How To Tell If Someone Has Poisoned Your Tea

Mad Hatter from from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland - woodcut

“There’s nothing like a murder to enliven a party, except, perhaps, for two murders.” -Professor Moriarty If I had a shilling for every time a Steampunk asked me, “Jeff, how do I figure out whether or not there’s poison in my tea?”, I’d have….three shillings and a ha’penny.  Which would be fairly unfortunate for me, […]

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Steam-Pickled Grapes with Cinnamon and Pepper

A mechanical arm and a butterfly

Here’s another recipe from The Steampunk Cookbook! (Sure, the “Steam” in this dish is from boiling water, but in my mind, there’s some sort of enormous machine, larger than a house, which does nothing but whirr alarmingly, crunch gears, and pickle grapes.  Actually, if you have such a machine, feel free to use it; otherwise, […]

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Steampunk and Goth

Dramatic portrait of a beautiful sad goth girl in the dark. Rear view

Steampunk and Goth go together like Scotch & soda….if Scotch & soda was composed entirely of Scotch trying to figure out which part was supposed to be the soda. Steampunk and Goth go together like gin and tonic…if it was two kinds of gin with so much Mischief you just simply assumed there was tonic […]

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The gift of the shredded heart

Though I originally wrote this about heartbreak, I also have a lot of friends in the event world – vendors, promoters, planners – who are having a hard time right now, and some of them are seeing their dreams not work out.  I’ve been there.  This is what got me through.  Share it if it […]

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Four horrible Steampunk disasters.

I’m going to embark on a taboo subject.  But I don’t care.  It’s time to bring this up.  I don’t say any of this to be mean.  I am resolutely, definitively positive in my love of Steampunk.  But sometimes, things are just messed up. 4.  The Second Steampunk World’s Fair gets no permits.  As you […]

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I resolve nothing

Myself, and my companion Holly.  I'm the one with the beard.

It’s just the time when peoples’ New Year’s Resolutions are starting to die terrible, sometimes hilarious deaths.  Looking back, I found what I’d resolved for 2016, almost exactly a year ago.  And I wanted to share it with you. (Some of this is very personal to me.  I hope you don’t mind my sharing.  I’ll […]

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Practical Office Steampunk

Sure, there ARE some jobs where you can show up in just your underwear and your top hat.  I have one of those jobs, possibly because I work for myself AND I work from home.  But most of the time, you need to leave your Steampunk side at the door.  But there’s still hope!  Let […]

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I have a Steampunk, clockwork heart


“And if I were to open you up – would you see anything less remarkable? Less intricately dazzling, in its squelching, spongy way? Lungs and heart and spleen, and all the rest – ticking away, as it were? Yet you walk down the boulevard, and pass any number of such wonderful devices, all ticking away […]

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