I am not going to admit that I am a Glee fan. Nope… because that would be disrespectful to all the hardcore fans out here, the true fangirls and fanboys (like my son Nathan and his partner Alex). But I can say I am a budding fangirl, apparently called baby Gleek. I love musicals, (yes Nathan you get it from mom, not just the gay gene) and I knew once I started watching this I would be hooked, big time. I have been watching it this season and have been going nuts because I wanted to see this next episode so bad… but it took a pause and I lost focus. They left us all hanging and ……….. Read More
I got a triple present for you today. How about a #WeeklyShorts, since you did gain an hour and you have time to read this! Plus it’s Steampunk, which if you had not noticed I am a wee bit obsessed right now due to me campaigning for Steampunkgoggles.com and since we are on that for your second treat a couple of steampunk videos from Geoff and I for this campaign so you can laugh at us and also get an idea of what is to come in two weeks… Oh, and A KINDLE FIRE HDX GIVEAWAY (I had to throw that on, why? BECAUSE EVERYONE should have one of these, I love mine!). I know I am being obnoxious lately but man, I am just in a festive mood and I want to share! Read More
Steampunk’d part 2 of 4
In the first post I talked a little about every little about several various aspects of the different areas the steampunk trend has played a part in. The photography, the art, the music, the stories, the RPG’s, the unusual… As I mentioned in part one, steampunk is a trend with roots back to the 1800’s beginning with Jules Verne… Tentacles.. Giant Squids.. Stories where characters blend Victorian and Edwardian industry into new inventions… gadgets and and gizmos and adventures! Author J.L. Mulvihill is a well known southern indie author published by Seventh Star Press in a few things and with her first novel in her Steel Roots Series, The Boxcar Baby, in the summer of 2013.
The book also is a theme that brings up memories of Halloween days of the past. I have had a few costumes I was quite fond of. Pirates, gypsies and my mother reminded me my grandmother and I went as a hobo two years running. Mainly because I kept threatening to run away fourth and fifth grade when I wasn’t allowed to wear my Planet of the Ape mask to School.
Yes this is the exact one I had to wear. Ebay is a wonderful thing
So my grandmother showed me how to pack up all my worldly goods in a bandanna and my grandfather told me tales of the hobos. When I was putting together my post today I remember this tale, of course, this book is a steampunk tale of horror; dark and mysterious and full of terror.
Welcome to a Steampunk Author Interview with Cabin Goddess
The Boxcar Baby
Born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB’Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it’s up to AB’Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB’Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa’s spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB’Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries … and that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.
Jen! Welome to the Cabin! Care for a bacon, walnut, chocolate chip cookie? Just baked them today! Also have some fresh coffee! I know we have put off this interview for a while, but I am excited because this month I have a really exciting series of posts happening during my campaign with Steampunkgoggles.com! I thought, WOW! How can I not throw my interview I have with you up during it while not only getting my halloween post ready but also talking about all this steampunk goodness going, especially since you like goggles as much as me. Of course, I tend to have WAY to much fun with my goggles! Hey, take a peek at the page and pick a pair that you would like to wear at the next Con!
Jen – “Oh OK! Ohh Wow! Ok cool, I am so loving the vintage lace and pearl #steampunkgoggles Rock on!”
CG – Ya those rock a lot of my friends! Corinne loved those too! She just tweeted about those earlier tonight!
CG -As you can see I have way to much fun with mine. I am still working on my mini movie and preparing to scare some trick-or-treaters!
CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! (Has to fit in a tweet, I will be adding a custom tweet button at the top of post. You can and are encouraged to include #hashtags)
@JLMulvihill #yaNovel #BoxcarBaby #heartstopping #trainhopping #adventure of a young girl searching for her lost #Inventor papa
CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)
Hi my name is Jen a/k/a J L Mulvihill, and I’m a Monsterholic. It all started when I met Stephen Zimmer and I was drinking a Redbull. He scoffed at the very idea and told me that real Rock Stars drink Monsters. I eventually tried one once I found out that they had low carb diet Monsters. Then I found the blue Monsters and the protein Monsters and now my children tell me that I have a problem.
But despite my Monster problem I have managed to turn out this novel, The Boxcar Baby, and it does indeed deal with all sorts of monsters as you will find when you read it.
CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “LIGHT” since summer is almost here (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!) This can even be a Haiku, just have fun!
I would like to write Horror, but not gore horror but psychological horror.
The light gradually dims until the darkness swallows it and Briana. She pulls her knees in close to her chest and hugs them tight listening to the silence buzzing in her ear. Suddenly she hears a sound faint but growing louder by the moment. What is it? She wonders. Her body trembles with fear; fear of the dark, fear of the strange and distant sound growing ever louder, ever closer. Fear of the unknown that waits there in the dark for her. Briana’s heart begins to pound, louder and harder than she has ever felt it beat before until it begins to hurt, and she knows this is the end. Whatever is out there coming for her will not be her demise because Briana’s heart has beaten it to her.
CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)
In the steampunk genre the authors that inspire me most would have to be, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and of course let’s not forget the man whose novel coined the name steampunk, K. W. Jeter who wrote Morlock Night. (CG – And the man who coined the steampunk term!)
CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (Some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right? Include photos of choice or I Can find them also – include photo credits or links where they are found) Read More
This wonderful post is from Stevie Wilson, one of my Steampunk’d co-conspirators in this delightful month of #steampunk’d goodness! Reblogged from her fashionista blog of awesomeness, LA-Story.com. I am thrilled to have her permission to reblog it! Check out this one and more over at her blog, ohhh and she has great taste in nailpolish… what color would go best with a #steampunk out fit?
I am thinking the brass works!
What does steampunk mean to you? Literary genre? Fashion? Cos-play? Live action roll play (LARP)? OR would you wear them around the neighborhood to mess with peoples heads (this is what I am going for, however.. I do like that nail art and the tips below!)
This post is about the SteamPunk trend that I have been blogging and tweeting about. The beautiful part about this campaign is I was able to explore an emerging trend that actually fit into my life quite easily. Little did I know that I had more “SteamPunk” going on than I thought! Realizing that and knowing my boots, hats, gloves, quirky jewelry, shredded denim and more interesting fashion choices fit neatly into this trend. So given that fashion is really about very personal choices, I would suggest that you get to choose your basic outfits for SteamPunk yourself with inspiration from various sites like Pinterest and other spots tied into SteamPunk. Read More
I was asked what I thought the Steampunk culture was all about earlier this week… I had to think because it is about many things, but if I were to nail it down to a short and sweet thing.. it would be steampunk is about creation, invention and experimenting with specific styles…
For the next three weeks I am going to be having spotlights, articles, editorials and commentaries centered around Steampunk. Much of my focus in sub-cultures has been centered around the garb (clothing), food and photography. Be it Steampunk, cyberpunk and medieval reinactment (SCA). I have always been fascinated with the ideology of “punk” defining a sub-culture. Being partnered to an actual Punk musician has allowed for a much broader learning base than just dress up, eat and be merry. Steampunk itself for me was an easy win. I already was in love with the literature. Plus, I can admit I like pretties, and there are a few pretties I am especially fond of. Hats, corsets and eye-wear (on top of my flip-flop obsession, my sunglasses and other eye-wear collection is something to behold)…
Guess what are the top three things in a steampunks steamer trunk? Read More