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CommuniTea Steampunk Weekend.

Three days of steampunk fun and community, and I’m exhausted! I caught up with some old friends, and made new ones. The event was run via Zoom and Discord. I’m not great with tech, so I loved this combo. I just had to click on the posted Zoom links, and it was easy to find…

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The Serendipity of Procrasti-research Comes Full Circle

This article was first published in March 2016… and finally the research has found its home. I first used aspects of the Lady Alice Mine in ‘All the Glitters’, a short story in the steampunk anthology, Den of Antiquity, 2016. ISBN: 978-0995276727 And now, after almost four years of bubbling in my brain,  A Fey Tale instroduces…

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Time Travel in the 18th and 19th Centuries – repost

When you think of early time travel stories, you’ll most likely think of H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel, The Time Machine. But did you know that there were many novels and short stories, written before 1895, with time travel as a central theme. Here’s a list of stories you may be interested in checking out. I’ve added links…

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A Day at Historic Largs Pier Hotel.

Adelaide is fortunate to have many of its original historic buildings. You can find them in the CBD, North Adelaide, surrounding suburbs, Tea Tree Gully and Port Adelaide area – just to name a few. I love searching them out, discovering interesting little historic tit bits and, if I’m lucky, guided historic tours. This time…

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Steampunk Hands Around the World #1: Research Road Trip

A big part of my steampunk life is writing. I create alternative histories, with a twist and a touch of gadgetry.  My biggest tool is research. I make myself more familiar with historic facts and tiny details,  then change certain situations, extrapolate ramifications and create a new story. So stoke up the fire. Let loose…

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My London Cheat Sheet (Research List)

Australian speculative fiction writer, Narrelle Harris, recently wrote a blog post on A Cheat Sheet to London, with useful information links to aide in writing stories set in London. I’ve now added a few more books and websites to my ‘go-to’ research list. Fortunately I have visited once, albeit a flying visit. Still, writing steampunk stories…

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Photo Friday – Summer in Adelaide

Summer has hit with a vengeance, with sunshine, lightning storms and our first statewide fire ban day. Back in the garden, we’re still doing the pre-Christmas clean up in the front yard (and getting rid of fire hazards). We’re getting visitors: we spotted a baby blue tongue in the vege garden and a spider near…

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Photo Friday: Hidden Local History

I’m on a local history research kick at the moment. It started with my tour along Pine Park and Linear Park for A Trail of Tales – which inspired my short story, Hunted.  A few weeks back another opportunity popped up – the Tea Tree Gully Historical Society and Tea Tree Gully Library organised a…

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