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Yvonne Wu is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - March 26, 2015 - 5:01am
Yvonne Wu is now a member of S.W.A.G
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AnomalyCon Schedule

Beyond Victoriana - March 22, 2015 - 11:28pm

Denver, CO from March 27 – 29

Just around the corner is my first convention of 2015 AnomalyCon. I’ve never been to Colorado before, so I’m looking forward to escape the NY cold a bit for some Rocky Mountain air. Below is my programming line-up. If anyone can bring me a coffee or brownie (no, not *that* kind) during one of my 4-hour paneling stints, you will earn a gold star for the weekend.


Developing Character through Costuming
Fri 5pm Fashion
A discussion of the Who behind your costume and developing character through design. M. Unruh, Ay-leen the Peacemaker.

Sexuality and Gender Identity in Fiction
Fri 6pm Safety/Sexuality (Fiction)
A discussion of the good and bad ways that mainstream fiction is exploring gender identity and sexuality, and how we can do better.
Panelists: K. Seibert (M), Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, M. Tanzer

Closing the Loop
Fri 7pm Writing
Editing and re-editing and outlining and reviewing and getting your book out to an agent…you have so much to do now that you’ve finished your first novel draft. Where do you go from here?
Panelists: B. Dornbusch, S. Chambers, J. Brawner, Ay-leen the Peacemaker

Steampunk Theater
Fri 8pm Fiction
What’s out there? What good could Steampunk do in theater?
Panelists: Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, S. Rahmsdorff


Overcoming Barriers
Sat 10am Safety/Sexuality
Brilliant authors talk about breaking out of the stereotypes to be successful in art and fiction. Panelists: Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, J. Koyanagi, M. Mohanraj

With All Due Respect: Multicultural Fashion
Sat 11am Fashion
Steampunk isn’t just about Victorian England! Dive into costuming from every angle and discuss cultural respect without appropriation.
Panelists: Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, M. Unruh

Author Free-For-All
Sat 1pm Main Events
Don’t miss this wild answer to every question you never thought to ask your favorite authors! Twitter meets steroids.
Fellow authors: S. Chambers, C. Doctorow, K. Seibert (M), J. Nye, S. Litore, G. DeMarco, J. A. Owen, M. Tanzer, M. Mohanraj, J. Koyanagi, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, L.J. Hachmeister, T. Heermann

Coming Out in The Geek Community
Sat 2pm Safety/Sexuality
Sometimes we forget that not everyone is accepting, or that the community is there to support us. We’ll talk about our coming out stories, and about the help available to you if you need support.
Panelists: K. Seibert, L.J. Hachmeister, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, M. Fowler

The -Gater Phenomenon
Sat 3pm Safety/Sexuality
What does it mean to be a gatekeeper? What does Gamergate even mean? Why do things like Gamergate happen, and how can people not caught in the crossfire help with these problems?
Panelists: Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, J. Koyanagi, A. Peter, S. Schafer

Cosplay is Not Consent
Sat 5pm Safety/Sexuality
What does this tagline mean? What kinds of expectations are we overlaying on male versus female cosplayers, and what is appropriate at a convention?
Panelists: Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, G. Feiner, C. Rose (M)


Responsible Fandom
Sun 12pm Safety/Sexuality

Encouraging diversity through fandom and consuming problematic media responsibly.
Panelists: J. Koyanagi, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, M. Fowler (M), C. Rose

Becoming Uncomfortable
Sun 2pm Sexuality/Safety
Difficult Conversations to expand our understanding of community. Being willing to ask–and answer–the hard questions.
Panelists: T.A. Fowler, L.J. Hachmeister, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, M. Mohanraj, C. Rose (M)

Attendees can check out their full schedule here.


