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Kevin Mowrer posted a status

Kevin Mowrer posted a status
"I wanted to share my latest passion project: user-created, 3D printed, steam- pistols at maykrlab.com Would love to hear your thoughts!"
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Aidana WillowRaven posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - 12 hours 18 min ago
Aidana WillowRaven posted a blog post
4RV Publishing's, 'Experiment 38', by Charles Suddeth, is at the printers!Experiment 38 has been sent to the printers. While waiting for it to be available in the 4RV Bookstore, and other online retailers, I thought you might like to see the cover and read the blurb. :DEighteen-year-old Emily, small for her age, lives alone with her scientist-father and learns too late that he holds a terrible secret, one that might destroy her life.As she and her boyfriend, Nate, try to unravel the mystery behind her father’s secret, they face danger and uncertainty.Be sure to keep an eye out in the 4RV Bookstore, and subscribe to 4RV's Newsletter, for availability updates. If you prefect social networks to follow ...TwitterFacebookGoogle+Onto wrapping up the next book Until next time ...Aidana WillowRavenhttp://WillowRaven.weebly.comThis post edited by Grammarly**Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven, but posted as provided by author/publisher. See More
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The Great Gatsby (1974)

Dieselpunk - January 31, 2015 - 4:26pm
This is the first in a series of blog posts about contemporary creations based on the novel The Great Gatsby.

The year was 1974. Disco was new. Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. Patty Hearst was kidnapped. “All in the Family” was the most popular television show in America.

And The Great Gatsby premiered at the movies.


All of my readers should know the storyline of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel by now. Nick Carraway arrives in New York from the Midwest hoping to make it big selling bonds as the stock market is sky rocketing. After moving into the upper class neighborhood of West Egg he meets up with his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom (an old friend of Nick from Yale) and Jordan Baker. Then one day Nick receives an invitation to attend a grand party hosted by his neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Nick learns from Jordan that Gatsby had known Daisy years before and that he wanted Nick’s help in reuniting the two them. Events quickly begin to spiral out of control leading the deadly consequences.

The 1974 film had an all-star cast with Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan and Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. Jack Clayton directed and David Merrick was the producer. The legendary Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay.
Robert Redford as Jay GatsbyVincent Canby's of The New York Times back in 1974 wrote in his review of the movie, "The sets and costumes and most of the performances are exceptionally good, but the movie itself is as lifeless as a body that's been too long at the bottom of a swimming pool."

In my view, Canby was being overly generous. I found the sets and most of the costumes to be horrible. Gatsby mansion was bland and the costumes at times looked more 1970s than 1920s. One might not enjoy Luhrmann’s Gatsby but at least the fashion was more accurate than Ralph Lauren’s attempt in the 1974 movie. I have no idea how the movie won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

I give the director Jack Clayton credit. It takes a unique talent to suck the life out of great an actor like Robert Redford but he succeeded. The acting was stilted and the camera angles were bizarre with strange editing. The cinematography was the same bad quality found in so many of the movies in the 60s and 70s. In addition, who in the name of all of the Gods of the Cinema thought that Bruce Dern was a good fit for Tom Buchanan? Dern was an abysmal choice for that role.
Mia Farrow as Daisy BuchananOh, there were a few bright spots in the movie. The portrayal of Gatsby’s grand parties was spot on. The costumes of the partiers, especially the women, as opposed to the main cast, were quite accurate (maybe that was why it won an Oscar). Same for the dancing, which looked like it was straight from some of the candid films made of flappers during the 1920s. Moreover, Redford, unlike DiCaprio, was able to make the phrase ‘old sport’ seem natural although he fails to say it often enough in the movie.



The movie poster read, “Gone is the Romance that was So Divine.” That statement is a perfect description of the 1974 version of Gatsby.

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend your hard-earned money to watch this movie. If you really want to torture yourself, you can always watch it online at You Tube.
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Mikhail Pushkin posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - January 26, 2015 - 2:11pm
Mikhail Pushkin posted a status
"Belated though sincere "thank you" for the warm welcome!"
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Leslie Orton posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - January 24, 2015 - 12:34am
Leslie Orton posted a blog post
The Aether Chronicle #22: BURLESQUE!!!!Extra! Extra! Read All About It!Burlesque Features European "Pony-Play!"Scientific Community Refutes Professor’s Claim of Martian Life!This Week in The Weekly Steamswaddle: An Unfortunate InventionChronicle%20%2322.pdfTo Subscribe to The Aether Chronicle, click the link below and "Follow" the Discussion, 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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Janet Post is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - January 20, 2015 - 8:55pm
Janet Post is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Dieselpunk Returns to TV: Agent Carter

Dieselpunk - January 19, 2015 - 5:32pm
This is a good time to be a comic book fan. Not only are there blockbuster movies based on comic book fans but there’s also television shows. The most recent comic book themed television is Agent Carter.


According to Wikipedia,
The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the film series, as she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark while trying to navigate life as a single woman in 1940s America.

Agent Carter is getting great reviews. I highly recommend this review at Tech Gen Mag.com.

Agent Carter has all of the elements of dieselpunk. Not only is it contemporary and has decodence it has ‘Punk’. The Punk in the series not only includes science fiction with Stark’s devices but more importantly, the character of Agent Carter gives it Punk. Carter is a strong woman who fights not only villains but also the rabid misogyny that dominated America of the 1940s.

You can see the rebroadcasts of episodes online at ABC.go.com
To hear a detailed analysis of each episode of Agent Carter visit the web site for the Diesel Powered Podcast.
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Philip Allan Brian Drew added a discussion to the group THE EMPORIUM

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - January 19, 2015 - 2:02pm
Philip Allan Brian Drew added a discussion to the group THE EMPORIUM
A Writer's CharterBeing a discussion on whether writers of books which appear on electronic platforms should sign up to a charter; and what that charter should be. With this year being the eight hundredth anniversary of the Magna Carta I have been thinking, recently, whether those people who write purely for electronic platforms (the Kindle, websites and so on), should have their own charter, listing their rights and duties. I am not exactly suggesting that we unionise, or anything like that, as we writers are very individualistic creatures. But I am interested in whether writers would sign up to an ideal of a way in which to behave: such as not denigrating the work of other writers; telling other signatories to the charter if they discover a new way in which to promote their work; and so on.   The above are duties; but I think that, in a changing world, authors deserve rights, and I’m not sure that those who self-publish are necessarily being treated as fairly as they should be, by those who control the money (and I am not a charitable organisation).   So I am interested in having a discussion on this matter: first of all, do people think that we authors actually need such a charter or not; an, if we do, exactly what should be in it. I don’t have any ulterior motives in this, other than wanting to protect our community; and I am truly interested in what people’s opinions are. So I will sit back and consider everything which you say.   I will probably float this idea on all of the forums of which I am a member, as I want as many comments as possible.See More
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Justin Andrew Hoke posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - January 17, 2015 - 1:25am
Justin Andrew Hoke posted a status
"It's official! I'll be attending CondorCon 22 in beautiful San Diego, Ca as a guest of honor http://bit.ly/CONDOR22"
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