A Shout-out – Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Copper Cover 3-25-2015

By the “Academy” I mean the group of wonderful people, writers, chefs, photographers, readers, and bloggers who come here to Teagan’s Books each week.

You see, when I introduced the previous episode, I got a little off track. Ever since, I have felt that I did not do justice to the amazing chef and blogger who provided that set of “three things” — Suzanne Debrango at “A Pug in the Kitchen.”

I know Suzanne never thought of it that way, but I can’t deal with feeling like I didn’t do my best for someone who has been so very supportive of me and my writing.  Then I thought that it would be nice to do a shout out to everyone who has sent “things” so far!

So I’d like to thank the Academy!

Episode-1:  John W. Howell John W HowellJohn gave us the kickoff episode, the first set of three things, Stilton Cheese, Mare’s Milk, Calamari.  The Cheese and calamari helped put an image of a setting into my mind. Somehow that Stilton cheese keeps coming back around in later episodes. 

Episode-2:  Kathryn aka KR Big Fish

Kathryn KR BIgfish

Along with writing the second chapter of this serial, I had to come up with a name for it. Since the “things” had not had time to develop a story-line, I took the easy way out and titled it with the names of my trio of protagonists, Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers. I know it’s long, but I kind-of like it. For the second episode Kathryn gave us a delicious recipe and Soup Pot, Kitchen Sink, Mail-order Wine Club.

Episode-4:  Andrea Stephenson

Andrea Stephenson

When Andrea offered “things” for the fourth chapter, I knew I was in for a treat, because she writes so beautifully. With Artist’s Palette, Pease Pudding, Owl-Shaped Lamp, the lamp deepened the mystery.

Episode-5:  Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin

Incredibly generous in promoting other bloggers, Sally gave us things and a recipe for the fifth episode. Corset, Irish Soda Bread, Steam Engine led to a favorite inanimate “character,” the road locomotive!

Episode-6:  Mary J McCoy-Dressel

Mary J McCoy-Dressel

I knew “things” from my favorite Romance writer would lead to something interesting. With Soup Bone, Destiny, Ceramic Statue, Copper grew up a bit, and… well, I don’t want to give any spoilers about the statue.

Episode-7:  R.C. of New Mexico

I’m not showing a photo here, because RC is not a blogger, and I didn’t know if it would be okay…  But no one can rival the creative “things” that come to the mind of my friend RC, like Muff Pistol, Sourdough Pancakes, Airtights. Plus they were so perfect for the setting of the story.

Episode-8:  Elini Herrera


Fascinating Elini took time from her Culinary Journey to provide “things” for the eighth episode — Short Ribs, Eggplant, Red Pepper.  Her recipe was a big hit too.

Episode-9:  Suzanne Debrango

Suzanne Debrango

As I mentioned, the multi-talented Suzanne provided the delicious recipe and things for the ninth chapter, Pâté, Profiteroles, Olives. As you might expect, those profiteroles had many a mouth watering — and so did her blog when everyone went to visit her gorgeous dishes!

Episode-10:  Christine Robinson

Christine Robinson

Christine has the most marvelous enthusiasm. It comes through in her writing and in her delightful blog. I couldn’t wait to use her “things.” She went out of her way to make sure her things were appropriate to the Victorian Era. So stay tuned for Bicycle, Mauveine, Shepherd’s Pie. They’ll make the next episode.

Episode-11: Olga Núñez Miret

Olga Núñez Miret

The schedule at the train station has the eleventh set of things in queue, thanks to Olga.  I don’t know how she does it… Olga has so many things on her plate, blogging, writing, translating, reviewing books… She’s phenomenal.  Stay tuned for  Old Family Bible, Carved Whale’s Tooth, Vine Leaves.

After that, there is no fuel for the steam locomotive!  So keep the train on track, and leave a comment with Three Things, which can be random things or food-related things — or both. (Just remember the story is set in the Victorian Era, so try to avoid things like television sets.)  Recipes are also welcome.

Thanks for dropping by for a mid-week post.  Hugs to everyone!  See you this weekend when the steam locomotive is at the station.

64 thoughts on “A Shout-out – Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers

  1. A very talented cast, Teagan, deserving of many awards…but…
    I want more…more…more…Did I mention more?
    Hope you’re feeling better, sweetpea, so you can write some more…
    Kidding, just feel better soon. I can wait (very patiently…not). 😉
    Megahugs, Donna


    1. Donna, on behalf of the Academy, I thank you! 😉
      I can’t believe a blasted sinus infection snuck up on me right after that head cold. My allergies never get this bad so early in the season…
      But, I finished the episode this afternoon & made some images. So Sunday AM I will proof, edit. & decorate.
      Mega hugs right back. 😀


  2. Thanks for the great shout out Teagan. I’m all caught up with Copper now after my unexpected break and I’ve really enjoyed the journey – magic, chimpanzees, steam locomotives, characters who may not be what they seem, not to mention mouth-watering food! You always transport me to another world and your characters come to life as if by magic, looking forward to seeing what happens next 🙂


  3. I am so proud to be part of “The Academy!” Thank you so much for the shout-out! I’m very behind on my blog readerboard due to my “real” work. You are such a sweetheart Teagan. I am so very sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather. MEGA GENTLE HUGS to you! ❤


    1. Thank you KR. It’s just a sinus infection (from allergies that took over me last weekend). I’m pretty ticked off about it, since I had just gotten over that stinkin’ head cold. (And i feel like such a crybaby!) :/
      I’ll be back tomorrow with the post. I just needed some extra time, and didn’t want to leave my wonderful readers hanging. Great big hug! ❤ 🐻

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  4. Teagan, I have missed a lot, but I did catch up 🙂 Love your books! Atonement was such a fun to read. I am telling you, you are a master of intrigue indeed 🙂 Seriously!


    1. Dear Inese, you have absolutely made my day — my weekend — my month! Thank you so very much. And i’m honored that you took time to catch up on the new serial. Welcome back. You’ve been missed! I was so glad to see the new blog post from you. Mega-hugs. 🙂

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  5. I think its very commendable that you are thankful to everyone and acknowledge them.There’s always room in this world for one more person, whatever they contribute.Have a great weekend.


    1. Hi RC. It’s always good to see you. Thank you, but that’s just how my mind works. It seems like appreciation, respect, praise, and gratitude are in short supply in this world. But i’ve seen more of it in the blogging community than anywhere. There are some supremely generous bloggers out there. My little efforts don’t begin to compare.

      Wishing you sunshine, happiness, and a satisfying Saturday. Hugs! 🙂


  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As we await the next episode in the weekly drama Copper, The Alchemist and the Woman in Trousers, Teagan has kindly given the contributors a shout out..I am sure we are all agreed that it is both an honour and great fun to be part of the creative process and if you have not already thrown your ingredients into the ring then contact Teagan directly..Mega hugs


    1. Welcome, Hugh! I’m delighted to have your three things. Of course the train is getting fueled at this stop, so it will be a few weeks before i make my way to them — so you’ll have to keep visiting until then. 😉
      I had to look up the “mangle”…
      “A mangle (as it is called in the United Kingdom) or wringer (as it is called in the United States) is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers in a sturdy frame, connected by cogs and, in its home version, powered by a hand crank or electrically.” Wow… ya’ll are a clean bunch here today… or maybe everyone is out of clean laundry… washtub, scrub board, mangle. Tee-hee! Greag-big-welcome hug!


      1. Oh, I’ll be visiting often. In fact, when ever you publish a new post as I get notifications via email (far better than relaying on the WordPress treader).

        My Grandmother had and used a mangle. I’m sure my mother also used one in my childhood days in the 70’s until we could afford a spin dryer.

        Have fun with this and have a great weekend.


        1. Hugh, I’m delighted to hear that! I have a memory of my Granny having an old wringer washing machine, and being warned that kids got their arms caught in the wringer! I don’t think i ever saw it in use though. A wonderful weekend to you too. Hugs.


