Lost in the Corn

  You ever see that movie Children of the Corn? The one where a bunch of puritanical little devils infest a corn field and then pop out and kill people with scythes? Yeah. 

   It all started because mom decided she didn’t want to deal with the traffic on I25. She took the exit ramp and started heading east. 

  It wasn’t long before we were driving down a dirt road in the middle of the country, surrounded only by darkness, faint faraway houselights, and………………………corn. 

     She brought it up, then I remembered reading about how to defeat the little suckers. If you were wondering, it’s in a book called How to Survive a Horror Movie, which is full of helpful tips and tricks on how to survive anything from serial killers to monsters to zombies. If you value your life I suggest you buy this book. 

    After we got the child problem sorted out (Jimmy Buffet and loud noise, don’t ask), we turned to the problem of finding a way out. Easier said than done. 

    Let’s just say we were driving in circles for nearly 45 minutes. After we dealt with the kid problem, I thought we ought to be careful of the following: 

  • Serial Killers
  • Corn Children 
  • Our car turning evil and trying to kill us 

   I wasn’t too worried about the last one because we treat our car well and it seems to like us, so that only left two. Although aliens were still a possibility. We had a lot of wrong turns, so there was ample time to attack us. 

   I think we got off easy considering all the stuff that COULD have happened. I mean, we came very close to getting killed by a slasher. 

   Did I mention there was no cell service and a monster thunder storm? I wonder what creature got re-animated with that batch of lightning. I’m sure it was something big. We’ll probably be hearing about it in the next couple days. 

   We did die…….of laughter. That was the most we’ve laughed together in weeks. Now granted, mom swore at the road a lot and there was the very real chance we were lost in sight of the city, but it was worth it. 

   I’ll always treasure the adventure we had, even though we didn’t actually come  into contact with any strange creatures. It was a good experience. Goes to show that a little mistake can lead to a lot of accidental family time. 

     But if you’re driving down a dirt road, in the dark in a thunderstorm, with only one bar of service, don’t, WHATEVER YOU DO, unlock the doors……….

I Come in Peace!

Well, I guess this is what happens during the summer: you get completely distracted and stop writing blog posts.

In other news, I am now also a Marvel fan. I’m getting very deep into the MCU, which is probably not good for my mental health. I always think that my brain is going to reach carrying capacity on my obsessions, but there always ends up being more room. Brains are weird.

So yeah, newly minted Marvel fan. I originally got into the fandom because of Loki, specifically his new TV show. (Which is amazing, btw.) It was so strange and the character so good that I just had to know more.

So, I turned to fan fiction. The more I read, the more I learned, and the more I learned, the more I realized that I needed to know more. So I found that pretty much all the movies are on Disney+. And then one thing led to another.

I haven’t finished the movies yet (there are 22 of them!!), but I’m working on it. I’m also considering being Black Widow for Halloween. I know I’m 3 months early there, but when you make costumes like I do, if you have a specific idea you need a lot of time.

My other option there was to be an old school vampire, which I have the costume for already. If the idea above doesn’t work out, this is a good option. There is also option three, which would be going as one of my main characters from my Steampunk-inspired book I’m writing.

We wouldn’t have to do much for this costume either, since most of her clothes are based on stuff I already have. I only need a pair of goggles and maybe some kind of weapon, considering she’s an explorer and would need to defend herself against velociraptors.

Sorry, I’m rambling, I have a tendency to do that. But anyway, if you have an opinion on which costume I should do, please comment your choice. The choices are:

  1. Black Widow
  2. Vampire
  3. Steampunk character

Let me know what you think!

Sorry, Short

This isn’t going to be a long post because I don’t have a ton of time or things to say.

Okay, so it’s summer, right? This is the first day of summer for me, since I finished my school yesterday. The sad thing is, I have no idea what I’m going to do now. Like, at all.

Well, that’s not exactly true. I have a bunch of ideas, but some of them aren’t much good. Anyway. The thing is, I still have a little over two weeks before I’m safe to do stuff, since my second Covid vaccine is next Wednesday.

So I need to figure out what I’m doing. That’s the priority right now. I had an idea for this really elaborate spy camp, but I’m going to hold off on that for the time being.

I have a ton of books that I want to read, and I think I could do that in two weeks. Plus, I have a hammock that I kind of desperately want to try out. So I could read for two weeks. That wouldn’t be a bad thing.

