The Power of a Dream

Hello Lovelies:

Every once in a while, I post a more personal blog about the trials of being an indie artist and writer.

This post is one of those. This past week was rough, where reality rudely slapped me in the face a few times, and naysayers seemed to read my old doubtful thoughts that were hidden in the backside of my brain.

I tangled with a superior three days in a row. Some of my end of summer plans just don’t have the budget to do what I’d like. One of my other works in progress will have to wait while a little longer as I wrangle out details. A costume piece was suddenly unavailable. Balancing a day job and art is a pain in the ass.

And again, there were some highs: a walk through the space I’m shooting in next week (incredible), a friend gave me some great items, some pieces I had to order not only came on time, but are way better than I’d expected, and I finally got a few moments to work on Kate’s latest adventures with Lord Wilson in the upcoming “Lafayette to London”.

But still, doubt lingered like lazy cobweb that’s just to high to reach. And last night, I had some trouble getting to bed. I literally prayed for a sign that I’m still on the right path. But today, I could sleep in. And the result was a wonderful dream. A truly incredible one (and 100% the truth):

It opened with me walking around a large kind of boring school or small government style building. I was looking for the entrance when I looked up and saw a one of those European style signs that said “Steampunk”. I followed its direction to a parking garage, a place I’d been to before. I was greeted by two workmen in dirty, sweaty clothing.

They opened a plate on the wall and revealed a round dial underneath. One the men punched in a code and a large riveted metal door swung open before me. I went down a set of stairs of what appeared to be a department store.

There was a full fledged Steampunk event going on. I went to the home department and people bounced on beds.

I was offered something that looked like a mix of ice cream and cotton candy. It was delicious.

I made my way to a food court and stopped at tables where Steampunk folk engaged in lively conversation, massive plates of food was served, and children ran with helium balloons.

I stood in the middle of all this happiness and voice in my head said, “Steampunk, this is where I belong.” I awoke smiling.

Whether you believe it was the positive part of my subconscious or a higher power, the dream bolstered me enough to blow through several hours of costuming today for upcoming events this week. A little sample:

I’ve reposted my first real steampunk headshot from well, years ago, as the image for this blog (reposting below). I made a promise to this lady (myself) in the picture that I was going to follow my dreams and be happy:

Tonight as I ready for bed with a nice cup of calming decaf tea, I’m ready to keep those promises.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

More Information:

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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 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
-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!

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St. Louis BJD Steampunk Convention

Hello Lovelies:

As I play catch up, I just wanted to thank the wonderful attendees at the STL BJD convention for sharing their knowledge and love of dolls and allowing me to spread my enthusiasm of steampunk!

Many thanks to the organizers and especially Karin Bierman, Tricia Overkamp, and Jen Patton for the invite and help.

Special thanks to the vendors who shared their creations:

Evil Little Girls

Suzie Plum

Crimson Chimera

Here’s a few pics:

I’ve also reloaded the YouTube video as some of the sound quality was distorted:

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

I have a pop-up shop at Looking Glass Designs on Sat. 5/19 more details coming soon! Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LookingGlassDesignsLafayetteSquare

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 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
-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!

Happy Earth Day!

Hello Lovelies:

Happy Earth Day to all!

One of my favorite things about Steampunk folk is that we are great recyclers. Most of my hats are made from recycled/upcycled materials.

“A Truly Mad Hat” for example was made from an old lampshade, old curtains, part of a cowgirl outfit, clearanced trim, a used toy train, and an ice cream bucket.

I hope these pics inspire you to stay steamy and crafty while helping Mother Earth!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

Events

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!

Steampunk Shoot Sample

Hello Lovelies:

Last week was crazy busy. After the unexpected drama of Easter, I prepped and put together items for a shoot outside of Shutterfest, a huge photographer convention here in St. Louis.

I don’t have the finished items/pic yet, but will feature them and the creation of the pieces for the shoot, in a later blog.

Here’s a few sample shots:

Model’s: Luna, Abby, and Ryan.

Photographers at work: Kim Ackerman and Ken Schmidt

New pieces:

Floral Bunny Mask

Steampunk Phantom Mask

The bunny mask is in the Etsy store, the Phantom mask coming soon!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

MoreInformation:

-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.

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!

Last Days of Etsy Sale!

Hello Lovelies:

The Etsy Spring Sale Continues Today and Tomorrow!

I am participating in the World of Etsy Sales Event, but have extended it through Saturday! All items in my Etsy store are 10% through March 31st.

I am clearing out certain items, so take a good look at the store before they’re gone!

Depop! New

I am exploring other sales platforms for my handmade and vintage items. Soon you’ll see more on Depop! Here’s the link:

http://depop.com/thesteampunkcountess/thesteampunkcountess-this-handmade-striped-fabric-brown

Victoria

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EVENTS

  • SALE in the Haute Hen Etsy store. All items are 10% off through March 31st. Winter hats and masks are already 50% through 3/31 as well. Store link here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
  • Will the Vampire returns in Volume 11 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, release date 5/5! Watch may amazon page here: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
  • AKC Museum of the Dog “Fre-nemies” Exhibit, Opening 4/12 5-7pm at the Museum. I’ll have a couple pieces in this show, please stop by, link to the Museum here: http://museumofthedog.org/
  • BJD St. Louis Convention 4/13-14: I am proud to be a part of this “Steampunk” themed convention. For doll and steampunk lovers, you’ll want to see what fantastic goodies I’ll have. The link here: http://www.stlbjdcon.com/
  • I’ll have a pop-up shop at Looking Glass Designs on Sat. 5/19 more details coming soon! Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LookingGlassDesignsLafayetteSquare
  • “Urban Wanderers” returns for Stray Rescue on 6/23, more details coming! Their page: https://www.strayrescue.org/
  • I’ll have dog art up at Boardwalk Waffles from 7/10-24, with a special opening on 7/13 for “Let Them Eat Art!” Their page is here: https://www.boardwalkwaffles.com/
  • 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/

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.

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.

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!

Going Viral!

Hello Lovelies:

Some of my best hats have gone viral, over 1800 views!! The orginal link here from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MySteampunkProject/videos/1662366440516477/

Its now on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/yKri06BEBfA

As previously announced, I’m a contributor to Steampunk Journal, my recent pieces are here:

Steampunk Cons Are NOT Dead: https://www.steampunkjournal.org/2018/03/22/13101/

Steampunk III Art Show: https://www.steampunkjournal.org/2018/03/21/one-week-left-to-see-the-steampunk-iii-art-show-in-st-louis/

The Etsy Spring Sale Has Started!!!

I am participating in the World of Etsy Sales Event!! I am starting the sale EARLY to celebrate spring. All items in my Etsy store are 10% through March 31st. Just a few of the items you’ll find:

Will is coming back! Again, watch this space, meanwhile…

I’m guest blogging for Vampire Month at Lurking Musings, enjoy it here!

https://dalascelles.co.uk/

Victoria

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EVENTS

  • SALE in the Haute Hen Etsy store. All items are 10% off through March 31st. Winter hats and masks are already 50% through 3/31 as well. Store link here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
  • Will the Vampire returns in Volume 11 of The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, release date 3/31! Watch may amazon page here: amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
  • AKC Museum of the Dog “Fre-nemies” Exhibit, Opening 4/12 5-7pm at the Museum. I’ll have a couple pieces in this show, please stop by, link to the Museum here: http://museumofthedog.org/
  • BJD St. Louis Convention: I am proud to be a part of this “Steampunk” themed convention. For doll and steampunk lovers, you’ll want to see what fantastic goodies I’ll have. The link here: http://www.stlbjdcon.com/
  • I’ll have a pop-up shop at Looking Glass Designs on Sat. 5/19 more details coming soon! Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LookingGlassDesignsLafayetteSquare
  • “Urban Wanderers” returns for Stray Rescue on 6/23, more details coming! Their page: https://www.strayrescue.org/
  • I’ll have dog art up at Boardwalk Waffles from 7/10-24, with a special opening on 7/13 for “Let Them Eat Art!” Their page is here: https://www.boardwalkwaffles.com/
  • 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/

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.

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.

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 now 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!

Steampunk III Opening

Hello Lovelies:

I’m almost finally recovered from a really nasty head cold. I managed to get well enough to attend the Steampunk III Opening last Friday.

I can finally reveal my three pieces:

“A Truly Mad Hat”, a huge hat:

“Steam Stepping” some super fancy shoes:

And “Collered”, a fun shrug:

I’ll have pics/video of the works in process soon.

The turnout was amazing! Some pics of the fine people who showed.

And the winners list:

The show will be up until March 27th.

I did a lot of catch up this weekend. Posted a live read on YouTube. I chose to read a portion of “Wounds” from “Strax and the Widow”, after recovering from so many illnesses myself. Enjoy!

My other latest blogs and vlogs here:

My first Steampunk:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

Eads Bridge for Steampunk Hands Around the World:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

And again, Will the Vampire is returning very very soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb/March Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-March-Will the Vampire returns

-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 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