  7. Oh Teagan how sweet, thank you for mentioning me, you know I’m your number one fan (not in a scary Kathy Bates way, LOL) three things ok, I wanted to say a scrubbing board (is that too close to the washtub?, absinthe, feather plume (for a hat), yorkshire pudding.


    1. LOL, you’re too funny (not to mention too kind). Cool beans — more things! If we have any “hard core” Steampunkers out there they will love the absinthe! Yeah… “the woman” might get upset if she has to use both a wash tub and soon after a scrubbing board — and i doubt we can get Cornelis to cooperate with it! Haha. 😀 So absinthe, feather or plume, and Yorkshire pudding. Very good something specific i can search for a recipe — unless you make one on your blog in the next month or so! 😀 Huge hugs my friend.

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      1. LOL, I Cornelis is very helpful but doubt he will be scrubbing clothes with a board in the wash tub while sipping some absinthe and eating yorshire pudding. Don’t even know why absinthe came to mind other than the other worldly and fantastical hallucinations you are supposed to experience when you drink the stuff, you know the green fairy and all, I thought your lovely fantasies might include some. LOL!!


        1. Oooh… thanks for the Green Fairy reminder… Hummm…
          I’ve never tried absinthe — i hadn’t heard of it until i started doing some steampunk research about a year ago. The green reminds me of Cornelis, since i often put a green glow to his “tricks” too. But it sounds worse than Jägermeister! LOL :mrgreen:

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  8. You have a wonderfully generous heart – which is so important for creatives. I believe it is just one of the reasons that your work is so compelling.
    Have a day filled with colour, cats, and magic and of course hummingbirds. xxx


  9. Thanks so much Teagan! What a surprise! You’re so generous… I’m sooooo looking forward to the next episode…:) I’m always amazed at what you can come up with. Have a great rest of the week! And I hope for many more things to come to keep the muse going.


    1. Hi Olga, and you are so welcome. It looks like the “train” is bringing in several episodes worth of things.
      I’m thinking CE’s “mauveine” might result in something funny — if not in this episode then a future one. But only the things can say! Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs!


  10. An all star cast with full support of the Academy. An easy five stars. If you have room for your item collection I’d like to offer a silk brocade of a white lion, an indian head penny, and an Imperial Company pen knife with pearl scales on the sides.


    1. It’s so nice to see you, Daniel. Thanks for the mid-week visit — and for glorious *things.* What rich detail, but I should expect nothing less from you. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what these things become. Huge hugs!

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  11. Teagan, you are ever amazing, and ever supportive of all of us ! This is a lovely post and nice review of the episodes three ingredients and participants. More interesting bloggers to check out! Thanks so much! Christine


    1. Oh thank you Christine. And thanks for commenting. 🙂
      I usually do a recap of some sort when I think the story-line is about 3/4ths of the way to the end. So why not recap the contributors too. It seemed like a good time to do it, though i don’t think the story is getting close to an end yet. Huge hugs. ❤


      1. Teagan, I hope the story goes on and on! It’s so nice that you “took the time” to write the “shout-out” blog knowing your work week is super busy! What will you do with this episode when it’s finished? I can see it published as a short story! ((Hugs)) Christine


        1. You are so kind — thank you. 🙂 Eventually I’ll turn all the serilas into books (but it will be more work than people realize). But since they are available on the blog, I want to focus on the novels. Unfortunately, I give all my wriying time to the serials…


          1. So great that the serials will be preserved in a future book! I get it that your novel writing comes first. And I also get it that the serial episodes take a ton of time to write. Lucky for us followers though who look forward to reading the next episode. Happy Friday & weekend! Christine


  12. Awww love seeing the shoutouts here, Teagan. You’re so sweet! So many great people are coming to comment on your awesome episodes! Ooh ooh I want to try with 3 things, can I? I haven’t ever contributed before. I choose for 3 things: one lone dandelion, free verse poem, and candle wax. 🙂 HUGS


    1. Yay!!! Christy, I’m so glad you wanted to leave “things.” And they sound like they’ll inspire a really interesting episode. I’ll add to my master document now. Great-big-hug!


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