This is going to be a bit of stream of consciousness writing… the whirling dervish in my brain is wreaking havoc with my Venn diagrams and I am a bit incoherent. Lots of photos then! But first, I have to mention, Diana has a fun book giveaway going on at Oh! Books…Paper…Real life. Diana went CRAZY at a Saint Louis Mo book sale and came home with a treasure trove of goodies, which she is sharing. Sweet!
Speaking of books, I have been immersed in steampunk recently. I don’t know where this poster of Abe Lincoln came from, but it really tickled my funny bone. But if you are not sure of what steampunk means, look at good old Wikipedia:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions.
Immersed means not only books, but mag articles, websites, jewelry, art exhibits, and… dare I say… writing. Who would have thought? But I am having great fun. More on that another day. Jewelry? Check out the Etsy shop of Nouveau Motley! And shop there: I think this necklace is particularly wonderful:
Photo from Nouveau Motley Etsy Store
A great website to keep you updated on all things steampunk is Steampunk Scholar. In an earlier post, author Mike Perschon quotes from an article he wrote for Journey Planet,
A month before my first steampunk convention in 2008, Adam Frucci at Gizmodo declared steampunk dead. I interviewed Jeff and Ann VanderMeer about their first steampunk anthology at that convention; and here we are, two years later, seeing the release of a second anthology. I suppose in some people’s minds, so long as one person attends the San Francisco Dickensfaire with brass goggles, steampunk will still be alive.
You can read the complete article in issue 6 of Journey Planet.
Wait a minute, back to jewelry… (the dervish whirls). My therapy has me stringing beads, and I have had great fun searching Etsy shops for the perfect raven skull. I found it, perfect size and just the color I wanted, at Moon Raven Designs. No, of course it isn’t a real skull, it is cast resin, detailed, and just what I was looking for. The necklace isn’t completed, but I am feeling the need of some therapy coming on for this weekend!
Is that skull cool or what!?
And speaking of Seattle, apparently steampunk has not run out of ….. steam!….. there. November 19th -21st, 2010 is Steamcon II. Cherie Priest is one of the speakers! It looks like last year was a lot of fun:
Photos from Steamcon site
I recently finished reading Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel, a young adult fantasy, the middle book of a trilogy. This book was a lot of fun. The story began in Paris, in a restaurant located in the Eiffel Tower that had a landing dock for various air going vessels, and was set in the mid 1800’s (or so it seems). Oppel has a great website. In the same theme, on my bedside table are Steampunk, an anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, and The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo. My current read is Extraordinary Engines, another anthology, edited by Nick Gevers. It has all been great fun.
But what’s mostly been whirling around our house (in a manner of speaking) is Teagan! She is growing, and already seven weeks old. Time flies, and all that.
Zoey is just a little bit jealous, and has to be involved in all things baby
Mama, auntie, and Teagan at Mama’s birthday party
Baby Tea. She loves to read!!