The Move

Hello Lovelies!

I’m sitting in my new digs, a historic carriage house next to an outstanding Victorian mansion. It’s late afternoon and I am completely tired and sore, taking Advil and icing my knee.

In early February, my life completely changed. I accepted an offer to become the caretaker and weekend manager of the lovely Campbell House Museum. Within days I was purging my apartment and packing. I tore apart my couch. My car was filled to the brim with boxes and junk. At one point I was up for 24 hours straight in order to get everything out in time. I loaded a cargo van 5-6 times with probably over 30 trips up and down the building elevator. And I still had a week gap in between where I spent a little over a week with my best friend. So some of my stuff was in storage, some at my besties house, and some even temporarily placed in the BooTique.

Some idiot decided to try and bomb me with eggs as I loaded/unloaded at the BooTique (which is right next to my old apartment building). There’s no doubt in my mind it was malicious, but f*ck them. I’d been at that place over 11 years and there’s been an immense amount of drama. Floods, fires, plagues, locusts (well cockroaches and bed bugs). Oh and the insane woman who broke in on my floor, pulled the fire alarms, knocked on all the doors, saying there was a fire and then how she was a goddess and was going to fly. Aaaand she assaulted one of my neighbors with a potted plant and whipped him with an extension cord. This all happened at 2am. The new job/living space was posted shortly after. Within a week and a half, I was hired. Emancipation was on the horizon.

It was exhausting. On the day I left, I posted one last FB live video where I looked like absolute death.

I will miss my Arch view. I will not miss the drama. Here’s the last night picture:

And my last morning pic at 7am:

By 8:45am, my keys were turned in and I headed to my friend’s house in the burbs. The week with her was relaxing for the most part. We endured another snow storm, and a couple spotty sleets and didn’t have to go anywhere. I got to see Captain Marvel on its opening weekend (loved it). And ate an insane amount of stuff I never usually eat: pizza (twice), tacos, Chinese, tons of popcorn. I was in suburban heaven.

But the end of last weekend brought on phase two of moving: Monday 9am, picked up another van, loaded. Stopped at the BooTique, loaded the last of my antique furniture. Unloaded at the new place, put the bed together while my new mattress got shipped in. Took more items over to storage. Went back to return the van. Loaded the car and finally back to the new pad at 10pm. Again, exhausting. I swear I’m never moving again.

It took me almost two days to recover and start truly unpacking. I’m still doing it. I worked sporadically at my other job for MoBot. I’m totally lacking in motivation. BUT….

My new place is amazing. I’m still in pinch me mode. There’s a lot to be done, but right now just basking in the glow mode.

The new view:

So in the wake of these changes, many things got pushed aside temporarily.

My apologies for several things:

1) I posted, in error, just today about the Science Center event on March 1st. Of course that has already happened and the event was a success!!!! Thank you for all those who came out to the Steampunk First Friday. A few pics from the event where a preview of my coloring book was given away:

2) Book delays-I haven’t been able to write since the short story release of Emerald Beginnings. However, once I’m settled in, my new position allows for for time off. Which means more books, more Steampunk goodies. Watch this space for revised release dates. This spring and summer is going to be steamy!

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • Book releases to be announced.
  • Annual Stray Rescue Urban Wanderers Show TBA June 2019

More Information:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam.

BOOKS – all my books are on Amazon.

Steampunk!!!

My First Young Adult Steampunk Short has arrived!

“Emerald Beginnings” is story of a young woman who dreams of a Steampunk world at night, but lives the normal life of a teen in New York during the day. Check it out here:

Emerald Beginnings: A Society Series Short Story https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NHZHCCC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FoAJCbW8CYSA6

The Kicho is here!

The Kicho: The Dolls of Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/173159075X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V2wlCbQR04GN6

The first Society Series continues on Amazon/Kindle!

-“Strax and the Widow”-And so the Discussion began…Strax is a weird west steampunk adventure. The Lady has arrived at her destination. See where that place is.

