Whirlwinds

Wow! I hadn’t realized the passage of time. We ended up moving two hours away from everything we know followed by two trips out of state in a row. Only in the last two days have I been able to sit down and think about more than the list of what needs to be done–NOW!

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Two days after we moved I had the first promotional event for my book. I sold three paper copies and had a lot of interest in the e-book. I love that event filled with people being whatever they want to be; faeries, mermaids, lost boys, ogres, pirates, etc. If you can dream it, you can be it when you are in the Realm.

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After that we headed out to a family reunion. My children grumbled and groused as we packed and drove. What could there possibly be to do on the Oregon Coast?! We got there as the sun was setting. They ran through the sand with joy on their faces no matter the age. This may have been the first beach experience for most of my kids. The next day they wouldn’t leave me alone until we went back out to the sandy expanse. The days went by too quickly.

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Now it is time to unpack, organize and get the kids registered for school. Interestingly enough the mascots for the Jr. High and High school are the Whirlwinds and the Tornadoes. Living in the Northwest this holds no local significance. But looking back at the last few months I see my life! Spinning, spinning, spinning around me until it finally settled back down leaving me to figure out which way is up.

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What has thrown your life up in the air? How did you re-balance your days afterwards?

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This beautiful night flyer loved my book! Or maybe just didn’t like being disrupted by my customers.

Geek Girl

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Well. Here it is. The straight up truth. I am a geek girl. I love Farscape, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and of course I always can use some Doctor Who(especially David Tennant style!). Give me the Marvel super heroes and my week is complete. Each Hobbit movie was already listed on my calendar a year before the first one came out. I love Veronica Mars and the deeply intelligent writing for West Wing! Yes Geek Girls are smart AND sassy. It doesn’t matter that I have a heap of children and even a teenager. I’m still a Geek Girl! Of course this means I have geek children too!

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Then of course there is books to geek out about! Hunger Games, Tolkien, Patricia Briggs(can’t get enough of Mercy!), The Iron Fey… The list goes on and on. We talk about them with excitement and passion. Geeks love their movies, their books and their events. In this day of Memes we can show exactly which characters hold us captive. Being a geek is a positive. Having things you love gives you things to talk about. We have cable channels catered directly to us like the Sci-Fi channel. We have events spanning the world, covering nearly every weekend of the year. I live all year for FaerieWorlds. Now FaerieCon West will be my February destination! To dress up and escape, be someone else… Ah. The joys of being a Geek Girl.

Who are your favorite characters? What is your favorite world? What turns you into a geek?

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Leave a comment. Lets start a conversation. What makes you a geek?

Really! No Joke! My book is finally out there in the world!

 The GearMaker’s Locket

By Shannon L Reagan

Mechanical prodigy, Copper Rose, discovers a locket while cleaning out her grandmother’s attic. Inside it, gears turn of their own accord. She flips it open to investigate the inner workings and is swept away to a world of airships, huge buildings and massive plant life. She becomes a reluctant guest to Bromin Shere, the cruel leader of half of the land. He claims to be a living machine and he believes she is capable of making more living machines. It’s a life she never imagined. But will she survive?

http://www.amazon.com/The-GearMakers-Locket-GearMaker-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00JE32JIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396366459&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gearmaker%27s

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I’m so excited that conversations about the characters and story elements are already happening. Today is the first time The GearMaker’s Locket is available to the book reading, adventure loving, steampunk adoring public! I’m also excited that a between-books novella will be available in a few months!

Enjoy this story inspired by a locket belonging to my best friend and thank you for following my adventures here on this blog.

Steampunk

Putting out three posts a week has been difficult. With sick family, parent/teacher conferences, cars needing repairs and life in general, days go by and I realize there hasn’t been a post. I am trying to figure out a way to deal with this.

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Our local Steampunk convention was this last week. For years my husband and I have wanted to go, and next year is the year! That is if the convention happens which is up in the air. I was imagining dressing my kids in Steampunk clothing. My one year old Fairy Changeling would be adorable in anything Steampunk! Most of my children are no longer little. Teenagers would need fancier clothes like adults. There are so many things I could do though. Some of my kids could be mechanical beings. Others could carry around some of my puppets. SteamPink loves to go to social events. I make mini-goggles for my puppets. Maybe I could make some baby safe ones for people who bring their infants along to their steampunk adventures. That would be fun.

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SteamPink the hand puppet

I have a fondness for the late 1800’s clothing. The silhouette is so graceful. I even made a Victorian era ballgown for my college graduation (one kid wore a graduation gown that year. That made him unique for a Cornish graduation! The joys of private art colleges.) After five babies, I have modified it for my less svelte figure. I threw a bit of mechanical into it and my own twist on Steampunk faerie wings and it has been my steampunk costume for a few years. I think I need to work on some new ones for future years.

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Puppet goggles

The goggles have been the hardest part of my Steampunk accessories. I am very picky about what goes on my head. I spent years rejecting perfectly good goggles until the day I found the Valkyrie goggles. Part of my blogging problems has involved the failing of my faithful camera. It shouldn’t surprise me since it is older than two of my children. By the end of the month that problem will be solved with a glorious smart phone with a camera stronger than the one I have now. I will get a picture of my lovely Valkyrie goggles and post it around Thanksgiving.

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So keep an eye out over the holidays and send me your favorite stories and photos. I plan to share my cool creations, our family adventures and thoughts about what ever occurs to me. I love your comments so please respond when ever you want.