links and horror

March 10, 2017

This week I participated in “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” a flash-fiction anthology event over at My own entry is called “Alchemy.”

Applications for the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop are now open. Deadline’s in a couple of weeks.  This is the workshop I attended at the start of my career. Almost twenty years ago now?  Eeek!

A lo, behold the horror when you finally get a new infuser basket for your teapot and you realize the true nature of what you’ve been drinking out of:

Yeah, probably should have done that a while ago.



4 Responses to “links and horror”

  1. Jazzlet Says:

    Nothing wrong with a bit of tannin. When tea was first introduced in the UK the rule was to rinse, but never wash, the inside of your teapot to allow a layer of tannin to build up as it was thought to contribute to the taste of subsequent brews. That is how I was taught to care for teapots as a child in the sixties. Though tannin is more of a problem on strainers as a build up can block them completely; I find an occassional long soak in biological detergent very effective at restoring the permeability of the mesh, though one has to rinse very thouroughly!

    And I enjoyed Alchemy, it brought Marie Curie to mind for some reason, though I don’t suppose that that is what you intended as she did have the assistance of her husband.

  2. Christina Says:

    There’s a tea company in the US called Mandala Tea that sells this amazing tea-stain cleaner. They’re revamping their site right now, but if you bookmark it you should be able to see when it’s available again.

  3. carriev Says:

    Haha, yeah, I figured it was just staining. But then it started growing white spots and at that point, NO NO NO.

  4. Fredex Says:

    a soak in water with bleach also cleans tannin stains pretty well. if it’s really bad, it may take a while.

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