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Come on Over to Steampunk Journal for a New Movie Review!

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Read my article Cinema for Steampunks: Kate & Leopold

I posted my first new article since officially joining Steampunk Journal, and I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it 🙂 I’d love it if you took a minute to visit my new “home” in internetland and followed along with this next step, but I will leave links here for you all over the next few weeks while we make the transition.

 

 


Onwards and Upwards! To The Steampunk Journal and Beyond

Hiya Gearheads

I know, I know, I’ve been really quiet lately. For people who have been following me a while, you may have seen this happen before, and it’s a good sign there’s some sort of big announcement on the horizon…Today is no different.

I’ve been writing For Whom The Gear Turns for over three years and I have loved every minute. I’ve got over 500 posts under my stylish Steampunk utility belt, and in recognition of my hard work, I was recently approached by Matt Grayson of the Steampunk Journal. He was looking for a co-editor to help him run the world’s most popular Steampunk website, and when he made the offer to merge our sites into one super site I knew I had to accept.

You heard right folks, I’m moving on over to the Steampunk Journal!

Starting in February, you’ll be able to find my new articles posted at the Journal alongside updated versions of old reviews and articles you may have missed. For Whom The Gear Turns will stay up for a few months during the transition, but eventually I will move completely into my new digs at the Journal.

And I hope you’ll join me!

You didn’t think I’d leave you out in the cold now, did you? There are more ways than ever to hang with me on the interwebs and share in the growing Steampunk community. Pick your favorite or do all three; each has a different focus.

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  1. Follow the Steampunk Journal – It’s a WordPress site just like this one, so it is easy to subscribe via email or your WordPress reader. This site began within a few months of my own, but Matt and I cover very different topics. I love history, books, and movies, and Matt does interviews, music and game reviews, and photography, so we have a really complementary balance of all things Steampunk to offer! So if you are in it purely for the Steampunk, follow me at the Journal.
  2. Check out my new author page and subscribe to my newsletter. I’m still setting up this site and editing excerpts to share, but if you are interested in hearing about what is going on with my fiction writing and appearances at conventions, this is the best way to follow along. I won’t inundate you with emails, either. The plan is to create a monthly newsletter that includes excerpts and news about my book-length projects like No Rest For The Wicked, Riftmaker, and my blog-to-book project, The Steampunk Handbook.
  3. Pinmart artJoin the United We Steampunk, Divided We Fall group on Facebook! There are weekly threads devoted to fun topics and tips, plus opportunities to post links to items for sale. The goal is to act as means to get makers and writers in contact with the fans and bloggers they need to succeed, but there’s plenty of fun and silliness there, too! If your goals involve connecting with the greater Steampunk community, then I highly recommend getting in on the ground floor of this new group.

Thank you all for sharing this journey with me, I couldn’t have done it without you!

I’ve loved running my little corner of the internet, and I appreciate your ongoing support of my projects and writing. I spent weeks struggling with this decision, but ultimately I believe this is the best way to ensure the future of the content I’ve already created, and to reach the largest possible audience moving forward.

Was there an article I wrote or something I recommended that has really stuck with you? Do you have concerns about the transition or not sure how to keep getting the type of content you want? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!


I’ve Been Interviewed by the Steampunk Journal!!!

profile-pics-036Check out my Q&A with the Steampunk Journal to hear more about my travels, future writing plans, and even more about the Collaborative Writing Challenge’s 7th Project!

Read it HERE


Invasion Literature: Paranoia, War and Jingoism — The Pop Culture Museum

Origins In this world where we have had a rise in xenophobia and jingoism I’ve been thinking back to a peculiar trend in literature dating back to the 19th century here we have the story of Invasion Literature. Often the period of Invasion Literature covers from between 1871 to the outbreak of the First World […]

via Invasion Literature: Paranoia, War and Jingoism — The Pop Culture Museum


You Like Me, You Really Like Me ;)

The results of last week’s poll about whether or not to redesign the site are in. Thanks to everyone who voted! It looks like pretty much everybody was happy with the site the way it is, so no facelift necessary 🙂

If you are one of those folks who does have trouble reading the white text on a dark background, try signing up to follow via email. You should be able to read the posts with black text that way.

I started work on my own Steam-pumpkin last night, and I can’t wait to show it off when it is done! I’ve never used power tools in my pumpkin carving before, but the power drill sure came in handy. I’ll try to get some nice pics up over the weekend, but you’ll see it by Monday for sure.

Have a wonderful, whimsical Halloween weekend, my friends.

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Weigh In! Is it Time for a Re-design?

I’m taking a few minutes out of our month of Halloween to reach out directly to readers. I will have been the proud owner and writer of For Whom The Gear Turns for three years as of Oct. 31, 2016. Running stuff on my own is both a boon and a bane sometimes, especially when it comes to making changes.

Personally, I love the look of this site. I think the stained concrete of the background fits in nicely with the “punk” and urban side of things, and proves you don’t need gears for a site to be Steampunk. Plus, white writing on a dark background is easier for people with visual disabilities to read. On the other hand, dark backgrounds are widely considered “unprofessional” among designers (and readers), and people with normal vision sometimes report that it is harder to read, so I’ve been thinking giving the site a facelift.

More than anything, I want to be a professional writer. I don’t do this blog for pay, but I do plan to use it to help support my paid writing career and act as a way to connect to other fans of the Steampunk genre. At the same time, I don’t want to do anything to lose the awesome folks who already follow me. For instance, making sweeping changes to website would mean closing For Whom The Gear Turns for a few weeks while I get everything perfect.

So this is where you come in. Please weigh in on the poll below and help me decide if it is time for a new look. Feel free to leave comments as well!

Thanks as always for reading, liking, and sharing my articles, and have a whimsical day!


500 Posts and Counting…

Hello friends!

Right after I hit “publish” on my crowdfunding article Monday, I got this nifty little notification that it was my 500TH POST!!! Woot!

The timing was apt because I am currently working on my editorial calendar for the next couple months and I am having a little trouble coming up with ideas. Steampunk is a wide, wacky world, but with 500 posts under my belt I have run through all my planned material. Never fear, I am sure I will be able to keep bringing you fabulous new stuff, but I thought this would be a nice opportunity to open up the floor to requests.

Want to see a tutorial for my paper engineering feats? Got a book to suggest I review? Love a Steampunk band that I have yet to feature? Have a topic or person in history you wish you knew more about? Let me know and I will add it to the calendar 🙂

I’m going to start my yearly birthday hiatus next week, so I’ll be back the week of August 8th with the inside scoop on GenCon. Thanks as always for your support, and here’s to the next 500 posts together!

 


I Am Featured Today as Part of a Celebration of Female Science Fiction Writers!

Y. Correa is featuring women all this month on her blog, and I am one of the lucky ladies who got to come along for the ride 🙂 Check out her post for an updated and much longer blurb for Riftmaker as well a few words detailing my reasons for loving science fiction as a genre.

Women in Science Fiction: Phoebe Darqueling