Well, what can I say, it is things like this that make writing this blog more than just worthwhile and have turned it into more than a hobby.
From my ætherbox:
I love you all!
EuroSteamCon is taking more and more shape. Right now, feedback has come in from the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Romania, Sweden, Norway, Italy and The Netherlands.
Now, I would really like to hear something from my Polish friends…
We have also bands who have signaled interest in performing at the event, notably BB Black Dog and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. For more information on that matter, see this post on the official EuroSteamCon blog.
Next: As you might have noticed, my last post on this blog got quite a significant number of Facebook-Likes.
If all the good people who liked the Bad Moon Rising post could be so kind and drop me a note (on Facebook), I want to raffle a few gifts among them (suitably steampunk, obviously).
And last but not least:
More great things are afoot in the world of Space 1889 & Beyond.
The details are thus; Frank Chadwick and I will be joining forces to pen the opening novel, entitled “The Conspiracy of Silence“, which will shake the universe of Space: 1889 to its core. Mark Michalowski will be writing the fifth story in the series, a novella set entirely on board an aether flyer.
Yes, the series is going strong and there will be several more releases to come. I am already looking forward to the next installment, this one will be set on Mercury, my second favourite location of Space 1889 after the Asteroid Belt.
You can find out a few more details on Andy’s blog. I will also keep you posted about the latest developments.
And now I will see if some people actually contact me.
This post is brought to you courtesy of Dirk de Beer who wrote to me in response to my Creative Uses for Airships post. I mentioned the need to develop aircraft detection technology real fast and Dirk pointed me towards a site that has splendid examples of just that.
To be more precise, the examples all show devices intended for the detection of aircraft before radar was invented. I can highly recommend it, it is quite an eye-opener, or ear-opener, as the case may be) and a shining example of human ingenuity, even if it is missguided.
Please saunter over here and enjoy! Strange technology at its best!
So, my sincere thanks to Dirk and as an appetizer, here is one of the devices displayed in the article:
This entry has a light side and a dark side and both concern readers‘ feedback. I have on a number of occasions mentioned wonderful people who write to me, send links, share their ideas and make writing this blog a lot more fun.
The latest two of these are Sarah and Phil, who have suggested items for publication. In Sarah’s case it was
Doctor Monocle, an excellent and quite extensive Steampunk blog on Tumblr.
This images is brought to you courtesy of Dr. Monocle:
Actually, there are a number of very recommendable Steampunk blogs floating around on Tumblr:
Ætherfunde (the Tumblr of Clockworker)
My Ear-Trumpet (not exclusively Steampunk but very good and very frequently updated)
Morluna’s Tumblr (she’s an icon of the Steampunk scene)
and my last suggestion:
I also have a minor blog on Tumblr. But it is not updated that often. Try to find it!
There are quite a few more intersting Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Vintage and Retro blogs on Tumblr. Just go and seek them out. The joy of discovery shall not be spoiled by me!
Now on to Phil. Phil is a writer, filmmaker and teacher and has come up with a very creative idea for breaking through the feared writer’s block:
Nifty! I cannot say I ever suffered from writer’s block, what I am suffering from is a lack of time. So Phil, if you come up with a deck of cards that gives you extra hours for each day, drop me a line. I would in all probability come to Britain to fetch it.
And finally, the dark side:
Apart from all the nice æthermails, I am also receiving quite a lot of spam, mostly comment spam but also æthermails… In particular, I seem to be getting more and more extremely flattering emails about how „awesome“ (that word gets used extremely frequently in those æthermails) my blog is. After a few sentences of flattering, the topic changes to this „awesome“ web-shop where the author of the æthermail gets all their Steampunk supplies and so on… And could I feature this „awesome“ shop on my blog.
Yes, I can but I usually do not.
Why? I look into these shops and most of the time the contact æthermail of the shop is identical to the one that sent the note to me…
Keep it real! If you want me to feature your store (usually on etsy, a site I do not really visit), tell me so. But do not pretend to be a satisfied customer. Apart from blogging, I have a dayjob. I work in online marketing. I am sensitive to bad social media marketing such as faked enthusiatsic emails.
Coming up next (hopefully) a review of the Riese: Kingdom Falling iPhone Game.
A few days ago I received an email by my friend Luftschiffharry who keeps me informed on Zeppelins and also donates the odd historical photograph. He informed me about a very nice detail concerning the Zeppelin crew photo I used in Hobbies and Jobs for Steampunks (three posts down).
The Zeppelin crew belongs to Marineluftschiff L6. The commanding officer, Kapitänleutnant Horst Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels, was the only Zeppelin commander to receive the Pour le Merit. Thanks for the information, Harry! It is highly appreciated!
The frequent background infos from Harry and the general Steampunk-links I get from Timo (I have mentioned him earlier) got me thinking.
During the last two years (the blog started in July 2008) the blog has acquired quite a network of people who in one way or the other have contributed to it.
So, I wish to thank all my readers and friends (and readers who are friends) who have in one way or the other contributed to this blog. I cannot name them all (simply because I do not keep emails that long) but you know who you are.
Special thanks go to:
Timo, Luftschiffharry, Dahlia Jane, the crew at the Gatehouse, Clockworker, Lavie Tidhar, all the publishers who sent books for review, The Cog is Dead, Tom Slatter and the crew of Iron Grip: Marauders.
I also would like to thank everybody who has twittered about my articles, has put me into their blogroll or told their friends about the blog. It is really encouraging to see feedback coming in and getting appreciation for the stuff I am doing here.
I would be doing it anyway, this blog is a major leisure-time project of mine, but getting feedback makes it more fun!
So, once again, thanks to everyone who has ever contributed to this blog in one way or the other, I hope we will continue enjoying each other’s virtual company for quite some time to come.