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Perseverance is a Highly Underrated Virtue

This is one of my favorite expressions. To the best of my knowledge, I originated it (though I may have heard it in a movie at some point), but I'm sure something close to it was dear to the heart of that famous tortoise that won the race with the hare. It carried me through my recent collapse, coma, and rehabilitation when the doctors were telling my family that they should prepare for the end, and it has carried me through the past ten weeks when all I had to do with my time was write, and…

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Added by Jack Tyler on April 15, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

Random Vague Post

I must admit, there isn't much to say, other than I'm excited and nervous about Steampunk Empire Symposium. My first con - should be a lot of fun! I just wish I could skip the 10 hours of driving with a toddler to get there, then the 10 hours driving home.



Spring brings with it the desire to create, so I am deeply immersed in a project at the moment. I know - that's vague. Here - have a writer meme!…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on April 14, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

"Clockwork Courtesan" cover reveal!

I have a thing for gorgeous covers, so this creation by the talented Erin Lark just took my breath away. May I present to you my first foray into dystopian steampunk romance and erotica, Clockwork Courtesan:…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on April 11, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Steampunk Empire Symposium and SPC Readers Choice Awards

Who else is going to the Steampunk Empire Symposium? I would like to meet up with any fellow S.W.A.G. members who would be interested in visiting over a tea or Guinness. I will be there for the Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards hoping The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket ALBION 77 can garner an award for…

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Added by Henry L Walton on April 10, 2014 at 7:42pm — 3 Comments

Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards

It's been a hectic pace this year, and I thought it might slow down a bit after the release of Simpletons. But, no! That was only the beginning!



We're in the running for the Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on April 7, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Where do I find inspiration?

This is a question I was asked in an interview recently and, I must admit, my answer is quite boring.



Inspiration tends to come from where I live. That's it. Yes, I look outside, and then the little gears in my mind start turning, and I get busy.



The Aetheric Artifacts series came from my two years living in England. The books I am working on now are much, much more American in…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on April 4, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments

Interview with Jack Conner

Today I am pleased to share my own little corner of the web with Jack Conner, author of Nightmare City and a fellow participant in this month's Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza.



So, Jack... 



Is there something you never leave…
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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on April 2, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

Going Back in Time...

I think my connection with steampunk was inevitable, given my childhood fascination with history and genealogy. Yes, I work as a genealogist as well as a writer and editor.



A few things sparked this interest when I was about 12-years-old. The first was probably my parents' divorce, which occurred when I was about 3 or 4. My mother was not in my life and I always wondered about my family - not just my maternal ancestors, but my paternal ones as well.



Another thing that…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 31, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

Steampunk for Simpletons is here!

This post will be short and sweet, because I'm entertaining a spring cold that has decided to take up residence in my body. (Unwelcome guests are the worst, aren't they?)



So, without further ado, may I present to you Steampunk for Simpletons:…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 28, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Tradition & Taking Chances

I am, at heart, a traditionalist.  There is something comforting in the familiar, the known, the safe. I especially feel this way about entertainment and food.



For example, I know re-reading Jane Austen won't let me down. Nor will watching a beloved movie. The same goes for food. I'm the person who always orders the dish she can count on at a specific restaurant, whether it was the Pad Thai at Lan-na Thai Restaurant in Songtan, South Korea, or the seafood pita at Friendly's back…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 24, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Steampunk Music - Victor Sierra

Do you like rich, dark, industrial steampunk melodies? If you aren't sure about your answer, listen to Steampunk Symphony - my personal favorite - and have a think about it.



Victor Sierra's music is something to dance to, to dream to. The songs range from exotic and mysterious to hard-driving and adventurous. You can check out their albums,…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 21, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Going, going . . .

Greetings, friends and casual visitors. I'm in the midst of a crisis right now, and I feel like I should notify anyone who stops by this page. You see, writing is in my blood. I've been writing to entertain others since Jr. High School. That amounts to about half a century. Friends and family tell me I'm pretty good. Despite this, I have had no commercial success, though I have collected enough rejection slips to wallpaper a small bedroom.…

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Added by Jack Tyler on March 19, 2014 at 1:12pm — 5 Comments

Cover Reveal - The Enigma Engine: Aetheric Artifacts, Book 3

Today's Steampunk Snark (below) is well-timed, because I present to you the cover art for The Enigma Engine, the final book in the Aetheric Artifacts series!



Aetherals are disappearing, and Demetra's half-sister is among the missing. It's up to her and…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 17, 2014 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Of Odds & Ends & Book Bloggers

First, I would like to give a steamy thank you to my readers. It was such a wonderful surprise to find a silver star next to The Chronos Clock on OmniLit/All Romance, which marks it as a bestseller in the fantasy/sci-fi category.



So thank you, gracias, merci.



The sequel, The Daemon Device, is…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 14, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Steampunk Authors, Together We Can Do Great Things (Group Promotional Event!)

Why go it alone when we can work together? Sign up to be included a in scheduled, limited time (1 week) group book promotion to grow your audience, increase sales, and build web presence (SEO).

THE CONCEPT:

A small group of steampunk authors discount one or more of their novels and cross promote each others work through blog posts, social networks, mailing lists, or whatever other tools you use for promotion. Together we can build our audiences, sell more books, and give…

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Added by S.C. Barrus on March 13, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Not Steampunk, but Good News Nontheless

I am finally a published author!

My short story, "The Huntress," was published today.  :-)

See it here:  http://www.sendyourscript.com/#!novels-short-stories/c12l9

Added by Kent Edward Whittington on March 11, 2014 at 8:12am — 2 Comments

On Etiquette (or "Please Don't Say That")

I decided to time this post with tonight's episode of Sounds of Steam, because it is relevant.



Next month, I am attending my first convention. I'm excited - I've been wanting to attend anime, manga, and/or comic conventions since 2000, and steampunk conventions since 2010. Now, I have been to many various, large public events, and I am a very extroverted person. Socializing is fun for me.



Alas, it is not so fun for us when we…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 10, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

The Infernal Aether Indiegogo campaign now live...!

Hi there



As you may or may not know, I've been dabbling at writing for a few years now. Well, as John Wayne (possibly) once (could have) said: "I'm done dabbling".



I've written a book, or at least a first draft of one, and now I'm looking to build a team who can help me get it refined, developed and published. The working title of the book is The Infernal Aether and it's a fantasy / sci-fi book set in Victorian times. The first draft is up on Wattpad.com and has been… Continue

Added by Peter D. Oxley on March 8, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

What I'm Reading: March 7, 2014

I always enjoy new books. How about you? It's nice when I can purchase them from my wishlist on Amazon and add them to my already groaning-beneath-the-weight-of-books bookshelves, but sometimes I must be frugal and visit the library as well.



As a side note, I must say I am very grateful for our local library. When we returned to the U.S. in June (after living in England for 2 years), we chose to live in a very small town. When I say very small, I mean less than 10,000 people.…

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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 7, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

A Writer's Meditation Rituals

Writers love what they do. For many of us - certainly me! - it's a compulsion to get the people, places, and plots out of our head, and onto the page in a way that makes people smile or laugh or cry.



But, sometimes, we have a tendency to get a little too stuck in our heads. Or perhaps we are dealing with any of the myriad stresses of writing: creating in all its various forms, querying, editing, impending release date, and so much…
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Added by Wendy L. Callahan on March 3, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

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Perseverance is a Highly Underrated Virtue

This is one of my favorite expressions. To the best of my knowledge, I originated it (though I may have heard it in a movie at some point), but I'm sure something close to it was dear to the heart of that famous tortoise that won the race with the hare. It carried me through my recent collapse, coma, and rehabilitation when the doctors were telling my family that they should prepare for the end, and it has carried me through the past ten weeks when all I had to do with my time was write, and I…See More
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