We had so much fun at the Steampunk Doncaster festival that the events need a post all of their own.
Let’s start with those closest to my heart, the author workshops. Jonathan Green, Rod Gilles, Nimue Brown and Meg Kingston ran some very interesting workshops over the weekend. From readings of their current works to discussions on Steampunk mechanics, I even dropped my own little workshop on creating characters with a Q & A, too. Everyone soaked them up! the reception and feedback was immense. Thank you, Authors, for doing that.
Then there were the competitions.
Nimue’s “Bad Poetry Workshop” was a great success with Frankie Currie winning a book of poetry and his certificate for “Worst Poet” even though his take on the Hmpty Dumpty myth was actually brilliant. A little lad (who’s name I never did get) also won himself a scarecrow for his piece on Slenderman which even managed to creep me out!
The raffle had a plethora of winners with chine teapots, books and other great prizes dished out.
But the most prestigious award of the weekend went to Ash Lithgow; a young man who’s Tea Duelling crushed his opponents to crumbs. For that Ash won a wonderful hand-made necklace which he gallantly gave to his girlfriend. Clearly a man of action and sensitivity, too. HUZZAH!
And then there was the Steampunk Writing Competition which was actually won by two people because I couldn’t bring myself to choose between their awesome stories. Lizanne Davies and Raife Keller-Cooper both received a copy of Paul Marlowe’s excellent short story collection Ether Frolics.
Three cheers for the champions!
HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!
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My trip to Budapest, although only a few days, was the most surreal experience of my life. As some of you may know from my going-away post, I did absolutely no research about the city before going there. It was a literal out-of-the-hat type holiday. I didn’t know what places of interest to visit, what historical sites were there or any of the history of the country. I especially didn’t know the language. But when I got there, I realised that I DID know the city. In fact, for the last three years, I’ve been visiting Budapest in my head without even knowing it. Because, as I walked the streets, I realised that parts of Budapest were exactly how Greaveburn to look! I don’t just mean in a similar-kind-of-way. I mean in a This-is-what-was-in-my-head kind of way.
Here’s a gallery to show you what I mean, the captions, of course, are which Greaveburn buildings I relate to the real ones:
That’s only four pics, but I’m afraid they’re quite high res and I can’t fit any more on. Maybe I’ll do another gallery on a separate page later on.
Anyway, you get the idea. And with the edits for Greaveburn coming back from Inspired Quill for the second time, everything’s starting to feel just a little too real. We’re getting closer and closer, folks. The time will soon be upon us. I may sound calm right now, but expect some serious panic-posts very very soon
Anyway, now that I feel I’ve visited some of the places in my head, and that I may well be living in the Matrix, I’d like to suggest Budapest for your next trip. If you like to relax, but in a city environment, I can’t think of anywhere else I could suggest. It’s peaceful, despite being a big city. No one rushes around. The food is great. The exchange rate right now is pretty damn good. Just avoid the Austrian beer. NOT good. The local brew, Dreher, however, is great.
While we were there, we poked around just about anywhere we could. Especially in search of a good bar. But our strangest discovery was a little place called Verne’s, named after the incredible Jules Verne. And outside Verne’s, I found something that made me feel completely at home; a piece of Steampunk awesomeness:
Great isn’t it? I dropped a Greaveburn business card into it for some unsuspecting Hungarian to find. Who knows? I might get a following over there! (I’m not holding my breath hahaha).
As always, I’d like to apologise for how long it’s been since I’ve posted. I know I’ve been slacking off. But, as you will soon see, it’s all for a good reason. The next time I post, I hope, it’ll be to show you my Steampunk costume for the upcoming Weekend at the Asylum Steampunk convention. I intend to look utterly ridiculous, and I can’t wait! Keep your eyes on this spot!
Thanks for reading.