Goings On

Hello Lovelies:

Another crazy couple weeks have passed.

I spent some time with my dad for a belated Father’s Day. To those dads and those that play dad roles in so many lives, I salute you:

We’ve had some interesting creatures in the garden at the Museum. Below are pics of a blue mud wasp! These pics do not do it justice. It’s shiny metallic blue is incredible.

Above the Museum’s Assistant Director’s dog came by for a visit. She wanted to more play with the garden bunnies, than chase them.

Happy Pride! June flew by in hurry; I hope your Pride was safe and fun.

The Sahara dust storms left wonderful sunsets and stuffed sinuses.

The skies didn’t disappoint in other ways. Look at this crescent Moon!

Happy Solstice! Summer arrived with a full moon and retrograde of five planets. 2020 continues to frustrate in many ways but summer looks promising.

I had more finds, gonna steampunk the heck outta these:

Happy 4th to those in the US.

I continue to edit and have some amazing photos and fun stuff to share very, very soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Rehab and A Long Reign Redo

Hello Lovelies!

Despite still being on an odd lockdown, I am continually working on updating covers and re-editing my whole catalog of books.

At the same time, I’m rehabbing my body, inside and out. I’ve finally had a chance to get blood work, new contact lenses, and finally getting my poor spine realigned which means three visits to the chiropractor for adjustments and physical therapy. I dyed my hair, lashes, and brows so I’m not such a shut-in:

I will have more about the products I used in an upcoming blog/vlog on my YouTube channel.

Creativity continues to get overhauled. During Tea in the Clouds Con, I revealed TWO new revised book covers. Today’s reveal form that set is for “A Long Reign”. I styled and shot this in the stunning parlor of the Campbell House Museum in St. Louis, MO. The model is the lovely Mary L. Poll.

Again still many more updates and blogs coming. The book release to “A Long Reign” is still in the editing stages.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Recent Finds! And 10 Years on WordPress Pt. 2

Hello Lovelies: With much gratitude, I have to say I’m happy to be here, blogging for 10 years about steampunk/vampires/science fiction/fantasy, inspiration, and my adventures. Again, during this time of the virus, I’ve continued to rework all my written pieces and go wide on multiple platforms. I hope to have the initial re-release schedule soon for “The Long Moonlight” for the Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, and the rewrite of “A Dream of Emerald Skies”. Penned Con 2020 has been moved to 2021 due to the virus. But I consider that mixed blessing that I should have my catalog completely updated plus new works done in time for the convention. So what is new? Or new to me I should say?I got a chance to do a little picking/antiquing and found a few wonderful things!
A lovely Victorian magnifying glass.
Stunning Victorian Spanish Hair Comb
Included hand to see size, it’s enormous!
Intricate Victorian Turkish Tea Set.
Beautiful Victorian photo book
Can’t wait to put steampunk photos in this!

The hair comb was a particularly awesome find. And I had a chance to use it in my last shoot for the new cover of the short story “A Stairway”. Here’s another sneak peak featuring Jacqueline Brown at the Oakland House:

More updates and blogs coming.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Happy International Steampunk Day 2020!

Hello Lovelies!

First, thank you to all who joined in on the Tea in the Clouds online! I gave away copies of “A Dream of Emerald Skies” to four lucky readers who liked and commented on the Tea thread on the Facebook The Countess Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc! There were of course, two big cover reveals for The Kicho and A Long Reign.

If you missed them, and to celebrate International Steampunk Day, here’s a preview from upcoming blogs:

My “live” read from the Tea is here on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/mJG7nPI6o3U
Also, if you would like to see all the FREE content from the Tea, you can do so here:

https://www.subgenres.net/

Again, incredibly busy, please enjoy a sneak peek at a just completed shoot with Jacqueline Brown at the amazing Oakland House in St. Louis, MO:

So much more to come of course! As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Tea in the Clouds This Saturday!

Hello Lovelies!

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is the Tea in the Clouds online! I’ll be giving away a copy of “A Dream of Emerald Skies” to those who like and comment on the Tea thread on the Facebook The Countess Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc, tomorrow between 12p-6p CST USA! AND two big cover reveals for The Kicho and A Long Reign. https://facebook.com/events/s/tea-in-the-clouds-an-online-so/720941158677602/?ti=icl

Hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Busy, Busy, Busy…The Countess Blog Is 10!!! Pt. 1

Hello Lovelies!

