(above image from The Daily Tea)

It’s about two and a half weeks before I leave for Balticon and ConCarolinas, and I’m starting to get a little (okay, a lot) panicky. I’m busy writing blog posts for the upcoming blog tour for Winter’s Secret, which starts on May 16th! Since that’s about a week away, I realized I should probably let you guys know where I’ll be.


The Winter’s Secret Blog Tour

Monday, May 16 – I’ll be at KT Bryski’s blog, talking about music and what I’m currently listening to. Considering how much music is at the heart of Winter’s Secrets, it’s a good post to start off with.


Thursday, May 19th – I’ll be at Laura Nicole’s blog, talking about finding time to write. She’ll be blogging here the same day, but she hasn’t disclosed about what – I’m hoping it’s some about The Stonebriar Casefiles, which is her current podcasting project!


Friday, May 20th – Schrodinger hijacks Necia Phoenix’s blog to answer some interview questions. (Her poor interviewer now needs therapy, really)


Saturday, May 21st – I’m over at Lai Zhao’s blog talking about how I ended up writing an Advent story rather than ghosts. She’ll be over here at the same time, talking about depression and creativity, I think.


Monday, May 23rd – I’m going to be at The Geek Girl Project, talking about growing up a geek girl with a very supportive geek family.


Thursday, May 26th – I’m going to be at Clara Robertson’s blog, talking about inserting science fiction and horror into a fantasy world. If you’re interested about the Gates in the Carter’s Cove world, that’s what this one will be focusing a lot on.


Wednesday, June 1st – Over at Sarah Wagner’s blog, you’ll finally get the story of how Molly and Schrodinger met!


Friday, June 3rd – I’ll be at Angela Meadon’s blog, talking about the importance of darkness, even in a light fantasy world, and how to do it. Meanwhile, she’ll be here, talking about her new book Strong Medicine.


Monday, June 6th – I’ll be at Katharina Bordet’s blog, talking about food and kitchen witches! (Hint: this is the Katharina and Mick from Carter’s Cove’s coffee shop!)


Wednesday, June 8th – I’ll be at LJ Cohen’s blog, talking about evoking emotions in writing, and how much I can’t do poetry.


Thursday, June 9th – I’ll be at Mitchell Plested’s blog, talking about how Carter’s Cove came to be, while he’s going to be over here, talking about his newest release!


Monday, June 13th – I’ll be at Connie Cockerell’s blog, talking about how my love of tea and Christmas ended up producing a minor celebrity. I’m sure Schrodinger will make an appearance!


Whew! That’s quite a bit of travel, and if you follow me and comment on all the blogs, you’ll be entered to win a special prize – a tin of your favorite tea from Adagio Teas, plus a tea cup from Molly’s collection!


Now, I’d best get to writing. I owe my Patreon folk some more Shanna.

Originally published at The words of Valerie Griswold-Ford. You can comment here or there.

positive thinking

Life has been complicated lately. Some things have ended, others have started, and I’m not quite sure how I’m handling all of it. I’m not going to discuss that, or what’s really going on yet. I’m going to talk about writing.


I know, shocking. But I’ve not really been writing lately, and I’ve realized that how I deal with the stresses life gives me goes down in quality when I don’t write. The problem is giving myself permission to take some time for me, and write. I need to get myself into that headspace, and even if it’s only 250 words, or a blog post, or a character sketch for the new book I want to write, I need to do it. So hopefully, you’ll be seeing more here.


I’m still working on the rewrite of Winter Secrets, which should hopefully be done soon. Today, I’m editing for a friend, who has a new book coming out in May that I think you guys will like (think CSI meets Fern Gully). And I’ll have some new stuff coming along – I’m playing with redesigning the website, and adding some more links. Considering a Patreon site as well. Maybe some guest blogs? And some tea stuff, because, well, tea.


And writing. Always writing. Because first and foremost, I am a writer.

Originally published at The words of Valerie Griswold-Ford. You can comment here or there.

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( May. 4th, 2011 03:41 pm)
Hey, [livejournal.com profile] albathetross, this is the tea company that I'm going to order from.

Harrisons and Crosfield

I'm addicted to their Christmas tea, and I'm almost out.
So, I slept through the gym this morning (and [livejournal.com profile] argus7hills' alarm, and my alarm) and woke up feeling amazing at 9 am. Late, but oh well - apparently I needed the sleep. :) Called [livejournal.com profile] beard5 and apologized profusely (I slept through his call to me at 7:30 am, wondering where the heck I was, too), then made breakfast and headed out to work.

I'm tracking my eating again, and amazed at just how much tea I drink. Not that it's a bad thing, since the only tea I sweeten is chai, and only when I drink it with soymilk (if I'm just doing the Bigelow Vanilla Chai bags, I drink it black). But just a few short weeks ago, the seven cups of tea I'm drinking now - was Mt. Dew. *shudder* No wonder I wasn't losing any weight!

Caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror just now in the ladies room, and was shocked. I can actually SEE where I'm firming up. My spare tire is shrinking, slowly (hey, 120 crunches 3x a week will do that!) and my arms aren't QUITE as bat-like. I might be able to do this after all.

In another note (sorry, I'm flighty this morning), apparently drinking 5 cups of black or green tea a day will help protect you from cancer. So here's to cancer prevention.
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( Oct. 30th, 2009 11:52 am)
I ordered from Twinings.com last weekend, and my order came in last night. Which means tomorrow morning, I'll be sending the lovely [livejournal.com profile] albathetross her tea, and I'll get to orgy in mine all today!

I got the Christmas Tea (Black tea with Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove and Orange), the Pumpkin Chai, and the Winter Spices (apple, chamomile, cardamon, clove and cinnamon). You might sense a theme here. I adore cinnamon, cardamon and clove.

