Each year, the booth for Tea & Absinthe at Connecticon in Hartford, Connecticut grows larger. It’s easy to see why: they not only have a huge selection of tasty loose teas but also a terrific selection of tea-related items, such as mugs, infusers, and teapot, many of them geeky as well. This year, I went with English caramel, Irish Whiskey, and Starry Night loose teas. The Starry Night is a favorite from last year. The other two were new choices. But, I admit, my son might have chosen my overall favorite: Tardis 11 Tea-Geronimo! The description: A delicious black tea with vanilla cream custard flavor. Fish fingers not included. Goes well with TARDIS Self-Destruct Buttons (aka Jammie Dodgers) Ingredients: black tea -Assam, -China, flavor, vanilla bits. If you missed their booth, go to their website and order some, post-haste. Meantime, at ConnectiCon, my youngest daughter was thrilled how her Sword Art Online cosplay came out. She was Kirito GGO from season 2:
ConnectiCon was busy for us. Not only did I have my daughter’s cosplay to arrange but I was on two panels: Nasty Women and The Hero’s Journey. The former was an examination of how women are portrayed in geeky pop culture and whether it’s getting better or not, the latter a writing panel about the transformation genre characters often take from ordinary person to hero. An audience member in the Hero’s Journey panel sketched myself and fellow presented Casey Wyatt and had us sign the sketches and that was incredibly cool.
Looking for my recent non-fiction articles? Check out the Barnes & Noble Science Fiction/Fantasy blog, the DC Comics reviews at GeekDad, my mystery reviews at CriminalElement, and, of course, my posts at GeekMom. (I’m particularly proud of a guest-post by my daughter on How Buffy Failed Us.) Fiction right now is harder to find, save for the occasional used copy of my books at Amazon and on eBay. I’ve been writing something new and revising my previous print books in preparation for self-publishing them but my son’s illness this winter put me behind on that. But, hopefully, by September, that will all change. There’s also a secret project that’s unlike anything I’ve done before that I’ve spent hours on. It’s not set yet, so I don’t want to jinx it by mentioning it.