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It's that time, folks - four weeks since the last one, rather than two, this time.

The entries for the latest challenge in the Last Author Standing contest, Original Fiction version ([livejournal.com profile] originalfic_las) can be found here, along with the voting post (I have belatedly realized that linking to the day in the community's archives gives you handy access to both posts in one place).

We are down to only six(!) entries now, which means, if I understand it all correctly, that after this one we will be in the final stretch where no one is allowed to use "skips" any more (basically, free passes that you get for various reasons that allow you to skip a challenge without being disqualified). I'm kind of pleased to have made it this far, considering that we started out with 52 entries in the first challenge. Though of course I am hoping to make it yet further... I guess we'll see.

Anyway: as before, voting is open to anyone with an LJ account, and no, I can't tell you which is mine (and would have preferred not to even if it was allowed, as I'd rather know that if I get votes, it's because people genuinely liked what I wrote, and not just out of loyalty). So: go read, go vote!

. . .

In other news, I have been in a huge work crunch for the past week or so, getting very little sleep - I am actually going to be going to bed shortly after posting this, and that will be the earliest night I've had in probably 9 or 10 days. And yes, it's 3:15 am. These days, getting to bed before the sun comes up feels like luxury.

Also, I would really appreciate it if my DSL connection would stop flaking out on me. All day today, it's been up and down like a yo-yo. Very annoying. Right at the moment it is down, but if you see this post timestamped tonight, you'll know it came up before I went to bed. If tomorrow, then apparently it didn't.

. . .

Also, random question: would anyone happen to know of any children's books with steampunk elements to them? By "children's" I don't mean "young adult" books written for teenagers, but books aimed at kids whose ages are still a single digit, and not necessarily a high one. The Lynxcub picked up a library book I had out recently which while geared toward adults, had a few illustrations sprinkled through it, and started asking me lots of questions about the pictures - in particular, about airships.

I did try just googling "steampunk children's books", but most of what I found was YA or at least geared toward considerably older kids than him. That said, he does sometimes like hearing stories that are meant for at least a somewhat older age range - I was able to read Alice in Wonderland to him - but there are limits. Among them, he still requires there to be interesting pictures in order for a book to hold his attention (preferably, at least one per double-page spread, otherwise he may get antsy and start trying to turn the page while I'm still reading).

So... any steampunk-ish books out there for younger kids?
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I posted this on FB already, but it deserves maximum exposure:

The Circus of Brass and Bone is an online novel by Abra Staffin-Wiebe, about a post-apocalyptic steampunk circus. As if that wasn't irresistible enough on its own, the author is writing it to raise money for her mom's cancer treatment.

The fundraising aspect of it is purely by donation - there's no set cost to read, but people can make one-off donations or sign on to be monthly donors.

And while there's only one episode up so far (the site only just launched), it's an interesting read and I'm looking forward to more. Definitely a project worth checking out, and supporting if you can.
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  • Steampunk Font & Texture collection from The Scriptorium, coolest font company in the world.
  • Gearworld - a really interesting art gallery by Ursula Vernon ([livejournal.com profile] ursulav), part of her Metal and Magic site. All of it is interesting (and some is deeply weird, though mostly in a good way), but the Gearworld gallery in particular seemed most appropriate to this post.
  • And on a less pleasant, but important note: Steampunk Crafters PSA - a caution re vintage watch parts

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