Thistledown Hiatus 2, #NaNoWriMo

Friday, October 27, 2017

Welcome everyone.  The faery serial, Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam is on hiatus until December.  However, I’m reblogging past episodes for new readers and for those who want to review or catch-up on missed chapters.

First a little business. With November 1st, National Novel Writing Month* (NaNoWriMo) begins.  I promised updates and last week I left you a teaser about my novel-to-be’s title.  Throughout October I’ve been happily doing planning of various types.

Those of you who have been following Teagan’s Books for a long time will remember a “steampunky” serial I did, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  One of the main characters was my fictionalized version of real life inventor, Cornelis Drebbel*, another was a young girl named Copper.  For my NaNoWriMo novel I’m bringing them back.  However, this time Cornelis ends up in a parallel world and Copper is a young woman there.  Here’s the cover I made for (drum roll…)

The Skull of the Alchemist 

Skull of the Alchemist Cover 1

If you’re here for a dose of faery foolery, here’s episode 2 of Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam.

Teagan's Books

Welcome back to Thistledown, everyone!  If you are joining this serial for the first time, or if you need to refresh your memory click here for the premier episode.  I also have a category button on the right side-bar of the screen for “Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam.”  However, these days I can’t make promises about WordPress behaving as it should. (For several days I found myself unable to comment on any blogs — including my own! WP just told me to email somebody else… Finally and laboriously got it fixed myself.)

Thistledown GirlAlex Iby, Unsplash

Writing Process

As a writer, I tend to reject rules. (Often things are presented as rules, but feel more like “formulas” than anything else.  I don’t care for formulas either.)  Although, when writing in a genre, (to a degree) I do try to follow some general expectations, for the comfort and understanding of readers.  

So before anyone…

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39 thoughts on “Thistledown Hiatus 2, #NaNoWriMo

    1. Thank you Lavinia. I’m still psyched about the cover. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to start writing until today (day 3). I don’t know if I can ever catch up. But I remind myself that this year, I’m in it for the “rah-rah!”
      Glad you enjoyed the Cornelis link. History gives me a lot of inspiration for fiction. 😉 Huge hugs.

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    1. It’s so lovely to see you Janet. ❤ I really do get psyched about that cover. Thank you!
      Well they *were* (last week) but Mordor took over this week… and my WriMo word count remains at zero… Thankfully I'm taking leave tomorrow (and several assorted days during November! 🙂
      I think I hear a hummingbird pecking at the window. 🙂 Hummingbird hugs on the wing!

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        1. Thank you Janet. I feel your hummingbirds surrounding me right now. Hoping to finally begin typing the November novel shortly. I’ve given myself a challenge — describe the physical effects of a sound (harmonic resonance to be exact) on my narrator! As that idea settles into place i’m checking email and comments. ❤ Hugs on the wing!


  1. That cover is… awesome! Wow, you made that yourself? Between the cover, the book trailers you’ve made, and your writing, I’m in awe of your creativity! I hope the hiatus is treating you well 🙂

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    1. You are too kind Christy. Those things are huge creative outlets for me.
      I was lucky to buy one image that “started to tell the story” that was vaguely forming in my head. (Then I found the right skull to add at wiki media commons.) Of course I tweaked the colors and lighting on both.
      The downside to this drama is the plot. I was thinking stumpunk with bad scientists kidnapping all the good ones to force them to work for them… Then dang-it-all if I didn’t see a movie about exactly that over the weekend. So… here I go a pantsering again! LOL…

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    1. I’m psyched about the cover. 😀 Thanks for the encouraging words, Kirt. I really hope I can produce a better NaNoWriMo draft than I’ve done the past few years. Atonement was very nearly ready to go when I finished that first WriMo. I haven’t done as well with it since. Have a great new week. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Robbie. I won’t start the writing until November 1st. However, I’m not tempted — because I keep remaking the opening in my head. LOL Too many somewhat different ideas for the same scene. I need to just choose one and go with it. 😀 Hugs on the wing!

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  2. Oh, Teagan, that sounds intriguing, wonderful, and that cover – awesome! I love steampunky stuff and your serials. I’m wishing you luck except you don’t need it because you have talent and courage and the ability to write to our hearts.
    Mega I’m off to read and share some more you (makes me happy) husg xoxox

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    1. You are too kind, Donna. Heartfelt thanks for being so supportive. Your post today is a true gift to the world. Even though sleep deprivation created that masterpiece, I wish you good sleep tonight. Sweet dreams my friend. Hugs on the wing.


  3. The cover is gorgeous, such a beautiful photo. I am playing catch up. Have been so incredibly busy. I can’t wait for a new episode in December but it’s so much fun re reading. Have an amazing and magickal Halloween and I can just imagine what you are dreaming up for us.

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    1. Dear Suzanne, I actually am dreaming up all sorts of crazy fun for Cornelis and the Copper of the new world where he lands. I hope with all my heart that it becomes something everyone will enjoy. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Hugs on the wing!

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            1. I’m happily researching away! From the beginning of this idea, I saw the story in the desert, so I’m following all sorts of potential scenario information, in hope of preventing myself from hours long research tangents when I start writing on November 1st.
              For Caturday, I just promised Crystal that I’ve done all the laundry I’m going to do today — so she can get her nap. LOL. She can’t get a good nap on the weekends with me doing things.
              Better than last night, but still puffy. I don’t know what to blame… some pollen I guess. Happy Saturday — don’t work too hard.


    1. Dear Mary, you are so prolific… I can’t imagine you need an extreme like WriMo to keep you going. Last year I needed the distraction. This year I need the rah-rah!
      I’m excited that you like the cover. I was really psyched about it. Huge thanks for commenting. Hugs on the wing!

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  4. I don’t think I read the Copper serial. I love the graphic and am amazed that you create that! So eye-catching and definitely a visual hook. I can’t wait to read the book. Good luck with NaNo, Teagan. I’m excited for you. Happy Weekend!

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    1. Hi Diana. That serial was a couple of years ago — I don’t think I knew you then.
      I feel I can’t take *that* much credit for the cover. I was lucky to find one image (to buy) that captured the story so well. I added the skull, and did a good bit of tweaking to both images, before adding the text. Thanks for the luck — I need it! Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Olga.
      I had a frustrating time of fixing this post… Even after 5 years of blogging, it’s still a constant learning process. o_O I should have just added a link for the past episode rather than trying to “enhance” a reblog/repress… But when I started all this, I didn’t intend to do this much with a “hiatus” post.
      Thanks for the luck — I need it! 😀
      Have a beautiful weekend. Hugs.


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