Here a trio of lovelies grace our suite at the 2012 Steampunk World’s Fair. Whenever we have a room at an event, we host a small gathering in which conversation rules and we can have a quiet couple of hours to get to know people better. If you don’t know us already, the way to be invited to one of these salons is to either follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or look amazing or interesting when we are in the vicinity. We tend to hand invitations to anyone who catches our eye.
Two of our guests here are Steampunks local to where we spend most of our time. Courtney Houghton (r) is active in the Society for the Advancement of Steamtopian Ideals, is gracious, charming, trims amazing hats, and brought even more outfits to Steampunk World’s Fair than I did. As did Phil Powell (c), because he is a leading Steampunk Dandy, even lecturing on Dandyism at Fair. He is also a community organizer, and we know Courtney and many other local Steampunks entirely through his efforts. On the left is Leanna Rennee Hieber, whom my husband accosted with an invitation at the first Steampunk World’s Fair because she looked so fabulous. In addition to looking fabulous, she is an actress, award-winning playwright and novelist, author of the Strangely Beautiful Saga (now being adapted for the stage) and the Magic Most Foul series. I’ve just finished the first of those, Darker Still, and LOVED it. I am eagerly anticipating The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, which will be available in November 2012.