Last Show of the Year at the Heavy Anchor!

Dear Friends:

Thanks for the turnout at the Lafayette House Tour, lots of art sold. Tomorrow is my last show of the year at the Heavy Anchor, please stop by!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1501132990187025/

 I’ve had some issues with my etsy store and it should be up again soon. As soon as I can, I will have a couple last minute coupon codes (up to 75% off certain items!) so watch this space!
Coming soon in books: Revenge and Machinery, the second book in the Society Series. Don’t forget to check out the first book Strax and the Widow to catch up on the adventures of Kate Church.

Last local show in the St. Louis area for the year!:

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week, will update on the buyer when I find out.
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen. The store is down for a few days, but more new stuff and another sale is coming!!
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

The Facebook Quandry

Dear Friends:

Facebook continues to frustrate me to no end. I stopped requesting likes for my two pro pages months ago. Ditto for trying to do contests or promos due to archaic policies.

Now they are limiting the amount of friends you can invite to events. I’m almost wanting to chuck it completely. So I’m asking you to please follow me at any of my other media links at the bottom. If this bothers you as well, you may want to look at this petition:

Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg: FACEBOOK: Quit Destroying Authors, Publicists and other Small Home-Based Business Careers! – Sign the Petition!https://www.change.org/p/facebook-sheryl-sandberg-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-quit-destroying-authors-publicists-and-other-small-home-based-business-careers?recruiter=88419071&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=sms

Facebook is still too big to quit, but believe me, I’ll continue to post other places as well until they either change or something better comes along.

Meanwhile, today was another gorgeous day in the Lou. The pics below are not a rerun of ones I posted a few weeks ago. They are new and lovely. They inspire me on a day I was home crafting and creating. Enjoy!

   
    
    
    
    
 I’ve had some issues with my etsy store and it should be up again soon. As soon as I can, I will have a couple last minute coupon codes (up to 75% off certain items!) so watch this space!
Coming soon in books: Revenge and Machinery, the second book in the Society Series. Don’t forget to check out the first book Strax and the Widow to catch up on the adventures of Kate Church.

I will be at two local shows in the St. Louis area:

The Lafayette Square Parlor Tour, 1900 Park, Creative Space, Sunday December 13th, 10am-5pm

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/13 1900 Park, Creative Space, Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week, will update on the buyer when I find out.
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen. The store is down for a few days, but more new stuff and another sale is coming!!
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Black Friday Sale thru Small Biz Sat and Cyber Monday

Dear Friends:

It’s that time of year again. Time to shop small and local. Please support small businesses like mine this holiday season. And I’ve made it easier with coupon code BLACKFRI25 for 25% off all items in the Etsy store over $10! I also have several items permanently marked down already under $10.

Most of this blog is about my process. Today I’d like for you to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am a working artist. What you buy from me helps pay the bills and further my creative endeavors. I appreciate your business, I’m almost at 12,000 views in the Etsy store, I’ve sold a couple thousand of my stories and books on amazon, I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Speaking of books:
As I spoke of in the previous blog, I finished Revenge and Machinery. I hope to have it finished in ebook form by Christmas.

I regret that I was not able to make it to Teslacon. I didn’t announce it formally on my blog (either that I was initially going or couldn’t make it), but my advertising was in the con booklet. Please know that I wanted to be there, but I had some personal issues that prevented me from attending. I am trying to make it to some cons this year, but most likely they will be inside of Missouri and Illinois depending upon how well the Christmas/holiday season goes.

I will be at three local shows in the St. Louis area:

The Holiday Mart at Edward Jones, 12555 Manchester Rd., Saturday December 5th, 9am-2pm

The Lafayette Square Parlor Tour, 1900 Park, Creative Space, Sunday December 13th, 10am-5pm

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/6 Edward Jones Holiday Mart

-12/13 1900 Park, Creative Space, Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week. I’m not certain who the buyer is just yet!
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Open Studios 2015

Open Studios is open!! Come see the great art from myself and Genevieve Esson Art #steampunk #dog #dogart #painting at 1900 Park Creative Space, St. Louis, MO

Some pics from today!

   
    
    
    
 
Sold these tassel earrings and my Fleur de Lis Hat:

   
   
  As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

Close Ups From Home, a Blue Moon and the Future

Saturday was my 8th anniversary of my move to downtown St. Louis. I used to say I’d never live or work in the city. Now I do both. So this post’s bit reflective.

Eight years ago I had to make some serious changes. I wanted to work in media, so I left a boring job in finance to work for a tv station. I also sold I house I thought I’d wanted but it was right for me. 

The tv station started going down hill about a year in. It took almost seven years of drama for it to collapse. I say you never lived until you’ve been part of a mass firing (I was let go with about 20 other people). I was only out of work for a few months before I landed with another media conglomerate. 

But I quit. I was meant to do art. My art, which includes two veins: dog art and of course, steampunk, which is the drive behind this blog. 

Deep in thought today:

   
 Friday night was the blue moon, which coincided with Celtic “Reaper” season, or harvest. This is a great time for transformation. And again, I find myself preparing for changes.

The view last night:  
I had a good year so far with shows and writing. I’m readying to take it to the next level. I’ve had a little break for the last week or two. Some of that included a few nasty setbacks. But I don’t want to focus on the past, I am ready to harvest the next stage. 

