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Changing My Mind: Radio Riel Dieselpunk

Dieselpunk - July 12, 2016 - 9:57pm
“The best of us must sometimes eat our words.” ― J.K. Rowling

Back on August 13, 2010 I wrote a blog post in which I was highly critical of the online radio station Radio Riel Dieselpunk. Looking back, I realize that I was wrong.

As the new owner of Dieselpunks.org I went searching for a replacement for our music player. The previous method of providing music was too costly in both time and money to maintain. In my research I checked out a variety of stations that I knew. When all was said and done I found that the perfect station was Radio Riel Dieselpunk.

Radio Riel Dieselpunk plays music commercial free 24/7. As they say at their web site, “Radio Riel Dieselpunk features music from 1920–1940, including Pop Standards, Big Band & Swing, Burlesque & Cabaret, and a dash of Film Noir soundtracks. Currently believed to be the world’s only Dieselpunk station.”

I would add that I’ve heard some electro-swing at times as well, which is certainly dieselpunk.

I was wrong about Radio Riel Dieselpunk. It's a great station and I highly recommend it.

Sometimes one just has to eat crow. Wouldn’t be so bad except for when the feathers get stuck between my teeth.

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Tim Campbell posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - July 11, 2016 - 7:40pm
Tim Campbell posted a status
"Just wanted to let everyone know we are accepting submissions at www.heartofvalentine.com so contact us there or at…"
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Jo Walsh is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - July 11, 2016 - 3:17am
Jo Walsh is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Motor City Steam Con schedule

Beyond Victoriana - July 4, 2016 - 11:24pm

Motor City Steam Con  (July 22 – 24) is coming up in a couple of weeks — check out my schedule below:

Beyond Victoriana: Steampunk Around the World
2 PM – 3 PM
Ontario Room
Beyond Victoriana, what steampunk possibilities exist? Come join us as we take you on a trip around the world to see how steampunk manifests in the minds of those who don’t think within an Eurocentric context, whether they blend Western influences, or use recognizably steampunk elements within a distinct flavor outside of Europe. We will also approach the ethical challenges that come up when engaging in multicultural steampunk and discuss matters of race, privilege, and cultural appropriation.

So You Want to Publish Your Steampunk Book
12 PM – 1 PM
St Clair Room
With steampunk taking off in the publishing industry, where can you start? Ay-leen the Peacemaker has several years’ experience in editorial, marketing, and sales, will be able to give you an overview on how the publishing industry works, what it thinks about the growing popularity of the steampunk subgenre, and what options can the novice or experienced author pursue when selling their work.

Culture Shocks: Is Steampunk Really a Subculture?
1 PM – 1:45PM
St. Clair Room
We all debate the meaning of the word “steampunk” and the meaning of its subculture. But has anyone wondered whether steampunk itself qualifies under the definition of “subculture?” What’s the difference between calling it a counterculture, an aesthetic movement, or a fad? We’ll talk about the history of subculture and the roles that mass media, postmodernism, consumerism, and style play in defining the steampunk community today.

My travel has been light this year because of Fantastic Real Life Events (aka I got married, the first young adult book I edited came out, academic publications in the works, etc. Looking at the other attendees for this convention makes me really excited to re-connect with some great friends from the community.

And, as always, interested literary agents and authors can reach out for an appointment by contacting me.

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Dieselpunk - July 2, 2016 - 7:00am
Many of you who follow my blog are also familiar with Dieselpunks.org. If you’re not, Dieselpunks.org was created by Tome Wilson and has served to spread the dieselpunk genre like no other source. Then on June 9th of this year the online dieselpunk community was shocked to learn that Tome was planning on closing shop as of June 23rd unless someone came forward to take ownership.

I decided that I couldn’t allow Dieselpunks.org, which so changed my life, to close.

Emails flew between I, Tome and others as we hammered out a plan to save Dieselpunks.org. The biggest challenge we encountered was the hard deadline of paying the host by June 23rd or the lights on Dieselpunks.org would go out. When we realized that a point man was needed to make this happen I volunteered to be that man. With everyone in agreement I made the needed investment.

Now what?

First, as the Hippocratic Oath goes, ‘Do no harm.’ Therefore, there won’t be any major changes to Dieselpunks.org right away.

The only major change needed soon is concerning the music player. Since the music licenses will end at the start of July the player will need to be replaced. The current plans are to replaced it with a streaming online station. Watch the site for more on this to come.

Thankfully, I’m not going at this alone. I have a great staff helping me oversee the site. Many were in place before Tome left and several have been added

It’s important to mention that I’m grateful to Tome for all that he’s done in creating Dieselpunks.org and for his friendship. I’m honored to be helping to continue his legacy.

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Jon Messenger is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 27, 2016 - 3:03pm
Jon Messenger is now a member of S.W.A.G
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S.W.A.G now has videos

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 27, 2016 - 3:01pm
S.W.A.G now has videos
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CT Hutt posted photos

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 24, 2016 - 12:01am
CT Hutt posted photos
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CT Hutt is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 21, 2016 - 1:15pm
CT Hutt is now a member of S.W.A.G
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A Diesel Era Spirit

Dieselpunk - June 18, 2016 - 8:08pm
According to a recent blog post by Danette Wilson, “The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near”.  Spirits such as pixies, phookas, willow the wisps, Jenny Greenteeth and more would roam the earth looking to snare an unsuspecting victim. She goes on to mention that the Midsummer Eve, or Summer Solstice, was one of those spirit nights.

The end of the Diesel Era saw a wonderful re-imagining of one of these spirits in the movie Harvey. Starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Peggy Dow, Harvey may be one of James Stewart’s best movies. IMDb gives the following summary of the plot:

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.
So on this Midsummer’s Eve celebrate our own mischievous spirit and bring home a copy of Harvey.

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America First … Again

Dieselpunk - June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

“Those of us who remember the past are condemned to watch others repeat it.” – Dieselpunk Axiom

Back in April, Donald Trump, the presumptive Presidential nominee for US Republican Party, made the following statement during a speech,
"My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make. America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration."Donald TrumpDonald Trump’s use of the phrase ‘America First ‘ sent shock waves around the world. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO with the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement,
“... for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised,"
German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Reuters concerning Trump’s statement,

"I can only hope that the election campaign in the U.S.A. does not lack the perception of reality.”
What was it about a seemingly innocuous phase such as “America First” that rattled so many? To understand we need to go back to the Diesel Era.

America First was first coined by Woodrow Wilson as a label for his isolationist policy. In his policy, America would stay out of the Great War until Europe finally carried things “so far” and then the US would step in.

The legendary newspaper owner William Hearst was strongly pro-German and vehemently opposed America being involved in the Great War or even sending aid to the Allies. When America did enter the war he adopted Wilson's slogan for his newspaper and used it as part of a policy in which he advocated that while fighting Germany, America should still not give aid to the Allied countries.

William HearstIn the 1932 election the question wasn't whether Herbert Hoover would be elected. Even though Hoover was running for reelection the Great Depression had destroyed any hopes of winning. As a result, it was known that whoever won the Democratic Party nomination would automatically be president.

Hearst hated FDR and through his support behind Congressman John Nance Garner from Texas. In his support for Garner, Hearst said that he preferred “a man … whose guiding motto is ‘America First,’”.

Hearst then set about reinventing Garner with a mythological log-cabin birth along with the characteristics that Hearst thought would help him win. Garner was not only a strong free-trader he also shared Hearst paranoia that the greatest danger to America was its “increasing tendency toward socialism and communism.”

Hearst’s paranoia about socialism and communism isn’t as disturbing as his admiration for Adolf Hitler. By 1932, Hearst was publishing articles written by Hitler. Hearst praised Hitler, saying in his paper that he saved Germany from “the beckoning arms of Bolshevism.” Hearst also liked Hitler’s emphasis on nationalism meaning that he put Germany first by attacking, literally, those on the Left. Something that Hearst wanted to see happen in the US as well.

Hearst could not stop the Roosevelt steamroller at the Democratic convention in 1932. However, he did have sufficient pull to be able to ensure that FDR chose Garner as his running mate. With Garner as FDRs running mate Hearst and the president-elect buried the hatchet. FDR eventually replaced Garner with Henry A. Wallace as his VP in his 1940 reelection .

However, peace between Hearst and FDR didn’t last long. By the end of 1933 Hearst was describing the New Deal as “more communistic than the communists” and as being, “un-American to the core.”

During the 1930s, Hearst paper with “AMERICA FIRST” on its masthead with a stylized eagle clutching a ribbon reading, “AN AMERICAN PAPER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,” praised and promoted Nazism. Hearst, through his paper, said that fascism was a “great achievement”. His paranoia grew every year. Communists, according the Hearst, could be found from the FDR administration to college professors to unions.

Hearst paranoia translated, like it so often does, into violence. When mobs attacked the homes of strikers in San Francisco in July of 1934 Hearst’s New York Times reported, “Thank God the patriotic citizens of California have shown us the way.”

Representatives with the Trump campaign have denied that there’s any connection between his use of the phrase.
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Stephanie Kato posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 3, 2016 - 4:12am
Stephanie Kato posted a discussion
New to S.W.A.GHi everybody. I joined The Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild today. It's great to meet fellow steampunk enthusiasts and writers. I'm a steampunk author from Southern California. My book series is The Post-Apocalyptic Society and I released the first installment this year. For now, it's only available on Amazon.com and Kindle. It started out as a writing experiment and then I completely fell in love with the genre. I'm definitely open minded to new friendships and networking. This looks like a professional website, so I'm sure it's going to be a good experience. Have a good evening and I'll be in touch.
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Stephanie Kato posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 3, 2016 - 1:13am
Stephanie Kato posted a status
"Hi guys! I'm a new member to S.W.A.G. and looking forward to some very cool and interesting experiences."
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