This weekend was a whirlwind road trip to the Steampunk World’s Fair in New Jersey. Armed with 3 bags of snack food and 16 bottles of Powerade, Zak and I made the 11.5 hour drive through thunderstorms and hail and mountains, but arrived safely and met up with the rest of the gang at the 3 Fates Press tent. Saw some incredible costumes, but unfortunately only got a couple of photos (including this fantastically cute and well-mannered steampunk corgi!) because I was otherwise too preoccupied with selling books! I’m sorry, but the whole world stops when a cute animal walks by. We sold out of our anthology, Circuits and Steam, before the end of the day (it will now only be available in electronic format), and Erica Flynn was selling itself by the evening. Cutting up with my fellow authors, my cover artist (a.k.a. boyfriend), and my publisher was a blast! My own costume was sadly lacking, compared to the other attendees, but at least it was comfortable! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any selfies, so I can’t post my combat-boots-and-khakis style “steampunk lite” outfit.
Thankfully, the drive back contained no major storms or sliding down a mountain grade on marble-sized ice, so we actually got to enjoy the beautiful scenery through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia on our way back to Kentucky.
Next weekend, May 24-25, Erica Flynn will be much closer to home, at the Howard Steamboat Museum’s Art and Antique Jubilee (a free event in Jeffersonville, Indiana!) Whether I will be there in person or not depends on how far along I am with arrangements for my departure to my archaeological field school in Spain next week! Even if I don’t make it to the Jubilee, 3 Fates Press will be there with copies of the book. I can promise many pictures and stories about the field school experience will appear on this blog in June, after my return!