Category Archives: Steampunk

Automatons & Armorers at ConTemporal 2014

Last weekend, I joined the Temporal Engineering Alliance (TEA) as Port Raleigh’s aide-de-aether, otherwise known as social media assistant for ConTemporal. In this industrious capacity, I met distinguished inventors, steamstresses, storytellers, troll hunters, melodians, haberdashers, automatons, armorers, leatherworkers, ladies and … Continue reading

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THIEF leaves me feeling unsatisfied

THIEF Rating: M for Mature Blood, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Violence Read part 1: THIEF makes me feel oh so very naughty ********* SPOILERS ********* A few weeks ago I rented THIEF from Redbox … Continue reading

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THIEF makes me feel oh so very naughty

THIEF Rating: M for Mature Blood, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Violence I prefer rogues. In Skyrim, my Nightingale Dragonborn sneaks and snipes her way through dungeons. My vampire assassin creeps and cut-throats her way … Continue reading

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Skyrim shenanigans and Game of Thrones geekery, plus interviews with some really cool people

It’s been a few months since my last update, and in that time I’ve attended the Geek Gala, taken my family to Disney World, suffered a long spell of bronchitis, and dealt with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s … Continue reading

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It’s all a bit silly… and that’s OK

This post originally appeared November 3, 2013, on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog. Every single person reading this has a ridiculous skeleton somewhere in their closet. Whether it’s a complete collection of Batman Forever trading cards lovingly stored in … Continue reading

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Where art meets science: Steampunk dinosaurs?

The life-sized skeleton sculptures of Dinosaurs in Motion weren’t steam-powered. Some moved when touched, their heavy heads bobbing on spring-loaded necks. Others operated like giant marionettes, hanging on a system of cables and pulleys, moved by cranks. Electric motors powered … Continue reading

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Cogs and Captains at Contemporal 2013

I had a great time this weekend at ConTemporal, the 2nd annual steampunk convention in North Carolina. SO. MANY. COSTUMES. And I love costumes, but the highlight for me was meeting musician, artist, author, Dr. Strange impersonator, and award-winning stop-action … Continue reading

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My schedule for ConTemporal

Fri 5 pm – Is There Something in the Water? (panelist) North Carolina, and especially the Triangle, seems to produce a high number of science fiction and fantasy writers. What ‘s special about this area that allows this speculative fiction … Continue reading

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Telling tales with jewelry

This post originally appeared November 2, 2012, on An Eclectic Author. I love to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with glass, wire and broken pocket watches. I’m an author and a jewelry designer, and I’ve been … Continue reading

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Props, cosplay and sci-fi shamanism

This post originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on July 15, 2012. I recently scored not one but TWO bottles that look like Cardassian kanar, for only $12 on eBay. I’ve seen single bottles going for … Continue reading

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