I Cut My Hair, Mardi Gras and Other Things..

Hello Lovelies:

I’ve been so busy, as usual. And historically, this day is a busy one artistically. A brief look back at today’s memories (February 18) showed a dog art opening, prepping for Steampunk art opening, and promoting a gallery opening. Creation continues today, I’m working on a costume for a Jane Austen tea this weekend, and I’ve started rehabbing the dress.

Changes continue as well. When I went to the Pet Parade in the historic Soulard Market with some family and friends (more on that below), we stopped at a local watering hole. I was ready to further unwind, took off my favorite hat, and unfurled my unruly tresses.

My hair was a matted, curly mess, even with a ton of tea tree oil. I had already noticed my hair is thinning (hello, menopause) and I was going to cut it soon. Long hair actually pulls more on the scalp, so shorter I go until I figure out what meds or lasers, etc., I might do. I already got thickening hair fiber powder. I was totally ready to cut.

I actually had to resist cutting it when I got back home from the parade, because well, I’d been drinking. I did a careful detangling instead.

The next morning, I took a good hard look in the mirror, did a little planning and parting. Within five minutes, I had a new cut.

Fun and choppy.

So here’s a vlog on the process. Enjoy my lack of vanity, lol. https://youtu.be/jrtpEemk6OE

Back to Mardi Gras…

The Pet Parade is always amazing! Lots of entertainment, dogs, and other pets strutting their stuff!

My “niece” dog, Luna

Video here:

I wrote up some fun pieces for the Journal last week; you can read about them here:

About Somewhere in Time:

For Hopeless Romantics-A Review and Look Back at “Somewhere in Time”

About Steampunk 5 Art Exhibit:

St. Louis Steampunk 5

FREE BOOKS: And a quick reminder, “A Dream of Emerald Skies” (digital copy) is available FREE this Sunday, February 23rd, on Amazon! The link is here: A Dream of Emerald Skies: The Young Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X39577B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zRltEbV023TYW

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

First event of the year!

First Friday Blade Runner at St. Louis Science Center! I have a table of all kinds of goodies! Friday, March 6th, 6-10p. Details here:

https://facebook.com/events/s/first-friday-blade-runner/817136568704780/?ti=icl

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COMING SOON! New shops!

National Pizza Day and Author Life

Hello Lovelies!

As usual, there’s just so much going on! I’ll have some great stuff from Friday’s Steampunk 5 opening coming soon. But, for this blog, I’m featuring lots of splendid things I’m catching up on.

Today is National Pizza Day! I just enjoyed some Imo’s Pizza, a local favorite here. Pizza is so popular in St. Louis, that it made the cover of St. Louis Magazine.

And by wonderful coincidence, the feature on the caretakers of the Campbell House Museum (including myself!) is in the same edition. Read all about it in St. Louis Magazine here:

https://www.stlmag.com/history/campbell-house-museum-weekend-manager/

It was two years ago from February 6th, that I first walked through the doors of this magnificent institution. This last year has been magnificent and I am grateful to be part of such a great Museum:

Two years ago, in the front hall of the magnificent Campbell House Museum.

And to celebrate a bit more, “A Dream of Emerald Skies” is FREE on 2/23/2020. A little more here about all of the above on YouTube:

Author Life Month continues! So for the following days:

Day 3. Last five star read-The Hunger Games, I couldn’t put the whole series down.

Day 4. My current WIP-a gothic horror piece. That’s all I can say.

Day 5. Comp cover: one of the considered photos for “A Dream of Emerald Skies”

Still a good pic!

Day 6. Fan art/edit: I really don’t have any of these but I love fan art of Tom Hiddleston’s. And today being his birthday, I’ll share this one from the talented Nicana Micael Artworks:

Day 7. Writing Music-I listen to a LOT of trumpeter Chris Botti.

Day 8. Awesome Moment-getting on St. Louis Magazine’s A-List last year. Unbelievable. And I’m incredibly grateful.

Day 9. Challenge overcome-getting reviews! “A Dream of Emerald Skies” is my first book to get over five reviews. I’m truly grateful for them. Even the bad one, lol.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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FREE Campbell Tours and Steampunk 5 at SAG

Hello Lovelies:

This Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, from 10a-3:30p, there are FREE tours of the Campbell House Museum!

