20th January, 2009: Posted by glpease in General News

I just finished an article for the Chronicles, and realized, in one of those hopelessy embarrassing moment, just how lazy I’ve been in not writing. I’ve got dozens of articles started, but before today, It’s been nearly seven months since I finished anything! I’ll be sure to flog myself mercilessly with the cat-o-nine-tails later today, but probably not until after supper; such things can ruin my appetite. I think I’ll have my evening pipe, first, as well. And, perhaps a scotch. Actually, I’m already feeling much better, thanks to my little act of confession, so I think I’ll just forgo the flogging. I will, however, promise to begin dusting off some of those half-finished articles, polish them up, and begin publishing them in the Chronicles. I’ll probably start some new ones, too.

I’ve been working on some interesting blend ideas, and am getting close to launching something that I think will be a lot of fun. I’ll share more about that a little later, maybe in the next News blurb. That is, if I don’t forget…

Happy New Year, 2009!

2nd January, 2009: Posted by glpease in General News

Wishing you all a wonderful new year, full of peace and joy and wonderful smokes. I’ve got a few interesting projects in the works, and hopefully will be able to make some announcements in the near future. It’s going to be an exciting year, I’m sure.

It’s been quite a challenging year, at times, but I’ve managed to keep things afloat, in no small part, thanks to your continued support and great kindness. There is nothing more satisfying, I think, than being able to create a product that brings pleasure to those who enjoy it. The kind words and wonderful reviews tell me that I’ve been doing the right thing. The two blends I introduced in 2008, Maltese Falcon and Key Largo, have been wonderfully received, and your reaction to them has inspired me towards new things. There are some experiments on the bench, and I have no idea, yet, what will come from my research, but I promise, it’ll be interesting!

Other projects, too, are beginning to solidify, and one of them doesn’t have much at all to do with pipes or tobacco, but it does have something very much to do with flavour and aroma. I expect to be able to say more about this within a month or so. Watch this space.

Too, I’m already working on the 2010 edition of “In Celebration of Briar.” For those who have bought the previous editions, I thank you. It’s really not economically sensible for me to do these. The hours involved versus the revenues generated aren’t even close to what I could get working at Starbucks, but it’s a labour of love, and I’ll keep them coming, as long as there are a few who enjoy them.

Hold on tight to your dreams, and may 2009 make them a reality.