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July 2009 Blog Posts (58)

Steambargain, July 31, 2009

Thanks to the lovely Miss Abiliegh Cross for the inspiration for today's steambargains, dug up from the pages of Fashion Bug! Sadly, they won't let me steal their pictures, so you'll have to click through for these bargains.

The best part about FB right now is that clearance items are Buy One, Get One for $5!!! Now that's a bargain if I've ever heard one! Their most steamy items seem to be capri pants, here are just a few of available (plus size!) pairs:…


Added by Melora Dashwood on July 31, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Steampunking difficulty- advice?

I am living on the road, as many of you know.

This is making my steampunking a little difficult.

I am a big fan of dress up in all of its forms. And I love wearing my steampunk a la steamcasual. Of course, I can't wear nearly what I want on a normal day-to-day basis since we are on the road and have limited access to washing. It makes things really ...interesting. But I am not exactly in jeans and a t-shirt, so I am happy with that!

So it is less my daily wear… Continue

Added by Whisper Merlot on July 30, 2009 at 4:05pm — 9 Comments

Steambargain, July 30, 2009

Today's steambargain is thanks to the lovely angel_of_dark on livejournal.

Trooper Woven Jacket

Priced at a mere $22.80.

Sadly, if any of the following adjectives apply to you, this jacket is not going to fit: buxom, voluptuous, curvaceous, plus size, zaftig.

Happily for you,… Continue

Added by Melora Dashwood on July 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Autumn Fashions

So, the stores are tossing their garish summer wear to the clearance racks, and the Fall Collections are coming out. I went on a bit of a shopping spree today, and I am happy to report that Victorian influenced garments are a staple once more. I was pleased to note that a wider variety of colors seem to be represented this year as well, which is a refreshing addition to the myriad of khaki, olive and brown that I've already got. I was lucky enough to catch employees putting the first of the… Continue

Added by Abiliegh Cross on July 29, 2009 at 8:40pm — 3 Comments

Steambargain, July 29, 2009

Especially steamy purses and bags are hard to find, so even though $38 is not a particular deal, I'm posting this anyway:

Fred Flare's Equestrian Cross-Stitched Satchel. Add a cog and it's appropriately steamy. Find it here!

Even better, you can coordinate this bag with a matching… Continue

Added by Melora Dashwood on July 29, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, 7/28/2009

Ladies and gentlemen, we have found the ultimate steampunk, or at least the ultimate steampunk authentication. Hee.

Comic-Con is over, but the steampunk brigade was out in full force and even set a Guinness record, according to LA Weekly. And look at… Continue

Added by Steampunk Librarian on July 28, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Day 102... I missed announcing Day 100 on here

Yesterday, I kept thinking in my head "If I had a spotted puppy for every day I have been on the road, I could make a Disney movie." ^_^

Day 100 has passed! And I am still on the road.

Getting ready for ConnectiCon, where I have 4 panels with the Dreadfuls, a dance, a photoshoot, and several friends in the Artists Alley and Dealers Room are helping me out by displaying and selling some of my wares. Spreading it out over so many people, I hope to get a better take than if I… Continue

Added by Whisper Merlot on July 27, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Castle in the sky...

Though it was a redubbed disney flick i did enjoy castle in the sky...i think i need it n my collection eventually

Added by Kaptain Gustavus Sturmreiter on July 26, 2009 at 7:39pm — 2 Comments

Start of Chapter IV (part 1)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for following the progress of my daily writing and the development of the first draft of my book. Today I started chapter 4 and wrote 511 words. I had thought I would wait until August to shift down a gear, but today seemed to be the day that I lowered my pace and daily target to 500 words. This is largely in preparation for going back to work in the middle of August (I teach English to pay the bills) which has a dramatic impact on my opportunities to write and… Continue

Added by Aloysius Fox on July 24, 2009 at 4:38am — 1 Comment

The Actual End of Chapter III

Dear Reader,

This morning saw the overly successful end of chapter 3. This chapter that seemed each day like it was only a page away from conclusion actually took another 1285 words this morning to find its end. The whole chapter is 5422 words long, which is far too big and a lot of it will most likely be taken out during the first edit, but I had fun introducing a new character who I had been eager to get into the action.