Filed under: Conventions
Categories: Other steampunk

“They’ll Rue the Day a Metanatural Visits the Raj”: Gail Carriger’s Prudence

Beyond Victoriana - March 16, 2015 - 2:14pm

Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama—better known as “Rue” to her friends and quite deservingly so—is causing havoc all over London society. It doesn’t help matters that she’s related to the three most powerful supernaturals in the British Empire: daughter of the werewolf dewan Lord Conall Maccon and preternatural Lady Alexia Maccon, and adopted daughter of vampire potentate Lord Akeldama. On top of that, Rue possesses her own unique abilities; she is a metanatural (or “skin-stealer”), who can temporarily take the powers of any supernatural she touches.

Lady Alexia thinks its high time for Rue to put a stopper on her wild behavior, and Lord Akeldama wants to send her on a mission to acquire a new variety of tea leaf. Thus begins plans to send Rue off to India in a dirigible of her own naming—The Spotted Custard—along with a slapdash crew of the best and brightest (though some members are also the most irksome to Rue). What awaits in India, however, is a revelation that could possibly change the geopolitical balance of the entire Empire.

[For love of Queen, country, and a good cuppa. Mild spoilers. Read on Tor.com]

Filed under: Review Tagged: cross-post, Gail Carriger, Prudence, tor.com
Categories: Other steampunk

End Times Spasm Band: Baudelaire

Dieselpunk - March 15, 2015 - 11:19pm
End Times Spasm Band is a fantastic band headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to their official web site,
The End Times Spasm Band is a hot swing ensemble led by Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms.
We think of our music as urban Americana. Jazz as the soundtrack of the Americans who fled farmland for the cosmopolitan cities. The music of the rivers that carried people into the 20th century.

They’re newest EP is Baudelaire and I’ve been honored with having an opportunity to hear an advance release.

As the title suggests, the EP has a French theme to it. While it’s a small EP, in that there are only six tracks, each track is a gem. The title track Baudelaire, is bouncy and fun. Longtime fans will recognize it as classic End Times Spasm. However, they switch gears with the next track, The Figure of the Dance. It’s slow and Bluesy. When they get to the third track, Little Bird, they return to their energetic pace. However, it still has a more subtle feel to it than was common on their previous EPs. The fourth song is the French classic, La Vie en Rose. Being that this song was originally released by the legendary Édith Piaf back in 1945, this might be the most dieselpunk song on the EP. The fifth song, Archæologies, is wonderfully upbeat and fun. If this this one doesn’t get your feet tapping then you must be dead. Number six, Some of These Days, is another fun and upbeat song in the classic End Times Spasm Band style.

I’m sure that you can tell that I thoroughly enjoy this new EP. With Baudelaire, the End Times Spasm Band has reached a new high.

Their new EP will be released April 11, 2015. Check out their official web site.

Want to see them live? I've seen them in concert and I highly recommend it. Following are a listing of their upcoming concerts:
4/11/15 – The Brass Rail w
5/9/15 – CS3
6/6/15 – The Phoenix
Categories: Other steampunk

Milton Davis posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - March 15, 2015 - 10:38pm
Milton Davis posted a blog post
My first Steamfunk Novel: From Here To Timbuktu!The year is 1870. As the young country of Freedonia prepares to celebrate fifty years of existence, a young bounty hunter by the name of Zeke Culpepper is hired by a wealthy businessman to find a valuable book. In the kingdom of Mali on the continent of Africa, veteran warrior Famara Keita has been assigned to find that same book and bring it back to its rightful owner. And in the newly formed nation of Germany, an ambitious Prussian officer seeks the book as well for its secrets that could make Germany the most powerful nation in the world. The result is an action adventure like no other!“The hunt for this book sets off a series of events that kicks off a rip-roaring adventure that I like to describe as James Bond, meets Indiana Jones, meets the Wild Wild West meets collard greens, sweet potato pie and Jollof rice. This is Action and Adventure at its best and Steamfunk at its most funky!”-Balogun Ojetade, author of Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman"The characters are both original and fun, the settings exotic and mysterious and the action non-stop like a speeding freight train!  This isn't steampunk...this is STEAMPULP!!!"-Ron Fortier, Airship 21 Publishing See More
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