I had the Pumpkin Chai this morning, and it was wonderful. Right now, I'm steeping a bag of the Christmas Tea. (Just tasted it - YUM!)

I love tea.
I cleaned out my desk at work today, because it was gross (not getting fired, don't worry! Just a regular cleaning!) and found all my Adagio teas tucked away in a drawer. It was like Christmas! So far, I've had a cup of Pumpkin Spice, and now I'm enjoying a cup of Candy Cane.

I need to order more tea...maybe in October. Once I catch up on all my bills. And deplete my tea cabinet.
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( Dec. 19th, 2008 11:49 pm)
Forest Berries: All natural hibiscus flowers, apple pieces, rosehips, blackberry leaves and natural essence of raspberry, blackberry and bilberry.

This is a PURPLE tea. Very yummy! Lots of blackberry flavor - I think it would be fantastic iced.

Verdict: Most likely this will be on my next order.
So I ordered my tea from Harrisons & Crosfield Ltd. yesterday. I just got the ground shipping - I wasn't in that much of a hurry.

It arrived today.


And the best part? STUFFED with free samples!!!

I ordered the Christmas Tea and the China White Pear and Pineapple. They included the following samples:

1 each: Organic White Blackcurrent, Organic Green with Passion Fruit, Kensington Tea, Imperial Gold, White with Orange and Mango, and Christmas Tea

2 each: Traditional English Breakfast, Raspberry Vanilla herbal, Imperial Gold, Mango Black Tea, Raspberry Black Tea, Afternoon Darjeeling Tea, Scottish Breakfast, and Forest Berries herbal

I'm soooo excited! What do I start with???

And how soon can I sneak another order past the hubby????
Happiness is placing an order for more tea.

I now have the Christmas Tea and the White Tea with Pear and Pineapple winging its way to me. Yay!

I wish I could do loose tea at work, but it's just too much of a hassle, unfortuantely.

[livejournal.com profile] shadawyn, this is really yummy tea as well - have you tried them?
This week has been awful, writing-wise. I've had no time, and no brain, and the only thing I've done is level my hunter on World of Warcraft. I admit it, it has not been my finest NaNo week.


This changes tomorrow. I'm going to bow out of the demo tomorrow (sorry, folks, but I REALLY don't want to develop walking pneumonia right before the holidays, so standing out in the rain is definitely a no-go.), and I'm going to spend the weekend alternating between Seasons edits (which I started at lunch today) and Dreams rewrites. My goal? To be caught up on NaNo by the end of the weekend.

Anyone up for a sprint with me this weekend?

Oh, and can I admit that I'm actually happy with Seasons? Is it too much hubris to think I've got two pretty damn fine books here? I hope not, because I'm really enjoying re-reading both of them.

And I have a really good cup of tea here. [livejournal.com profile] shadawyn, I definitely like the pumpkin spice. I tried the candy apple yesterday, but I found it a bit bitter. I dunno, I'll have to try it again. Then again, I drink mine sans milk or sugar, so maybe that's the problem...
Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride is really, really yummy.

And caffeine free.

I have to get more, and some of the Gingerbread as well.

(as an aside, I have tea icons! I am very happy)
1. Electric blankets ROCK. I totally did not want to get out of bed this morning. Why have I not discovered this sooner?

2. The soreness from Monday has almost completely gone away, and I am actually looking forward to tomorrow morning. This scares me and pleases me at the same time.

3. I have about 7 hours to write today. I will garner much words.

4. Celestial Seasons Organic Mango Darjeeling is very, very good tea.

More later.
I'm starting to like mornings. Someone shoot me now.

But how can you argue when you have not one, but TWO mugs of good tea (Nutcracker Sweet in the travel mug, and Blueberry Pomegranite White Tea in the regular mug), a warmer to keep the regular mug warm and the knowledge that by 5 pm, you'll be done at work? Not to mention a story that won't leave you alone? *sigh*

So I guess I'm working on Tris today (no, you haven't met Tris and yes, you will at some point). I just have to figure out what the darn ending to the story is- maybe I write shorts organically? I dunno.

Played WoW last night, because I'm STILL frustrated with Seasons. Honestly, I think I'm going to revise Dreams first and get that out the door this month, because at least I don't feel like a hack writing that one.

Work - meh. I'm really starting to get frustrated over the whole thing and am actively looking for another job here. I'm just done with "Well, we don't know what to do - oh, yeah - we'll dump it on the Masters! Oh, and more money? Nah, you don't need more money." Bah.

Why, yes, we're lit AGAIN. Why do you ask? (And we're supposed to be backup. Not freaking FRONT LINE!)
And I am at my desk at work.


This is going to be a loooong day. I swapped shifts with a friend, so I'm working 9-5.

I suspect much tea - much BLACK tea - will be drunk today.

Edit at 10:24 am: No soda as of yet today, but I am on my second large raspberry tea (black with no sugar added). I am starting to feel tired, though, so I have a feeling I'll break down and get a Pepsi or a Dr. Pepper at lunch.
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( Aug. 14th, 2007 10:06 pm)
I got my Adagio Teas order the other day. Thank you so much for pointing me to these guys! I'm hooked!

And I think I know what my dad is getting for his birthday...

I got a lovely white tea sampler (with a white blueberry, a white peach, a white tropical and a white tangerine), as well as three black tea samples (a decaf mango, a pomegranite and another fruit tea that I can't remember right now).

I've tried the decaf mango, the white peach and the pomegranite so far, and I'm enjoying them all. I'm definitely a fan of loose tea (which this all is) and I'll be ordering again.

Highly, highly recommend them.

Now back to writing.


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