#Social Media Day 2018

Hello Lovelies:

Today is National Social Media Day. Ironically, I haven’t posted a whole lot today. After months of back to back events, I’m kinda tired.

I did more old school promo and artwork than social media. I started the day with four hours of research at the insanely gorgeous Central Library:

After a brief lunch break, I dropped off some amazing artwork that a generous couple bought at Stray Rescue’s annual art benefit, Urban Wanderers. I headed to a couple of craft stores for supplies for an onslaught of art creation. I wrapped up the day out with a trip to a lovely waffle and ice cream shop, Boardwalk Waffles and Ice Cream, to scope out the space where I’ll hang art for Let Them Eat Art! in a few weeks.

It wasn’t until I got home that I checked social media to see what everyone else was doing. And before I stayed on too long, I shut off my phone, and watched a nice romantic movie instead, “Miss Austin Regrets”.

I’ve been on this kick for a while. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been watching movies with the “good feels” bent, like “Somewhere in Time” (more on that in another blog). Maybe all the sniping all social media has put me in a funk?

Ah social media, the double edged sword. The place where you can share everything, wonder if anyone cares/don’t cares, share your work or event because posting is free, but not posting can cost you your sanity as you are now completely addicted to a world that doesn’t exist.

Like most people, I definitely have the love/hate relationship going with social media. On the pro side, I’ve connected with old friends and family, I can advertise my work, all my artwork and writing, for FREE. And I can see who’s liked/shared those posts. Gone are the days from sending off a portfolio or slides to a gallery. Gone are the days of hoping someone, anyone please, will publish your photos, your novel.

But then again, the cons. Haters, trolls, hackers, and bullies. The long winded political rants. Rudeness, lack of any sort of decorum. Pop up ads. Apps that run your battery down to almost nothing. And now that your work is out there? People are stealing it, making money off of it. How do you prosecute someone on the other side of the planet? And the modern day version of the chain letter, those “share this and be lucky”. Yep, lucky enough to spread some well planted virus or worm onto all of your friends list. Oh and finally, social media platforms finally confessed to selling your private info. I’m hardly shocked.

But despite all this, I’ll use it. I’ve just backed off a bit this year. I still need to promote, but time to create art is taking the forefront right now.

And when pieces are done, I’ll be happy to share them with you. But I’d love for you to come out and see some of it in person.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

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

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Will returns soon, again sorry for delays, but I’m making a few tweaks and edits.

Steampunk!!!

THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

Dogs!

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

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Another Guest Blog

Hi Lovelies:

I’ve guest blogged this week on Steampunk Cavaliers. Enjoy My First Steampunk here:

https://wp.me/p7eh3t-cg

These are more recent pics, to see older ones, check out the blog!

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

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BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

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

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-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)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour!!

Hello Lovelies!

As promised, pics from the Lafayette Tour!!!

If you’d rather see video, here’s the link to my YouTube:

It’s been a few years since I’ve done the actual tour, so I got gussied up in my holiday best:

Then off to the park!!! I parked on the west side as the park and neighborhood were packed. I was happy to pose with kiddos in the park for pics. I stopped at the fabulous Park House to get my ticket.

Then onto the tour, which I did backwards as I was closer to the last houses first. So the houses on the South side on Lafayette:

The soldier out front-so cute!!

I tried to get the tree or festive decor in each house. This one did not disappoint!

A little blurry but a detail of one of the stunning hinges.

Then onto the West side:

One of the best in the Square, 1525 Missouri!

With the owner:

Details on the restoration of the house. Here’s the double Parlor.The gorgeous tree!

The lovely spiral staircase down from the main foyer.The amazing window and stained glass above the spiral staircase.

Exterior shots-simply stunning work of architecture!

Next pics are of a House not on the tour, but amazing nevertheless, one of my favorites.

Next, an incredible opening, these flowers on the stairway!

Another gorgeous tree!

Cute stockings and another beautiful table!

Yes, another sweet tree and ornate fireplace. I need one of these…

The oldest house in Lafayette Square!

One of the rebuilt homes/apartments in the Square. What a lovely dress!

This is one of the modern decor homes. They raise angora rabbits and use their fur for wonderful wearable creations:

It was time for a pit stop at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Laredo’s!

After a soda, it was over to 1900 Park, Forrest Gallery and the seasonal market for a little shopping, then onto the rest of the tour. Sorry no pics, I bought gifts!!

Onto the east side of the Square!

The scrolled railing!!!

A super tall tree! Love the ribbon.

The next two houses, just WOW!!

Detail in the doorway!!

This house

Then over to the park for a carriage ride with Spike! I’ve always wanted to take one and finally got a chance at sunset:

Caught a few pics of the park at sundown and ended where I started at the Park House and then on the West side of the park where the trolley came by!

Thank you to all the homes that hosted!! It was a true delight!

Last minute coupons for the Etsy store, however NOTE: I can not deliver before Christmas:

Use code 25OFF20 to get 25% off your purchase of $20 or more!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
On Amazon, all of my kindle ebooks and estories are on sale, all under $2.99. Please share, enjoy, and review:

https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI
And as always, thank you for reading,
Victoria
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Events:
June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!
Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival
-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 filling your email box.

