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Blimprider posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - November 25, 2014 - 4:24pm
Blimprider posted a discussion
Steampunk Play   Members in the New England area, take note: Mrs. Hawking, a steampunk-themed play revolving around the proto-feminist activities of the title character, will open in Boston on January 16th, 2015.  Full information is available at Mrs Hawking.  The play is the brainchild of Phoebe Roberts, an emerging theater professional of some promise, so consider an entertaining night out on which you will be supporting someone who may bring you years of enjoyment to come.See More
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Joseph Gatch posted a photo

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - November 23, 2014 - 7:29pm
Joseph Gatch posted a photo
SnS_cover_FRONTNow available, my third book (second due out first week of December) is a fun crossover between my character and another writer's.…
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Near fixtures are halogen far fixtures are LED. Color temperature is almost identical! these were inexpensive GU10 LED bulb, I am very impressed with what’s coming out of the factories in China lately. – A SPWS One Shot

Steampunk Workshop - November 23, 2014 - 4:38pm
Near fixtures are halogen far fixtures are LED. Color temperature is almost identical! these were inexpensive GU10 LED bulb, I am very impressed with what's coming out of the factories in China lately.
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Leslie Orton posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - November 23, 2014 - 3:03pm
Leslie Orton posted a blog post
The Aether Chronicle #20: England Builds The Library of the Future! Books Not To Be Read For 1000 Years!                   Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #20: England Builds The Library of the Future! Books Not To Be Read For 1000 Years!Life on Mars? One Man Thinks So and is Preparing For INVASION!Chronicle%20%2320.pdfTo Subscribe to The Aether Chronicle, click the link below and "Follow" the Discussion below, which is kept updated with each new edition of The Aether Chronicle!http://steampunkwriters.ning.com/forum/topics/reign-of-giant-octopus-plaguing-london-comes-to-an-endSee More
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The Dyess Colony

Dieselpunk - November 22, 2014 - 7:00am
"My family was saved by the WPA." - Rosanne Cash
Back in 1934, the Roosevelt Administration established the Dyess Colony in far Eastern Arkansas. It was built on a swamp and covered 16,000 acres. It was to be a small collective meant to pull people out of the Depression. At its height, the Dyess Colony had more than 2,500 residents. The residents were called "representative colonists" and were chosen for their ability to be self-sufficient yet willingness to cooperate. They would share the profits from the crops, the general store and the cannery. They even had their own currency called "doodlum".


Roscoe Phillips, who was born at Dyess 77 years ago, stated in an interview for the Associated Press, "This was a practice in socialism. They took people who had nothing and gave us something. It wouldn't happen today."



The Dyess Colony was continuously under threat. Arkansas Governor Bailey, in 1939, accused the state WPA director Floyd Sharp of opposing him during his election to a second term. That year Bailey and his supporters tried to force an audit the books of Dyess Colony, Inc. Dyess supporters were able to kill the bill through filibuster. However, Bailey wasn’t done. In March 1939, Governor Bailey claiming that the Colony had failed to pay franchise tax to the state, was able to shut down the Dyess Colony, Inc., which left it without legal authority to do business in Arkansas.

According to the official site of the Historic Dyess Colony, "On March 22, 1939, Floyd Sharp set up the Dyess Rural Rehabilitation Corporation as a nonprofit replacement administrator and successor to Dyess Colony, Inc. By this time, the WPA was anxious to end its involvement with Dyess and similar colony projects, and Sharp felt that his own involvement made the Colony a target of the governor. Sharp approached the Little Rock Regional Director of the Farm Security Administration, T. Roy Reid, asking about the possibility of transferring the Dyess Colony to his agency. Reid agreed, and in November 1939 the FSA assumed control of the Dyess Colony Corporation. In 1964, Dyess was incorporated as a municipality governed by a mayor and board of aldermen."


The most famous representative colonist of the Dyess Colony was Johnny Cash. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,
"1936, the parents of future music legend Johnny Cash settled there. Ray Cash and Carrie Rivers Cash were one of five families selected from Cleveland County. Called "John" by friends and "J. R." in his high school yearbook, young Cash attended Dyess High School, graduating in 1950 as class vice president. He visited the community throughout his career in show business."
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Clive Tern posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - November 21, 2014 - 5:53pm
Clive Tern posted a discussion
Felicitous TidingsHi folks,I'm another writer.However, I eschew the common Victorian tropes and have created a different world.The main city is Sar-Chona, it sits on a long isthmus between an eastern and western continent. To the south is a large ocean - the salt-sea, to the north a desert of sand so vast and deep, it is the sand-sea.While Sar-Chona is a Human city, the world also has another sentient race - Devorians. These are a reptilian people from an as yet undefined continent on the planet.So far I have a completed 12k word noir story, a couple of 1k stories and a couple of 4-6k range stories completed, as well as 4 or 5 story ideas that are yet to be developed.I look forward to meeting people.See More
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FanBros: Sex, Lies & Steampunk

Beyond Victoriana - November 21, 2014 - 4:05pm

A quick plug for FanBros podcast:

Sex, Lies, & Steampunk. We actually talk about two of these things on the latest episode, and you know we never lie to you. We welcome Diana Pho the celebrated author, blogger and steampunker genius to speak on all things steampunk, steamfunk and steamsex. No wait I’m lying. We do discuss sexual and street harassment in the cosplay and geek worlds, and why cosplay is not consent. Stay with us as we continue to cover all of the topics and news that you need to know about. It’s the award winning FanBrosShow.

Check out the show here!

And while in the mood for plugging, this Sunday, I’ll be speaking on a panel for The Steampunk User’s Manual in NYC


Filed under: Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends, Interviews
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Prof.TT Lowther is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - November 17, 2014 - 3:33pm
Prof.TT Lowther is now a member of S.W.A.G
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