-“Revenge and Machinery”-the Strax sequel is full of intrigue, action, romance, mystery. and the spinoff of “Strax and the Widow”.

-“A Long Reign”-A Society Series spin off, Amazon UK Storytellers competition semi finalist and bestseller. A darker side of Steampunk.

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is on Amazon/kindle:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

ALL my written works are here, my amazon author page:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is also available on Amazon. Great for the pooch lovers!

Social and Media Links!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

SHOPS!-note if you see ANY item on social media, please don’t hesitate to contact me about purchasing. DM me please through whatever media you are using.

I have most of my steampunk and gothic items in the Boo-Tique at Haunted STL Tours. This is a physical shop you can walk into. Hours and information at HauntedSTLTours.com

-My squareup store is open! Here is the link:

https://squareup.com/store/haute-hen-countess

-Etsy: NOTE if you see something you like, get it ASAP, I do not have an exact date of when I’ll be closing the Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

-DPOP: thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

Sold! thanks to help from Amy Wilder (Steampunk supermodel at Big River Steampunk Festival/on the right) and Lacey Reinhardt (From Haunted STL Tours at the Lemp Mansion/on the left) my super models who made this dress look fabulous!

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March 1st, First Friday at the Science Center!

Hello Lovelies!

Tomorrow! Come by and see me!

I’ll be hosting the coloring activity in The Countess room!!

And the first 200 groups in the door get a goodie bag.

Admission is free. The link to the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/192928071651803/?ti=ia

I’ll have a big selection of all kinds of fun items including jewelry, hats, and interesting clothing pieces on SALE!

Emerald Skies Preview!

Hello Lovelies!

I’m thrilled to announce that my first young adult novel, “A Dream of Emerald Skies” is coming soon!

I am doing a sneak peek with the first three chapters via digital download FREE Sunday-Monday, February 10-11 on amazon/kindle!

The link is here:

Emerald Beginnings: A Society Series Short Story https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NHZHCCC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_qI8xCb702CTFT

Share as much as you like and feel free to review and comment!

February is going to be one big busy creative month culminating in a massive event on March 1st. Please watch this space for announcements!

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • March 1st-Steampunk First Friday at the St. Louis Science Center. Watch this space! And yes, another book release!

More Information:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam.

BOOKS – all my books are on Amazon.

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is on Amazon/kindle:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

Steampunk!!!

The Kicho is here!

The Kicho: The Dolls of Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/173159075X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V2wlCbQR04GN6

The first Society Series continues on Amazon/Kindle!

-“Strax and the Widow”-And so the Discussion began…Strax is a weird west steampunk adventure. The Lady has arrived at her destination. See where that place is.

-“Revenge and Machinery”-the Strax sequel is full of intrigue, action, romance, mystery. and the spinoff of “Strax and the Widow”.

-“A Long Reign”-A Society Series spin off, Amazon UK Storytellers competition semi finalist and bestseller. A darker side of Steampunk.

ALL my written works are here, my amazon author page:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is available on Amazon. Great for the pooch lovers!

Social and Media Links!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

SHOPS!-note if you see ANY item on social media, please don’t hesitate to contact me about purchasing. DM me please through whatever media you are using.

I have most of my steampunk and gothic items in the Boo-Tique at Haunted STL Tours. This is a physical shop you can walk into. Hours and information at HauntedSTLTours.com

-My squareup store is open! Here is the link:

https://squareup.com/store/haute-hen-countess

-Etsy: NOTE if you see something you like, get it ASAP, I do not have an exact date of when I’ll be closing the Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

-DPOP: thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

A Chat with Phoebe Darqueling

Hello Lovelies:

Last week I did an interview with Phoebe Darqueling. I just wanted to pass along an update from Phoebe:

There’s just one more day to pick up the e-book for the special $1.99 pre-order price. You can find it at the OWS website, Amazon and a variety of other e-book retailers.

We’re right in the middle of my digital book tour, so you can get more behind the scenes action by visiting my website and checking out the character spotlights, excerpts, reviews, and more. 

For people who want to learn more about Steampunk as a genre and stay up to date on you can sign up for my email list and receive a free copy of The Steampunk Handbook

 Phoebe on social media:

 Facebook group, on Twitter and Instagram.

The original interview here:

Hello Lovelies:

Over a year ago I met my online editor for Steampunk Journal. After some fast and fun messaging and emails, I found that Phoebe Darqueling and I had much more in common than just steampunk. Normally my blog is about my art and writing, but today, I wanted to share a little interview with Phoebe, to talk about steampunk and her writing. Her latest work, Riftmaker, comes out in about a week.

The Countess: Tell me a little bit about yourself? Family, educational background, places you’ve lived?

Phoebe: I hail from the frigid north (AKA Minnesota) and I stayed there through college at one of the many wonderful, small liberal arts colleges there. My major was Cultural Anthro, which I definitely feel has done a lot to shape my approach to both fiction and life in general. I also have a minor in Art History, and went on to receive an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State. Since then, I’ve moved a bunch of times, including just over a year see-sawing between Greece and Bulgaria, and now my current residence in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. I’ve got two older brothers, as well as gaining extra siblings through my awesome in-laws, who are some of my closest friends. 

TC: How did you become a writer?

P: It’s been a pretty crooked path, and the answer depends on how much you count nonfiction writing as part of the equation. My mom started a creativity competition for kids when I was really little, and around the age of 16 I started to help write challenges for the program. There were some short stories and some wretched poetry in there as well, but what I really liked doing for a long time was writing compelling essays. 

I found my way back to fiction mostly as a means of escape. The story of Riftmaker basically poured out of me at a time when my world had gone rather dark. (I wrote a whole article on the experience for people who want the gory details) I knew I had just over a year until The Mister and I were moving to Bulgaria for his PhD research, and I remember thinking at one point, “It’ll be a trudge, but no one can trudge like you.” Which horrified me, because who wants to think of themself that way? So, not long after, I became the primary curriculum writer/blogger for the creativity program, and dove headfirst into writing fiction. 

TC: Where does your inspiration for your pieces come from?

P: I really like what I lovingly refer to as “bad science.” These are concepts that make some semblance of sense, but turn out to be false. Or the phenomena are real, but the explanation is just plain wrong. I enjoy taking these concepts and creating stories around them. This can make what I do a little tough to classify sometimes because it is sits right where fantasy and science meet. 

I’ve also realized that the idea of worlds that are separate but overlap somehow, be they actual portals you walk through or the ability to see the dead among us, has a real hold on me. That is more like a common theme than inspiration though, because it seems to be where I end up but not necessarily where I start. 

TC: Let’s specifically talk about Steampunk. For some artists, musicians, authors, and creative folk, it’s been hard for them to nail down a description of the genre. What is your definition of Steampunk and what elements do you use in your work?

P: I usually say that Steampunk began as a literary genre that was influenced by the real and imagined setting of the Victorian era. This created an aesthetic that has since spread widely to all sorts of mediums. I tend to take the anthropological approach of looking for patterns in what people say fits into the Steampunk genre (descriptive) rather than drawing hard lines between things (proscriptive). 

There are definitely some people who would say what I do isn’t in fact Steampunk. I recently had a bit of an altercation with someone who said that if a story takes place in the present or future, it simply can’t be classified as Steampunk. Riftmaker takes place in the present, but in an alternate universe, and by his narrow definition, it wouldn’t count. But the Steampunk aesthetic trappings in the book are undeniable, and as the author who knows that is what influenced me as I wrote it, I can say it is definitely a Steampunk book. 

I actually tend to call No Rest for the Wicked Gaslamp fantasy instead, because at least in this first book of the series, there’s no significant tech to speak of and I don’t want people to go in expecting airships and mechanical beasts like I have in Riftmaker. It’s more like historical fiction with a paranormal twist.

In both cases, there is some kind of twist of trope or history, and that is central to what it means to write “punk literature” in general. 

TC: Do you do mash ups or blends? Like steampunk and Sci-Fi classics like space opera?

P: Steampunk is one of the most mashupable things out there. Which is why it’s kind of weird that I haven’t done anything like this yet, except that it’s safe to say that Riftmaker is a branch of second world/portal fiction. 

In my short stories, I’ve been doing some dabbling in mashing up classic fairy tales with other genres, such as my horror re-telling of Pinocchio in The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales and a noir Cinderella story where she’s a “cleaner” for the mob. So, that is really where my head (and my pen) have been lately in terms of mashups. 

TC: Tell us a little bit more about Riftmaker.

P: At its heart, Riftmaker is a twist on classic “a boy and his dog” trope, but uses a fantastical setting to explore the ideas of friendship, prejudice, and identity. The main character is Buddy, a dog who wakes up in a human body in a strange city on the other side of a rift in time and space. You can find out a little more about him as a character and read an excerpt at another stop on my blog tour. 

His boy follows him through the portal and undergoes his own transformation, becoming a dog himself. The world they land has magic and monsters, and people who hold a deep-seated prejudice against anything from “the other side.” These things have shaped their society and puts both Buddy and his boy in danger. Though not exactly the danger anyone expects…

TC: Lastly, they always say you’re only as good as your last performance. What do you have up next in your author arsenal?

P: I am in the strange but wonderful position of having had two publishers become interested in my two different books around the same time. So my next release is just around the corner! No Rest for the Wicked is coming your way March 28, just six weeks after Riftmaker drops on Feb 14. 

In terms of my writing plans, I have started the sequel to No Rest for the Wicked. I have a five-book arc planned for that series, so that should keep me busy for a while. I do also have another standalone book roughed out, which will take place here in the Black Forest of Germany and involves a horror film crew who accidentally awaken fairy tale creatures that have lain dormant for centuries. This one will be deliciously darker than my first books, and draw from the lesser-known Grimm fairy tales for inspiration. I’ve also got a writer pal named Kathrin Hutson, and we’ve been dying to write a novel together, so hopefully that’ll come together this year as well! 

TC: Thank you Phoebe for chatting with The Countess today!

I’ll be reviewing Riftmaker for Steampunk Journal in an upcoming edition. You can check out the review, and steampunk pieces that both Phoebe and I have contributed to the Journal at SteampunkJournal.org

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Anatomy of Rejection and Other Feelings

Hello Lovelies:

I want to thank everyone who follows my page for your support.

Like a lot of people, the combined cold/bad weather and government shut slowed things down quite a bit and I am scrambling to make changes for spring.

This has been one heck of a winter. With the cold, in January, between a finished/published short story and my current WIP, I made it past 35,200 words. That doesn’t include five blogs, two photo shoots, and promoting too. I was satisfied with the turn out. I still have to finsh the current WIP, but it’s well on its way with the first few chapters going off to the editor soon.

During this time, I got a rejection for one of my submissions to a large publishing group. My hands were trembling and heart pounding as I scrolled through the results on my phone. My name wasn’t on the list on the Facebook page to go to the next round. I got the same notification via email a while later.

I wanted to cry. I wanted to curl up and sleep, because at this point I’d been working myself ragged. I reminded myself that this was my first time trying this particular contest. That there were close to 1500 entries, and less than a fourth of that were picked for semi finals.

This came on the heels of losing out on a great apartment in one of my favorite neighborhoods. I was tired of disappointment.

I then did what I always do. I got right back to work. Continuing work on my latest book. Even though I was pissed. And grumpy.

I also made some hard financial and art decisions. February was originally booked with 3-4 shows. I cut all but the biggest. I didn’t have time or money to prepare. I looked at the return on investment and decided I couldn’t commit to something that didn’t get me a guaranteed return.

That may sound selfish. But last year I cranked out an incredible amount of work. However, some things just didn’t sell. Some shows were poorly attended. I had to sit back, get real with myself about where I needed to place my focus and passion. It took a load off my mind to stay on course and knock out some distractions.

The day after the rejection, I got yet another email I wasn’t expecting. The company running the contest still ranked pieces on a 1-100 scale. I was thrilled to see I received an 82.

Being an artist/writer is a roller coaster of emotions. I’m hanging on for the ride. I’m expecting some other news this week. I appreciate any support and I’m always grateful for my patrons.

February is going to be one big busy month culminating in a massive event on March 1st. Please watch this space for announcements!

Again-back to more writing…

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • March 1st-Steampunk First Friday at the St. Louis Science Center. Watch this space! And yes, another book release!

More Information:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam.

BOOKS – all my books are on Amazon.

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is on Amazon/kindle:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

Steampunk!!!

The Kicho is here!

The Kicho: The Dolls of Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/173159075X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V2wlCbQR04GN6

The first Society Series continues on Amazon/Kindle!

-“Strax and the Widow”-And so the Discussion began…Strax is a weird west steampunk adventure. The Lady has arrived at her destination. See where that place is.

-“Revenge and Machinery”-the Strax sequel is full of intrigue, action, romance, mystery. and the spinoff of “Strax and the Widow”.

-“A Long Reign”-A Society Series spin off, Amazon UK Storytellers competition semi finalist and bestseller. A darker side of Steampunk.

ALL my written works are here, my amazon author page:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is available on Amazon. Great for the pooch lovers!

Social and Media Links!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

SHOPS!-note if you see ANY item on social media, please don’t hesitate to contact me about purchasing. DM me please through whatever media you are using.

I have most of my steampunk and gothic items in the Boo-Tique at Haunted STL Tours. This is a physical shop you can walk into. Hours and information at HauntedSTLTours.com

-My squareup store is open! Here is the link:

https://squareup.com/store/haute-hen-countess

-Etsy: NOTE if you see something you like, get it ASAP, I do not have an exact date of when I’ll be closing the Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

-DPOP: thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

Super Blood Wolf Moon Thank You!

Hello Lovelies!

The recent eclipse proved to be an adventure for me. Me being the big earth science/weather nerd, really wanted to see this rare event.

It was bitterly cold outside that night. I went out to the end of the Eads Bridge to get the best angle. I managed to to take a few pics during the event:

Not the best, but you can see it. It looked so much better with the naked eye.

When I put a series of pics together, it made for a pretty interesting pic:

This moon is supposed to be full of positive change as no planets were in “retrograde”. I hope so! With so many projects in the works, I’m hoping for successful launches this spring.

Which brings me to the latest launch for the Brown Lady this past weekend. Again, I am filled with gratitude for your support!

And now, back to more writing…

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • Feb 16th-event has been rescheduled for another date in May. Updates TBA
  • March 1st-Steampunk First Friday at the St. Louis Science Center. Watch this space! And yes, another book release!

More Information:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam.

BOOKS – all my books are on Amazon.

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is on Amazon/kindle:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

Steampunk!!!

The Kicho is here!

The Kicho: The Dolls of Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/173159075X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V2wlCbQR04GN6

The first Society Series continues on Amazon/Kindle!

-“Strax and the Widow”-And so the Discussion began…Strax is a weird west steampunk adventure. The Lady has arrived at her destination. See where that place is.

-“Revenge and Machinery”-the Strax sequel is full of intrigue, action, romance, mystery. and the spinoff of “Strax and the Widow”.

-“A Long Reign”-A Society Series spin off, Amazon UK Storytellers competition semi finalist and bestseller. A darker side of Steampunk.

ALL my written works are here, my amazon author page:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is available on Amazon. Great for the pooch lovers!

Social and Media Links!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

SHOPS!-note if you see ANY item on social media, please don’t hesitate to contact me about purchasing. DM me please through whatever media you are using.

I have most of my steampunk and gothic items in the Boo-Tique at Haunted STL Tours. This is a physical shop you can walk into. Hours and information at HauntedSTLTours.com

-My squareup store is open! Here is the link:

https://squareup.com/store/haute-hen-countess

-Etsy: NOTE if you see something you like, get it ASAP, I do not have an exact date of when I’ll be closing the Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

-DPOP: thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

How I Fell in Love with The Brown Lady (and get FREE Digital Copies this Weekend!)

Hello Lovelies!

When I was a kid, I was definitely curious and creative. I was fascinated by natural phenomenon including thunderstorms and tornadoes. And by paranormal or spooky subjects that couldn’t be proven.

I remember going to the bookmobile to pick out anything I could find on the paranormal or odd mysteries from the Loch Ness Monster to Big Foot, to my favorite, the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall.

I was completely amazed by one of the most famous photographs taken of a ghost ever. That ghost was Lady Dorothy Walpole, a woman who was caught between the political ambitions of her brother, Robert, her husband, Charles Townshend, and a former lover, Thomas Wharton. All of these men were ambitious and driven.

Dorothy was a much sought after Lady, and was originally refused the opportunity to marry Charles. After Charles first wife and Dorothy’s father had both passed away, they married.

What appeared to have been a happy marriage, probably wasn’t. Dorothy slowly disappeared from society. She died suddenly and was buried without fanfare. Soon a ghostly image haunted the stately Raynham Hall. Almost 200 years after her death, the famous photo of The Brown Lady was taken.

I hope you enjoy my take on this incredible ghost story. FREE copies are available this weekend.

I’ve done several recorded/live reads, enjoy them here:

The release was also covered in Steampunk Journal:

https://www.steampunkjournal.org/get-the-brown-lady-short-story-by-victoria-l-szulc-for-free-download-jan-19-21/#

YouTube reads:

https://youtu.be/hZUP6hK6cqQ

Find your copy here on Amazon/Kindle:

The Brown Lady: The Short Story Edition, Loosely Based on the True Story of Lady Dorothy Walpole https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MLN8CTL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_aZ-mCb3NPAN7V

And the paperback edition here:

The Brown Lady: The Short Story Edition, Loosely Based on the True Story of Lady Dorothy Walpole https://www.amazon.com/dp/1793213208/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_G1-mCb9XCQCM9

The Brown Lady piece I wrote for Steampunk Journal is here:

https://www.steampunkjournal.org/the-brown-lady-of-raynham-hall/

I’m hard at work on many more works. Please watch this space.

It snowed again today a couple inches again today. As promised, here’s a few pics from my little sojourn onto the Eads Bridge in the heavy snow. Enjoy:

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • Feb 16th-HUGE event coming at the Crack Fox! Again another short/book release!
  • March 1st-Steampunk First Friday at the St. Louis Science Center. Watch this space! And yes, another book release!

More Information:

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BOOKS – all my books are on Amazon.

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is on Amazon/kindle:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

Steampunk!!!

The Kicho is here!

The Kicho: The Dolls of Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/173159075X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V2wlCbQR04GN6

The first Society Series continues on Amazon/Kindle!

-“Strax and the Widow”-And so the Discussion began…Strax is a weird west steampunk adventure. The Lady has arrived at her destination. See where that place is.

-“Revenge and Machinery”-the Strax sequel is full of intrigue, action, romance, mystery. and the spinoff of “Strax and the Widow”.

-“A Long Reign”-A Society Series spin off, Amazon UK Storytellers competition semi finalist and bestseller. A darker side of Steampunk.

ALL my written works are here, my amazon author page:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is available on Amazon. Great for the pooch lovers!

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I have most of my steampunk and gothic items in the Boo-Tique at Haunted STL Tours. This is a physical shop you can walk into. Hours and information at HauntedSTLTours.com

-My squareup store is open! Here is the link:

https://squareup.com/store/haute-hen-countess

-Etsy: NOTE if you see something you like, get it ASAP, I do not have an exact date of when I’ll be closing the Etsy store.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

-DPOP: thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank you for reading!

Victoria