A Daguerreotype Message of Frightful Importance to Jim C. Hines

by Ministry Admin on January 20, 2013

Sunday was quite the day for our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Not only were they hosting the lovely (and exotically Asian) P.J. Schnyder and enjoying cake pop madness over the weekend, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences was alerted of a mention of our memoirs on io9.

We were (as Eliza would put it) chuffed to find out that Jim C. Hines took a wonderfully cheeky salute of our premiere steampunk adventure…

Eliza and I cannot express quite accurately how giddy this image makes us.


…our journalists agreed that there were a couple of things that Mister Hines missed. Such as…

  • Mr. Hines’ shorts were too loose. (In absence of fishnet stockings, of course.)
  • The gun is far too petitie for Eliza. (Of that, I agree insistently.)
  • Eliza was on one knee. Not standing. (Granted, Eliza agrees it is still not a sensible pose, but if we’re looking for accuracy…)
  • Wellington Books is absent. (Ahem…)

So, our journalists took matters into their own hands…

photo by P.J. Schnyder

In all seriousness, both Tee and Pip were thrilled that Jim Hines poked a little fun at their first cover, and Tee admits deciding on a whim to do this simply to show off what he calls “a kicking hockey jersey I picked up in Warrenton, VA today!” (Eliza’s quite the Guinness drinker, I should add.) The Ministry is also equally honoured to be singled out in Jim C. Hines’ ever-growing gallery of ridiculous covers; and as a way to say “Thank you” we will be donating to his lovely charity for the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation.

Again, our thanks, Mister Hines, for this moment of frivolity. It was a delight for our journalists to return your serve.

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Jim C. Hines January 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

This is awesome, and I salute you both!!! 🙂

The gun was indeed too small. It’s a built-in part of the plastic gauntlet, so unfortunately, I didn’t have an easy way to swap that out.

And I agree with you on the wardrobe. I did two rounds trying to get it right, but it never quite worked.

Much love and respect to you both!

Cathy A January 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Well done you 2! Love, love, love it!!

Raydeen Graffam January 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Fishnets, Tee!!! Fishnets!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) January 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I love it! And Tee, you are totally working the evil eye angle. ;D

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