I’ll Be Speaking All Weekend Long at TeslaCon 8 Nov. 2-5!

I had a grand old time as an attendee at TeslaCon 7. This year, I’m there as a guest!

The 30 Years of Steampunk exhibit will make its first appearance outside of the Eastern timezone, and it gets bigger and better every time I install it. In addition to the “Make it Supernatural” and “30 Years” lectures, I’ll also be giving two BRAND NEW talks! Download the schedule to find out about all of the awesome programming all weekend long.

Unlike other cons, this event offers as much of an immersive experience as possible. The theme this year is Romania, and I visited Bucharest in 2015 on my way out of Bulgaria. I’ll be taking con-goers on “A Stroll through Bucharest” using my travel photos and stories to help set the mood for the backdrop story.

My other new talk will be about the rise of the adventure story and serialized fiction that hit their heyday in the Steam era.

I can’t wait! And I hope I’ll see you there. Tickets are going fast…


Plausible Writeability in Steampunk Fiction panel at Motor City Steam Con

I’ll be on several panels during MCSC July 14-16, including “Plausible Writeability in Steampunk.” It’s a great topic! Here’s the description:

How do we as authors balance logic, description, and dialogue in our fantastic scenes and incredible plots to make them plausible to the reader and thus more compelling? What conventions (coined terms, “rubber” science, real-world scientific principles, character reactions, etc.) do we employ to get our unbelievable ideas across in a believable way? Both new and veteran writers of the Steampunk fiction genre will benefit from an interactive discussion with the panelists, who will provide a “look under the hood” with their writing process.

I hope to see you there!

Need a Speaker at your Steampunk Event? I’m Your Gal!

I recently created a page with a list of 30 different talks I can do at Steampunk conventions and other special events. I absolutely LOVE getting up and talking in front of an audience, and I know event organizers are always hungry for content. Sounds like a match made in heaven to me!

I will keep the page updated as I add new topics, and I am also very open to researching a new topic or catering an existing talk to your event’s theme. Feel free to e-mail about appearances at Phoebe @ PhoebeDarqueling.com.

Topics for Talks