I could work on my writing. I have a long way to go and now plenty of time. I could write an entire book if I just focus. (I did once write nine chapters in a week over spring break, so…..)

If I sit down and really dedicate time to it, I’ll be able to get past the road block I’ve set myself and get to writing, which is the easy part. So there’s that, too.

I can’t think of anything else to do, since I’m probably going to to be on my own a lot this summer, but I’ll figure it out. There’s a bunch of time.

I was thinking of playing pretend games. I haven’t done it in ages, and I miss it. I don’t really feel like being an adult.

So do you guys have any ideas of what I could do? Comment if so!

Still Into Twilight

Okay, help. This is getting seriously bad. I’m getting sucked deeper and deeper into this craziness and I have absolutely no idea what to do. My best friend isn’t even into it yet, which means I can’t get into arguments about the boys with her yet.

It’s coming though. It’s coming.

Also, I’m reading the series for the second time, and I’m sorry, I know, but Bella is GETTING ON MY NERVES. I know it’s a gorgeous story about a girl who never felt like she belonged finding her real place and her true love (which I’ll get to later-don’t remind me), but COME ON. Bella can be kind of an airhead!

Do you want my example? Okay, so remember when she’s at that party with the Cullens at their house for her birthday? Right, the one where she got a paper cut.

She got a paper cut. In a house full of vampires. I don’t blame her for that at all, she’s clumsy, it happens, but it’s what she did next. She held her finger up and stared at the blood in front of seven vampires. Seven vampires, six of which are not perfect and really would love to suck her blood. And one of which is an empath, who can feel the bloodlust of the other five.

There was a totally easy way to avoid that whole scenario! All you need to do, when you first feel the cut, is stick your finger in your mouth to clean off the blood, then curl your hand into a fist, excuse your self to find a bandaid, maybe take Carlisle with you, and don’t come back until you do! Is it really so hard!

And Edward! Pushing your girlfriend into a wall to protect her from bloodlust, which only causes her to bleed more? Really smart, sparkle-butt!

Okay, so yeah, that’s that for the paper cut thing. (I mean, come on. Really?) But there are a couple other things that really bug me, which I’m going to get into.

First: The Volturi. Yeah, the Volturi. The big scary boogeymen of the vampire world who will hunt you down for one mistake and are just weirdos (which I mean in the best possible way).

Stephanie Meyer had this amazing chance fall right in her lap with these guys, and she totally ruined it by just making them corrupt and power hungry. She could of turned them into really incredible and complex villains or even antiheroes, with intricate backstories and lots of drama, but she took the easy road and chose to focus on Edward and Bella kissing while on their honeymoon. She literally gave up the characterization of a lifetime to write about teenage angst, which honestly sums up the whole Bella-Edward-Jacob dynamic in so many words.

I’m not mad at her, exactly, but I really hope she remedies it in one of her two books she says she has left. I think one might be about Alice and Jasper, but the second one’s topic hasn’t been announced yet. But seriously. If I had the opportunity to have this type of possible characterization under MY copyright, I would die. Not kidding.

Second: The screen time/number of pages given over to backstories and characterization. For example, Carlisle is a very interesting 400 year old vampire who was the son of an English pastor. But we barely get any of his history, which was really cool. You’re telling me he wasn’t in the Revolutionary War?

And Jasper. Jasper is a really strong character with a sad backstory that totally makes his character make sense, plus has a really nice character development arc. But it was almost completely cut from the movies, and not given much space in the books. I don’t think anyone would complain if we saw how he met Alice, it was really sweetly described in the books. Also, I just looked is up, and Jasper’s backstory is given exactly 4 minutes and 13 seconds of screen time in the two hour film Eclipse. How is that fair?!?!?!?!?!

So yeah, those are my things for now. Sometimes Twilight just drives me nuts. The good news is, the fandom is more than happy to fix that, and I think Stephanie Meyer is trying.

The next post I write won’t be about Twilight, I promise. I’m not sure what it’ll be about, but I’ll think of that when I get there.

Goodbye for now,

Grace

I Was on An Extended Hiatus

Sorry! I was completely zoned out of this blog for over a month! Ack! If there’s anybody out there who still reads this, I apologize profusely. But anyway, we’ve got bigger problems.

I’ve become one of them. One of those creatures who are hated by the traditional vampire community. A being who is shunned by half the vampire fandom and loved by the other. I’ve become……….

