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Mina Mori
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Hello there, Jen here. I am breaking the fourth wall to explain the literary project my profile page has become. My blog here has become the Memoirs of Mina Mori, natural historian/belly dancer/adventuress. Entries date back to 1893, the year she met some key individuals in her life and joined the Airship Nocturne.

This isn't your ordinary fictional blog though. Hidden beneath the neo Victorian facade and exotic characterization are truths or connections to reality. For example, I did briefly live in Japan, and I used to study Drosophila (hence the Thomas Morgan Hunt references). The World's Columbian Exposition, where belly dance (a hobby of mine) was introduced to the U.S., serves as a parallel for A-kon 21, the event that got me into the local steampunk scene and led to the assemblage of Airship Nocturne. While I have no control over world history, sometimes things just happen to line up with events in my modern day life.

Since it's been over a year since A-kon 21, a lot of entries are going to be reflections of the past. Eventually I'll catch up, and you can enjoy following Mina on her journeys. I doubt that I (Jen) will pop up anywhere else, but if you ask nicely, I may be able to provide annotations. Now, I leave you with a word from Mina. Happy reading!

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Mina's introduction

Greetings. I do not enjoy revealing all the details of myself at once so I will keep this brief. If you do not know me, I am Mina Mori. If you do know me, it may be under a different name and guise. I love science, music, and adventure. My mother says I have a restless soul, and it is this inability to settle that has caused me to study lifeforms in the wild, travel around the world, dance boldly, and take up new hobbies.

My recent journeys have brought me back to America, where I look for new opportunities and a means to travel. Fortunately, I met the right group of people, and now I am a member of the Airship Nocturne. We are a group of scientists, entertainers, inventors, ex-military officers, and adventurers who love exploration, innovation, and humanitarian causes. I do not know where we go next, but that is what makes the future so exciting.

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September 27, 1893

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 11:38pm 0 Comments

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asks, “that which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.”  Oh how I wish I could believe her!  To be innocent and in love– I have seen too much of the world to experience that youthful feeling.  I know that names carry much meaning that is often lost if changed.  It is why I exclusively refer to myself by my performing moniker, Mina Mori.

Few are privy to my birth name, and fewer know the identities of both of my parents.  If I did not…


September 2, 1893

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 10:13pm 0 Comments

I have less than two months left of performing at the World’s Columbian Exposition.  Then it is off to a new adventure aboard the Nocturne.   The prospect is somewhat frightening considering that over a year ago I had just left Japan and was at a complete loss of a sense of self and purpose.  Now I am with an airship crew and a man.  I have yet to meet my fellow crew members, and this relationship with Joshua. . . dare I call it romance or love?  I have never experienced such emotions so I…


August 1, 1893

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Almost immediately after I wrote my last entry did great misfortune fall upon Joshua and me.  A great storm arrived, causing the cancellation of our trip to a resort in Texas with some friends.  I think a couple of them would have braved the weather had they not fallen ill or become confused about the date of departure.


Then I received a message from my family, scolding me again for my behavior.  Although I am used to hearing my mother’s disapproval, her remarks have been…


July 24, 1893

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 10:31pm 0 Comments

It has been exactly one month since Joshua began to court me.  I do not know why I am keeping track of the days, but he himself thought this was an occasion worthy of gifts.  He has been nothing but pleasant.  I wonder, however, if we are behaving rashly.  We are not as young as some of our acquaintances, but there is much left for us to explore and to learn.  Will it be possible for us to find our paths in life together?  Will we tire of each other after another month or a year?  Will he be… Continue

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At 9:08am on December 31, 2011, A D Cruize said…
Please do introduce yourself.  i look forward to it.  Cruize.
At 8:24pm on December 16, 2011, A D Cruize said…

Happy birthday, Ms. Mori.

At 6:15pm on July 15, 2011, A D Cruize said…
Welcome to the Friends of ASI, Ms. Mori.
At 8:48am on October 20, 2010, Cmdr. "Whiskey Nick" Triton said…
Thank you so much. I usually send out a post as I show a new invention. Stay tuned!
At 11:47pm on October 1, 2010, Cmdr. "Whiskey Nick" Triton said…
Welcome to the Empire from Her Majesty's Royal Airship Command. for Gadgets, Gizmos, Goggles & Gear or visit My Page here on Steampunk Empire!

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