Hidebound Hump Day — #WritingPrompt! The Guardian

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 #GetCaughtReading!  May is Get Caught Reading Month.  Artie is coming back to Jazz Age Wednesdays! Get Caught Reading is a nationwide (USA) campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages.  Chris Graham, the one and only Story Reading Ape, will be a story telling ape.  We’re getting together again for … More Hidebound Hump Day — #WritingPrompt! The Guardian

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 39 Conclusion

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 It’s time for Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  I’m grateful to everyone who started this wild ride on the #steampunk train, and then the submarine.  What mode of transportation will we take next?  As you know, the serials on this blog are pantser stories. They are completely unplanned. I let the “three … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 39 Conclusion

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 38

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 It’s time for Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  I’m grateful to everyone who started this wild ride on the #steampunk train, and then the submarine.  What mode of transportation will we take next?  Hang on tight.  This is the penultimate episode of the serial! Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 38

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 37

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  Our heroes are still in the purple world. Will they return home this time?  The steampunk submarine is coming into port.  Let’s not waste any time. Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers Chapter 29   “When the loud harmonic noise of … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 37

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 36

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 It’s Hidebound Hump Day again, my chuckaboos!  This is a rather noisy episode. I didn’t notice Cornelis Drebbel’s submarine coming into port.  However, I see the harbor master waving, and now I can hear his voice.  Let’s get straight to the #steampunk submarine. Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers From last … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 36

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 35

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  I’m off-line, but didn’t want to leave you hanging from any cliffs with the serial.  Collecting the recap for this episode reminded me of some fabulous animated videos created by Chris Graham.  Let’s get over to the #steampunk submarine. Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 35

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 34

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  I’m off-line, but didn’t want to leave you hanging from any cliffs with the serial. Let’s get straight to the #steampunk submarine. Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers A Rewind from Chapter 3  First things first, I told myself as I turned my attention … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 34

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 33

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  Unfortunately I still haven’t gotten my agoraphobic self on the road.  Even without my “messed-up-ness,” a cross country relocation is a lot for one person, physically and mentally… and I’m no spring chicken… So, please forgive me for being scarce.  I miss visiting other … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 33

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 30

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Happy Valentine’s Day, my chuckaboos! I know this image is not from the right era, but the dashing man looking all afternoonified, made me think of something Cornelis might do.  I think Valentine’s Day around him would be positively naty narking. Back in 2015, Christoph Fischer sent the “things” for this chapter.  Christoph … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 30

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 28

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Hello, my chuckaboos!  It’s Hidebound Hump Day.  I’ve mentioned that originally, in 2015, this #steampunk story was also a culinary mystery.   I really miss the cooking bloggers who followed it back then.  This chapter reminded me of them.  Sometimes rerunning episodes of this serial can be rather bittersweet.  Cornelis Drebbel’s magical … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 28

Straightlaced Saturday — Lady Audley’s Secret

Saturday, January 19, 2019  Welcome back to Straightlaced Saturday!  I’m toying with a new feature, that will complement the era of my steampunk serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  My thought is to give you some information about novels written in the Victorian Era of the real world, along with a link … More Straightlaced Saturday — Lady Audley’s Secret

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 26.2

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 This episode finishes the three random things from Donna Parker at Yadadarcyyada.  Be sure to visit her blog and look around, read and enjoy.   The #submarine is at our port.  It’s rising to the surface now, and we’re ready for another chapter of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Previously … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 26.2

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 26.1

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Welcome to Hidebound Hump Day.  Back in 2015 he three things” for this chapter were from Donna Parker at Yadadarcyyada.  Her writing is uniquely wonderful as she shares her thoughts on a variety of things. Aside from the random things, Donna’s inventive blog name inspired an important part of this chapter.  Be … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 26.1

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 25

Wednesday, January 2, 2019Happy New Year, my chuckaboos!   It’s a new year, and appropriately enough our heroes have a new mode of transportation.  We are no longer on the road locomotive.  The #Steampunk train is now a submarine!  No matter how we’re traveling, I’m happy to share the journey with you.  My heartfelt thanks to … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 25

Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 24

Saturday, December 29 , 2018  Here we are, in that limbo between Christmas and New Year’s.  It’s still a festive time, but it is rather a “between” time.  However, the #SteamPunk train has arrived at the platform and we’re ready for another chapter of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Although the mode of transportation … More Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 24

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 23

Wednesday, December 26 , 2018  I hope everyone who celebrated any sort of holiday this week had a joyous and relaxing time.  I’m always hearing people say “Christmas is all about families.”  Well, I don’t have a family, but I enjoy the holiday in my own way.  Festivities were perhaps a little restrained this year for … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 23

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 22.2

Wednesday, December 19 , 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day!  The #SteamPunk train wears festive holiday lights today.  It’s headed to the northern Pacific coast of the USA, during the Victorian Era.  That’s where we’ll finish chapter 22 of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. Today we will see what the third of the “three … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 22.2

Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 22.1

Saturday, December 15 , 2018  It’s Straightlaced Saturday!  Welcome aboard the #SteamPunk train.  Our destination is the northern Pacific coast of the USA, during the Victorian Era.  We’re headed for another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. Back in 2015, the random “three things” for this chapter were provided by John W. Howell at Fiction … More Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 22.1

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 21

Wednesday, December 12 , 2018  Welcome one and all to another Hidebound Hump Day!  Find your seat on the #SteamPunk train.  We’re headed for another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. Did I mangle the mangle? English is an amazing language.  It’s amazing because with words that have the same spelling as another word … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 21

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 20

Wednesday, December 5, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day.  Find your seat on the #SteamPunk train.  We’re headed for another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Many have been enjoying the imaginative art from Eugene Ivanov.  I found several available as public domain images.  However, this is the last one I … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 20

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 19

Wednesday, November 28, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, my chuckaboos!  (I do love the Victorian vernacular, even if it is harder to use than Roaring Twenties slang.)  Find your seat on the #SteamPunk train.  We’re headed for another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Do you remember I told you … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 19

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 16

Wednesday, November 7, 2018  Hello, November!  It’s National Novel Writing Month again — or #NaNoWriMo as it’s also called.  I have more going on than usual, so this year I’m doing the editing version.  I’m bookizing the third 1920s novel of Pip and Granny Phanny’s adventures, A Ghost in the Kitchen — Three Ingredients 2.  I’ll keep you … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 16

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 15

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  Happy Halloween, everyone!  Welcome back to the spontaneously written, #SteamPunk serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Everything about the story is driven by the random things that were sent by readers, back in 2015.  When I say everything, I mean it — even the location.  Although no one … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 15

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 14

Wednesday, October 24, 2018  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who got on the party bus for the launch of Atonement in Bloom!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone who hosted the launch post, reblogged, allowed me to use images, and otherwise helped me promote my new novel.  If you missed the launch, don’t worry.  … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 14

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 13

Wednesday, October 17, 2018  It’s Hidebound Hump Day, and another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  There was not a Straightlaced Saturday chapter last week, so today we pick up where we left off a week ago.  Remember I’ve mentioned that this serial was originally presented as a “culinary” mystery.  All of the random “things” that … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 13

Hiedbound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 12

Wednesday, October 10, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, and another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  My blog-writing time is limited to the weekend, and it was a very busy one.  So without further ado, here’s chapter 12. Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers Chapter 11.  Felicity thought one … More Hiedbound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 12

Straightlaced Saturday Day — Cornelis Drebbel 11

Saturday, October 6, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, and another episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  If you enjoyed my 1920s stories about Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip — keep an eye out.  My characters begin to feel left out when I start new stories.  Keep an eye out in this episode. … More Straightlaced Saturday Day — Cornelis Drebbel 11

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 10

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day, where we continue our Victorian (#SteamPunk) adventure from Straightlaced Saturday.  This episode brings up some health matters for the characters.   That wouldn’t be surprising if you knew that I wrote it in March of 2015, during a huge snowfall.  I hate snow, so I was really missing the … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 10

