This is a chance to learn a bit more about P. J. Thorndyke, author of the steampunk adventure novel, Golden Heart.
About the Author
I started writing . . . I’ve always written. It was a major hobby as a child but I never really considered it a ‘grown up’ pursuit so I abandoned it a bit during my teenage years. When I was in my mid-twenties I began submitting short stories to magazines and online competitions and found some success in the horror market. It took a while for me to get the confidence together to tackle a novel, and now I’ve written several. Golden Heart is the first to be published.
What I love most about writing . . . The Freedom. There’s nobody telling you what you should be doing, when you should be doing it or how…
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My Heart Explodes
Set in the fanatic alternate history of the 1800s, Tea Time is a comedy that follows a conflicted mad scientist. Elizabeth is in a proper and strict world where inventors are held in high regard, but only ones that fit in. Her work has been rejected (again) and she has had it. Her Aunt Judith wants nothing more than for her to give up this foolishness, marry a proper gentleman and get out of her house (taking her machines with her). This particular day Judith has a different potential suitor waiting for her. A man Elizabeth is somewhat familiar with…
Tea Time (2014) is an award-winning steampunk short written and directed by J. Derek Howard and starring Erin Heckel (Elizabeth), William Gantt (George) and Adrielle Perkins (Judith). The film was “was shot with $3,000 over two days with a Canon 5D Mark 3 and some very talented people.” Watch this…
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The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shewn by man’s attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can woman- whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, painting, sculpture, music (inclusive both of composition and performance), history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each subject, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also infer, from the law of the deviation from averages, so well illustrated by Mr. Galton, in his work on Hereditary Genius, that if men are capable of a decided pre-eminence over women in many subjects, the average of mental power in man must be above that of woman.
Quote from Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, proving that even a genius can be affected by the assumptions and discourse underlying his society and culture.
Ginneys from nothing
I like clothes. I like Steampunk. And I love Disney. It’s a thing.
So when I see artists combine these things, I completely geek out. Usually I can keep my squeak of excitement internal.
But not always.
Anyway, Steampunked Disney Princesses. Are. Amazing.
And MecaniqueFairy on Deviantart has done some amazing work.
Like this Ariel:
And if you were curious about a Steampunk Jasmine, this is amazing
And then on a non-Disney side, there’s Otto and Victoria who are fabulous.
Who can resist a napping octopus?
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A blog topic after my own heart.
Mind Full of Chatter
A few years ago, I made my first steps into participating in the Steampunk culture. I had known about Steampunk for quite a long time, but never took any action to participate. I was into old west and Victorian era re-enacting and doing a little living history. That made sliding into Steampunk pretty easy.
But what IS Steampunk? It is still a mystery to a lot of people. So here is my take on it. Others may disagree, and that is fine. We all enjoy Steampunk in different ways.
Let’s begin at the when. Steampunk is Victorian era science fiction. Think of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and The Wild, Wild West (both T.V. show and movie). Normal Victorian setting and dress, with little added steam powered thing-a-bobs, whirly-birds and other little inventions that weren’t really around, but made to look as if they were. The fancy leg brace in ‘Hugo’…
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For Whom the Gear Turns
This short animated film has to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, both visually and in spirit. It serves as a warning to us all not to forget the most important thing in life: love.
Visit the website to see the full video, or check out the trailer below for this amazing piece by director Carlos Andre Stevens. This masterpiece was brought to life through a Kickstarter campaign and will hit the film festival circuit next month!
Recognize that voice? The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee John Hurt, who played Hellboy’s Dad as well as Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies.
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