Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sapiosexuality and the Steampunk Feminist

The sexiest people are thinkers. Vivienne Westwood When I was at university, the graffiti in the toilets was of a very high standard. One of the most interesting comments I read was “The reas…

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Bonus Round 1 – Steampunk Cowboy

Cosplay – Olympic Level

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The leads may be gone, but there’s even more behind-the-scenes photos that I haven’t had a chance to share! Take a look at the steampunk cowboy!

Steampunk Cowboy daguerreotype test image. Steampunk Cowboy daguerreotype test image.

Trevor Ivanich joins the cast as the Steampunk Cowboy, hunting werewolves with Philomena Dashwood.

Trevor Ivanich in full steampunk cowboy garb. Trevor Ivanich in full steampunk cowboy garb.

Most of the costume was purchased or borrowed from the Antique Store, and includes numerous actual historical cowboy accessories.

There was a costume and make-up change. There was a costume and make-up change.

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Bonus Round 2 – Lady Monster Hunter — steampunkmonsters.com

Lizzie Hatfield, the hair/make-up artist for “A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters” plays a lady monster hunter in the book as well! When Lizzie did her shoot, we traveled around Montana looking for a location that was similar looking to Spain. We also did a portrait. This character catches a blob, and a bottle stands-in […]

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Ghost in the Machine — Karen Johnson – A Photographic Life

Had to put this one up for Halloween. The industrial looking machine was photographed at Carrie Furnace near Pittsburgh, PA. I was out there late spring with Abandoned America. When I photographed the porthole I had envisioned a persons head in it. The vintage man is one of the ones I purchased online. Goggles on his face […]

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Piping Hot! — thedementedfairy

Well it’s as good as it’s going to get, and certainly at least adequate! The lapels are looking good, the back is a bit tatty on the corners, but not enough to bother me- this is dress up not a wedding gown! The ribbon trim is on, and I’m currently playing with lace and ribbon […]

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Sometimes …

Sometimes … the best characterisation is all about conflict and paradox.

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Characterisation … don’t try to show us everything at once.

 

Once in a while, I try to get clever and show off how much work I’ve put into the characterisation of one of my cast in a book. My goal is to construct believable, three-dimensional personalities that resonate with the audience. What usually happens is that I get overexcited and try to cram too much into once scene. What I get is chaos.

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It is a bit like trying to wear all your clothes at once. It doesn’t impress anyone with your sense of style … it just makes you look fat and a hot mess. It is better to wear something simpler; you know, the whole less is more thing. It can work in your writing too.

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Now, you don’t wear the same thing every day or to every occasion.

You dress to suit. Over time, people build up an impression of your sense of style. You can tailor your outfits to reflect your changing moods.

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Now, that slow build-up has become my approach to character construction within my work in progress. Instead of trying to show character complexity all at once, I build it over the space of several chapters. Of course, in a short story, you don’t have the space for this method. In a book, you don’t have to aim to be succinct, though I am not saying that being terse, laconic, or compact can’t work in a book. I’m all for breviloquency and clarity. But why not utilise the luxury and freedom of all that space?

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Prose need not be the opposite of poetry. Rediscover your love of language.

 

 

 

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