Archive for January, 2012
I thought I’d pass this along to everyone. This makes me wish I lived closer to the East Coast.
Steampunk Festival Fears Mother Nature
Steampunk World’s Fair takes unusual step to keep inclement weather from raining on parade
This May, the Steampunk World’s Fair will hit Piscataway, New Jersey with three days of the largest steampunk festival in the country – last year’s fair garnered about 3000 guests in total. With a nation of steampunks fondly reminiscing on the jam-packed events of the 2011 event and expectations just as high this year, any inclement weather could only result in soggy sadness. But this year, Mother Nature will not stand in the way. In preparation for unwanted precipitation, the event has specifically planned a special set of programs to take place in the rain.
This solution may be unusual, but The Steampunk World’s Fair is used to travelling unorthodox routes. Three years ago, it was among the very first of Steampunk events to approach Steampunk gatherings from a festival, rather than a convention, standpoint. The performance-heavy event focuses on creating the boisterous, exuberant atmosphere of a carnival or faire, rather than the calmer atmosphere of a convention. Says event creator, Jeff Mach, “rather than a situation where, if it rains, we just ‘make do,’ we’re going to actually have activities and programs which will blow your socks off!” It will take a grand amount of planning to get the rain program on its feet, but organizers are excited about its potential, urging guests to “Hope for rain!”
Of course, if it doesn’t end up raining at the fair, there will be plenty of delightful activities for guests to revel in. In addition to the largest array of Steampunk performances available anywhere, festivals of the past have featured everything from Why Not Cake, an imaginative company of gourmet cake artists; to visits from award-winning author Leanna Renee Hieber. So stick an umbrella in your top hat, because the Steampunk World’s Fair promises imaginative entertainment, rain or shine.
The creators of Steampunk World’s Fair are also notable for their annual Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire and Geeky Kink Event. More information on The Steampunk World’s Fair can be found at steampunkworldsfair.com
Emily, aka “Professor Raven” runs Professor Raven’s Curiosity Emporium on Etsy.
Steampunk: My Coal-Dusty Heaven
by Professor Raven
I am in finally in heaven: steamy, coal-dusty heaven. Several years ago, I knew that I wanted to create, I wanted to write, I wanted the American version of success. I ran out and bought tools and supplies, the likes of which I knew nothing. My first attempts at jewelry creation were amateurish, awkward, and not beautiful. But I learned, refined my technique, my pieces became a wee bit more sophisticated. I still had no real focus.
I found the Twilight series (don’t hate) and thought that could be my focus. However, since all of my Twilight-inspired pieces had my own brand of sarcastic gothism imposed, they weren’t run-away best sellers. I still hadn’t found my niche.
About two years ago, I was introduced to the steampunk genre. Not only was I in love, but I had found a creative home, a style I not only understood, but a style I felt understood me. I’ve always been an imposter: a lonely, weird soul pretending to be normal. In steampunk, I found a place to belong! The steampunk community has been mostly welcoming, societal outsiders like me, friendly, warm, and weirdly entertaining. I found my focus!
Since embracing steampunk, I’ve not only narrowed my focus significantly, improved my technique, and started branching out to new mediums. I’ve met authors, bloggers, and been embraced as an artist in my own right. Sure, I’ve run into the odd purist who thinks that “merely slapping watch parts on something does not steampunk make”, but for the most part this is a welcoming community.
At my shop, I believe that steampunk is a state of mind. I love combining industrial, Victorian, and gothic elements into a cohesive piece. I love talking with other Steampunks and getting their unique take on our genre. I’ve started listening to steampunk bands and their eclectic sounds.
As a “social misfit”, I’m a bit perturbed that steampunk seems to be gaining mainstream ground; while this makes it easier for us to be accepted and find low-cost goodies, it also makes it harder to craft the genre we want, and harder for the true craftsmen to grow. I don’t count myself in the latter group *yet*, but I’ll get there.
While mainstream acceptance of the genre and its presence makes it easier for us to “explain” ourselves, I can’t help but wonder: what happens when popular opinion leaves us alone? And just how much more unique would our gear-driven world be if mass popularity hadn’t intruded itself?
The YAmazingRace with MGnificent Prizes starts today at 12 pm EST. Over 50 YA and MG authors are going to be giving away a boatload of prizes.
INNOCENT DARKNESS is part of leg 5. If you’ve wanted Noli’s necklace and haven’t won one yet, there is one up for grabs.
Rules will go up here at 12 pm eastern time when the race starts. Good luck!
My apologies for the lateness of this post.
And the sequel adventures march onward…
I’ve spent the last week taking that completed draft and attempting to make it fit for human consumption.
This included putting in the proper names for ship parts, adding a few literary quotes/references, adding in some proper Victorian terms, and fixing any errors I came across.
The draft is by no means perfect or finished, but off to the beta readers it goes.
Some of them were quite excited about it. The day after I tweeted that I finished the draft I got an email from a beta going, “Saw it’s done, where is it?” LOVE LOVE LOVE such enthusiasm. I hope everyone likes it.
The synopsis has also been written. Often I’ll work off at the very least a skeleton of a synopsis, but this story has been so wonky in so many respects that I had to actually finish the draft because I *didn’t know how it ended*.
I’m still not sure if the first chapter works, we’ll have to see. I listened to “Through Glass” by Stone Sour on endless loop through much of my December drafting (with a dash of Emilie Autumn for Steampunk-spiration) and I think it shows.
Now, to get those first three chapters and the synopsis off to my editor….
Ding Dong the Draft is DONE!
Yesterday I typed THE END for book two of my Aether Chronicles series.
I was really afraid I wasn’t going to make it.
Well, technically I didn’t since my self-imposed goal was actually December 31, but Jan 2 isn’t too shabby.
91k in 2 months and 2 days isn’t shabby at all.
However, I’m not anywhere near done.
For the sake of vomiting out this draft and getting it on paper I glossed over some things….mostly the technical aspects and proper part names of the airships. I will be spending this week researching all the things I didn’t research and filling in all the blanks I left. I’ve never done that before and I’m not sure I liked doing it. Certainly it took me out of my comfort zone.
I also need to clean up all the errors. I am really bad about leaving out words, writing the wrong words, and the like.
Then, it’s off to a couple of betas.
Book 2 was tricky for me, mostly because I had to take it in a direction other than I’d originally intended and I really, really, really pantsed it. Usually I know how a book begins and ends and just have to pants the middle. Not so with this book…
It also didn’t end where I wanted to, and took some twists and turns I hadn’t planned on.
We’ll see how it all goes. Hopefully it’s for the better.
Now…back to filling in those blanks.