The Campbell House Museum at 1508 Locust

Two years ago yesterday, I was delighted to cover this wonderful institution for Steampunk Journal. I am delighted to now be a part of their staff!

Need more fun?! Tonight, February 7th, is the FREE opening of Steampunk 5 at Soulard Art Gallery. I was honored to jury this show. The show runs throughout February if you can’t make it this evening.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Planting the Seeds and Palindromes

Hello Lovelies:

At this moment, blatant self promo is over. For those that nominated me for St. Louis Magazine’s A-List, I am grateful.

I am still in the throes of sorting craft, art supplies and researching for new works, and changing up old works. In a sense, I’m celebrating Imbolc, in simple terms, the half-way point between winter and spring.

Time to prepare

This year I’ve made the choice to plan more carefully. I’ve learned from wasted efforts. Not to put out things before they’re ready and to be more selective of what I’m joining, entering, etc. Not to feel regretful that I can’t be everywhere at once. I’m planting those springtime seeds; planning for the year on my terms, knowing that what I’m planting is my growth, no anyone else’s.

Today is another magical day, a palindrome, a once in a lifetime date. Some believe it’s a time of coming and going. Perhaps a time to leave the old behind and great the new?

From front to back the same.

More superstition for today? The groundhog didn’t see his shadow, so supposedly spring is on its way. But it was the same last year, and we had a LONG winter! I’m more inclined to believe the wooly worms, that wore thick coats again this past autumn.

So what will February bring? I am participating in Author Life Month. So for days 1 and 2, I introduce my self, a Sci-Fi author with a penchant for steampunk and my author photo:

One of my favorite headshots

And one more surprise: “A Dream of Emerald Skies” is FREE on Sunday, February 23rd. Please feel free to share.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Current Features-Thank you to St. Louis Magazine! https://www.stlmag.com/history/campbell-house-museum-weekend-manager/

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The Big News and Nomination

Hello Lovelies!

As revealed a couple weeks ago, I’m featured in St. Louis Magazine with the Campbell House Museum in the February issue! Thank you to the Museum, Nicholas Phillips for the story, and Matt Seidel for the photos.

The link to this fun article is here: https://www.stlmag.com/history/campbell-house-museum-weekend-manager/

And speaking of the magazine, it’s again time for St. Louis Magazine’s A-List noms! I appreciate your support and vote/nomination for STL Magazine’s 2020 A-List, in the author category (type in Victoria L. Szulc please)! Vote here: https://www.stlmag.com/alist

The same details are in this month’s newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/607f45d34121/the-big-news-in-st-louis-magazine

I’m so appreciative of your support of my art and the Campbell House Museum!

Again, more good things in the works! As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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Banner Week, Big News!

Hello Lovelies:

It has been a crazy good week. I got kudos and a good review at the day job. I also managed to repair and upgrade my laptop to hold out until I can get a new one later in the year.

And today I FINALLY can release the BIG NEWS! I got a peek of my feature with St. Louis Magazine!! I’ll be posting the link and more info as it becomes available. Here’s a sneak peek at the article coming out shortly:

I have a most interesting job…
In the morning room.

And speaking of the magazine, I would appreciate your nomination for St. Louis Magazine’s A-List in the author category (type in Victoria L. Szulc please)! https://www.stlmag.com/alist

More exciting things going on. Watch this space!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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A Little Faith

Hello Lovelies:

First, as always, I am so grateful that you’re following my blog and supporting my art and writing.

It’s hard work being a creative; a constant struggle of making concepts come to life, promoting them, and hopefully, someone enjoys what you do and buys that painting, that book, that CD, sees your performance, and gives you a stellar review.

Early last year I put out some pieces for competition that I liked, but didn’t quite have that full treatment or polish. But by the end of the year, I’d finished one of favorite pieces ever, “A Dream of Emerald Skies”. It’s selling okay, but getting really good reviews!

It’s in several competitions, one of which I’m supposed to hear something soon. So I appreciate your continued support and faith in my work. I am blessed to do what I love.

A little faith has brought me here. A lot of faith will take me farther.

As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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