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Has anyone formally studied costume design?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorelei Throckmorton May 16, 2012. 12 Replies

Hello all...just wondering if anyone out there in the vast world of steampunk has formally studied costume design at an institution of higher learning? I know that there are tons of on the fly type…Continue

The Art of Letter Writing...

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage Feb 5, 2013. 52 Replies

Greetings all...I am curious. In this terribly modern age of emails, text messages, etc...is there anyone out there who still practices the old fashioned art of actual letter writing? I belong to a…Continue

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Have a good name for a 19th century gambling hall?

Started May 11, 2011 0 Replies

Hi everybody, I am writing a story (well, about 250 pages when all is said and done) and I need to think of a name for a fictional gambling hall in London around 1880. Any suggestions? By the way,…Continue

Chicago Museum jaunt

Started Mar 18, 2011 0 Replies

Is anyone out there attending the Museum of Science and Industry outing in Chicago next Saturday the 26th? Where is everyone meeting?

 

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Robert Steffen replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion In deference to the history of the automaton in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Actually the history of DNE goes back way farther than people would care to admit. The Baghdad battery, which powered the electric lights that permitted the construction of the Great Pyramid, with out proof of soot on the ceilings. The Antikythera…"
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In deference to the history of the automaton

Automatons are a huge part of the steampunk milieu but did you know that the idea of an automated human or animal goes all the way to ancient Greece? I didn't! Check out this list... http://www.theoi.com/Ther/Automotones.htmlDon't know if it will provide any inspiration for stories but I just thought it was interesting. I love finding out the origin of things, or at least a partial history, and it kicks me in the butt when I find out that…See More
yesterday
The Contessa of Vintage replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The death of your steampunk character.... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Nice that-- combining the four of diamonds story with this one."
Monday
The Contessa of Vintage replied to James R. Murray's discussion The Accepted Cog Saloon
"Looks like great fun James!"
Monday
Philip Allan Brian Drew replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The death of your steampunk character.... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"The Death of Smudge Smudge knew that he was going to die. There was nowhere left to run. There was only one window, but looking down into the Thames after at least a thirty foot drop. And Smudge, like so many people in those days, had never learned…"
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The Contessa of Vintage replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Those pesky deadlines. "
Monday
Sela Carsen replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"I really shouldn't have played with it - now I don't want to finish the current wip! Alas, deadlines loom and I have to go back to work. "
Monday
The Contessa of Vintage replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Thanks for putting this in here Sela! I wasn't sure if anyone would have anything for this prompt. This is why I love the Empire- everybody is so creative here.  "
Monday
Sela Carsen replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Gavin Jameson reached up to still the rattle of the glass jars on the shelves. Another aftershock. They were so commonplace out here in La Republica de California that he barely noticed them anymore. After pausing for a moment to assure himself that…"
Monday
Bryce Raffle replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Thanks so much!  You know I love these challenges - so nice to take a break from my novel and write something short and sweet, and I love having the inspirational cues to start me off.  Look forward to reading what everyone else has for…"
Sunday
The Contessa of Vintage replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Bryce- wow! Bravo monsieur, I believe this is your best effort yet. I could really see the place and time here, the fog, the nastiness on the walls behind the shelf of mason jars. A good, scary read! I kinda want to know what happens next.....…"
Saturday
Bryce Raffle replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"The Inspector and his men arrived at the door a little past midnight.  It was darker than death.  The single lamp a block away barely penetrated the thick fog that permeated the dismal streets of Whitechapel, and the Inspector could hardly…"
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The Contessa of Vintage commented on Calista Taylor's group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Congrats Sela on the publication! "
Friday
Bryce Raffle replied to The Contessa of Vintage's discussion The Mason Jar Man writing challenge... in the group The Aether Guild of Writers
"Ooh, I love it. Will definitely have something for this."
Jul 18
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The Mason Jar Man writing challenge...

Good morning Steampunkers,Here is your weekly writing challenge...flash, scene, snippit...whatever you like. What do you get for the prompted theme of "the mason jar man"?Any takers? See More
Jul 18
The Contessa of Vintage replied to James R. Murray's discussion The Accepted Cog Saloon
"Professor- have you read my entry?"
Jul 15

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At 5:40pm on April 4, 2014, Taphophilia Catafalque said…

You are most welcome my dear Contessa, for it takes one to know one.....

At 2:41am on April 4, 2014, Taphophilia Catafalque said…

Thank You for joining The League of Eccentricity, you are most welcome here...

At 8:43pm on March 22, 2014, Professor Gustave Morbeus said…

Thanks for dropping by.

At 8:42pm on March 22, 2014, Professor Gustave Morbeus said…

Nope that my dear Contessa is an afghan.

At 7:19pm on February 13, 2014, Aidana WillowRaven said…

Thank you :D Nice to meet you, too :D

I just finished Kraken Station a few days ago. It seems to be well liked. :D

At 4:38pm on February 11, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

"Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Giant Octopus Removed from Big Ben!

The Aether Chronicle Welcomes New Travel Writer Amelia Owens Kibbey!"

Follow this discussion on my Page and receive new editions of The Aether Chronicle, and catch up on previous editions you may have missed!

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At 9:40am on January 25, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

The Fifth Edition of The Aether Chronicle!

Giant Octopus Still at Large! Feminist Party Stands Bifurcated!

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At 9:44am on January 19, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Contessa,

I'm so pleased you enjoyed this week's issue of The Aether Chronicle. I plan to publish another before the end of the month. 

Leslie

P.S. Is the Charles Frederick Work Gown for sale? And is it just a jacket or a whole gown?

At 4:51am on January 2, 2014, James R. Murray said…

And the same to you my dear, may it be fruitful in words and deeds!

At 7:12am on October 6, 2013, Leslie Orton said…

Greetings fellow citizens of the Empire!

Edition Two of The Aether Chronicle has now been posted! For all those who expressed interest in having stories written about them, or their business advertised, please visit my page and send me the material.

Thanks,

Leslie Orton

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