I’m at last working on wrapping up the sequel to Strax and the Widow, titled Revenge and Machinery. I am psyched, writing and editing after a long time away doing visual art. 

I have such passion for this that I’m starting a Go Fund Me page. It was not an easy decision. I don’t like to ask for help.  Now please, if you’re reading this and think, uh no, please, just hang for a sec. 

My car is old and needs work. I would really like to get a larger and reliable car for trips or have funds to rent. I’m now getting invites to cons and shows across country. I’m getting local and national recognition for my work. My old sedan isn’t equipped for the road ahead. Working for a corrupted company damaged my credit and my happiness; there were many times that I didn’t get paid on time, in many instances, not for days.

To get to the next level will take a little funding. I know a lot of people are hurting financially right now, but I give what I can, mostly in donations of art, especially to animal and dog rescue groups. So I’m not going to ask for more than I need. And if I get over what I need, know that the extra will go into the bellies and hearts of those who really need it. It will also help other small and local businesses succeed as I use them before I go to larger corporate worlds to shop. 

If you don’t want to give, please consider buying my art or my books. The details of my campaign are here:

http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?H=%2FJ%2F8k2luYXQCu1JpvvbtAJjg%2FZ5exinf5Qk3gYXNecp7iKJG1YHHIbcQvOyVC97%2F2JMEa0rimV%2B60EApMVeMkK1kxYGCIf7J52mXJfYfIvU%3D&G=21&R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2Ff76xuubyw&I=20150802174439.0000019d3788%40mail6-13-ewr.dyndns.com&X=MHw3NzY2NjI6VEVNUElEXzQyOzF8Nzc2NjYzOlFVRVVFSURfMjc5ODM3MDQ5OzJ8Nzc2NjY0OkRPTUFJTl95YWhvby5jb207

As always,I want to thank you for reading. I am so glad your are here.

Victoria

-Upcoming/continuing shows:

-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.


-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:


http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1


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


-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP


-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)


-Etsy-the Haute Hen. Sale with code SUMMER50


-Instagram-Steampunkcountess


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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Amazon Prime Day Is Here!

TODAY-July 15th is amazon PRIME day. Strax and the Widow is $4.99. The whole Vampire’s Little Black Book series is $.99. Please visit my author page for links to all my written works. My link: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Some book cover images that are also available in the Etsy store:

   
   
-THE HAUTE HEN ETSY STORE IS BACK UP WITH A SALE!!! 50% OFF purchases of $10 or more with code SUMMER50 through September 7th. New steam items coming online soon. Get them now before fall con season starts and they’ll be removed for live shows. Store link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

  
As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows:
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show.
-July 24th, Urban Hour, Meet the Artists of Stray Rescue Urban Wanderers dog art show, Urban Wanderers continues through Sunday, August 2nd, 11am-4pm.
-August 29th, the Raise the Roof playhouses will be available for view in Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavillion. More details to come! Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse.
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Again, sorry for the delay, it is on the back burner due to other works in progress right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available on amazon PRIME day, July 15th. All of the Vampire’s Little Black Book Series is on sale for $.99. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-TheHauteHen store is reopened with a sale! 50% you purchase of $10 or more with coupon code SUMMER50 through September 7th, 2015

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Into the Dog Museum, Charity and a Summer Sale

What a crazy summer it’s been! And there’s more to come…

-In just under two weeks, I’ll be entering the holy grail of dog art, the AKC Museum of the Dog for a weekend show. Please stop by to enjoy the canine vein of my art, Saturday, July 25th, from 10am-4pm and Sunday, July 26th, from 1pm-4pm at 1721 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131. The donation admission for the whole museum is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $1 for children ages 4-14. I’ll have a bunch of great pieces and gifts available for view and purchase. I’d love it if you’d stop by.

-In more dog news, last Friday was the opening to Urban Wanders, Stray Rescue’s Benefit Art Show. My piece “Macadamia Nut” is now available for auction. Meet the Artists “Urban Hour” is Friday, July 24th from 5:30p-8p at Gallery 400, 400 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102. You can bid on my piece with this link: https://www.blacktie-missouri.com/auctions/index.cfm?fuseaction=Auctions.Search&aid=20055&searchCrit=Szulc 

   

SALES for your dose of steam and fantasy!!!

-July 15th is amazon PRIME day. Strax and the Widow is $4.99. The whole Vampire’s Little Black Book series is $.99. Please visit my author page for links to all my written works. My link: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Lastly, I’ll have some wrap up blogs coming on some projects that were finished earlier this year. Thank you for you patronage. There’s nothing more exciting than meeting and seeing others enjoy your art.

As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria

Upcoming/continuing shows:

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show.

-July 24th, Urban Hour, Meet the Artists of Stray Rescue Urban Wanderers dog art show, Urban Wanderers continues through Sunday, August 2nd, 11am-4pm.

-August 29th, the Raise the Roof playhouses will be available for view in Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavillion. More details to come! Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse.

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Again, sorry for the delay, it is on the back burner due to other works in progress right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available on amazon PRIME day, July 15th. All of the Vampire’s Little Black Book Series is on sale for $.99. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-TheHauteHen store is reopened with a sale! 50% you purchase of $10 or more with coupon code SUMMER50 through September 7th, 2015
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon