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A Collection of Curiosities

Steampunk Frederick Photos

One of my two favorite photos. Meeting KC and Kat (below) were highlights of the weekend! Tobias takes it upon himself to model the wares of multiple vendors.   Kat and her daughter stopped by to say 'hi' and pick up signed copies! And shortly thereafter, participates...

Meet the Plotmonkeys!

Meet the Plotmonkeys: Writers and friends who keep me sane, make me laugh until I cry and help me beat my plots into something intelligible. Once or twice a year, I get together with the four lifesavers on the right. We pass around copies of the plots to our latest...

Double-Bagged Cat

A bit of morning silliness. Teen was challenged: can you double-bag the cat, Tesla, using nothing but the laser pointer? Sign up here for Anne's Newsletter!       [et_bloom_inline...

A Model Double-Beam Engine

"A Model Double-Beam Engine made by Benjamin Hick, Bolton, 1840 This model represents the ultimate development of Boulton and Watt's steam engine. By the time it was displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition, Britain used half as much steam power again as the whole of...

Interview at Coffee Time Romance

  1) Imagine I stop by your booth at a comic book convention (where there are also many excellent steampunk cosplayers, of course!). What are the first three things you tell me about The Golden Spider? Lady Amanda is a medical student who has invented a mechanical...

Penny-farthings

There is only one high wheel bike race in the U.S.A. and it takes place in Fredrick, Maryland. This past weekend I attended the 2016 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race where participants ride bikes also known as penny-farthings - both antique and modern...

Trust No One. Assume Nothing.

In the fall of 2015, my family visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The experience begins when they lock you in a room and you choose your cover identity. You have minutes to prepare. Memorize your name, your age, your hometown, where you’re going...

Where the Bodies Are Buried

Home renovations... so much fun. When we moved to Maryland, we bought a home that needed updates... When our contractor ripped up our old flooring, we found plywood underneath. No surprise that. What did strike me as odd, however, was that most of the plywood was of...

Gretna Green

When we took a family trip to Britain, one of the places I insisted upon visiting was Gretna Green. I wanted to see the famous marriage anvil, to step inside the old blacksmith’s shop I’d read about so many times in historical novels. I thought it would just be a...

A Perfect Castle

Do any of you love travel as much as I do? One of my greatest weaknesses are castles. Ruined or restored, I adore them. One of my all-time favorites is Burg Eltz. Unlike many other castles, it’s been in the same family for over 850 years. 850 years! It was never...

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