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:

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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
-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/
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

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Army of Brass Review

Hello Lovelies:

On my blog I don’t do a lot of reviews in general. However, I do like to share works that positively affect the Steampunk community. Army of Brass (a CWC novel) is one those pieces.

What is the CWC?

Brass is a Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC) novel, which means a selected group of authors wrote individual chapters. An editor and story coordinator then finish the book. 10% of profits from CWC novels go to IBBY.org to fund children’s literacy programs for kids in challenged environments such as war and natural disasters.

But on with the book…

Army has an intricate plot of many characters and locations which would be a challenge to any writer, let alone fifteen plus authors. But this group pulls it together handsomely.

Our adventure starts as one of my favorite characters, Elaina, meets Jack, a dashing figure, during a heated discussion in the House of Lords in one of the fictional towns. Both Elaina and Jack want to stop an impending invasion from a Baron that killed Elaina’s husband.

And so begins a well woven tale of spies, double crossing villagers and hierarchy, and all kinds of people who want their hands on the Army of Brass. There’s even a few hints of sweet romance.

A great read

Considering the amount of authors, characters, plot lines, and the size of the book (over 400 pages), Army of Brass is a cohesive adventure with vivid worlds of an unknown time. You can feel the characters’ pain, struggles, and triumphs, in each chapter. This compliment extends to the story coordinator, Phoebe Darqueling.

I give it five stars (out of five) as I couldn’t put it down and read it within a few hours.

There is some violence that may not be suitable for younger readers, however it is not gratuitous and only furthers the theme of a need of harmony amongst of people trying to save their worlds. You can find the book here:

Right now kindle/digital copies are $.99.

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.

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!

Army of Brass Has Arrived!

Hello Lovelies!

I’m helping host this event later tonight! https://www.facebook.com/events/801311950065186??ti=ia

Please stop on by! There’s live reads and giveaways.

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.

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 International Womens Day

Hello Lovelies:

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m sharing a vlog and quotes from my strong female characters today.

Lavinia Davis from “A Long Reign”-

“I’ve already died before. Twice actually. So let’s play nice then.”

Anna, vampire and assassin from “Everyone Looks Better Undead” a short from “The First Ten Bites” with William-

Will-“You are delightful. And naughty.” Anna looked at me. We shared a long tender kiss and then I set her down. “No panties?” I laughed.

Anna-“Commando for a commando mission.” She giggled.

Kate Church from “Revenge and Machinery”-

“So I am a lady?” A grim smile covered Kate’s face. “Would you like a hand then?” She barely extended her fingers in jest.

But before Drasco could answer, Kate with a mighty heel, stomped on his fingers.

Watch my vlog and readings here:

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

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

In the Works

Hello Lovelies:

Today I’ve been sleeping off and on with a nasty head cold that snuck up on me like a ghost.

Which reminds me that Will the Vampire returns soon.

And I have so many other things in process. After an exhausting few weeks, I dropped off my pieces for the Steampunk III Show. A sneak peek here:

I’ve got a bunch of blogs I’m working on for Steampunk Journal including the opening of Steampunk III. Most recent pieces are listed below.

I’ve extended the mask sale to next Sunday-ALL masks are marked 50% off in the Etsy store through Sunday 2/18/18. No coupons necessary. My link here:

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

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

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

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

-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 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

Last Live Event of the Year!

First, quick thank you to all who came out to the Heavy Anchor!!!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT-Just a heads up, Tomorrow is my last live show of the year.

NEW items will be available to the attendees of the Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour:



And…DEALS!!! I will have many, many unique art, antiques and fun stuff for purchase. A limited amount of FREE bookmarks will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

AND BOGO!!!! Yes buy one item, get the second item FREE on selected items. The second item must me of lesser or equal value of the first purchase! Prepare to shop!!!

Thank you for supporting small and local this holiday season!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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News and events:

-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm. More great goodies at the Trunk Show!
-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