A Revealing Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 9

Saturday, September 29, 2018  It’s another “Revealing” Straightlaced Saturday. The first blogger I got acquainted with — back in November of 2012, for National Novel Writing Month, was  Mary J McCoy-Dressel.  In 2015 she provided the “things/ingredients” for Wednesday’s episode and for this one.  Mary made an off-handed, fanciful comment about destiny… and as you saw in episode … More A Revealing Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 9

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 8

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  Thanks to everyone who visited the virtual art show, Under the Sea.  I preempted the Straightlaced Saturday edition of this serial for that post, but today the steampunk locomotive is back on track. Ladies and gentlemen, I bid you welcome to Hidebound Hump Day, where we continue our Victorian adventure from Wednesday last.  Horsefeathers… I can’t … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 8

Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

Welcome to my art gallery.  Today the venue is the #steampunk submarine of Cornelis Drebbel, who graciously allowed us into his domain.  I’m excited to present the artwork of Rob Goldstein, who illustrated Hullaba Lulu.  Please join me for a stroll through the submarine to view his images. Yes, that’s the first piece of Rob’s … More Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 7

Wednesday, September 19, 2018  Welcome back to Hidebound Hump Day and the next episode of the steampunk serial.  The next random “thing” a reader left to drive the plot of this story should come as no surprise — “steam engine.”  Let’s see if I use it in a way you expect.  (winks) Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 7

A “Revealing” Straightlaced Saturday — & Cornelis Drebbel 6

Saturday, September 15, 2018 Did the allure of the word “revealing” lure you to my clutches? I’m giving a shout-out to the fabulous Mae Clair who has just revealed the delicious cover of her next novel! The big release of the book won’t be until January, but you can pre-order End of Day here.  I don’t … More A “Revealing” Straightlaced Saturday — & Cornelis Drebbel 6

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 5

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 You can also click here for the video. You’ve arrived at Hidebound Hump Day! As you can see, I had a special treat for this chapter.  Chris Graham (the Story Reading Ape) did the above animation, and I’m tickled pink! His character, Artie the genius chimp, has been here several times.  Before Artie … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 5

Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 4

Saturday, September 8, 2018  Thanks for being at the station for this rerun of my steampunk serial with a Victorian setting.  This adventure was written spontaneously, with “three things” left by readers (back in 2015) driving every element of this story from the setting to the characters.    Writing Process I enjoy alteration, as you will … More Straightlaced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 4

Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 3

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Welcome to Hidebound Hump Day!  I call it hidebound because Victorians are sometimes described that way.  It might be hard to decide who the “hero” of this story is, but everything revolves around Cornelis Drebbel.  I suppose Cornelis is a bit of a tortured soul, due to the accident of alchemy that … More Hidebound Hump Day — Cornelis Drebbel 3

Straight-Laced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 2

Saturday, September 1, 2018  If you saw my Wednesday post, then you know that I’m trying to lighten my workload for awhile.  To do that, and to prepare you for what will eventually be coming next, I’m re-running a past “three things” style serial.  It’s Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers — a steampunk serial with … More Straight-Laced Saturday — Cornelis Drebbel 2

Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hidebound Hump-Day

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 “Hidebound Hump Day” and “Straightlaced Saturday” — Re-Beginning “Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers”  as prelude to a new serial. Last week we reached the end of the line, with the final episode for the Jazz Age Wednesdays serial Hullaba Lulu.  It was a dieselpunk series, set in the Roaring Twenties authored by … More Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hidebound Hump-Day

Artie Meets the Alchemist Conclusion — #GetCaughtReading 2018

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

Artie Meets the Alchemist Video! — #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

Artie Meets the Alchemist 1 — #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

Get Caught Reading — The Sign of the Ape 4 (2016 Rerun Conclusion)

Image courtesy of Chris Graham      Welcome, one and all — to this re-run of last year’s Get Caught Reading mini-series.  Without further ado, here’s the conclusion! *** It’s been fun participating in Get Caught Reading Month.  I hope my zany and bizarre story encouraged people of all ages to read.  Last week my real-world schedule … More Get Caught Reading — The Sign of the Ape 4 (2016 Rerun Conclusion)

Get Caught Reading — The Sign of the Ape 3 (2016 Rerun)

