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Poll: Which necklace would YOU pick?

So, I had all these plans for a profound post on advertising and insecurities, but then I realized TODAY was Wednesday…and I should have posted something hours ago.

Sigh. If I can just make it to October, things will start to settle down then…erm, right??

Anyway, rather than my profound post (which will have to save for later since those things take hours to write), I thought I’d use today’s slot to ask you guys for help.

I’m making a bunch of necklaces for giveaways and also author events, but I’m not totally sure if I should focus my efforts on Something Strange & Deadly themed necklaces or more generic steampunk ones…

If you have a few minutes, would you mind letting me know which you would prefer? (And sorry in advance; the pictures aren’t the best…) (Read more…)

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Why yes, that IS a zeppelin

As you might have gathered from the blog title and image, I visited a zeppelin museum over the weekend. But not just any zeppelin museum–THE zeppelin museum.

You see, only a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live in Deutschland is Friedrichshafen, the birthplace of the zeppelin. And, because this monstrous flying machine makes an appearance in Something Strange and Deadly book 2 (which is not titled…yet…but soon! Soon, I say!), the Frenchman and I decided to pay a visit over the weekend.

And we saw some pretty cool stuff. (Read more…)

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The Hidden Goddess: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

This thrilling sequel to M.K. Hobson’s The Native Star is downright wonderful.  Somehow, it manages to be even better than its predecessor.  Emily is one of my favorite heroines, and Stanton–oh, Stanton–I shall love you forever.

Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is insufferable. Newly engaged, she now must brave Dreadnought’s family and the magical elite of the nation’s wealthiest city. Not everyone is pleased with the impending nuptials, especially Emily’s future mother-in-law, a sociopathic socialite. But there are greater challenges still: confining couture, sinister Russian scientists, and a deathless Aztec goddess who dreams of plunging the world into apocalypse. With all they must confront, do Emily and Dreadnought have any hope of a happily-ever-after? (Read more…)

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Steampunk Month Wrap-Up (or should I say Wind-Up?)

And so, my clockwork friends and tinkering colleagues, steampunk month comes to a close. But I must say, it was an enormous success!! Lots of participation, lots of interest, and best of all, lots of fodder for future steampunk KAPOW!

During the month, all sorts of new Steampunk Stuff crossed into my radar–some came from blog comments, some from emails, some from tweets, and some from other online shout outs.

A Giant Thanks to Everyone Who Passed More Steampunk Goodness My Way (Read more…)

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How to Make a Steampunk Gun

Steampunk gun: a device to blast away all things mechanical and paranormal.  Your costume just isn’t complete without one.

But once you’ve made your steampunk gun, well…  Mad werewolf on the loose? No sweat.  Giant clockwork kraken at your door? You got this.

The simplest way to make this gun is to head to your nearest Wal-Mart/Target/K-mart kinda shop and invest in a cheap Nerf gun.

Here’s the one I bought (though I think I only spent about $9), and you’ll notice A LOT of people use the same gun.  But there are other rather awesome options, like this.

The only other tools you need are:

  1. Spray paint in gold and silver (you should still have this from the goggles!)
  2. A very tiny Phillips-head screwdriver.
  3. Gold and silver embellishments (also like you used for the goggles and the utility belt). (Read more…)

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How to Make a Steampunk Utility Belt


Steampunk utility belt: the place to carry your Tools of Awesome–or to just hang onto some spare change. Whatevs.  No matter what you choose to store, you’re gonna look STEAMPUNK-TASTIC wearing it. (Read more…)

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How To Make Steampunk Goggles

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Steampunk goggles: the perfect gift for any occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, whatever.

A simple present that says, I care enough to want to protect your eyes from gas explosions, zombie claws, and wayward automatons.

Or maybe you simply want a pair for your  steampunk costume–that’s certainly why I set out to make mine (seen in the photo right).

The best part of these “brass goggles” is that making them is cheap (<$20 if you spend wisely) and easy (unless you’re clumsy like me–then it just takes a little extra care). (Read more…)

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Steampunk Costume Week

Now that you know your steampunk personality, it’s time to get down to the Really Important Part of this whole steampunk month thing: COSTUMING.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT A STEAMPUNK COSTUME.

And you don’t have to do much to create a steampunk-tastic outfit. Just check out this video to see what I mean:

(Sorry I have a cold and sound congested.)

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Steampunk Cinema Recommendations

Yesterday’s steampunk personality quiz had an overwhelming show of Swashbuckling Airship Pirates.  Out of almost 200 people taking it, 32% wanted to navigate the skies with their clockwork parrot.

As such, I thought I’d tailor today’s recommendations to your various personalities.

(P.S. If you haven’t taken the steampunk personality quiz, then you should! It’s fun!)

So for all you Swashbuckling Airship Pirates, I present Stardust.  A naive hero must leave his home and enter the magical world nearby to retrieve a star for his true love.  But, er…it’s problematic when the star turns out to be a human girl and a nasty witch is out to get her too. Honestly, Stardust is one of my All Time Favorite Movies.  I it so much, and I really think you will too!

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What’s your steampunk personality?

Part of what makes steampunk so fun is that it’s got its cast of stock charaters–the aviator, the swashbuckler, the aristocrat, etc.  But if you’re like me, you waffle about which one you want to be.  Boy when I was trying to make my costume, I just couldn’t decide between “rough-and-tumble” or “prim-and-proper”.

So I made up this handy-dandy quiz for those of you who just can’t decide either!  Just click on the picture and take the quiz to find out!


Tell me in the comments what your steampunk persona is!

I’m an Inventive (and slightly befuddled) Tinkerer.

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