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The Edwardian Ball is a multi-city charity event with a Steampunk flavor. Help me get there to write a story for Steampunk Journal.
The Edwardian Ball is a multi-city charity event with a Steampunk flavor. Help me get there to write a story for Steampunk Journal.
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Under my pen name, Phoebe Darqueling, I am an Editor and reporter for Steampunk Journal, the world's most popular Steampunk web magazine. We don't get paid for our efforts, but I was recently offered an opportunity to report on the Edwardian Ball, a multi-city charity event happening for the first time in New Orleans on March 25.

I am desperate to go and report on the event for Steampunk Journal, but I can't afford to get there without you! With your pledges, I can bring you the story early, plus extra content from my time in the Big Easy.

As luck would have it, I am also writing a series of books that take place in New Orleans, and this opportunity would also give me a chance to dive deeper into the history and architecture of this amazing city. So, in addition to getting the Steampunk Journal story before it is posted, you can also get bonus content for those who want to dive deeper.

Photos courtesy of The Edwardian Ball, LA

About the Edwardian Ball - From EdwardianBall.com

Nigh impossible to describe, but absolutely delightful to experience. The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey.

Set in a re-imagined “Edwardian Era,” this multi-city, multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past seventeen years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Attendees traveling from across the nation and from all corners of the globe flock to this West Coast celebration for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs and dancing, fine art installations, an award-winning vendor bazaar, mystical and nonsensical oddities, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, alluring sideshows, and much more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with chimney sweeps, where the sensual meets the bizarre, where historically accurate Edwardian re-creationists waltz through the steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!

 

 


JUST ADDED - BE MY GUEST

Pledge $50 and come to the Ball as my assistant!

The splendid folks who pledge to this campaign will have chances to have their names listed on both Steampunk Journal and PhoebeDarqueling.com, as well as getting early content AND extra content.

If you'd like a reward you can hold in your hand, I can send you a postcard from New Orleans, or choose your favorite photos and get limited edition prints.

Do you have a Steampunk business or product to sell? Consider pledging to get advertising space on Steampunk Journal. We are viewed by thousands of Steampunk fans every month, so reach your audience for less than our normal ad rates.

I am offering ONE OF A KIND ARTWORK!

I alter canvases and upcycle disgarded materials to create Steampunk shadowboxes. Commission a piece or check below for availability. (see more examples)

"Butterfly" Shadowbox
"Butterfly" Shadowbox


What if you reach your goal? What's next?

Stretch Goal 1: $500 - Digital wallpaper for all pledge levels. Everyone who contributes gets digital collage to keep the festivities alive.

Stretch Goal 2: $1000 - I will livestream from the Edwardian Ball. I will need to upgrade my hardware in order to do a successful streaming broadcast, but with your pledges I will be able to get what I need.

 

 

Phoebe Darqueling is the pen name of a story-telling vagabond who can be found blogging at Steampunk Journal, coordinating at the Collaborative Writing Challenge, and posting excerpts and drabbles. She quit working in the real world a few years ago after a "quarter life crisis," but writing and making art is helping her make a full recovery. Come on over to her author page to find out more about her and her life in fiction.

The Steampunk Journal team come from all over the World. That way, we can bring you the greatest steampunk news, reviews, interviews and articles from all over the globe. We are a pay-as-you-feel site fueled by our curiosity, ad sales, and the generous donations of patrons like you. 

Risks and challenges

Any time there is travel involved, there is always a risk that weather could be a factor. Because of the short notice, I am planning to take a train rather than a plane, so this risk is lessened. I will plan to arrive at least 24 hours before the Ball to make sure I am on site in time to deliver on my promises.

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    You Believe in Magic

    You think this is an awesome project but money is tight? I totally understand. Show your support with your spare change and get a mention on Steampunk Journal and PhoebeDarqueling.com

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    Get a Postcard from the Big Easy

    I will send you a handwritten postcard from New Orleans.

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    Get it Early

    Get my Edwardian Ball report as a PDF BEFORE it runs on Steampunk Journal.

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    Go Deeper

    Get extra photos and historical background on New Orleans.

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    Get a Print of your Favorite Photo

    Choose from the best photos from the Ball and get one limited edition 8x10 print.

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    Sponsor a post on Steampunk Journal

    I will write a post on a topic or product of your choosing, including sales links. All new articles are featured on the homepage for a limited time, but our advanced SEO makes our material easy for search engines to find. Also receive rewards at lower tiers.

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    Advertise on Steampunk Journal

    A month of ad space on Steampunk Journal is usually around $40/month, but get your ad featured on the homepage for 30 days and get all of the rewards at lower tiers by choosing this pledge level. Steampunk Journal receives thousands of targeted visitors per month.

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    Three limited edition prints

    Choose your three favorite photos from the Ball and get limited edition 8x10 prints.

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    A True Patron

    Two lucky people will receive a special swag bag from the Edwardian Ball. I will pick up all the freebies I can from the event and send them right to you!

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    Butterfly Shadowbox

    Get a one of a kind piece of artwork by yours truly. The shadowbox is 8x8x1.5 (see campaign description for pictures.)

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    Commission a Shadowbox

    Get an 8x8 shadowbox in any color or motif of your choosing.

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