  Hello everyone.  Welcome back to my rerun of last year’s mini-series, in support of Get Caught Reading Month.  It’s about the escapades of our intrepid band of bloggers and their pets.  Who could resist those fur babies?   If you were here last year, I’m delighted that you’ve stuck with me.  If this is new … More Get Caught Reading — The Sign of the Ape 3 (2016 Rerun)

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Conclusion

99 Things A few days ago I posted a heads-up that Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers would have its concluding episode today. Then I had the “brilliant idea” to use a poll, asking you to vote on which of certain features you’d like to see on the posts I’ll be doing while I work … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Conclusion

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 29

Chugging Along Slowly The steam locomotive to the Victorian Era is almost at the platform to take you to Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.  Although, it’s chugging along rather slowly. One of the landslide of things that derailed the locomotive last weekend was the cold I had Saturday. Happily I managed to fight … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 29

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 23

To those of you in the USA… Happy Independence Day!  In celebration, rather than taking you to the Victorian Era on our usual steam locomotive, this time we’ll bring all our picnic paraphernalia and get on board a red, white, and blue decorated dirigible and soar into our story. Steering the airship is Kathryn, aka … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 23

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 22

  Energy! Early this year I had a very unpleasant head cold.  So I gave my characters, Felicity and Cornelis, nasty head colds too — and funny, sneezing chaos ensued. Last weekend I barely found time to write Episode-21, and was a day late with it.  This weekend I had my every-other-Friday off.  But all … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 22

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 21

  Thanks for waiting  Welcome back everyone.  I’m so glad you waited for the steam locomotive to the Victorian Era. The “three things” for this chapter are from Donna Parker at Yadadarcyyada – Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure, a truly wonderful blog. In Donna’s posts she shares her thoughts on a variety of things.  In one … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 21

Train Schedule Update

If you’ve looked high and low, and the steam locomotive scheduled to take you to Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers was not at the station… Well, that’s because there has been a delay.  A cast iron finial fell off the train.  Copper and Felicity are looking for it right now.  Although Cornelis and the Green Fairy appear … More Train Schedule Update

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 19

Every picture tells a story… Or it does if the camera is in the hands of Timothy Price at T&L Photos. The photographs make for a chronicle of day-to-day life for Tim and his family in “the land of enchantment” — also known as New Mexico.  That family includes a four-footed crew of felines that keep … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 19

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 18

Communication Breakdown Communication Breakdown, It’s always the same; I’m having a nervous breakdown, Drive me insane…  Led Zeppelin Pardon me for jittering off into a Zeppelin-zone… It was that kind of week.  I could describe all the chaos that resulted from lack of communication, but that would take all day. Just watch a clip of the … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 18

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 17

Back on Track Last time I hit a bump in the road (or rather the railroad tracks).  However, the Victorian locomotive is back on schedule and running at full steam. John W. Howell gave us the very first set of “things” to guide the plot of this pantser serial.  Happily later he sent a second set of three, which … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 17

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 15

Writing Challenges Teresa (Tess) Karlinski of How the Cookie Crumbles, an irreverent view of life after sixty-five sent the “things” for this episode.  You may know her from her Gravitar handle as Cut the Crap. If I had to assign a letter of the alphabet to Tess it would be “V” – for vibrant, vivacious, … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 15

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 10

Color My World — Please! Maybe you’ve heard me mention my thing about color. I seem to have a physical need for color.  I used to wear black occasionally — it’s a color. However, I’ve seen so very, very much of it in DC, that I avoid it now (except for basic slacks once in a … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 10

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 6

On Wings of Whimsy The four naughty chimps probably weren’t as much of a surprise to those of you who have been with Teagan’s Books for awhile.  I don’t think I can get more whimsical than a ghost cowboy riding a giant seahorse.  I really shouldn’t let those wings of whimsy sprout again, lest you think … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 6

Train Schedule Update

If you’ve looked high and low, and the steam locomotive scheduled to take you to Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers was not at the station… Well, that’s because there has been a delay.  A cast iron finial fell off the train.  Copper and Felicity are looking for it right now.  Although Cornelis and the Green Fairy appear … More Train Schedule Update