Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Happy hump day, everyone! In keeping with the current, surreal version of “normal,” I wondered what my characters might think about social isolation. I’ve had a lot of characters. The one who “spoke” loudest about the topic is Birdie Devovo, heroine of Brother Love — a Crossroad. You see, Birdie experienced more … More Wednesday Writing — Characters & Social Isolation
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 It’s the middle of the week, but it’s not Hidebound Hump Day or Jazz Age Wednesday. With National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) in full swing, I’m making it easy for myself. However, I’m also doing something for those of you who were not following my weekend serial this summer. That’s right! … More Hump Day: Brother Love — a Crossroad
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Sheiks and Shebas, welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays. Today I have an all new story for you, from the Pip-verse. It’s a new collaboration with Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape! Chris is really busy with huge personal projects right now, so double thanks to him for working on this … More Pip & Artie in Outer Space
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Hello again, everyone. Two posts in one day is unlike me. However, it’s a reflection of how torn I’ve been, and still am, about which serial to do next. Using reader-provided random things in serials has been a great way for me to write and finish stories. However, The Guitar Mancer is … More What’s Next? Again…
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Hello everyone. Welcome to my sanctuary. Now that Brother Love has concluded, I didn’t want you to think I had given you the shaft. I’m here with some clues about what’s coming next here at Teagan’s Books. Go Back — Jack. That’s only the subtitle of the song, but it’s the biggest hint. Call … More What’s Next? Clues Follow
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 I was so impulsive in deciding to quickly “bookize” the serial that I didn’t plan ahead for a launch or promotions. So I begin by repeating my thanks to Sally G. Cronin for announcing Brother Love – a Crossroad at her blog earlier this week. My weekend post included a give away … More Brother Love — A Novella!
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Thanks for joining me for this walk to the crossroads. This chapter comes with a couple of warnings. Warning 1: It’s long. I can hear some of you groaning. Warning 2: It’s the conclusion, the last chapter. Now I hear the rest of you. I didn’t know until Monday that Chapter … More Brother Love 11 — A Walk
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 I haven’t been sure whether it was close or far — the end of this story. It seemed like it was both at once. However, that’s been part of “Brother Love” from the beginning, things not being as they appear, or seeming more than one thing at once. I didn’t know … More Brother Love — A Note
Saturday, July 6, 2019 Welcome to the crossroads. To my friends to the north, I hope you had a lovely Canada Day. To those in the USA, I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July and celebrated our precious freedom. I appreciate you coming back after my little break last weekend. Thanks to Dan Antion of … More Brother Love 10 — A Cut
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Welcome to the crossroads. Happy Fourth of July! From Birdie, Jinx, and me Summertime is busy for many people. I know it’s hard to keep up with serials. So, I’m even more grateful that you read Brother Love. In the USA, lots of folks will be taking time off and/or vacationing before, during, … More Brother Love — A Pause
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. I think this is an upbeat chapter. You could say it has a good gospel beat. (Winks.) However, the characters experience some uncertainty. Hence the melody in this introduction. In Chapter 7 — A Lament, Birdie Devovo was reluctant to go to the revival service, even … More Brother Love 9 — A Hallelujah
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. This chapter has two things from Dan Antion, who shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love. Read on to see how I used Bubblegum and Newspaper in this episode. The third “thing” that is used to drive Chapter 8 is from Fraggle, aka C. J. Hyslop, who … More Brother Love 8 — A Confession
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. This chapter turned out to be for the birds — or rather for the magpie. If Brother Love was a television series, then this would be the quirky musical episode. I was already working with music because of the “thing,” Elvis Presley, from Mary J. … More Brother Love 7 — A Lament
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Rob and I are together again! Last year I was kicking around a serial idea with Rob Goldstein, Who did the beautiful illustrations for Hullaba Lulu. I envisioned a steampunk satire of The Scarlet Pimpernel. My heroine is Fiona Finch, the Pink Pimpernel. Her story is one of foppish frivolity, sarcasm, and … More Hidebound Hump Day — Fiona Fights Back
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. As you know, Dan Antion shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love. I make the serial “interactive” by letting things left by readers drive everything about the story. I’ve completed at least six long-running serials here at Teagan’s Books — each of them written spontaneously … More Brother Love 6 — A Ring
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 First a note of apology. Half the time, WordPress is preventing me from using “likes” on comments or on posts — even here at my own blog. I’ve logged on repeatedly and it does no good. As for the “happiness engineers,” they give me no joy. If you’ve made a comment, … More Get to the Crossroads — Brother Love
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. As you know, the popular blogger and photographer Dan Antion illustrates Brother Love. I try to bring Dan into some of the process of creating the story. The “things” for this chapter led me to a scene that required some knowledge I didn’t possess — dark-haired actresses of … More Brother Love 5 — A Face
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Note: Last week I mentioned Dan was working on his own post about his part of the inspiration for the Doug Armstrong character. That is Dan’s Saturday post this week at his blog, No Facilities. Welcome to my sanctuary at the crossroads. Relax and sit for awhile. It makes no difference … More Brother Love 4 — A Domino
May 16, 2019 Usually I only post twice a week, but this is a special occasion. Recently, Rob Goldstein and I were sending emails back and forth, basically goofing around. I sent him an image by artist Michael Whelan and and added a whimsical line. And then another, and another. Suddenly Rob said, “Let’s make this into … More An Extra (Special) Story — Trina Woke from a Dream
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads everyone! I should probably begin with a disclaimer. This story is not about religion, nor is it a social commentary — that’s just part of the setting. I also want you to understand that I approach this aspect of the story carefully. While the story includes … More Brother Love 3 — A Hymn
Saturday, May 4, 2019 There are many things on my mind that I want to share with you today. If I had known about the most recent one before yesterday, I would have done a midweek post. First let me welcome you… Welcome to my sanctuary. Pull up a chair. The sanctuary may be found … More Brother Love 2 — A Shadow
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Happy May Day, my chuckaboos! I hope your month is off to a pos-i-lutely fabulous start. I continue to settle into my high desert cottage, painting walls, pulling weeds, and generally getting adjusted. (The weed pulling led to a bad allergic reaction that I’m still trying to get over… I’m looking a lot … More Jazz Age Wednesday or Hidebound Hump Day — What’s going on?
