State of the Minion Address #3: “Expos, eBooks, and Media”
Ladies and (not-so-)Gentlemen!
I have a few announcements to make…
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these State of the Minion things – outlining future projects, current states of mind, and the like. However, a ton of things are on the horizon. Truth be told, I don’t know if I’ll even be able to accomplish it all. I’m certainly going to give it the good ol’ post-collegiate try, but (as is to be expected)…I make no guarantees.
Here’s the shortlist of projects and projected events that are in my future:
World Tea Expo 2014 (See Below)
Originally, I had no plans to go this year. I didn’t have much reason. Thus far, there hadn’t been word on any bloggy-related events. That and the Expo had been relocated to Long Beach. I was a little hesitant about that. Then I learned this was happening again…
How could I not go?!
After a generous helping of begging and pleading, I weaseled my way onto the panel. Only a few things stand in my way of making all this a reality:
(1) Money. That always seems to be a continuous problem, doesn’t it?
(2) Time off from work
(3) Means of getting there.
(4) Press pass
#2 and #3 have been dealt with. #4…I’m still waiting on word from. It’s the first one that remains to be determined.
Which brings me to…
The eBook (See Below)
Yes, folks. You are reading that right. I’m finally writing an ebook. Technically, it’s halfway done, since it will incorporate things I’ve posted for this blog or other side-projects. Still, it’s the most monumental writer-ish undertaking I’ve ever…uh…undertaken.
The title (at the moment) is To Boldly Tea: A Fiction-Infused Anthology, and the book is as the title implies – a collection of tea fiction stories. The collection will include the following:
“The Legend of Lapsang” – My first foray into tea fiction, ever. Bat-s**t crazy, it was.
“Oolong Way from Gnome” – The epic story of the gnome who traveled from India to China with the Journey to the West gang of legend. It’s a third of the way done.
“Fortune and the Goddess” – Arguably my most “famous” and controversial short story to date, and my first real post on the Beasts of Brewdom page.
“Border Line” – A story that came to me in a dream. It’s a tragic love story set in a Texas border town (called Margaret’s Hope) in 1902 dealing with monsters and yerba mate’.
“Breakfast, the Irish Way” – A short story I wrote for another anthology involving tea, U.S. senators, and Irish crime syndicates.
“Castleton: Tea Gun for Hire” – The story of a James Bond-like tea consultant and his mission to resolve a conspiracy about a tea estate, a huge corporation, and a lost city.
“Knights of the Apocalypse” – The descendants of the Earl of Grey (dubbed Mr. Excellent) and Viscount Petersham infiltrate a mutant-infested Scotland to save a very special…tree. Inspired by two tea blends.
“Steep Stories of a Lazy Literatus” – All of my tea fiction meta-reviews compiled into one novella-sized chunk. Including ones I have yet to write.
“The Tea Trolley” – The Milly ode I wrote a couple of years back. I couldn’t think of a more perfect capper than that.
Of the list, four stories still need to be finished, which means there’ll be a lot of new, never-before-seen content. My goal is to have the rough draft done in a month, and edited and put up on Amazon by early May. The idea is to see if it generates any sales that will help fund my World Tea Expo…so I can pimp it some more.
And speaking of pimping…
Tumbling with Tea
Because everything is happening so fast (and so much keeps piling on), one of the things that’s been suffering is my blogging output. As you’ve likely noticed, I (maybe) have time for one blog a week. That leaves several teas unexplored.
Yeah, that’s only half of what I need to get through.
So, I think I found a solution…and it involves Tumblr.
My Mum helped me come up with this idea. Of the teas I have to get through, only a few fit the “model” for my blog – that being new and interesting teas with stories to tell. That isn’t to say they’re not good – quite the opposite – I just don’t have a lot to say about them beyond taster notes.
So, I came up with a quickie solution. I started a Tumblr for poetry-related tea taster notes. They will be called TeaCuplets, and the goal is to get through one every other day. You will be able to find them HERE.
No, there aren’t any, yet. I just opened up the page for them…today. But I do have some down the pipeline.
Well, that’s it. Everything I currently have on my plate. Will I be able to accomplish it all – effectively and efficiently? We shall see. I may be overloading myself, or over-estimating my skills at time management. That and soooooooo many things could go wrong between now and late-May.
If I accomplish even a smidge of this list, I will be happy.
Thanks for reading.
Due to financial difficulties and other work-related things, the World Tea Expo trip has been scrapped. The ebook project has also been postponed indefinitely until things calm down on the personal (and financial) front. The TeaCuplets “initiative”, however, will still remain in effect.
Sorry for the inconvenience and false hope.
Everything in this post makes me do a happy dance! The tandem tea tasters and I have long awaited a book of your writings. I am also planning on going to the expo and there will much frivolity.
P.S. Shoot Aaron Keil over at WTM an email to check up on your press pass. He’ll usually follow through upon a second request 🙂
Just got an e-mail from him today, actually. He says he reviews press pass apps on a case-by-case basis, and will get back to me in a week. I forwarded my last year’s Expo coverage to further speed up the process.
We’ll see if it makes the grade.
Regardless, I still might try to meet up with folks that are attending Expo, since I’ll (technically) be in the area visiting family.
Sounds ambitious, good luck!
Can’t wait for you ebook, sounds very interesting!
I’m also going to WTE, hope to meet you there!
I was told by Aaron that my press pass would be there. I actually had to email him a second time because he didn’t reply for a week after he told be about the case-by-case basis.
Does the press pass work for the opening night networking reception? And how can I attend the tea roundtable for bloggers?
Guess we already answered your questions regarding the WTE stuff on Google+. Looking forward to seeing ya, friend!
Hope it all goes well. I”m sorry to be missing WTE.
@thedevotea I’m sorry you’re not making it, either. We would’ve burned the place down…accidentally, of course.
And hopefully you’ll be instrumental in this ebook process. Speaking of which, check your e-mail.
I finally get to hear what becomes of the gnomes! I’m very excited about your ebook. Looking forward to seeing you at WTE!
Yes, his story will finally be told. Lookin’ forward to seeing you, too. (If I get there.)
A book, a new concept to test teas and heading to WTE?
So many good news.
Yep, I should be able to accomplish one of those three bits of good news.