TempleCon News, Shorty Awards, February Special Features

Only one more week until TempleCon! I’m scrambling to get my panels ready and will be there with The Wandering Legion of the Thomas Tew. TempleCon has a special place in my heart, particularly because it was there that the co-chair Madame Ximon suggested that I turn Beyond Victoriana into a presentation panel. It was talking with her that planted the idea in my head to start speaking specifically about steampunk & social issues at conventions. And so, after a year touring the country speaking about these topics, it’s really great to come back to the place that inspired it all.

See below for panels & events I will be hosting/attending:

Steam Around the World: Steampunk Beyond Victoriana
Saturday, February 5th, 3-4:30pm Convention Suite 2 – Rm. #632

Retro-Futurists’ Fashion Show
Saturday, February 5th, noon-1pm The Rotunda
Modeling for Festooned Butterfly

“What’s So Feminist About Steampunk?” hosted by Jocelyn Stengel Ahern
Saturday, February 5th, 1pm-2pm Convention Suite 2 – Room #632

Steampunk Photo Shoot with The Wandering Legion of the Thomas Tew
Saturday, February 5th, 2pm-3pm The Rotunda

Envisioning a Better Steam Society: Social Issues & Steampunk
Sunday, February 6th, 1-2:30pm Convention Suite 1 – Rm. #637
Featuring guest panelists Leanna Renee Hieber, Lucretia Dearfour, Monqiue Poirier, and Samara Martin.

In other con news, Nova Albion 2011 is my next big convention. They kindly posted a spotlight of me on their site as a featured speaker.

And, I’d like to announce a new convention that I will be attending: the International Steampunk City in Waltham, MA!

Recently, I also wanted to highlight this interview I had as part of Doc Fantastiques’ Ladies of Steampunk series.

And, something else that I’m really excited about:

Nominate Ay-leen the Peacemaker for steampunk in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Ay-leen the Peacemaker for steampunk in the Shorty Awards

I’ve been included in nominations for #steampunk! Please click on the link if you’re interested in voting as well.


For February, I have several special features in the works. There will be two convention reports this month: TempleCon & AnachroCon. So because this month is “con heavy” for the Sunday updates, we will have another set of Friday Features this month in celebration of African & African-American histories.

Also, this coming Thursday is a special celebration for me: Lunar New Year’s! I’ll actually be spending time with my family then, but will be posting a special linkspam/highlight of how Lunar New Year’s has been celebrated: across the globe, by the Asian immigrant diaspora, back during the nineteenth century and its parallels with celebrations today.

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