All posts tagged: steampunk

A Midsummer Night’s Mechanical: Cover Reveal

Share this on Facebook>>> San Francisco, California Territory, 1849. All clockwork inventor Sensibility Grey wants is to depart San Francisco. But an old enemy is determined to learn the secrets of her aether research, and will stop at nothing to prevent Sensibility’s escape. Coming May, 2016. About the Author Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia.  Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes steampunk suspense and paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. Sign up for her newsletter to get free updates on her latest work at:

writer's manifesto

Writer’s Manifesto

I’m taking the Obsessed branding course by the marvelous Melissa Cassera. Phase one is about developing a manifesto to help develop your brand as a lifestyle. Share this on Facebook>>> While sitting on my butt and reading is a lifestyle I aspire to, that wasn’t going to cut it as a manifesto for the class. Bummer. So what do you stand for as a writer? What lifestyle do you offer your readers as a writer and businessperson? (Because if you’re selling your books, you’re a businessperson. Or at least, you’d better be). I’m sure this will continue to undergo tweaks and revisions, but here’s my maniesto: What’s your manifesto? What experience do you provide and what do you stand for? About the Author Kirsten Weiss is the author of The Hermetic Detective, book seven in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels. She also loves Tarot, and weaves it into her books whenever possible. And it’s nearly always possible.

WB Yeats

Magic, Creativity and the Victorians

WB Yeats’s notebook from his Golden Dawn Days and an illustration of the World Tarot card (above). I’ve blogged about the 19th century connection between poetry and mysticism and developing artistic vision. Here are five other Victorian-era practices that can be used to boost your creativity. Share this on Facebook>>> 1) Tarot. The Victorian occultists worked intensively with Tarot  to expand their consciousness. They studied the Tarot symbols, they meditated on the cards, they even drew or painted their own cards to acquire a soul-deep understanding of the symbols, letting them play within their subconscious. As a writer, I use Tarot frequently for character development. When I’m stuck on a character, I’ll think of what Tarot card he’s most like, e.g. the King of Cups. Then I’ll consider the positive and negative qualities of that card. The King of Cups is mature, diplomatic, loving. On the dark side, his diplomacy can turn to manipulation. And sometimes he can be a little too loving, even sleazy. Suddenly, I’ve got a fully fleshed out and very real character. Thank you, Tarot! (For more ways to use …

steampunk pathworking

A Steampunk Pathworking

At Clockwork Alchemy this year, I tuned up my DIY Secret Society presentation so it was less history and more “how to.” And as part of that, I added a pathworking ritual, which I thought would be fun to share here. Share this on Facebook>>> A pathworking is a guided meditation along a path on the Qaballistic Tree of Life. The goal is to open up your mind and prepare you for magical work. The first path, from Malkuth to Yesod, is designed to open one to the astral planes. Ready? Get comfortable, relax, and… Follow your breath, letting go of the tension and stress of the week. Let it all go, and breathe in peace and light. Spiral all the pieces of yourself you’ve scattered out into the world back into your heart’s space so you are right here, right now. Imagine you stand in a flat clearing atop a grassy hill. To the south, smoke billows from a forge. To the west, a stream tumbles over rocks, turning a waterwheel in front of …


Clockwork Alchemy Workshops!

It’s May and Clockwork Alchemy is back! Clockwork Alchemy is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere Steampunk convention. Once again, it will be held at the Double Tree Inn, San Jose CA, on Memorial Day weekend. The theme this year is Myth, Legends and Lore, so there should be an extra dose of paranormal goodness mixed in with the steampunk. Share this on Facebook>>> I hope to see you there, where I’ll be presenting the following workshops (and they are workshops, not lectures, because I think lectures are boring): Magical Creativity Friday, May 22nd at 2 PM The Victorians produced a remarkable crop of artists, writers and dreamers – from Emerson to Yeats to the Victorian fairy painters. Many of them also dabbled in psycho-magical philosophy. In this workshop, we’ll explore Victorian techniques for expanding your artistic vision and creativity. If you’re a writer, artist, or would just like to learn techniques for boosting your creativity, join us! DIY Magical Societies Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM Learn how to build your own steampunk magical society. In this workshop, you’ll practice steampunk magical rituals, including …


Cover Reveal: 12 Hours Later

The Clockwork Alchemy anthology I’m a part of has their cover and back cover blurb! I’m not sure when this collection of steampunk short stories will be ready for purchase, but once again I’m in awe of the organizational powers of the Clockwork Alchemy volunteers! Share this on Facebook>>> My two contributions take place just before the events in Of Mice and Mechanicals. It was a bit of a challenge – not only did I have to incorporate this year’s Clockwork Alchemy theme of myths and legends, but both stories had to be 12 hours apart, somehow connected, and yet independent stories that could be read as stand alones. Here’s the blurb for the anthology: Myth! Mystery! Intrigue! Dirigibles! One day only! Each story in a single hour, and each hour a whirlwind of steam, legends, spycraft, and the occasional forest demon dropping in for good measure. Twelve Hours Later: 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery will thrill you with round-the-clock and round-the-world action and adventure, weaving lore from ancient Egypt, Greece, Japan, and more …

Of Mice and Mechanicals

Excerpt: Of Mice and Mechanicals

Mechanicals, Mayhem, and Murder. All Sensibility Grey wants is to tinker in her new laboratory in boomtown San Francisco. A stranger in a strange land, she is finally making a life for herself as a purveyor of mechanicals to eager miners. But a pair of government agents have other things in mind. Loves and loyalties fracture, and mysterious forces threaten to destroy Sensibility and her clockwork secrets. Tangling with occultists, aether gone wrong, and a local vigilante group, Sensibility must decide where her allegiances lie, and whom she can trust. OF MICE AND MECHANICALS is book two in the Sensibility Grey series of pre-steampunk, paranormal suspense set in the wild west of the California gold rush. Buy it today on… Amazon Kobo Barnes & Noble