Yours truly, Aloysius

PS: Once I have… Continue

Added by Aloysius Fox on July 23, 2009 at 5:31am — No Comments


To Whom It May Concern:

Please allow this brief biograph to serve as an introduction.

While attending The University of Manchester I apprenticed at the Whitworth Arms factory where I advanced very quickly to the position of Master Armorer. After receiving my degree in mechanical engineering, and under the tutelage of my third cousin, Sir Joseph Whitworth, I moved into the Design and Development department. Here I helped to design new and more advanced weapons as well as… Continue

Added by Rev Ezekiel Whitworth Blackstone on July 22, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Almost End of Chapter III

Dear Reader,

It was my sincere belief that I was going to conclude chapter three this morning, but after 947 words my characters are still in the parlor and are only just retiring for the night; I need to clear the scene so that the murder may take place and finish the chapter with the discovery of the body. This chapter has been rather dull as there is little action and a lot of talking, but it is the quiet before the storm so to speak.

My aspirations of having the first… Continue

Added by Aloysius Fox on July 22, 2009 at 5:31am — No Comments

Regardless of the kerfuffle...

A little tea will help. This has been my... 'mantra', if you will, for the last decade or so. Only once have I found tea to be the source of miscellaneous troubles. But enough about that.

The Albatross' repairs are now fully complete. We set out, 9 days ago now, towards our next pick-up. Not the most liberating of jobs by way of finance, but the change in scenery has been quite timely. Spots of grey paint the skies ahead as we sail head-on into stormy sky-scapes, yet they do not… Continue

Added by V on July 21, 2009 at 11:50am — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, 7/21/2009

Due to various real-life issues and a large amount of links to share, today's entry will be in bulleted, fragmented sentence format. Enjoy!


Added by Steampunk Librarian on July 21, 2009 at 10:44am — 3 Comments

End of Chapter III (part 1)

Dear Reader,

It has been a better morning, but I still fell short of my 1000 word target. Today I managed 739 words, but I am promising myself the remaining 300 words or so (it might actually take 2 pages more to finish this chapter) later today. Chapter 3 still concludes with the murder that is going to push a lot of the rising action forward.


PS: I realize that this is not the most stimulating read on this site, but these blog entries act like record… Continue

Added by Aloysius Fox on July 21, 2009 at 5:41am — 1 Comment

Calling Card Holder

I printed my calling/visiting cards yesterday. They're a little more subtle in colour than I'd hoped, but given that my experience is in multimedia design and not print design a bit of trial and error is to be expected. I'll saturate and darken the colour more in future print runs.

I added my name to… Continue

Added by Dr. Alice Wolfenden on July 20, 2009 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Steampunk Panel at LibertyCon 23 in 2010

I have been informed that next year's LibertyCon will have a panel discussion on Steampunk. Cita and I have been requested to attempt to recruit Ace Talkingwolf and other southern US steampunks for the panel. If you think you might have the weekend of July 9th through th 11th of 2010 clear, I urge you to bookmark the LibertyCon homepage and see if you can get con memberships and hotel reservations for the event.

the LibertyCon Homepage is and there is a news… Continue

Added by Captain Vila Resthal on July 20, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments


Come join me!


Added by Whisper Merlot on July 20, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

Middle of Chapter III (part 2)

Dear Reader,

Once more I am sitting in the lobby of a hotel having just managed to add just under a page to chapter 3. This morning's effort produced 235 words; far below my target, but at least it is something. When the alarm went off this morning I actually went back to sleep, but after a bit of a doze I got up anyway, got dressed, left my family sleeping in the room, had breakfast, then planted myself at this table in the lobby. I have heavy bags under my eyes and a dulled… Continue

Added by Aloysius Fox on July 20, 2009 at 4:42am — No Comments

Life update, faire update. Come read and love me! I need love! True story.

I wish I had more access to the internet. I often find myself cramming all my work into a few short hours on someone else's computer, and then I don't have time to be all eloquent and engaging on the blog. It makes my travels sound far less interesting to be all "did this, this, this and then this", when I know I could be talking in much more detail, actually helping you *care* about what I am doing. I used to be so good at doing this, but I guess it helped that I had all the time in the world… Continue

Added by Whisper Merlot on July 19, 2009 at 10:47pm — 1 Comment

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