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I'm Enthralled

I am thrilled to have discovered the Steampunk Empire. I expect to meet a lot of interesting people.

Scott or Scotto or Hey You.

Added by Scott Shannon on April 16, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

Symposium Through the Looking Glass

This year's convention theme was Alice in Wonderland and while I made no effort to costume to that theme, many other did and walking in the door showed that quite positively. And standing in line at registration had several first time attendees put forth a marvelous effort. It was going to be a good, creative, con.

And registration? I stepped up and they handed me my badge. They knew me so I didn't have to say or do anything.

I had been looking for a specific hat…


Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on April 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Distractions carrying STARLING pocket watches

The bowler hat I wear to Dickens comes from Distractions, the wonderful Steampunk fashion store on the Haight in San Francisco. What a thrill it is to deliver their first order for my STARLING light-up vintage jewelry art pocket watches.

Added by Frank Cohen on April 6, 2016 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Confessions of an Amateur Philologist and Other Sins

Those that know me well know that I was taken at an early age by a love of languages inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien. I will never claim to be his equal in philology, but I do love playing around with words and invented languages. Of course such things need worlds to go with them or they are just dead phonemes lying around in large clumps, so I play with sub-creation of fictional worlds and civilizations as well. All of this means nothing in particular, except that I really do need a life. Who…


Added by Graf Falke von Falkenhorst on March 31, 2016 at 1:44am — 2 Comments

Steam punk thrifting

Here's a nice article I found with some tips on finding treasure at the thrift store -

Added by Bibliophelia on March 21, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

Should I? A Tutorial on Steampunk Backpacks.

Recently, I've put together a very steampunk modification cosplay. Of what? Well, you'd judge at first with these childhood heroes but me and a friend managed to pull it all off.

Anyways, I've written an article outlining a step-by-step guide on how to build a steampunk backpack, although I'm not sure if anyone here would particularly like to see it.I should probably elaborate on what I mean about this backpack: it's big, it's square, and you can actually use it to…


Added by Ricki Palmisano on February 25, 2016 at 4:53pm — 4 Comments

Wild West Steampunk Audiobook

Hey, guys! Looking for a new audiobook?

Bounty hunters, gunslingers, death rays, crooked Pinkertons, and irradiated spit. 

Check out the new Wild West steampunk adventure by Eleanor Prophet, narrated by Cynthia Hemminger. Now on Audible!…


Added by Eleanor Prophet on February 21, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Mysterious Reports of Time Travel


Added by Number Nine Design on February 14, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments

More Fun Words With Vi!

Foundry: A factory that produces metal castings. Metals are cast into shapes by melting them into a liquid, pouring the metal in a mold, and removing the mold material or casting after the metal has solidified as it cools.

The most common metals processed in foundries are aluminum and cast iron. 

Greave: A piece of armor that protects the shin of the leg

Diabolus in musica: translated: the devil in music. A melodic tritone.

Added by Vioara Lemnos on February 11, 2016 at 8:51pm — No Comments


Good day fellow steampunk enthusiasts and hello from the north. I am a retired teacher and college instructor currently enjoying steampunk modifications applied to tiny campers, outdoor cooking, traveling and camping, woodworking and rebuilding small vintage campers. My tastes in design for some of the trailer mods I have designed and built are anything but mainstream … but I love the opportunity to be creative and whimsical in the shop, blending a bit of gypsy…


Added by Scott aka Dr. Smooth on February 11, 2016 at 7:11am — 1 Comment

Fun Words with Vi

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 

When I was still inhabiting the valley with my dear creator, the esteemed Dr. Aurel Dughler, I spent much of my time in his absence entertaining my mind by reading through his thermodynamics and robotics manuals, as well as books on music theory. It was quite the enjoyable pastime and so I thought I would share it. Forgive me if the subject bores. I have a limited understanding of what humans find "fun." Perhaps some of my fellow mechanicals…


Added by Vioara Lemnos on February 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Crooked Tale Pirates [Steampunk Edition (serialized)]

     Kay dragged the unconscious man into the middle of the room and dropped him with a thud. “This is what I get for working with pirates”. She walked over to the settee and unceremoniously laid down. “How did this all go wrong? I was just looking for a way home”. She covered her hands with her face and whispered “This can’t be happening”. Sadie, waged her tail a bit at Kay's laments then laid down beside the unconscious pirate and used is chest as a pillow. She looked over at the two of…


Added by CrookedTale on February 4, 2016 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Alabama Madi Gras was first before New Orleans

Greetings all, i recently attendee first mobile, Alabama Madi Gras , i found out that they celebrated the first madi gras Mardi Gras in Mobile is the annual Carnival celebration in Mobile, Alabama. It is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States, started by Frenchman Nicholas Langlois in 1703. This was fifteen years before New Orleans was founded, although today their celebrations are much more widely known] From Mobile being the first capital of French Louisiana (1702),… Continue

Added by Amhara Serrao on January 31, 2016 at 9:37am — No Comments

A story for Automaton Society: The Cockeyed Alchemist

      Events have transpired such that my character over on Automaton Society has been asked to tell a story.  I've decided that it will be easier for me if I post it here, and redirect anyone who wants read it.

       Once upon a time, there was a man that nearly everyone called 'The Cockeyed Alchemist'.  Despite this nickname, he was actually a very good alchemist, and a master of alchemic trans-fusion; the process of fusing one or more objects, or even animals…


Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on January 21, 2016 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments

A bit excited

My husband recently told me something that he neglected to tell me earlier in the week. I am a touch "mad" at him for it *does the most unconvincing angry face the world has ever seen*, but I will forgive him.

My husband works for a cell phone provider, and we live in an area where there are several celebrities have either retired to or…


Added by Jules Emerson on January 10, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

The Aether Chronicle #30: Hollywood's Famous Dolly Sisters Take A Dive!

Extra! Extra! Read Al About It!

Hollywood's Famous Dolly Sisters Take A Dive!

New Year's Eve Party of the CENTURY: Underwater Theme, on the Moon!


To Subscribe To The Aether Chronicle, Simply Click The Link Below, and "Follow" The Discussion, Which Is…


Added by Leslie Orton on January 10, 2016 at 6:49pm — No Comments

The Aether Chronicle #30: Hollywood's Famous Dolly Sisters Take A Dive!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Hollywood's Famous Dolly Sisters Take Dive!

New Year's Eve Party of the CENTURY! Underwater Theme, On The Moon!


To Subscribe to The Aether Chronicle, Click the Link Below. Simply "Follow" the Discussion, Which is Kept…


Added by Leslie Orton on January 10, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Opening Scene for my Steampunk/Ray-Gun Gothic inspired Web series idea

Ext. desert. night

We open upon decimation. Mechanical pieces lay strewn about the desert floor in a fiery trail of destruction. Even as the moonlit sands begin to blow across the fried circuits, tubes that still faintly glow, and the metal limbs and weapons that seem to have been ripped apart by the unyielding fury of an angry god, we follow the wreckage through a night whose silence is overwhelming.



Added by David Martin on January 2, 2016 at 1:12pm — 5 Comments

On Writing, Chutney and Morris Dancing

Again here I am.  I'm supposed to be finishing up a few articles for Weird NJ, but instead have been spending several hours a day editing the saga (Unburied Dead). I've decided on several major changes -- not the least being adjusting the naughty factor. Still have some research to do, but really want to move on to the Mudlark,  in progress and lots of fun.
Have done lots of nothing on the holiday front. My friend Celeste and I will be grabbing our Christmas meal at…

Added by Mrs. Emeline Warren on December 22, 2015 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

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