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:
-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:
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
The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.
Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

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

-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)

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

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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

More GaGaNovember and Thank You!!

Hello Lovelies!

Been so busy this weekend. I will have awesome pics from today’s Lafayette Square House Tour in a few days, but first…

Thank you to all who came out to the Heavy Anchor for the Art/Craft Fair! Sold great items, some before I could even get them into the Etsy store. Speaking of…

Tomorrow 12/11 is the last day for coupons!

-10 % off any order of $10 or more with code 10ANY10

-25% off any order of $50 or more with code. 25HOLIDAY50

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

On Amazon, all of my kindle ebooks and estories are on sale, all under $2.99. Please share, enjoy, and review:

https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI

So a couple quick looks back at November.

I made a fantastic pumpkin bread and toasted seeds from my October jack o lantern:

But the most exciting thing I did was see Lady GaGa!! It was truly one of the best concerts I’d ever seen. I got gussied up with some friends and enjoyed the show despite recovering from the sinus crud I caught. I find a lot of inspiration in her music and sometimes I just like to dance to it. 

Enjoy some pics from the show and a couple clips:


Love the countdown in bright pink on the left. Every concert needs that!

​I cried during “Edge of Glory” as GaGa talked about loved ones she’d lost. She really slowed it down and made it lushly emotional. I was reminded of my sister and cried probably four different times during the show.

Thank you for humoring my concert babbling.

And as always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:
*12/7 The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Show 

-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 filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:
-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:
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 
The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.
Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 

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

-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)

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

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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

NaNoWriMo, Sunsets, and So Much Going On…

Hello Lovelies!!

November was jam packed with sales, stuff, and well, being sick for about half the month unfortunately. I am just now starting to feel better.

One silver lining is during the days off sick, when I wasn’t sleeping 12-14 hours, I wrote, and wrote. So much so that I got through a good chunk of the final part of the Society Trilogy, Lafayette to London and I “won” NaNoWriMo! Last word count 50,266. So get ready for a bestselling summer in 2018. 

Also, I did get many new items into the Etsy store and I have many more coming, including more seasonal masks, mini hats, and Steampunk items. I sold some really nifty earrings and books. Please take a gander at my store. I have so many unique items!

In other Book news, the children’s story I illustrated for my friend and author Debbie Manber Kupfer just got a great review. 

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/cecilias-tale

During November, we also have had some incredibly warm weather and so, incredible sunsets (and one sunrise). 

I also caught the smoke from a terrible warehouse fire that passed through downtown. No one was hurt in the fire, but thousands of books and candles from the warehouse were destroyed:


Enjoy the photos from the last few weeks:

This set, on my way home from the doctor:

And just more stunning ones:


And one sunrise I caught when on my way to the loo, lol:


I’m thankful to share these with you! 

A little more November news and another sale coming next blog….

A pleasant reminder:

My sales continue through 12/11!!!!

On Amazon, all of my kindle ebooks and estories are on sale, all under $2.99. Please share, enjoy, and review:

https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI

And a reminder-Etsy coupon codes are here! Good from 12/11/17:

-10 % off any order of $10 or more with code 10ANY10

-25% off any order of $50 or more with code

25HOLIDAY50

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
And as always, thank you for reading,
Victoria
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Events:

*12/7 The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Show 6p-10p
*12/2017 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour
-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 filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

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 

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-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)
-Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Review, Voting, Discovery, and Research

Hello Lovelies!

Today I relished the opportunity to sleep in. I wrote until about 2am after watching a little Lucifer and listening to Talk of the Tavern. 
Today I had a slow start. I finally had an opportunity to rent Mr. Holmes (for FREE) starring Ian McKellen from the library. If you’re any kind of Sherlock fan or fan of mysteries, I highly encourage giving this delightful indie film a try.

After some writing and basic puttering, it was off to vote and research at the Central Branch location of the St. Louis Public Library.

First I voted:


Then onto the history section and special collections. The Library is an incredible historic building and the turned leaves only made it more stunning. These pictures are from inside: 

On the way to the special collections, I had to stop and take pictures of the colorful and intricate stained glass and stairwell lamps:


As I started my research I stumbled onto the STL250 Cake Book and found my cake sculpture! It was a pleasant surprise to discover this book and see my piece in print:

Onto research:


And lastly, a few more shots of the fabulous staircases that come down to the main hall:


NaNoWriMo update: 12,975 words. I’m on fire…and my neck hurts, lol.


And as always, thank you for reading,
Victoria
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*12/2017 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour
-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 filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
BOOKS:
-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:
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 
The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.
Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-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)
-Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

5th of Nov and NaNoWriMo

Hello Lovelies!

Twelve years ago today, my mother passed away after a long battle with MS. Her death reminds me to keep living my dreams and her words “everything is going to be okay”.

I’m planning, working hard to get everything in place for a great 2018.

So this year I’m participating in NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month). It’s a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in November. 

I’m already near 10,000 for NaNoWriMo. Expect great things next spring. 🙂

Many, many thanks to those who downloaded copies of The First Ten Bites! I look forward to your reviews and comments. Here’s the current rank on Amazon:


And as always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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*12/2017 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-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 filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A brief reminder-the vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

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 

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 

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

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc