A Talk Amongst Comic Book Fans

Hello Lovelies!

I’m still playing catch up with last months events. And this month is almost over, so the last one for June was an intriguing visit to Callisto Comics & Stories for a Talk on Comic Writing for a local comic Meet Up Group.

Dave Callisto, the owner of the store, has a fantastic array of all genres of comics and unique collectibles.

A lively discussion about writing for sci-fi, fantasy, and comics ensued. I was just as interested in hearing about their favorites as I was to share my own writing experience with Steampunk. It was interesting to enjoin the group’s discussions about Steampunk crossovers, comic storylines, and the writing process. A fun time was had by all!

Perusing through the titles, I could see Steampunk’s influence on other genres and series:

Many thanks to the group for hosting! More about Steampunk and comics coming to Steampunk Journal…

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

  • Big River Steampunk Festival is the now the biggest event on my calendar, come and stop by my booth! Page link here: http://www.bigriversteampunkfestival.com/
  • 10/13/18-Author Shout Out, 1-5p. More info coming soon!
  • 11/3/18-Indie Book Fair, 10a-4:30

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

Hello Lovelies:

Another crazy busy week has passed. Last week was the opening for the last group show at the Dog Museum

and my first time at the St. Louis Ball Jointed Doll convention:

I will have a lot more on those in later blogs, but the way in that time is passing so quickly blows me away.

A year ago today, my sister passed away after a long battle with MS. So much has filled this last year. I lost my precious Bobalou last summer too.

But as they say, you can’t start something new without letting go of the old. Since those painful days ended, I started a new day job, had several successful shows, I started writing for Steampunk Journal, and have so much new reading material coming out in the next year and a half that I often wish for extra hands and another brain to handle the volume.

Those deaths have taught me to appreciate what I have and remind myself that anything is possible.

Kate Church, my heroine from the Society Series, goes through major life changes in only nine months. She leaves the ghost town of Iris as a gunslinger in order to return to St. Louis as a spy in training and a proper lady. Time changes us all.

Today I am grateful for the people that come to my shows and buy my art. Many, many thanks! More to come as always, watch this space….

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

More Information:

-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.

Here’s the latest: https://mailchi.mp/706d9e483a8f/spring-events-2018

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 on 5/5!

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!
-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

–Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

More Masks!!!

Hello Lovelies:

New masks in the Etsy store!! Works in progress here:

I have had overwhelming requests for plain masks, unisex masks, or masks for men and people with larger features or to be worn over existing eyewear. Note that these masks have wider set eyes, larger eye holes, and longer tie ribbons.

These masks are made from super soft brown recycled leather, so PLEASE NOTE, there may be slight imperfections in the fabric. All are hand cut and glued, so there may two of one style but they may not be exactly alike. The leather is purposely NOT formed or stiffened.

The back side of the masks are constructed so that they are almost reversible to a very plain brown suede look, but there are patches on those back sides to fully secure and cover the ribbon stitches. Ribbon is black satin.

The pointed corner masks are trimmed with black trim. The rounded masks are trimmed with brown trim.

And above you’ll see I’ve added a new ladies mask.

You can purchase them here:

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

And yes, there are still more things I’m working on for the Etsy store, writing, and upcoming shows.

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

LINKS:

-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

Steampunk Shoot Last March 2017

Hello Lovelies:

As I prep new work, I wanted to do one last revisit of a shoot from last year as I received NEW pics from the photographers Kim Ackerman and Ken Schmidt!

There are times when I, quite frankly, manage to pull creativity out of my, ahem, behind. I was approached to do this shoot during the same time I had a one night show at the Science Center, a month long Steampunk Broken Hearts Ball at 1900 Park that included an art opening, a party/multi-media entertainment and fashion show, and unfortunately, the passing of my sister after a long battle with MS. She died on Easter the night before the shoot. Sometimes when I’m suffering the most, I manage to crank out the best work. This was one of those scenarios. And with the support and artistry of the models and photographers, stunning magic ensued.

Enjoy the photos and the video link from my YouTube channel. Kim’s photos are marked with Vogue Portrait Studios (Ken’s are not).

Credits:

Designer Stylist: Victoria L. Szulc (me)

Photographers:

Kim Ackerman-Vogue Portrait Studio

Ken Schmidt-Oread Studios

Make-up/Hair: Kim Ackerman, Erika Marie

Models:

Tai Jamaal

McKenzie Leeder

Meg Muhrie

Erin Leigh Pribyl

Launa Robertson-Beal

Madison Kae Scroggin

Caitlin Wood

Video with some outtakes from my on my YouTube channel:

Want to purchase shots? Links to the shoot in Beaux Couture Magazine:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1344476?__r=619150

http://beauxcouture.com/

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

LINKS:

-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

Halloween Part 1

Halloween season is insanely busy for me, but fun. There is nothing like getting to get costumed up at work. Just a few of this year’s looks at work:

Harley Quinn    

Maleficent-inspiration, then me:

   
 
Lobby Boy with some of my team at the Dungeon:

  
Madonna 80’s style (I used to dress like this all the time!):

  
I helped other people get into character:   
   
Including a CEO that needed to look like Steve Jobs for a conference. Inspiration first, the CEO, and then the transformation from Makeup:

   
   
Lastly, my usual pumpkin from Summit Farms in Kirkwood, MO, the seeds made a tasty fall oatmeal bar:

   
 
Part two, defying gavity Halloween coming soon!

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:
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-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.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon