Monday, May 30, 2011

Firefly, Brown Coat Redemption

Hi Everyone - the winner of the blog contest was Marie - she won a pdf eBook of As Timeless As Stone
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I'm extending the blog contest through today - May 31 as a reader on facebook let me know that google was acting up and she couldn't get in to comment yesterday.
Saturday, May 28th, at Comicpalooza, I saw a screening of the film Brown Coats Redemption. This labor of love with all proceeds going to charity is written and directed by Michael C. Doughtery. From a gal’s perspective Firefly is always fitting of the coolest of cool label for many reasons one of the highest on my list is due to the strong female characters, who in all their rolls even that of a companion showed the best of the female gender and a woman’s ability to do anything a man could do and often do it better, you don’t’ see that often in Sci-Fi series or films even in 2011. Well Brown Coat Redemption not only offers strong female characters, both the captain and the pilot are women and they fill those rolls well, but also the twist to the plot is feminine based, for that reason alone I would say get the DVD.

Another reason to watch it is all proceeds go to five great charities Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Dyslexia Foundation, The All Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, and The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation. It also gives all of us our much needed firefly fix. Now, you can tell it’s made on a shoe string budget and it’s not the highest quality acting or writing, though some of it is quite good. For those charities and the people they benefit as well as the other reasons I mentioned, I appreciate the hard work from the crew and cast of this film and I’m glad they made it.

Timeline wise it's events that occur after those in the film Serenity. The Alliance is still twisting the truth and fighting the citizens who live on the fringe of the verse, who are fighting back for them and there’s. Per youtube you can meet the cast of Browncoats Redemption,and click here for more on the film “A new ship, a new crew, a new adventure. Charity has never been this exciting!”

And also at Comicpalooza I attended a Firefly question and answer session with the funny and charming Sean Maher, also known as Simon Tam, the doctor and River’s sister . He also is part of the cast of the new series starting soon, The Playboy Club. One of the questions asked was, other than Simon, who is your favorite Firefly character. His answer was Inara Serra. There were a few calls for him to take his shirt off but he didn’t. When asked if he takes his shirt off in his new series, The Playboy Club, he answered, “You never know. “ Needless to say, this fall, I will be watching The Playboy Club and Sean Maher’s character, a husband to one of the bunny’s. It’s an NBC series about the opening of the first Playboy club in Chicago in 1963. Looking forward to it.
I had to add a link to the "She Don't Like Firefly" video - it's hillarious

If you like Sci-fi check out the trailer to my time traveling Steampunk/romance As Timeless As Stone because for my Blogging Contest Today I’m giving away an PDF eBook of As Timeless As Stone for the contest today. Just comment and I’ll draw a winner for the free eBook.

Though society stands in their way, can love
transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual?

In peril for her life, the Priestess Seshat turns
herself to stone in ancient Egypt. Centuries later,
Ricard, a dashing 19th century Frenchman, repairs
a broken statue and reads its incantation
unprepared for the gorgeous flesh and blood woman
who steps forth.
Seshat is drawn to the brass robots Ricard creates
and the glamor of the Victorian age, and most of all
to Ricard himself. But the society of his day cannot
accept a woman like her. How far will Ricard go to
secure her happiness? Is their love strong enough to
transcend time itself?
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lost Cities and Unexplored Lands by Maeve Alpin

The winners of my 05/16/11 Blog Contest are Pomma Wolf and Judy - they both won a pdf eBook of my Steampunk/romance AS TIMELESS AS STONE

Many 19th century world explorers and their discoveries made a tremendous impact

on history. One of my favorite Egyptologist, Jean Fran├žois Champollion, journeyed to Egypt, as one of the four members of the Franco-Tuscan Expedition, in 1827. Of course he is primarily known for deciphering the rosette stone and unlocking the knowledge and history of the ancients Egyptians. Jean Francois Champollion is also the first curator of the Egyptian collection at the Louvre. Another great Egyptologist of the day was the Italian strongman Giovani-Battista Belzoni, beginning in 1817, he used the hydraulic engine he invented to help excavate Egyptian tombs and temples.

Another famed archeologist of the day was the German adventurer, Heinrich Schliemann. Using a copy of Homer’s The Illiad as his guide, he excavated the ancient city of Troy in 1871, searching for Priam’s treasure. He discovered the remains of eleven cities built on top of each other and the relics he found included a cache of gold and silver, including earrings, necklaces, and even diadems that might have been worn by a queen.

Just the words - lost city- conjure up mystery and adventure and there were wonderful finds in the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. In 1812, the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt brought international attention to the lost city of Petra, made up of incredible stone structures carved into the actual rock of Mount Hor in Jordan. Shortly after that, in 1818, General Taylor discovered the sacred pillars, palaces, temples, and monasteries of Sanchi in India, dating back to the 3rd century BC, it’s the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence. Then, in 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham revealed the jungle enshrouded lost City of the Incas, an amazing pre-Columbian site, Machu Picchu, built on a mountain ridge, 7,970 feet above sea level.

Regarding unexplored lands, adventurous include David Livingstone, well known for his rescue by his fellow explorer Henry Stanley during an 1865 expedition to Africa in an attempt to find the source of the Nile. Not only was the famed Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen the first person to reach the South Pole but also the first person to fly over the North Pole and he did so in a dirigible in 1926.
There are so many more explorers than these mentioned, you are sure to find from an adventurer of the Regency, Victorian, or Edwardian age. Adopting characters of world adventures provides unique costuming options. I’ve included photos I snapped of great examples that, speaking of adventure, were taken this year at Aetherfest and the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo.

For more on Jean Fran├žois Champollion and ancient world adventure, please check out my Steampunk/Romance, As Timeless As Stone and visit my website.

I am having a Blogging Contest today. Leave a comment on this post with your email so I can reach you and I'll draw a winner for an eBook of my Steampunk/Erotica/Romance As Timeless As Stone.
Here's the trailer:

Monday, May 9, 2011

More Steamplus Tips

Carol is the Winner of my Blog Contest - she won an eBook of As Timeless As Stone

Whether your costume is a Steampunk version of a ghost, vampire, mechanic, a Victorian lady, an airship crew member or pirate , a world explorer or something all together different, you might benefit from some advice in regard to costuming issues plus sized men and women run into. I wanted to share helpful pointers I picked up from a Steamplus panel on how to or fix or avoid fashion don’ts. The first tip applies to both men and women, clothes should be fitted, garments that are too large are as bad as clothing that’s too small.

Next, regarding corsets and vest. For women’s corsets, plastic boning should be avoided as it can cause bulges, the steel boning is best. For men, the vest or waistcoat needs to be long such as one purchased from a big and tall store so the tummy will not extend bulge under the vest. Pants should be fastened at the waistline not beneath it and most men will find suspenders work best.

For both men and women, any historical or stemapunk costume should look complete, from head to toe, for example don’t wear tennis shoes with a period dress. Also, though accessories are key to a Steampunk look, don’t’ go overboard, keep to the less is more fashion philosophy.

For examples and ideas, I’ve included a few photos I snapped at the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo and Aetherfest. So have fun and enjoy your costume while you look your best like the steampunkers shown here.

Also I’m having a blogging contest, so please comment and include your email address so I can reach you if you win. The prize is a PDF eBook of my steampunk/romance As Timeless As Stone.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Steampunk Plus size Fashion

The Winner of my blog contest is Sarah - she won an eBook of As Timeless As Stone

At a spectacular steampunk festival in San Antonio last weekend, Aetherfest, I learned so much at a panel on costuming DOs and DON’Ts, specifically for plus size ladies and gentlemen, I had to share the great advice. I’m breaking it down into several post so the first is one is on steampunk fashion issues from head to neck, like a head shot.

Starting with hats, as cute as the tiny top hats are, they’re dispaportioned on a full figured woman, but there are two fabulous solutions. You can choose a full size Victorian hat instead or with your hair styled in a curly or fluffy hairdo, wear the tiny top hat the way you would a barrette. Both are a darling and becoming look for steampunk fashionistas.

Now moving from the head to the neck, we come to ties or necklaces. It is best for the larger steampunk gentlemen to avoid bow ties, with such a grandiose presence, a cravat or ascot will look best. As for plus size women, choose chunky pieces of jewelry or those extravagant in size, for the same reason, proportions. Adorn yourself with a big medallion, a cameo, or a large brooch. A full figured woman has the presence to pull off the more stunning and stupendous pieces of jewelry.

Along with these helpful hints, here are some photos I snapped at Aetherfest and the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo to offer examples of steampunk fashion DOs.

Also I’m having a blogging contest, so please comment and include your email address so I can reach you if you win. The prize is a PDF eBook of my steampunk/romance As Timeless As Stone.
Here’s the trailer for it. And please visit my website