Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for September, 2008

The following lettres were posted during this month:

Euchronia, New Years Eve!

Posted upon the 30th of September, 2008

There’s always steampunk and Victorianesque events coming down the pipeline – and they’re usually in Maine or Paris or Kuala Lumpur. Well, there’s finally a Melbourne event, and it’s in a few short months, and it’s the brainproduct of the brilliant Cass of Wildilocks and team, no less! Quoth: Euchronia is a steampunk / neo-Victorian […]

Once More Into The Valley Of The Dolls, Dear Friends

Posted upon the 19th of September, 2008

The dolls are in and Totem is getting ready to go! My creation and more than a hundred other, better ones will be displaying in the Fracture Galleries from the 25th onwards, as part of the Fringe. Huge lauds to Sayraphim for organising it all! Methinks I might wax eloquent on my little totem once […]

Which Is To Say Nothing Of The Steampunks In The Nighttime…

Posted upon the 16th of September, 2008

You might have noticed that I am occasionally given to collaging and recaptioning Victorian illustrata. I sometimes even arrange it on attractive tea shirts! Well, I’m far from the only fellow with the idea, so I thought it high time to acknowledge some of my fellow plunderers of public-domain Victoriana. To start, in print form, […]

Ramblin’ Allegorical Fiction Blues

Posted upon the 10th of September, 2008

I’ve been thinking about the practices of fiction. I love a good story, but I’m rather picky – and I think fiction too often gets bogged down in plot, plot, plot. A good plot can be a powerful thing, of course, but I like stories that have some character to them, and some meaning. Fiction, […]

Fantasmical News!

Posted upon the 7th of September, 2008

Dr Patti Smith, queen of punk, Cavalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to romanticism, will be appearing as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October! As well as two concerts with the Patti Smith Band, there’s a film of her work by Steven Sebring, a Q&A of the […]