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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Join 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!
This Live Nightwatch Paradox Performance at the Steampunk World’s Fair had EXACTLY the Right Amount of Cowbell
It was a rainy, muggy weekend for Steampunk Worlds Fair a couple weeks ago, but I still made an effort to check out music when I could. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Nightwatch Paradox, despite the fact that my bustle couldn’t hustle so well in all that humidity. I had this song in my head for like a week straight, and actually showed up during the same weekend just in time for a later performance so I could also help them out with this number and adding more cowbell! That’s right, all the extra percussion for this number comes from Captain Cowbell and volunteer cowbell players in the audience.
I posted this on facebook yesterday evening, and when I woke up this morning, it had already been seen by over 11,000 people! Please share it with your friends and your feeds and let’s see how many we can get!
We can’t let the readers and the writers have all the meme-y fun, can we? So here’s a tribute to you artsers and crafters, you dreamers and doers, you marvelous makers.
What’s Going on Right Now?
Ungodly Goodies, Ends June 4
Ungodly Goodies is a multi-faceted Artisan horror company focused on Wicca, gothic, steampunk, pinup and oddity apparel that’s here for the long-term so join us and help grow this unique brand!
We ship anywhere in the world!
All shirts are available in Men’s and Women’s but all are black. Tank Tops also available.
Here’s a look at our tees:
My favorite reward: $25 pledge gets you a shirt of your choosing.
Forbidden Two, Ends July 9
Our team consist of independent filmmakers. We hope to raise a modest goal to make this project come to life! Right now we are aiming to make the Pilot episode as a “proof of concept” with the hope of shopping the show around and eventually moving onto a full season…
The series follows Claudia L’Martinaire, a Nunne’hi on her first mission to Earth, and how her world is turned upside down when Tristan, an up and coming inventor, walks into her life as she searches for the human she is meant to protect.
My favorite reward: $20 pledge gets you a Steampunk coloring book!
Mists of Akuma: Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk for D&D 5E, Ends May 30
My favorite reward: $20 pledge gets you a PDF of the game.
Ictus: Tabletop Warfare, Ends June 22
Titan Zero Industries presents Ictus, a table top wargame set in the Stempunk apocalypse of 1909. Ictus features high quality miniatures, six unique factions, an all new stacking rule set and multiple game modes including cooperative play.
My favorite reward: $40 pledge gets a set of miniatures worth $50
The Spectre of Knox Mill, Ends June 11
Between 2012 and 2014, we four musicians converged over a set of common grievances. The world in which we live sharply divided between “entertainment” and “art” with little room for overlap. It often felt like there was a vast ‘no-man’s land’ in between high opera and it’s closest relative, musical theater. Compelling pieces that appeal to modern sensibilities that are performed with a high caliber of vocal training and are few and far between. “Where are the mainstream operas?” Friends would ask. “We can have exciting, relate-able, stories with twists and turns AND beautiful singing with songs we want to hum, can’t we?”
My favorite reward: $20 for a download of the album.
Yowza! I have officially been bringing you the skinny on all things Steampunk for two years, and I can attest to the old adage that time sure flies when you’re having fun. During the past 24 months I have published around 400 articles, gained over 2,000 followers, been visited by around 25,000 people who viewed the site nearly 70,000 times. These numbers have surpassed all of the goals I set at the beginning of last year and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much to my readers for your support, comments and sharing over various platforms. To celebrate the site’s first birthday I gave you a gallery of Steampunk cakes. This year, I want to say thanks with some eye-candy in the form of Steampunk presents.
As much fun as it is to bask in success, this also means it is time to start thinking about year three. Here are a few things you can look forward to between now and next Halloween:
۞ The final installments of the How to Punk Your Steam series
۞ The continuation of other series such as Hats Off, Memepunk, and Booze, Glorious Booze!
۞ Live tweeting and a behind-the-scenes look into the International Steampunk Symposium
۞ More Steampunk-inspired artwork by yours truly
۞ Steampunk Sourcebook articles on steam-era transportation such as submarines, locomotives, and bicycles
۞ An expansion of the Tips for Makers series
I am happy to do guest posts, exchange books for honest reviews, and get the word out about projects being done by my readers, so don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter, @gearturns.
It’s time to celebrate those stars of the internet, cats! They certainly haven’t escaped being a part of Steampunk memery. Want to see more? You can check out my first MemePunk gallery and my post of mechanical cats.