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Happy weekend, everyone! It seems like such a long time since I did an “interactive” serial with reader participation. Well, I’m finally back with a new spontaneously written, pantser story done in my “Three Things” way of writing. I’m delighted to bring you the first installment today! Blogger Dan Antion collaborates with me … More All New Serial: Brother Love — 1 A House at the Crossroads
Saturday, April 27, 2019 It’s almost here! Brother Love — an all new “interactive,” three things, pantser serial. The story is driven by random things left by readers. The idea for this story started nearly a year ago. It is partly inspired by a Neil Diamond song that has always caught my imagination. I didn’t have … More It’s almost here — an all new serial!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 It’s finally time! I’ve been promising you a short story with illustrations by Rob Goldstein. Lulu, Gramps, and Valentino are joined by a couple of unexpected characters in this one episode story. I call it “One Million Years B-Lulu.” It’s a little riff on “One Million Years BC,” which featured Raquel Welsh. … More Jazz Age Wednesdays — 1 Million Years B-Lulu
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Happy weekend, everyone! I’m still settling in at my new digs in the Land of Enchantment, painting the walls, putting furniture together, and generally keeping every muscle in my body sore. Crystal the cat seems to have made the adjustment. A few nights I’ve heard her making a midnight romp, and this … More Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 6, 2019 I’ve had my hands full trying to put my cottage in order, now that I’m feeling better from the ordeal of moving, not sleeping, and being as freaked out as anybody can be. There was one other thing I worked on this week. Here’s a hint. That said, I didn’t have … More Happy Weekend!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 I’ve been painting accent walls. Places that I don’t even have are sore! I sure wish I had a couple of angel-bots to run a nice hot bath for me… Hullaba Lulu may have been brash and uncouth, but she was one lucky flapper! My plate is full with putting my … More Coming in Spring — All Sorts of Things!
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Hello, one and all. Welcome to my sanctuary. Sit down on a sofa or curl up on a cushion. Today I have a special guest — author and entrepreneur Don Massenzio. Don has a twist in his upcoming book that he’s been kind enough to discus with me. It was not … More It’s about “Time” with Don
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Hello, everyone! I’m back for more Get Caught Reading Month festivities. Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape and I collaborated for a mini-series in honor of this event. But first… You caught me reading another great book. This week, you’ve caught me reading one of my favorites by Sally Georgina Cronin — Just an Odd … More Artie Meets the Alchemist Conclusion — #GetCaughtReading 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Hello, one and all! It’s Get Caught Reading Month. I couldn’t resist making a video for the mini-series Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape and I are doing in honor of this event. Please click here for episode-1 of Artie Meets the Alchemist*. Video trailer follows. Learn how to win a free Kindle … More Artie Meets the Alchemist Video! — #GetCaughtReading 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 Hello, everyone! It’s Get Caught Reading Month. Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape and I are together again for a mini-series in honor of this event. There’s also a free Kindle book to be had — read on to learn about that. But first… Every week, you’ll catch me reading a different book. … More Artie Meets the Alchemist 1 — #GetCaughtReading 2018
Today I’m pleased to introduce you to two pos-i-lutely fantastic guys — Kirt Tisdale and Hank Hertz! It was my great pleasure to be a guest at the Wall Gallery, Kirt’s blog, The Wall Gallery. There you will find his inspiring collection of art and photography. Thanks to Kirt for working with me on this joint … More At the Wall Gallery and on The Radio — Meet Kirt and Hank
Great news everyone — we have another guest! Dan Antion at No Facilities agreed to be my next co-conspirator collaborator. This post is already live at his blog for his One-Liner Wednesday feature. So I’m handing things over to Dan to explain. (I also think he should consider a career change to TV announcer. He gave me such a … More Pip & Pancakes with Dan
Hello, everyone! We have a guest today. My thanks to John W. Howell, for agreeing to do a joint post with me, using one of his fabulous lists of what not to do! Actually, this post is already live at his blog, Fiction Favorites. Some of you have already visited there, so I thank you and … More In the Pip of Time & 10 Things Not To Do
This post is already live at KC Books & Music. I’m also posting it here so that it will be in my library too. I hope you’ll click over and visit Kev, my host. Book Talk Gets Magical with Kev and Teagan Today I’m here with another Book Talk with Kev at KC Books and … More Book Talk Gets Magical with Kev and Teagan
Update I finally got around to making Suzanne’s “Creamy Spring Turnip Soup.” I know anything from A Pug in the Kitchen is going to be delicious, but I confess to being lukewarm about turnips. I say that for the non-turnip lovers in the crowd. I always take shortcuts in cooking, so I know my versions … More Back to a Pug in the Kitchen — Granny Phanny & the Giant Rabbit
Some of you have already seen this post at Suzanne’s blog, A Pug in the Kitchen. However, I wanted to share it here too. I have done a few collaborative blog posts with her, and we have a ton of fun. Thanks for doing another joint post with me, Suzanne! When Suzanne said she could do … More Pip Sees a Pug – in the Kitchen