#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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Events:

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BOOKS:

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!

Social and Media Links!
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-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
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Event Tomorrow!!!

Dear Readers:
Please stop on by tomorrow, it’s FREE!


As always, thank you for reading,
Victoria

News and events:

This Saturday, Steampunk St. Louis at the World Bird Sanctuary, 11/12, 11a-4p:

And next week a book signing with my editor Debbie Manber Kupfer:

-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm:

I will have a Small Biz Saturday Sale in the Haute Hen Etsy store. Watch this space for details!

-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!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! 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” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Halloween Part 2…

Dear Readers:

First, my  blog has hit 100 likes! Thank you for reading, I am so very grateful to share my art with you.

So I couldn’t fit it all in one blog, more Halloween pics:One of our hosts Trish, my friend Michele as the DOD Bride, and me.

One of the Willy Wonka’s gave out real bars, and a golden ticket! He also did the fall from the original movie:

And I forgot to post a few of one of St. Louis’s most beloved queens, (pardon the spelling) Tomorrow Morning, who did a great take on Beyoncé:


Her coat was so amazing I had to shoot video:

Had a great late dinner at Culpepper’s, the usual club sandwich and fries, to finish off the night.

I’ll have more on what happened on Guy Fawkes in the next blog!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria
News and events:
This Saturday, Steampunk St. Louis at the World Bird Sanctuary, 11/12, 11a-4p:


And next week a book signing with my editor Debbie Manber Kupfer:


-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm:


I will have a Small Biz Saturday Sale in the Haute Hen Etsy store. Watch this space for details!


-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!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! 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” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-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

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
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Another Vampire Birthday and a Book SALE!

I missed an important birthday last month. Will, my vampire turned two on Valentine’s Day! How could I forget? Well I was in the midst of several large art project proposals, my first art show of the year and Mardi Gras madness.

Which reminds me, a big thank you to all who came out to The Heavy Anchor last week and bought art from all the artists and crafters. We really appreciate your business.

And thank you to all who’ve purchased my books and stories on amazon/kindle. Will the vampire is gearing up for new adventures as I prepare the next chapters of his undead life. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I’ve published “The Long Moonlight”, v.1 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series. I’m also working on the sequel to “Strax and the Widow”, the adventures of my steampunk heroine, Kate Church. I hope to have “Revenge and Machinery”, the 2nd of The Society Series trilogy, out before summertime and featured in my steampunk art installation. So while you for wait for my latest literary gems, I’m celebrating Will’s birthday with a $.99 sale on all my books through May 1st. So if you haven’t had a chance to download my tomes, please take a gander via the link below:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

PLEASE NOTE: my hautehen.com website, phone number and email are STILL down for just a few more days as I upgrade my systems.

Another big THANK YOU, The Haute Hen Etsy store has hit over 8,000 views! I am humbled and thrilled. Thank you for supporting my art in all its forms. You can copy and past the link below to see my latest pieces in store. But don’t wait too long, after April 1st, I will be pulling some of the inventory to put in the steampunk show. Which brings me to my events. I’d love it if you could drop by…

Events:

I will have a steampunk art installation/show, “A Midsummer Night’s Steam” during the month of June here in St. Louis with opening weekend starting June 5th-7th at Create Space, 1900 Park, in conjunction with the Lafayette Square House Tour. Please watch this space for more details!

I have been selected as a featured artist at the AKC Museum of the Dog hear in St. Louis and will have an art opening for the weekend of July 25th-26th. Again more details are forthcoming.

Next blog will return to more adventures, artistic musings and creativity. As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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A Proper Mardi Gras Topper

Note: edited again to include the new YouTube link for this blog here:

Note: I made a couple edits to this blog today, 2/18/15. I had a technical issue with the link that has now been fixed and this blog has been corrected. Thank you for your patience and as always, for reading,

-Victoria

For those that follow my blog, you know that I am absolutely crazy about hats. My newly finished creation is a lovely top hat with a definite New Orleans Fleur de Lis flavor and Neo-Victorian steampunk style.

I started with a basic tall black top hat. I added fabric from a jacket I bought and actually wore to work over 15 years ago.

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I found a nifty knob on a steep discount at a craft store. I liked the Fleur de Lis motif. I thought it would be fun to be able to pull the hat off and on by it. I choose another fleur for the backside.

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I added wired ribbon, tulle, plumes, and an antique key as elegant touches.

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Day of the Dead 2014

It’s been an insanely busy Halloween season. I managed to squeeze in some new creations, all with a Day of the Dead/Halloween theme. My last creation first, a Dead of the Dead, Mardi Gras bunny mask, now available in TheHauteHen Etsy store.

I built this on a pre-existing black mask, a template I have used before in “The Heroine” series.

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After hot glue, some embroidered trim and roses, I got the result I wanted. A sassy bunny mask that’s perfect for any costume occasion.

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Add a little makeup…

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And let the photo fun begin…

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Then on to business…I had a great buyer in my Etsy store who bought my Day of the Dead Groom Hat with a few modifications…

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And then she commissioned a voodoo belt for her husband, which was really fun to put together. I sent her a sketch, bought some neat pieces including a beaver skull from the Etsy store (and friend) Guiditta Testa.

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And Elizabeth Rios and her husband looked fabulous in their creations!

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So much more happened last month, but that is for the next blog. Thank you for reading!

Victoria

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

Will has returned in v.9 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book series, “Svetlana Red and the Chevaliers” on amazon/kindle. Volumes 1-8 are also available on amazon/kindle. They are always FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited!

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle.

-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!

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

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-TheHauteHen

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon