The Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza was a huge success. Congratulations to Gypsy Teague and Marla Roberson for organizing a great event as well as to all the vendors, who were awesome, and all the presenters at a full day of classes and presentations. My favorite was Phineas F. McGillicuddy (Jim Looper) and his friends from the Society for Creative Anachronism who gave a presentation on Victorian Dueling complete with a fencing exhibition, and pistol duel with RBG's (rubber band guns).
The panel I was on, organized by Gail Gray, the publisher of Fissure Magazine, went very well. All of the panelists were knowledgeable and concise and the audience was attentive and offered some great questions. I enjoyed myself immensely. It was my first time sitting on a panel with fellow writers speaking on the craft of writing and the ins-and-outs of publishing. Gail brought together a diverse panel with Brian K. Ladd, Matthew Delman, Shane McElven, and myself.
The vendor area was a dream come true for the Steampunk Aficionado, with everything from weapons, jewelry, and the latest in Steampunk Fashion. My son bought a sword, several knives, and Jeweler's lenses for his glasses. All of the vendors were warm and more than willing to ramble on about their particular craft or Steampunk in general. I look forward to attending again next year.
Fissure Magazine, which has my short story "Rodger's Curious Holiday," sold out early in the day, but the publisher will have additional copies available on the website. The cover art, by Jim Cross, is beautiful and Gail brought together some great stories and articles for the special Steampunk Edition. If you don't have a copy, get one -- or get ten, they make good Christmas presents.