!

I'm the short one. :)

I’m the short one. :)

For blogging, I had a chance to experience part of Six Flags’ new generation of roller coasters plus virtual reality at a Six Flags New England Press Day. Let me tell you, this is COOL. I’m less enthused about this Fireball ride at Six Flags New England not because it doesn’t look fantastic but because I’m just not big at hanging upside down. ๐Ÿ™‚ Spin me, twirl me, toss me around and about, even upside down, but don’t stop me upside down.

Six Flags Fireball

And, of course, my usual articles about DC comics, as Secret Six and Midnighter remain awesome.

Most of the time, I’m flailing about, trying to do multiple projects at once, juggling my kids, things that need doing around the house, and finding a small sliver of time to relax.

Making resolutions exhaust me because they tend to loom as yet more things that Must.Be.Done.

Instead, today, I’m going to take a look back and remind myself that I actually accomplished stuff in 2012 and that if I just keep my head down and cheerfully slog my way to greatness, this list next year will also remind me that, hey, I did stuff!

1. Cross that off the bucket list.

I wrote and had a comic story published, “The Promise,”a dream I’ve had since the first time I picked up a comic. This one was a long time coming, about four days, but so worth it that when I received the pages from my artist, the awesomely talented Cassandra James, I cried.

Page Two of "Promise"

2. GeekMom the blog and book.

A labor of love!

I never expected to be the author of a non-fiction book. I knew I loved blogging, so I was thrilled to be added in as a contributor to the GeekDad blog on Wired.Com. And spinning off GeekMom with my three co-editors, Kathy Ceceri, Natania Barron and Jenny Williams was a labor of love to give a voice to those who I felt strongly needed one.

So, yeah, this year, GeekMom accepted a contract to provide content to Wired.com, joining the GeekDad site!

And a book that we put together at crunch time, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips & Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families, was published in October by Potter Craft of Random House Publishing.ย  (more…)

From the Bennington Banner! Geekdom for caretakers, feminism for geeks!

It’s primarily centered on my GeekMom blogging and the Geek Mom book but both my aunts saw it on Facebook and then my Mom saw the print version.

A nice late Christmas present! ๐Ÿ™‚


So I did this awesome podcast with Kate Kotler, the Comix Chix! It’s up on GeekNation and I talk about the GeekMom book and other stuff.

Check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch live video from PAX East 2012 on TwitchTV

Yes, I’m in there. ACK. I can’t watch myself on TV but the whole panel was a lot of fun so hopefully you all are much easier on me than I am on myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

We talked about numerous things, playing games with kids, how to geek them up, how to figure out what geeky stuff they enjoy but I believe it starts off with the question of what order to show your kids the Star Wars movies.

If this doesn’t work, you can try it over on the Twitch TV site.


We’re doing a steampunk week over at GeekMom, so pop in this week and check out the articles.

I’m particularly taking notes on the Steampunk tea post that we’ll be running but we also have a giveaway going all week as well.

Steampunk Week on GeekMomI
And just in time, I finished my steampunk detective story and sent it off to my editor. Wish me luck.

Iย learned a few things while writing it:

1. Doyle was a genius at creating mysteries. They are *hard.*
2. World-building is needed even in a short story. That took the longest to sort out.
3. Why did I wait so long to write a Sherlock Holmes-type story?ย That was So. Much. Fun. Even the title was fun. “The Case of the Brimstone Contract.”

I usually don’t post about articles I’ve put up at GeekMom but this one touches on a subject that interests me intensely.

Not that I like the Twilight series (I don’t) but how it’s hit a hot button. Especially the backlash against it, which is partially logical–not a good model for teen girls–and partially about how, eww.., girls made vampires sparkly.

And also how calling something “girly” seems the most serious of insults for men.

So, please, check it out.


It’s a fairly long interview but I start with talking about my geeky self. And why my getting angry led to writing and then selling Dinah of Seneca.

She asks good questions. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, there’s even a photo of me. That I kinda like.

Make with the clicky!