……….a Twilight fan girl.

I know what I said before, and I really did mean that at the time, but in the times of the pandemic, desperate measures of survival are called for. It was either me or the virus, and I would really rather that I win.

In the battle against boredom and lack of books, you must sometimes take measures you might regret. You might have to go back on your principles, and question everything you hold to be true.

You see, I had promised myself that I would never read the Twilight books. I didn’t want to get sucked (yes, bad pun) into all the teenage romantic drama. I believed that it was a simple love triangle, in which two of the members just so happened to be a vampire and a werewolf. I thought that a world where vampires sparkled in the sun was far inferior to the world of Dracula.

Oh, how wrong I was. My perception has changed completely now, and I find that I’m slowly getting sucked (okay, fine, I’ll stop now) deeper and deeper into this fandom. I don’t think I’ll be able to find my way back to my old values again. It most likely has something to do with Jasper and Carlisle.

But I will say that I will maintain some of my dignity. I will not join either Team Edward or Team Jacob. (My mother is on team Jacob, by the way.) I will not wish for either of them, and I will most certainly not have any patience with Bella for jumping off cliffs.

Instead, I will join Team Jasper and Team Carlisle, devote myself to learning vampire history and biology, and finding a solution to the sparkling-in-the-sun problem. I will make the Volturi my allies so that I have somewhere to go when I get sick of Edward and Bella and Jacob. And I will become Renesmee’s big sister and teach myself how to be a good sister.

(((I’m tryin’ to figure out if I’m talking as a fangirl or as a character right now. Honestly, it doesn’t matter, but if it’s the second: Jasper, leave my head in peace for a hot minute! You know I can’t deal with the southern accent right now, I’m busy!)))

Also, the sparkling in the sun problem. Most likely, the venom in their skin is reacting with the ultraviolet light. It can only happen in direct sun because that’s when the UV rays are strongest. What’s the solution for blocking UV light? Wear sunscreen! Why is this not a thing, or at least an experiment????

And please, why couldn’t we just have some of the following things, instead of 3271 variations on the sentence: “Edward and Bella kissed.” ???? Like the following:

  • Carlisle being a vampire bio nerd
  • Esme kicking butt more than she does
  • Jasper being Major Jasper Whitlock, and not just Jasper Hale. (I mean, come on! He was famous! And totally boss!)
  • Leah. Just more of Leah. And Seth. Seth is adorable.
  • Any and all things having to do with the Volturi. Seriously, they are not the boogyman, don’t make it seem like they are.
  • Jane and Alec being adorable twins. Because they are!
  • Demetri and Felix telling jokes, then suddenly pretending to be serious when Jane walks up. They expect her to scold them, but she delivers the punchline.
  • More about all the interesting covens, like the Amazons and the Irish and the Egyptians.
  • More of Benjamin. He’s really cute.
  • Pretty much more of everything other than the angsty Bella/Jacob/Edward dynamic!!!!!!!!

Seriously though, that just drives me up the wall. But I don’t want this to turn into a rant, so I’m going to stop talking about that for now. But I’m watching you, Edward Anthony Masen Cullen! Yeah, you!

Outside of that, I’m doing well. I’m working on my book, which will probably turn into a series. I’ll let you guys know the title of my book when I know it.

Also, I got my first Covid vaccine on Wednesday! My arm was killer sore for a couple days, but it’s so totally worth it! My life is finally going to get back to normal! Seriously, if you get the chance, get vaccinated. I already feel a lot safer, and I promise it’s not dangerous. My mom wouldn’t let me get it if it was, and she’s a doctor, so she should know. But GET VACCINATED!

I’m really excited for summer, if only because I have a lot of work to get done on my writing projects.

We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, which I love. I love the sound of the rain. Thunder is good too. Just hearing the patter is very comforting, plus I love how wet and green everything looks after it rains. Smells good, too!

So, that’s all for now! And if it takes all my energy, I promise I will not leave you guys hanging on a post again! Plus, then I get to torture you guys with all my crazy ideas!

So long for now, my loves! Arrivederci!

-Grace

Not Much of Anything in Particular

I don’t really know why I’m writing, I don’t have anything to say, really, but it feels good to tell someone what I’m thinking.

Oh, but before we get into that, I just want to say: my mom is going through a rough spot right now, since she’s trying something really hard that she’s never done before, and her confidence has taken a knock right now, so send her your best wishes, guys…… She can use the support.

Anyway, on to what I’m thinking. I’m working on a short story at the moment, told in diary entries. If I finish it, I think I’ll post it on the blog. Let me know if you’d like that. However, at the moment I’m kind of stuck. It’s not that I don’t know what to do, I just can’t make it sound right.

You see, my story is about vampires. That’s all I’m going to say so that I don’t spoil it, but I will also say that it is set in the 19th century. No New Age sparkling stuff, thank you very much. (But that’s a story for another time- I don’t have time to go into all the differences between the New Age and the Old World vampire factions.)

I’m basically adapting a novel from the 19th century and changing up the perspective a little bit. Like, changing the protagonist and antagonist, etc. My plot involves vampire hunters and two female heroines, as well as a lot misogyny and possibly quite a lot of vampires. Like, an entire clan.

I can’t say much more than that, so that I don’t spoil it. This whole idea started because I did a monologue by Countess Dracula for drama class, and I totally loved it. It gave me the best idea for a story, so I started writing. I’ve done this before, with a Sherlock Holmes inspired story, which I also think I’m going to post on the website. Everyone who’s read it said it was really good, so….

See, that’s the problem with being a writer: you always second guess your writing because you’re always seeing things that you think could have been better. It’s like having to trust your friends about how you look because you have no reflection in the mirror. (Vampire humor, sorry.)

So that’s more or less what’s going on right now, and you have a short story or two to look forward to. I hope you have a good day, guys.

Bye,

Grace

A Few Notes from a Few Classics…

Basically exactly what the title says. Oh, did I mention they happen to be Ancient Greek classics?

Disclaimer: These are my notes that I wrote while reading the books. They do not make any sense at all, but I think they’re really funny. Enjoy!

Book: The Iliad
Original Author: Homer
Translated by: Robert Fagles
Genre: Epic Poetry
Notes: 
I love how iconic the opening is. Mmm, "Rage." Yum. 
Ooh, Apollo! All this praise is going to go to his head. 
Achilles is being kinda ridiculous. 
Ajax! What, there are two? Big Ajax and Little Ajax. Okay. 
Odysseus! (He's my favorite.) 
I can literally imagine Agamemnon and Achilles getting into a giant fight in front of their men. 
Sheesh! Enough with who led who already! I only recognize about a sixteenth of these names! 
Hector's cool. 
Typically, Aphrodite and Ares are on the same side. 
Stupid men. 
Why is Apollo helping the Trojans? 
Nestor! I love Nestor! I'm naming a pet Nestor someday. 
'Agamemnon's day of glory.' Interesting title. 
Wow, yeah, okay, gore warning! Homer! Seriously dude?! Although it is kind of impressive that he can kill guys bloodily while naming both them and all their ancestors. 
I think he's inventing names. 
So the Argives chased the Trojans to Troy and the the Trojans chased the Argives back to their ships. Stupid men.
So Athena somehow manages to protect both Achilles and Odysseus. Thank the gods they're on the same side.
Hey! Quit being mean to Artemis! 
More gory fighting? Why am I even surprised? 
This is stupid. Why am I reading it again? 
"Aeneas the innocent!" Ha, that's funny. 
Patroclus is the only person here who's actually sane. 
Finally, Achilles! You're an idiot for waiting this long! 
Great, now he's got bloodlust. 
AAH MY BRAIN HURTS AND EVERYTHINGS'S ON FIRE
'And so they buried Hector, breaker of horses.' Thanks for making me cry! Stupid book. 


 
Book: The Odyssey
Original Author: Homer
Translated by: Robert Fagles
Genre: Epic Poem
Notes: 
I cannot believe boys would have to memorize this. 
Of course Zeus is praised so highly. Ai-yai-yai. 
Orestes! We're reading Agamemnon soon.  
Telemachus is kinda sweet.
Nestor! And he's a charioteer? Huh?
So now they're with Menelaus. I like him. 
Did Agamemnon have to die? Also, Helen: girl, get your act together.
Poor Penelope. It was clever with the shroud thing, though. 
There's Odysseus! Finally!
I feel bad for Calypso. 
Poseidon! Dude! What is your problem?!
Ooh, the 'great teller of tales!' Love it. 
Cyclops! 
Nobody. Hah, that's awesome. 
If Nobody is perfect, and I'm nobody, then I'm perfect. -high fives self- 
Circe, cool. I think I like Calypso better, though. 
'Queen Circe has shown the way.' Wax poetic much? But I love it.
Going down to the land of the dead. Check. Keep an eye out for a giant three-headed dog. 
Tiresias, the famous Theban prophet. Pretty sure he's in Oedipus the King.
Ariadne? What does she have to do with anything? 
There's Achilles. Hope he found Patroclus. 
Finally he's home. Thank Athena. (After all, it was her fault.) 
Making sneaky plans..... this should be fun. 
Teary father-son reunion. Sweet! I love this part. 
The bit with the bow and the axes! I love that! So many axes! 
Good lord that's a lot of blood.  
Awe, the tree and the wedding bed! One of my favorite parts. 
Great ending, much better than the Iliad.
Book: Agamemnon
Original Author: Aeschylus
Translated by: David Greene and Richmond Lattimore
Genre: Play
Notes: 
So they're come up with a telephone line of hilltop fires? Cool. But it would only work if everybody was paying attention. 
So wait, Menelaus and Agamemnon are descended from Tantalus? That explains a lot. 
Okay, so 'Strophe' means right and 'Antistrophe' means left, so they must be stage directions. But man are there a lot of subdivisions! 
Wait, he literally sacrificed his daughter to the gods? And I thought my family was dysfunctional. 
'May the dawn child be born to be an angel of blessing from the kindly night.' I love this quote, but I hate that Clytemnestra said it. Gods, I want to strangle her! 
I feel worst for Cassandra here. See, Apollo had cursed her so that although her prophecies were always right, no one would ever believe her. Pretty sure he felt baad later, but still. No excuse. 
Okay, but like, Aegisthus, Clytemnestra's lover, is so stuck up! They should both be boiled in oil! 
Wait a minute, men are allowed to take female concubines, but women are expected to be monogamous? Um?!
The worst part is, we aren't even going to read the second two parts to finish the story! 
Book: Prometheus Bound
Original Author: Aeschylus
Translated by: David Greene and Richmond Lattimore
Genre: Play
Notes: 
Hephaestus is cool. I kinda feel bad for him.
But like, Prometheus was doing a good thing! Sometimes Zeus makes no sense. 
I'm pretty sure he brought the fire to humans in a fennel stalk, but I might be wrong.
SO I have this theory about the meaning of the prophecy Prometheus gives about Zeus losing his power. I think that because humans got better and more advanced, we started believing in science, which ended with the Scientific Enlightenment. Zeus lost power because people stopped believing in him. 
Oh, look, Io! She was the one Zeus turned into a cow to hide his adultery from Hera! 
So wait, Prometheus said he would be freed by Io's descendants. He was finally freed by Hercules. So Hercules is Io's descendant? But he's also a son of Zeus! Ew, dude, no! 
I really don't think Hermes should be antagonizing him. 
Goodness, I feel so bad for the guy! 
Book: Oedipus the King 
Original Author: Sophocles
Translated by: David Greene and Richmond Lattimore
Genre: Play
Notes: 
The sad thing is the audience knows from the beginning, but Oedipus has no idea. And it was foretold before he was even born! 
Hey, quit picking on Teiresias! He's done literally nothing! 
Creon's kinda cool. 
Jocasta is his wife? Okay...
So Oedipus was found abandoned on a mountainside? That's sad. 
Oh, he was adopted! That makes so much sense! 
Okay, but seriously, this whole book is just gross. 
I wonder why Apollo is cursing Thebes.....
Book: Antigone
Original Author: Sophocles
Translated By: David Greene and Richmond Lattimore
Genre: Play
Notes: 
So Antigone was Oedipus's daughter. That makes sense, considering these were written by the same guy. So she'd also be the daughter of her grandmother, right? Sheesh. 
So she's in trouble for burying the body of her dead brother even though she was following the customs of the Greeks? Hypocrites. 
I like Antigone, she's feisty.
Creon is being really unreasonable. 
Here's Teiresias. Maybe he can fix these idiots. 
Nope! He can't since nobody listens as soon as they hear something they don't like. They make fun of him what they don't like what they hear. Idiots. Did you not learn from Oedipus?!
And now Antigone's dead, Creon's wife is dead, and his son is dead. Nice going, dude. 
Why can't anybody just listen to Teiresias?!?!

Book: Hippolytus
Original Author: Euripides
Translated By: David Greene and Richmond Lattimore
Genre: Play
Notes: 
Aphrodite makes my blood boil sometimes. Honestly, she thinks she's the best and she's aggravating. 
Hippolytus seems like a goody-two-shoes. 
Of all the goddesses, he could have picked anybody, but he picked Artemis? Well, he is the son of an Amazon. 
Does nobody honestly notice that Phaedra's in love? There are obvious signs! 
Why in heaven's name is she in love with him? Oh yeah, Aphrodite.
So Hippolytus's big speech about women and how they're weak, seductive hateful temptresses? Gods above, if I was Aphrodite, I'd want to kick him even more than before. That's the first time we actually agree on something! 
Oooh, Phaedra's tricky. I appreciate her suicide note. At least she's getting some sort of revenge. 
So Hippolytus got trampled to death by his own horses. Serves him right. 

Book: Medea
Original Author: Euripides
Translated by: John Davie
Genre: Play
Notes: 
Huh, I wonder what the servants think of Medea pitching a fit. 
This chorus of women seems awfully ready to condemn Jason. 
He did what?!? Now I get why Medea was upset. 
Okay, but killing your family for the guy who doesn't actually love you is..... kinda dumb. Stupid Aphrodite. 
Eeeee! Death to the girl! Yes, wonderful torture! And Creon, too? Oh, he deserved it. 
Shut it Jason, you lost your chance a long time ago. 
But, yikes, killing you kids? Girl, I think you might be going just a little too far? 
Ooh, the chariot pulled by dragons! Cool! 
Yeah, so I definitely learned to not be stupid and to not try and get revenge. 
Sheesh. Just sheesh. 

Yeah, so those are all the notes I took while reading these books. I’ll let you guys know what I think of Plato’s Republic, shall I?

Bye……for now!

Grace

Another Musical Post, Sorry

So a while ago I promised you a post with all the music that I like from a singer I’ve recently gotten into, Ava Max. That’s what this post is all about.

Ava has been called the next Lady Gaga. But to be honest, she’s not the next anyone. She’s the first Ava Max. Her voice is seriously incredible.

She also has some really amazing messages, for girls, especially. I think she could be a really famous and influential singer, and she will definitely make you feel like a strong, independent person, who won’t take no for an answer.

Okay, here we go……

My first that I heard from her.
Quite a good turn on the traditional song….
I really like this one for some weird reason…..

Well, that’s that! Here you go, and happy listening!

Greetings and Salutations

This is a Steampunk post. Just thought I should give you guys a warning label.

Photo by Dustin Tray on Pexels.com

Not like that. But close enough, I guess.

I realized just now that I haven’t not only not written a post in a long time, I haven’t written a steampunk post in a long time.

I was hoping to have some crafting tutorials up by now, but I’m usually too busy to actually make them. But from now on, I’m going to start doing some videos of crafts for you guys.

Well, I don’t have a ton of stuff to tell you guys about Steampunk, but I will be giving you a quick guide to getting around in this universe without getting laughed at.

Okay, first: If you’re making things, be it costumes, props or dirigibles, you need to remember three things.

  1. Everything has a purpose. Don’t just randomly stick on cogs if you don’t need them. Things can be totally Steampunk without having a single cog in sight. When designing stuff, go for functionality, then decoration. And when you decorate, think Victorian.
  2. Screwed is always better than glued. (Got this from Thomas Willeford, mentioned later) When you’re making props, screw everything you can. The reason for this is two-fold: a) it allows your pieces to be taken apart, put back together, and b) it’s both more durable AND more realistic. Also, side note: when using screws, go for a flat head whenever you can. Philips heads weren’t invented until the 1930s.
  3. Metal over plastic. Simple. It’s more realistic. There are a few rare cases where making things out of metal would be dangerous/impractical, which are the rare times when there is not other option.

Now, on to other fields. You’re going to need a place to learn about new stuff, get ideas, and generally get in the know. Below are some websites you might want to check out.

https://steampunk.wonderhowto.com

(My personal favorite)

Reddit (not personally recommended- I’ve heard bad things about reddit)

Brass Goggles (A site for steampunks by steampunks. Couldn’t be more perfect.)

So that’s taken care of. You have your ground rules, you have your inspiration, but there’s a couple of things missing…… MUSIC and MEDIA! (And yes, I count those two separately.)

Music: I suggest Abney Park, plus the playlist I complied for you guys a while back. Some good ones from Abney Park:

Steampunk Revolution (First one I listened to) 
Airship Pirates (This will get stuck in your head FOREVER)
Sleep Isabella
To the Apocalypse in Daddy's Sidecar
The Circus at the End of the World (Self explanatory) 

These guys were the very first all-Steampunk band, and they are one of the best. (Also, warning label: I do NOT recommend Steam Powered Giraffe, they are very abrasive and not for beginners.)

Now, media! This involves books and movies, most of which you can find on various sites online.

Books
Jules Verne. Any and all Jules Verne. I don't care if he's old, he's amazing. Also, happy 193rd Birthday, sir! 
The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
H.G. Wells. A lot of his books are Steampunk. 
The Steampunk Bible, by Jeff VanderMeer and S.J.Chambers
Steampunk Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos, by Thomas Willeford (My first, if you were wondering....) 
The Art of Steampunk, by Art Donovan (beautiful, inspirational, also has Thomas Willeford) 
The Golden Compass, By Philip Pullman
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Books 1-3, by Theodora Goss


Movies and Shows
The Wild Wild West (1965) It is literally the most Steampunk thing ever. 
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, any and all forms and spin offs. Captain Nemo could not be more Steampunk if he was actually trying. 
Atlantis:The Lost Empire, (2001) Yeah, I guess so. 
Treasure Planet, It's got airships, which makes up for the animation.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,(2003) Once again, Captain Nemo, ladies and gentlemen. Plus a bunch of other literary characters. P.S. If you don't know Allan Quartermain, just type in his name and 'king Solomon's mines' and it'll all make sense. 
Sherlock Holmes, The one with Robert Downey Junior. 

So that’s pretty much it, except for one thing: I need to introduce Thomas Willeford and his girlfriend Sarah Hunter. He is the founder of Brute Force Studios, a company that makes steampunk art and fashion. He was one of the first people to get into the movement, back when it wasn’t really a thing, and he’s quite famous nowadays.

Sarah is his model and partner in crime. I’m not sure if the first part is willing or not. Below is a picture of the two of them, just so you can recognize who I’m talking about.

Kay, that’s it for now, but I’ll be back! -evil maniacal laughter-

Ta-ta!!

No, I’m not dead, in case you were worried……

Jiminey Cricket, has it really been over a week since I’ve written? Sheesh! Where does the time go?

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly write and say hello, just to assure that I am still alive, although the ‘well’ half of that sentence might be an overstatement.

Okay, first off: An apology. I am sorry for disappearing on you guys like that, and I hope you’ll still read my now-sporadic posts.

Second: An explanation of the assumption that I might not be exactly well. Today, I am attempting to create a paper version of a haunted house. And not just any house, mind you, but the residence of the world’s kookiest clan.

That’s right. I recently discovered the Addams family. It’s a disaster, truly. I’ve got their theme song stuck in my head, too. I like it, though. You could say it’s…… snappy.

Oh gods, I have to stop making that joke. It’s getting kind of annoying. But I do have it stuck in my head. The sad thing is, I’m now going to be a horrible person and get it stuck in your heads too.

Omg, I have problems…..

I’ve also been coming up with costumes. And I want to do this for Halloween. My friend Bella doesn’t seem adverse to it, so that’s good…..

So far, I’ve only come up with the complete costume for Wednesday, shown on me below.

Not bad, right? I have the boots that I think I can use for Morticia, her mom, but I don’t have the right dress, I don’t think. That’ll just have to wait.

Also, I’m definitely going to post when I finish my mansion, which just so happens to be made out of paper and has multiple towers, a greenhouse, a tree, and opening shutters.

I’m also going to leave you with some horrific music to send chills down your spine. (So cliche, I know.) I’m going to just pick some of my favorite Halloween-type songs and let you decide if you like them. Comment if so!

‘Haunted Heart’ from the Addams Family 2019
‘My Family,’ also inspired by the Addams

No explanation needed, it’s in the title.

‘I’m in love with a Monster,’ from Hotel Transylvania

I had this stuck in my head for years until I found it.

I’ve also gotten into a really cool singer called Ava Max recently, and I’m going to post a music playlist for some of my favorites of hers later.

But for now, I’ll leave you. And spooky listening!

(faint sound, receding into the distance: do do do do *snap snap* do do do do *snap snap* do do do do do do do do do do *snap snap*)

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