This was my third year in a row at Key City Steampunk Festival – and the third time Briax, Judy and Kat (with her daughter) stopped by 🙂 

But it was the first year Briax decided to mess with me. Last year, Simon the Laboratory Mouse, packed his bags and headed off to live with Briax. Unbeknownst to me, he had grand plans. Or should I say Briax did? Her creativity exploded when this year’s theme of Jules Verne was announced. Simon, the lucky mus musculus, not only floated around the world in eighty days, he voyaged to the very center of the earth itself.

As always, we were surrounded by creativity. Costumes and devices, certainly. But what I love most about these festivals is the wide range of fascinating people who attend. Vendors and guests alike, there’s not one I haven’t enjoyed visiting with.

Briax. Kat and her daughter. The awesome authors of Key City Steampunk.

Lab mice Amanda and Sebastian listen with jealousy as their cousin Simon regales them with tales of his adventures.

Off to a fashion show wearing As They Sew in France. Judy with her octopus parasol. A young steampunk. Mermaids. And a baby wearwolf named Siril.

Amazing costumes… one by Brian Fadrosh Designs… underwater diving equipment… that creepy octopus skeleton… and tea dueling run by the Baroness Alexandra of Beaded Chic herself!

Simon, floating.

Mechanized contraptions!

The Tea Rex takes a ride! AKA Sunday Shenanigans.

About Anne

Though USA TODAY bestselling author Anne Renwick holds a Ph.D. in biology and greatly enjoyed tormenting the overburdened undergraduates who were her students, fiction has always been her first love. Today, she writes steampunk romance, placing a new kind of biotech in the hands of mad scientists, proper young ladies and determined villains.

Anne brings an unusual perspective to steampunk. A number of years spent locked inside the bowels of a biological research facility left her permanently altered. In her steampunk world, the Victorian fascination with all things anatomical led to a number of alarming biotechnological advances. Ones that the enemies of Britain would dearly love to possess.

To chat with Anne, stop by on Facebook or join the Department of Cryptobiology Facebook group. You can also join her newsletter list to have cover reveals, sneak peaks, sales and giveaways delivered straight to your inbox.


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