Much to my pleasant surprise, my blog turned 10!

It’s been a busy 10 years including several job changes and surprisingly only one move and only one new car.

I’ve been spending the last week getting some old projects and tasks out of the way while simultaneously working on new projects.

Last weekend I promised myself I wouldn’t work, then ended up working except for Sunday night when I took time to cook some chicken and rice stuffed bell peppers:

I watched Titanic. And I also took some time to enjoy the nice weather and a good read on the Museum grounds:

I took time to make wishes when this happens:

I got some great take out from the London Tea Room:

Above, I got some music to review for Steampunk Journal. Below I’ve been working on a small series of shoots:

More coming shortly including my online event on June 13th!

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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A True Memorial

Hello Lovelies:

Today, Memorial Day, I finally made a trip down to see the remodeled exterior of St. Louis Soldiers Memorial Museum. It’s just a few short blocks from my beloved Campbell House.

It’s also where my STL250 cake sculpture was placed during the city’s 250th Anniversary celebration. Here’s a pic from a few years ago with my cake that Memorial Day:

So please enjoy these photos, as they remind us how some gave all, and freedom is not free.

Each corner has round sculptures with the major fronts/battles engraved on the bases.

The entrances on both sides are guarded by immense eagle, male, female, and winged horses statuary:

An immense anchor Memorial represents the Naval and Merchant Marine forces:

The plaza in front of the Memorial has the names of those lives lost, the military divisions, and more Memorial sculptures and plaques:

More Memorial dates:

Additional architecture surrounds the Memorial. In this pic (left to right) you see the lower Civil Courts building, Federal Courthouse (the tallest building), City Hall (the German style brown roof building), and City Courts.

The Courts and the Stifel Center:

The tall building below is the renovated Park Pacific tower, the Christ Church Cathedral is behind that, followed by the Shell Oil building:

Above is the taller Civil Courts building.

The American Legion Memorial is in the park just to the west:

Additional information on the Memorial is here: https://www.stlsoldiersmemorial.org/

As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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Late May Summer Kick Off and Blooming!

Hello Lovelies:

First-an event announcement! On June 13th, I will be participating in a live/online steampunk tea! More details forthcoming by the link is here:

https://www.subgenres.net/

I’ve been working on various projects, writing/editing, going through costume inventory, trying to wrap things up before the official start of summer and the possibility of going back to the “day job” in a month. It’s been a bit frustrating with the timing of the virus, but really making strides to get many things in order.

So what is new? I’ve mowed the lawn 13 times already at the Museum, much of the garden is blooming including peonies, and the construction is progressing well. Here’s scenes of last night’s sunset at the House:

Need to relax but get moving? A new yoga video is up! #yogaarmsadshoulders https://youtu.be/PI0Z3XDPn-k

Want to cook something light? How about a crabmeat salad? Recipe here:

As announced, new covers are coming and fully re-edited books!

Two new covers will be announced on June 12-13th!!!

Parts of the Vampire’s Little Black Book series is first with “A Dream of Emerald Skies” to follow, here’s the cover release in case you missed it:

I’m also working on a pet portrait for Stray Rescue’s annual auction. This year it will be online. Watch for that soon!

I am working with several solutions on getting more merchandise online besides my Etsy (which is reopened). I am slowly adding items to DPop and my square store as well. Here is the square store link:

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I am writing some bang up awesome pieces for Steampunk Journal, check them out here:

https://steampunkjournal.org/2020/05/20/a-polite-chat-with-thomas-benjamin-wild-esq/

I hope that this blog finds you you in good health and that your summer is magical and fun!

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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The Cover Reveal is HERE!

Hello Lovelies:

Bam! Here’s the new “A Dream of Emerald Skies” Cover:

The YouTube link of the video cover reveal is here!

The whole revise book will is forthcoming later this summer! Right now, I’m again updating my whole catalog of books in order to be able to go wide. Thank you for your patience!

More reveals coming soon. If you would like to be on my email list for my newsletter, please message me your email.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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Cover Reveal Tomorrow

Hello Lovelies!

Just a fun announcement today…

NEW COVER REVEAL for “A Dream of Emerald Skies” TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th! On all my social media by 3pm CST USA time.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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