Goodbye to the Queen

Hello Lovelies:

Today Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest. If you’re not into the Monarchy, the United Kingdom, or a sense of duty, you’re going to want to skip this post.

I’m an Anglophile. I write some Royalty into my books and stories. Those characters aren’t always perfect, but most are in the Society (a steampunk spy organization) and work for the “greater good”.

Her Majesty wasn’t perfect. She inherited a crown her uncle didn’t want and from her father who didn’t live long enough to make an impression. But she certainly did. Making it from birth after World World I, to living as a jeep mechanic in World War II, to becoming a young queen, accepting a mountain of public duties, marrying and raising children amid a rapidly changing and modernized world, to becoming the only Monarch to make it to their Platinum Jubilee.

There are those that will say she was born with a silver spoon. But those that know better, say that she was born into a life of service.

She met many personal and professional challenges, watching the dissolution of family marriages and the death of Princess Diana, and the slow evolution of UK affiliated countries choosing their independence over her sovereignty. Just two days before her death, she visited with the new UK PM, smiling and still walking at age 96.

I say she has earned her eternal rest. God save the Queen on her final journey.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Big River, A Rousing Success

Hello Lovelies:

It’s been quite the week. Hard to believe that just 7 days ago at this time, I was headed to bed in the hotel at Hannibal.

Not only was this year’s festival a success, it was most likely my best year ever!!!

I had paperbacks of my BOOKS (ebooks are on all platforms), accessories, vintage and antiques. I loved my booth and had 2 lovely staff members to help.

The fashion show went off without a hitch. My booth was upended during the show, but volunteers and other booth folks helped and NOTHING broke!

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by, purchased items, enjoyed the show!

More pics and videos to come. Although I’m basking in the afterglow, I am a bit sad over the passing of the Queen. But that is for a separate post.

Many thanks, as always thank you for reading,

Victoria

Big River Is Next Weekend!

Hello Lovelies:

Sorry for the delayed posts. I’ve had an infected tooth and extraction.

Next weekend is Big River Steampunk Festival and I’d love for you to come if you’re in the direction of Hannibal, MO.

My booth is right off of Main St. at The Mark Twain Gallery Museum and Hannibal History Museum.

Hope to see your there! Many book and story updates coming soon!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Penned Con Canceled, Strax and the Widow ReReleased!

Hello Lovelies:

I had many events in June and I’m going to share some wonderful pics from them shortly. I’m already headlong into preparing for Big River Steampunk Festival over Labor Day weekend AND releasing books. Thank you for your support during this crazy year. Which brings me to Penned Con here in STL.

I have been set up to do Penned Con since 2020 during the pandemic and I attended in 2019. Unfortunately, this is the 3rd “postponement” and the hotel has been sold and also had several feet of water damage. I have opted out of possible future Penned Cons. Covid was stressful for all of us, but I can’t keep moving my schedule to account for what may not happen. My sincere apologies.

However, one promise is finally fulfilled! The re-releases of all my novels and short stories is in process!!

Here they are, note, the ebooks are on all major ebook platforms including Amazon, Google Play/Books, Barnes and Noble, Apple/iBooks, and Kobo:

-The Long Moonlight, v.1 from the Vampire’s Little Black Book Series

-Scent of the Incubus vampire short story

-A Stairway, A Society Steampunk short, the deluxe paperback edition coming soon!

-Strax and the Widow, The Society Series, v. 1, both ebooks and paperback now available!

Please remember to follow me on TikTok. Every Monday through Thursday I read bedtime stories from steampunk, gothic romance and Victorian Sci-Fi Fantasy at 10:30-11pm CST!

More updates to come. As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Stranger Than Fiction Is Here!

Hello Lovelies!

As usual, I’m buried in creative life.

Mannequins on the Loop is on full swing and I’ll have more on that shortly.

But this Saturday is the HUGE Stranger Than Fiction event at the St. Louis Public Library!

Check out the details here: https://www.slpl.org/stf/

I will be going LIVE from the event on TikTok at 7pm CST Saturday June 4th!! https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTdvgeE3A/

And please, follow me on TikTok for my latest adventures!!!!

More coming later this year, the Mannequins Finale, Stray Rescue, Soulard Art Gallery show, book releases later this month and of course Big River at the end of Summer and Penned Con after that!

As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

Goodbye Daddy

Hello Lovelies:

It seems like forever since I last posted. But surely this time passed more quickly than expected as my father passed away suddenly in mid-January.

I didn’t have perfect relationship with my father, but I loved and respected him. I think what saddens me most is that I’m truly on the cusp of finally releasing books and am back to participating in major events again. He won’t get to see the fruits of my long labors.

Dealing with covid all around and a winter storm has given me time and grace to re-assess, plan for what I really want, and to be happy.

The coming year has many changes. Thank you for helping me embrace them.

Please check out a short list of what’s coming, more to be added soon.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Events:

June

-SLPS Beneft

-Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers (June date coming)

September

-Labor Day Weekend, Big River Steampunk Festival

-Penned Con, mid-September

Books-note books are available on all ebook platforms!

New and re-releases coming this February!

Website

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Happy New Year!

Hello Lovelies:

2021 was a mixed bag. While I continued to have delays due to Covid and old equipment, I also got a new laptop!

I also completed a writing course which has enriched my writing. I found different venues to promote my work. My TikTok has taken off. I’m preparing to release my total rebrand.

Big River Steampunk Festival was a success. I had an amazing fall filled with events and a new day job.

I’ll be catching up on posts and places you can find all this wonderful stuff!

But for now, I finally took a real break. A few days off with nothing but rest. My only work today was a few social media posts and this blog.

Thank you for being here. I couldn’t have come this far without you!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule…

Hello Lovelies:

I wanted to make a really cool holiday post, but I hosted my family for the first time, and well, I’m tired, lol.

It’s 10:30p on Christmas Day and I’m finally in PJ’s.

I have so many wonderful bits of news to share, but too much to say now.

What I need to say is this:

THANK YOU! I didn’t blog nearly as much as I wanted to this year, so I appreciate your support.

I wish you a holiday season filled with peace and wonder.

Many thanks,

Victoria

Happy Thanksgiving! Scent of the Incubus is HERE!

Hello Lovelies:

Wow, what an insane autumn it’s been! Too many things to mention in just one blog!

First, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who follows me, has purchase any of of my art and books or even just shared my information. I am truly grateful for you patronage, even during a pandemic, which has become an endemic. Sigh.

After any delays, my new vampire short, “Scent of the Incubus” is now available on all major ebook platforms!

So a bit about the fall craziness-October was filled with 2-3 events each weekend (I’ll be posting more on these events soon) and early November brought me a raise and promotion at my new baking job! The best part is now I have more funding for the projects I have in the works including my backlog of books re-edited and the new Countess branding!

Coming out of Covid has been a struggle; I got my booster just last week.

But-BIG NEWS!!! I have many opportunities including a return to Big River Steampunk Festival, and an event in March which I’ll announce soon!

I appreciate all of your support. As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

Events-(note changes may be made pending Covid outcome)

Big River Steampunk Festival-Labor Day Weekend 2022

Penned Con-Moved to September 2022

Social Media Links

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJXJLdGn/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MySteampunkProject/

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The Crash-30 Years Ago

Hello Lovelies:

Searing back pain Friday and again last night reminded me of two things: 1) I can only work so hard for so long and 2) I have to set limits due to a terrible car crash 30 years ago.

That evening, the night before my 23rd birthday, I’d gone to an art gallery opening with some friends. None of us had alcohol and we actually were going home at a reasonable hour. It had just finished raining as we traveled home.

As we passed through a busy intersection, an elderly couple, with an even more elderly woman in the back seat, ran a red light, t-boned my friend’s VW Jetta, and pushed us into another car.

I hit my head on the front seat and the side window. I blacked out. When I came to, I thought I’d broken my nose. I heard the man who hit us yell that we ran the light, but the car we crashed into was our witness. He was waiting for us to pass through the intersection so that he could make a right on red.

I bit my lip, ended up with whiplash, a back/rib strain, vomiting, and my legs had slid under one of the seats causing massive bruises on my legs and my right side.

My friend’s car front was bent into an accordion shape, but still drivable. In the next few days, I suffered severe pain. I eventually got my insurance payouts, but learned a lesson that night.

Here’s a quick snippet of the story. https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRK7kP69/

I would never be in another accident again and not get an attorney. Sure enough, about 20 years later, I was in another, milder, t-bone accident. I had two witnesses, the driver that hit me left the scene, and I lawyered up and got a MUCH better settlement.

Both of these incidents have caused me pain. About once every couple years, I over work, get stressed, or have a minor spill, and wham, my back goes out. As if by some weird deja vu, 30 years to the day, I did over extend my back and ended up using the usual array of heating pads, body massagers, lidocaine patches and Tylenol to tame the raging beasts that my muscles had become.

A reminder from 30 years ago makes me grateful to be alive. I am wiser from the pain and know that I deserve a break. Happy Birthday to me, No. 53!

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

Events-(note changes may be made pending Covid outcome)

Penned Con-Moved to 2022

Social Media Links

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJXJLdGn/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MySteampunkProject/

Twitter-@TheCountessSP https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp

YouTube-https://youtube.com/channel/UC98VXA1LQVGE-_rqLV6XLdQ

Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/

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More coming soon!!