Living the Fancy Life

The Steampunk lifestyle means a dedication to being fancy!

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Airship Archon Officers Gloria and Jennilee show us how it’s done at Ohayocon

The ever-dapper Master of Arts, Aaron, showing me how to straight-lace my boots

The ever-dapper Master of Arts, Aaron, showing me how to straight-lace my boots

Two of our newest members keepin' it fancy at the Laughing Ogre Comic Shop

Two of our newest members keepin’ it fancy at the Laughing Ogre Comic Shop

The Captain proves it's possible to be both fancy and silly at the Steampunk Empire Symposium

The Captain proves it’s possible to be both fancy and silly at the Steampunk Empire Symposium

For more pictures of fancy people, check out the Airship Archon Flickr Group or our Facebook Group. If you’d like to hang out with these fancy people, you’re in luck! This weekend we’re hosting our largest event yet (and possibly ever), the Privateer’s Promenade, featuring Ford Theater Reunion, Ooh La La Burlesque, a fire dancer, and more! This might be the only big event we ever have, so don’t miss it!

Only in Columbus, Ohio!

Only in Columbus, Ohio!

The Joy of Steampunk

Here are some of my favorite photographs from recent Airship Archon events:

TerAnn brings Steampunk to the streets of Chicago

Three of my favorite gents at the annual picnic

Burgundie explores the Olentangy Indian Caverns

For more pictures of the Airship Archon’s events, you can visit this flickr group. If you’ll be in the Central Ohio area and you’d like to join us for some Steampunk fun, we always welcome new members and visitors. You can find our website with an events calendar here, or join our facebook group here.

 

 

The Steampunk Empire Symposium in Review

Please click through to read my review at Doctor Fantastique’s!

I can’t stress enough what a great time I had at the Symposium. I’m so excited about World Steam Expo as a result that I started packing the day after I got home from the Symposium.

We also got the largest group photo of the Airship Archon in our history to date, but since it’s not my photo I’m waiting on permission from the photog before I can reproduce it here.

So who is going to the Symposium next year? What about World Steam Expo at the end of the month?

 

Airship Adventures

As you probably already know, I’m a member of the Airship Archon, a Steampunk costuming and funtime group based out of Columbus, Ohio. We’ve been in the news a bit lately: an interview with our Captain appeared on The Steampunk Chronicle last month, and a photograph of the group appeared in an io9 article (sadly taken before I became involved with the group). I’m proud to say that we’ve become one of the premiere Steampunk groups in the Midwest, and maybe even the nation–and we’re remarkably drama-free for such a large and diverse group.

We’ve had quite a few events lately, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos:

The Airship Archon seeing "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

Ladies of the Archon outside Mozart's after High Tea

One for the ladies--Captain LaGrange at High Tea

The lovely Miss Dennison at High Tea

For more photographs of our group, you can visit the Airship Archon Flickr Group. There was another event, Cocktails at the Conservatory, last week, but unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a touch of the Consumption. Our next event will probably be a Build Day, and several of us will be attending¬† upcoming local conventions. To keep up with our activities, I recommend joining our facebook group. We do have a website, but it’s sporadically updated and less reliable than the facebook group. We always welcome new members and we’d love to help you put together a Steampunk look!

Steampunk Embroidery

My Steampunk embroidery panel at TeslaCon this weekend was VERY popular–much moreso than I expected! Because there were a few people who didn’t get handouts, I promised I’d post them here for anyone who wants a copy. I probably won’t be doing this panel again except possibly at a local convention, because the supplies took up too much space in my luggage!

Thanks to everyone who attended the panel; I had a great time and it’s nice to have so many people be so enthused about a craft I love!¬† I told you embroidery was easier than you thought! Also, thanks to Niamh, the designer behind Urban Threads, who made a surprise appearance at the panel and totally made my day.¬† More on TeslaCon when I have a chance to upload pictures and collect my thoughts!

Ohio: The Heart of Steampunk

Doc F’s Issue Two is here, and features an article by yours truly on steampunk vacations in Ohio. You can see a preview or buy a copy here!

And don’t forget about the Doctor Fantastique’s kickstarter, which hopefully will fund a print run of the magazine and possibly even allow Doc F’s to pay its contributors (one of whom is me). Please consider becoming a backer! There are many fabulous rewards for those who do…not least of which is my gratitude.

Steampunk Fun Times

September was chock full of steampunk events. Here are a few of my favorite photos. You can find more on my flickr set.

Corielle makes crochet sexy at the 2nd Annual Airship Archon picnic

TerAnn showing off her gorgeous hat and adorable puppy at the 2nd Annual Airship Archon picnic

Me and my beau before the Time Traveler's Ball. He cleans up nicely, don't you think?

Salena van Eycke at the Time Traveler's Ball in Newport, KY

Claudius Van Der Graffe at the Old West Festival

I don't know these people, but they were very well dressed at the Old West Festival

Guest Post: Lovecraft and Steampunk

My very first guest post is over at Shawn Wesley’s steampunk blog! He was looking for writers to expound on the relationship between Lovecraft and Steampunk, and since I’ve been published in both subgenres (Lovecraftian horror being its own subgenre of horror and steampunk being its own subgenre of science fiction) I thought I was uniquely qualified to discuss the topic.

I’m not sure that my thoughts are particularly original, but there they are!

Steampost

Well I’m technically at GenCon right now, but I thought that you might enjoy a post whilst I’m away. This blog is supposed to be dedicated to writing and costuming, but lately I haven’t had much time to devote to the costuming bit. So here’s a post dedicated just to steampunk. Hooray!

Some upcoming events in Ohio (and one in Indiana). Links are to facebook event pages, but many events also have listings on the Steampunk Empire:

GenCon Steampunk Meetup, August 6

Airship Archon sees 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, August 6

Steampunks Invade COSI For Adventure, August 21

The Second Annual Airship Archon Picnic, September 17

The Time Traveler’s Ball, September 24

The Third Annual Airship Archon RenFest Invasion, October 16

And here are a few photos of me and my friends at a recent invasion of the Santa Maria:

The Airship Archon group. We were posing with a lion statue in a fountain, but the lion got a bit lost!

Salena Van Eycke and I on the dock, about to board.

For more pictures of our adventures on the Santa Maria and at other events, you can visit my steampunk flickr set.

Marcon 46 in review

You should go to the Doctor Fantastique’s website to read my review of Marcon 46!

Here are some photos of me at Marcon 46, since I’m not quite vain enough to pepper an article I wrote with photographs of myself.

As you can see my steampunk Buddhist nun cosplay really came together beautifully, thanks to my very talented seamstress/roommate/friend and an incredible corset-maker who was able to deliver on a cruelty-free steampunk corset. I was a little worried someone might be all butthurt and offended over it, since I’m a white person cosplaying as a Tibetan, but I actually got a really positive response that encouraged me to keep wearing it and perfecting it. It was also incredibly comfortable, and the corset pockets meant I didn’t need a purse (which my boyfriend usually ends up carrying, much to his chagrin), so all-in-all it was pretty much my favorite cosplay ever. Definitely going to wear it again, a lot.

I plan on writing more about Tim Waggoner’s short story writing workshop next week (or tomorrow, if I can get to it) so look for that. Thanks for reading!