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The holidays are coming, and that means holiday parties. The center of most holiday parties tends to be the beverages.  We know there’s a few Steampunk cocktails out there, but only a few.  Here at Steamed! We decided to invent two of our own Steampunk cocktails for your holiday enjoyment… 

This brightly colored beverage is great hot or cold at your favorite club, at a party, or hanging out at home with friends.  Other sodas (strawberry, grape, ect) and be used if you’d like to match your drink to your outfit…

 

The Hot Lolita

2 parts Orange Crush (or other colored fruity soda)

1part Vodka

 Hot–heat vodka, pourinto a class, add soda, serve with an orange slice
Cold–Pur vodka and soda in a glass, add dry ice for that steamy effect
  

What could be more genteel than a hot drink on a cool night?  This next one is perfect for regaling your friends with your latest exploits and adventures in front of a nice warm fire…

 
 

The Gentleman Airpriate

2 oz Vodka

 

1 oz Kahlua

Milk

Gently heat vodka and Kahlua.  Pour into a brandy snifter and add milk to taste (about 1/2 oz is usually good).  Garnish with a sprinkling of nutmeg or chili pepper depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.   

Of course, what ever your beverage may be, please enjoy your holiday responsibly.

Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail, Steampunk or otherwise? Tell us for a chance to win a sparkly tiara for all your holiday parties!

 

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I was thinking about what a Steampunk Thanksgiving would look like. So I came up with the following menu. This is not what we’re having for Thanksgiving (I’ll be at my sister in law’s) but it sounds interesting, don’t you think? Think dinner by candlelight, great music, fun placemats, clock-part napkin rings…Could you imagine a steampunk cornucopia as the centerpiece? Anything you would add?

Menu
Ammonites in a Blanket
Baby squid with tentacles in a cream butter-lemon sauce (can substitute fillet of sea snake or braised brisket of blowfish)
Turkey a la Death Ray
Steamed fiddle-head fern tips
Coconut-marshmallow spiced sweet potatoes
Cranberry-Cardamom Chutney
Lemon Syllabub (served in beakers)
Miniature pumpkin pies (decorated with fondant cogs)
Trilobite Cookies
Tea
Brandy
The Von Slatt (both versions, served in test tubes, dry ice optional)

So what will you have for Thanksgiving dinner?

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Thank you so much to everyone who entered the photo contest. I let the tot (the kid in the goggles in the last contest post) pick her personal favorite…

…and the winner is…

(drumroll please)

The “SteamCon Hussies” from SteamCon in Seattle, (Lolitas Deborah, Elizabeth, and Marie-Claude) as entered by Deborah Schneider.

Congratulations!

Deborah, as the one who entered the photo, you’re the one who gets the prize! Please email me at suzannelazear (@) hotmail.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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Steampunk Lolitas: Deborah Schneider, Elizabeth Darvill and myself at Steamcon!

by Marie-Claude Bourque

With my new brand new goggles!

What is Steampunk style? I am probably the last one to know. That’s why when I headed for Steamcon in Seattle, I didn’t really know what to expect, expect for a bunch of brass goggles and a few corsets.

Steamcon 09: The Airship Pirate look?

So it’s with my own corset (laced tight and rescued from the Romantic Times Convention) that I sat down in the lobby of the Seatt;le Marriot  and sipped my venti nonfat latte doing what I like best (after writing) and… people watched.

I was glad I had read about all the various Steampunk spin-off  in Suzanne Lazear blog post at Steamed! Dieselpunk, Monsterpunk, Oilpunk, Clockpunk, coompleted with Steampunk fairies, I think I saw it all.

Steamcon 09: A Victorian Gentleman (courtesy of Chadwick Ayers) 
Steamcon 09: Steampunk Fairy (courtesy of ChadWick Ayers  

What striked me the most was that really all goes. As you long as you have your goggles on, you are good to go. I did expect the clockwork and victorian look but I have to say that I was surprised by the intrincacy of it all and by how well dressed everyone was.

I saw plenty of victorian ladies and gentlemen in full regalia, top hats and elaborate googles and ornate canes, beautiful skirts and expensive corsets (mine is a cheap one, be warned) but also feather in upswept hair, parasol and yes, fans! So many things I want (need?) to buy!!!

Steamcon 09: Dieselpunk? 

