My recommendation for this week is a very new feed. In fact, it was created this week. @BooksAndBraun is the online voice of Wellington Thornhill Books, Esq. and Eliza D. Braun, two characters from the upcoming series, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences co-authored by Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine.
So why follow fictional characters? Because these characters are made of WIN. Books is an Archivist for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and Braun is a somewhat over-enthusiastic Agent who has been partnered with Books in the hopes that some time in the Archives will reign her in a bit. The Archives will never be the same.
The feed gives you the opportunity to interact with the characters, pick up a few new steampunk resources, and get the latest news on the 2011 release of the first Books & Braun book. Also in the works is a podcast of related Books & Braun short stories. The series, because there will be more books, looks to be one hell of a romp through the Victorian Empire. Even if you are not into Steampunk or the Victorian period, the posts, and the stories are full of wit and humor.
Disclaimer time: Tee Morris is an old friend of mine, as well as being a Twitter, Macintosh, and technology advocate. Philippa Balantine is a new friend that I’ve gotten to know through Tee. Both are talented writers and podcasters. You may think I’m just trying to help out my friends, but I believe that their work stands for itself. Check it out, and I’m betting that you’ll agree.
On Monday, come back for a look at Evernote in the next review. And keep an eye on the blog for a special treat: an audio discussion with Bird House Rules coming up in the next week or so. While you’re waiting, why not send me some feedback? Tell me what you do or don’t like about the blog, or what you’d like to see more of. We may not have Pirate Zombie Ninja Robots, but we look forward to seeing your recommendations. Can’t think of anything to say? Then tell your friends about the Nifty Tech Blog and tell us about that!