Catherine Cruzan

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Gaslight Gathering 2014

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ORIGINALLY POSTED: May 2-4, 2014

Gaslight Gathering at San Diego’s Town & Country

Victoriana Musings…

I began my Steampunk weekend with a selfie in the hotel.  Which means I must have been excited, because I don’t usually flip the phone on myself.  I prefer to be on the other side of the lense, in search of interesting things to shoot.

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The best part of the weekend was running into my friends here and there, some of whom even stopped to pose for pictures in their fun and fantastical garb.

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One of my friends, Richard Foss, broke down the ins-and-outs of Victorian food and libation.  He’s an amazingly informed foodie and food critic, as well as a talanted author in his own right.  I could listen to him lecture for hours.

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Speaking of authors, there were fewer writer panels at the convention this year, sadly.  So I sat in on some costuming discussions before getting to watch some terrific writers discuss the Steampunk genre.   Followed by my favorite part of the weekend — a writers’ workshop with Todd McCaffrey and Dru Pagliassotti.  And of course, getting my books signed by them and Cherie Priest.

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Our Steampunk Panelists from left to right: Ralph E. Vaughan, Cherie Priest, Todd McCaffrey, Dru Pagliassotti.

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Of course, Dealer Room antics abounded all weekend.  And I did end up spending some money… But can you blame a girl when all the booths looked so inviting with their gadgets and whats-its, doo-dads and feathered thing-a-ma-jigs?  And I’d be remiss in my duties as a shopper if I neglected to mention all the pretty attire!!!

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