This one has been a long time coming. And I’ll admit, I’ve been saving this one for a special occasion. This week, something finally fit the bill.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Tee Morris. It’s not even the first time I’ve written about him on the Nifty Tech Blog. In the first month of the blog I wrote about The Boom Effect, an online fundraiser to provide for the future of Tee’s daughter, Sonic Boom, after the tragic death of Tee’s wife. Then in March, Tee returned to talk about Twitter, which served to kick off the #FollowFriday series. Then in August he dragged me into the world of podcasting with the six-part crossover series with Tee’s Bird House Rules Podcast looking at Twitter clients for the iPad. So why am I writing about him now?
Tee is a man of many talents. When I first met him he was working as an actor at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Since that time, he has become an author of both fiction and non-fiction books, created the genre of podcast novels, aka podiobooks, become a Twitter evangelist, declared himself the Uber Nemesis of all podcast novelists, and now he has opened a new world full of Steampunk Adventures with co-author Pip Ballantine. This week, they released their mass-market paperback Phoenix Rising, a Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel. This book is a rollicking steampunk romp about Wellington Thornhill Books, Archivist extraordinare, and Eliza D. Braun, an Agent who has become discredited due to her rather exuberant pursuit of her duties. In their work for the highly clandestine Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, they investigate the strange, unusual, and downright impossible. Even when they’re not supposed to. My copy just arrived. After I finish writing this, I’m going to see if I can get the book away from my wife.
So I’ve just told you why you should read Tee’s book. Why should you follow @TeeMonster on Twitter? Ever fed sugar to a ferret? Tee has a frenetic energy, a chaotic wit, and a deep, deep, grasp of obscure geek references. He is silly, snarky, insightful, and connected. And above all that, he talks to people. Talk to Tee, and he’ll talk to you. Tee understands Twitter and building community. He participates. He walks the walk as well as talks the talk. We may not always agree on everything, but he definitely finds some cools stuff. And he’s my friend.
If you want to keep up on what Tee is up to outside of Twitter, I suggest you take a look at his blog, Tee Morris.com, or his professional site, Imagine That Studios. For more on the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, see their website, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.com.