Meet a published writer: Check! About a couple months ago I started to follow the blazing trail of Philippa Ballentine and Tee Morris across the Internet. I picked up the trail when I caught wind of the name “Phoenix” in my Twitter stream. Those that I follow is mostly made up of technology and design geeks. If you’ve been reading my previous post I’ve designated one of my characters with that name. It is the original re-tweet from Pip to Tee then by Joel Cochran (BlendSig founder) as a follower of Tee: I hit the link and found a rabbit whole worth exploring. I purchased Pip’s Geist first, because out of her books I thought this would fit right in my spectrum. I read it in 2 days and posted a review. It fit my mold, but then it did something else exciting. It opened my eyes to an array of explosive creativity. Pip’s world, in A Book of the Order series, re-organized my book collection (so to speak, as I read a lot on Kindle now) and pointed me at a new direction of fantasy novels. She also expanded my reading range and introduced me to Steampunk. I knew of it, but had a wan interest. I equate it to be like when someone mentions LARP (live action role play) and considered it a nerdy fad. To answer your question, yes, I realize that I am a geek, but not a nerd. Over the last two months I have become very excited about learning more on Steampunk. Back to the topic, today I had lunch at Bungalow Alehouse in Gainesville, VA (one of their favorites) with Pip Ballentine. Unfortunately, Tee Morris was unable to attend. He was needed at work to provide business justifications to his IT department on why he should have a Mac (tell them you need to test the company sites from a Mac for accessibility). I went into this luncheon with the mind set of zero expectations and no in-depth questions. Mainly, I just wanted to be friends with these awesome folk who I have a lot of commonalities with. This is the first time I’ve ever reached out to a celeb personality, although Pip doesn’t admit to it. For as outspoken as they are, I would expect that the sky is the limit, as far as media popularity is concerned. The first thing she did when we meet was gave me a hug. All of my friends who read this now know exactly why I like her. We talked about Tee and Boom (yeah, you know it), books and stories, tips and support for writing, NaNoWriMo, writing music, traveling, parents, dragons, and laundry. It was a wonderful 1+ hour of friendly conversation. I had no reason to be nervous, especially, as we easily jump into our conversations. It was an enriching experience and I hope that we can do it again. Thanks Pip for your entertainment on the paper, internet, radio, and in person! Congratulations to Pip and Tee for their wedding on Saturday 10/8/2011!