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drank Lapsang Souchong by A C Perch's
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I haven’t logged this one before? WHUT?

I likes me a good Lapsang. Don’t get me wrong there. But the lack of logging (ha! say that ten times fast!) might have something to do with the fact that I bought this one primarily to give my boyfriend when he’s here and secondarily for myself.

Right now though, I’m having the hardest time focusing on NaNo and I need a bit of a kick in the rear. Caffeine me. My green semi-spree is not going to cut it here. I know the amount of caffeine is the same, but the black tea just feels like it has more. Also this place, with the introduction of comments and liking and interaction, has became bloody addictive! Just the other day I discovered that on the front page that you get to when you’re not logged in, there are featured posts and featured users if you scroll down! I’m a featured user, apparently! It made me go WEEEEEE!!!! and immediately add all the other featured users to my follow list. You lot are all to blame if I don’t reach the 50K this year, I swear. Either that or I’ll start counting words on tea posts and include them.

The leaves smell all nice and smokey and with a hint of tobacco, which is something I’ve just recently learned to pay attention to in aroma. I get inspired when I see how you others describe these hard-to-describe things. The steeped tea is less smokey in scent and it has an underlying note of something sweet. I want to say caramel but I’m not really sure that’s the best description for it. Definitely tobacco too. Now that I’ve noticed, it’s really clear.

I think I’ve understeeped it a bit because I got impatient, but I made it good and strong with more leaves than usual. The flavour doesn’t have so much of the smoky flavour in it, but I expect the next cup with be better on that aspect. I think I might be getting the ‘pepper’ though. A sort of prickly flavour at the very back of my mouth like black pepper. But again, it might be because I used more leaves. This may not have been the most ideal brew, but it’s one of my black favourites, and aforementioned boyfriend is a good excuse to keep stocked up on it.

Right. I have my caffeine kick now and I need to get back to my pretense at novel writing. I’m going to take 15 concentrated minutes of writing and then I can slack off for a couple of minutes more. (This doesn’t sound like much, but it totally works. A short spurt of concentration, a couple of minutes break. Easy to over-look. Not so scary. And if you disregard all typos you can get a decent amount of words out in 15 minutes.)

I’m posting this at 6.28 pm my time. If you see any activity from me at all before fifteen minutes have passed, come by and kick my butt.

Cynthia Carter

You totally should count your tea posts towards NaNoWriMo – they are creative, technical and fun to read.

Jillian

Better yet, write a novel about tea. XD

Angrboda

Cynthia Carter: I will if I have to, but right now it’s going awesomely, so I don’t think I’ll need to cheat. :)

Jillian: Maybe later. This one’s about a witch. :)

gmathis

As a fellow writer, I have a theory - the intensity with which you need to meet a deadline is surpassed in triplicate by the urge to putter online.

Angrboda

I’m generally extremely easily distracted by Shiny Internets, but I still manage to write more during November than I do in I’d guess, three whole months for the rest of the year put together, so I don’t really fall inside your theory there.

On the other hand my dad always says that it’s the exception that proves the rule. :)

Carolyn

Witches can drink tea and when they do, you can include portions of your Steepster entries. Anything written in November should be looked at as potential prose that can be repurposed to the novel.

We do the fifteen minutes of writing then take a break also. My beloved says that its “health-supportive”. Good luck with NaNo!

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Cynthia Carter

You totally should count your tea posts towards NaNoWriMo – they are creative, technical and fun to read.

Jillian

Better yet, write a novel about tea. XD

Angrboda

Cynthia Carter: I will if I have to, but right now it’s going awesomely, so I don’t think I’ll need to cheat. :)

Jillian: Maybe later. This one’s about a witch. :)

gmathis

As a fellow writer, I have a theory - the intensity with which you need to meet a deadline is surpassed in triplicate by the urge to putter online.

Angrboda

I’m generally extremely easily distracted by Shiny Internets, but I still manage to write more during November than I do in I’d guess, three whole months for the rest of the year put together, so I don’t really fall inside your theory there.

On the other hand my dad always says that it’s the exception that proves the rule. :)

Carolyn

Witches can drink tea and when they do, you can include portions of your Steepster entries. Anything written in November should be looked at as potential prose that can be repurposed to the novel.

We do the fifteen minutes of writing then take a break also. My beloved says that its “health-supportive”. Good luck with NaNo!

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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