Friday, August 9, 2013

Congratulations to Tee and Pip On an Upcoming Release

Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris introduced me to steampunk with their Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels.While I still struggle to explain it to the uninitiated I like to describe it as Jules Vern with more gadgets, better writing and no giant squids. Today I am glad to join in the release of the cover for this anthology of Thrilling Tales. 
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels are a multi-award winningseries, which tells the story of the government agency committed to keeping citizens safe from the strange, the unusual, and the bizarre.
In a very successful Kickstarter in July, the Ministry Initiative was funded, allowing the creation of both a roleplaying game and a brand new anthology.
Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is a collection of short stories that will take readers across the Empire and all over the world, revealing new facets of familiar characters and introducing new agents, allies, and enemies from the Ministry’s colorful history.
The authors of this globe-spanning anthology include Delilah S. Dawson, Leanna Renee Hieber, Alex White, Jared Axelrod, Tiffany Trent, Peter Woodworth, Jack Mangan, JR Blackwell, Dan Rabarts, Lauren Harris, Karina Cooper, and Glenn Freund from The League of S.T.E.A.M.
And one of the Ministry’s creators, Tee Morris, presents the origin story of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences itself. Look for the ebook coming in August, with signed print editions to follow.
Feast your eyes on the cover art from the Ministry renaissance man, Alex White, and spread the word about the anthology by entering the giveaway of signed copies of the current Ministry of Peculiar occurrences novelsa Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Box Pop Pop Helped me Make

I am looking at boxes for the next few weeks and have come to realize I have lots of boxes and that we like things that come in nice boxes. Did you ever buy an apple product? Great care was given to having a box with exactly the right fit. The same is true for products that come from Levengers. Levengers sells pens and fine writing paraphernalia. I am going to focus on important boxes or boxes that hold treasures. 

Well today’s box is about 48 years old. I made it when I was ten with the help of my Mother’s father who we called Pop Pop. By the time I was ten,  Pop Pop was pretty old but he still had wood shop in the basement of the home in Yonkers, New York that he shared with my aunts, Fredi and Helen. Each summer when we would go visit he would spend some time with me and my brothers working on wood projects. My projects were made from scraps which reflected my skill level.

For the next few years I used this box to carry my books, drawing materials and other stuff that I took on vacation to amuse myself. In those days cars did not have DVD players in fact the DVD had not yet been invented. So while traveling we read or played license plate games to amuse ourselves.

This box now lives in my garage where it holds sandpaper.