g33k of the w33k – Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine

Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian. – A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences


Many of us around here like, no, love Steampunk.  Because of that, we seek out new Steampunk experiences wherever we can find them.  The costumes, the architecture, the fantasy, the wonder!  So imagine our surprise when we found out that at New York Comic Con, authors Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine, wrtiers of Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences would be there signing and available for an interview.  It was a very interesting interview for a number of reasons, some of which I’m going to cover here.  Once we figured out that October 28 was also Tee Morris’s birthday, that was the last happy coincident that made our decision to make Tee & Pip our next g33ks of the w33k!

Let’s first talk about the amazing novel that Tee & Pip wrote together.  that is The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and it’s a steampunk themed narrative that follows the travels of Eliza D. Braun and Wellington Books as they set out save the country of England from a nefarious plot that threatens to enslave everyone!  I’m still in the middle of reading the book (bad Joey V!) but what is really fantastic about it is that there is a great love of the steampunk world throughout that shines in the description and in the dialogue.  It’s kind of a steampunk X-Files in a way, something where odd things occur, and the only people that have the abilities to work it out are Eliza and Books.  On top of the great location and genre that it enhabits, there is very witty dialogue.  The conversations between Eliza and Books have a back and forth that is extremely satisfying, something that immediately reminded me of the TV show Castle. When I asked the duo about the dialogue, they said that Joss Whedon was an immediate and loving influence throughout.

So wait, it’s a novel that mixes Steampunk and Whedon-esqe dialogue and situations?  Yeah sign me up!

In addition to that, this isn’t Tee & Pip’s first time having success with a novel.  Pip in particular has enjoyed wonderful acclaim with her novels Geist and Spectyr, a series with a Fantasy backdrop that really helped her establish a name for herself.  Tee morris has gotten some great success with some books on how to better utilize social media.  He helped us out by writing Podcasting for Dummies and All a Twitter which really helped us here at g33k HQ take notice because it was advice that we sorely needed.

Final little caveat to this is that when we were making the convention circuit back in the day, one of the guests that we ran into at an Anime USA was one Tee Morris.  Well, back then we were getting kinda bummed about how the lame conventions we had been going to and that we were feeling like it wasn’t our thing anymore.  Well our own Pedro aka The Raid Boss had a conversation with one Tee Morris about the idea that we should go and run a website and that might help us get back into it.  Well that site?  Turned into the g33kWatch you are reading today.  So in a way, you can thank Mr. Morris for our little site and helping us with the inspiration we needed.

So let’s put on a top hat, corset, and some goggles and let’s celebrate Tee & Pip’s Airship Award Winning novel that you can go ahead and purchase on Amazon.  Also, listen to our full interview with Tee & Pip below!

g33k of the w33k

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine

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