Beside the victorian look, was also the western look. Think of the movie Wild Wild West, with variation on steampunk  guns, cowboy hats. Some were on the goths or dark side with black and spooky outfit closer to MadMax that is probably what they would call Dieselpunk. And some ladies had on simpler dresses that wouldn’t have been out of place in Anne of Green Gables.

Steamcon 09: More Airship Pirates! 

All in all, I think the rule is to let your imagination run, and yes get those goggles and that corset! Can’t down too many lattes with it on but your waistline may thank you!

Steamcon 09: A Steampunk Gun! (courtesy of Chadwick Ayers)

 Steamcon 2010 is on! Get your tickets as soon as they come on sale! I bet they will fly really fast! (yep, stood in line for four hours  to get mine!). I’ll be there 🙂

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The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University

Here’s a spot where I’d love to be standing.. NO. . .  I’d rather be inside wandering through this fabulous exhibit of works of art by steam punkers from around the globe! Even the signedbofficial poster is highly collectible. See below – or follow the link – where you can see the extraordinary selection of Steam Punk Art!

 A Steampunk exhibition in Oxford!
http://www.steampunkmuseumexhibition.blogspot.com/

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A super big congrats to Lolita Liane for making the top ten for Dorchester’s America’s “Next best Cellar” Contest.

Meet the top ten finalists:

Enchanted Season by Alicia Pace
Stay by Candi Wall
How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWyld
Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride by Gail Hart
The Hooded Man by Courtney Sheets
Primitive Nights by Candi Wall
Courting Demons by Kerri Nelson
Tossing the Gloves by Christy Finn
Vampire Vacation by C. J. Ellisson
Muse Struck by Liane Gentry Skye

We wish you the best of luck!!!

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Lolita Leanna’s fabulous book The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker was recently profiled by the folks over at True Blood   as a great book to read while waiting for season three — complete with an interview. If you haven’t picked it up, you should. It’s not quite steampunk , it’s more gas-lamp romance, but it has a great story, an amazing world, and characters that will leave you wanting more.

Great job, Ladies!

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Do you NaNo?

It’s November.  The air is cool and crisp, the christmas decorations are going up, and we know the holidays will soon be upon us.  Meanwhile, thousands of people are furiously holed up in cafes, libraries, and their bedrooms pounding away on their laptops and alphasmarts.

What??

November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWiMo–or NaNo for short. This is where writers all over the world strive to write an entire novel in one month! (For NaNo they define a novel as 50,000 words). There’s also a Youth Writing Program for the under 18 set where they can set their own goals, and they have *free* curriculums and kits for classrooms. (Wow, my teachers never did NaNo with us, how fun would that be).

So, you go to the site, sign up, and commit to write 50k in 30 days.

Impossible?

Hardly. That’s 1667 words a day. About 6-7 pages in 12 pt. Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. It’s easier than you think–if you do it every day. There’s even ways to ‘cheat” an NaNo–like avoiding contractions at all costs.  But it’s all in good fun. (Really, you can do it, I wrote 67k in September just by doing writing sprints at night, i’m not a full time writer, i have a day job, a hubby, a tot, and lots and lots of laundry.)

If you reach 50k by November 30, you “win” (after being verified by their word counting ‘bots.) You win the prestige of being a NaNo “winner”, the satisfaction of knowing you can do it. The really great NaNo folks also have some cool goodies, you can read about them on the site.

I’m a little behind. I should be at 25k, since we’re 2 weeks in. I’m nearly at 13k (bad Suzi). I also started this past Thursday (very bad Suzi). Oh, did I mention I’m cheating (that’s it, no dessert for you). For NaNo you’re actually supposed to start a brand spanking new novel. I had one all picked out, I even started it (wrote about 3500). Then I realized I made a boo-boo and needed to finish something else.  So, I’m taking advantage of all the support and motivation out there to write the 43k I need to finish the book, (besides all the amazing resources on the NaNo site, two RWA chapters that I’m in are doing NaNo things, one’s even giving away a tiara…). Knowing me, it’ll probably be more like 50k, but Iwon’t claim to have “won” even if I reach 50k. But I can still pound away furiously after the tot is in bed, participate in online writing sprints, and commiserate with fellow authors.  If I write at least 2500 words, I can do it (so far, four days in, I’m writing around 3k a day.)

So, do you NaNo? What are you working on? How are you doing? Anyone doing Steampunk for NaNo?

It’s not too late. With 2 weeks left you’d have to write a little over 35oo words a day, but that, too, is possible, since you’re only doing it for two weeks.

Keep you the good work everyone — write on!

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