Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Day In The Life of Steampunk Granny


Get up…jumped out of bed…ran a comb… This past Tuesday, one of the nine grandchildren that I haven’t seen in quite a while flew in from Wyoming to spend some time with her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.
Kathryn is a quiet and thoughtful person and I’m guessing life back home is rather calm and organized. She was in for a big surprise with her East Coast family. There isn’t a calm or quiet bone in our bodies. My youngest grandson was also spending the week with us and this worked out pretty well because Kathryn had someone that liked doing the same things she did.
                                                                   At the hippo tank                                                       

I speak South Philly, so it took Kathryn a day or two to understand my slang pronunciations, but with Nathan acting like a translator, we did perfectly well. Wednesday Dan, Kathryn, Nathan and I headed to the Aquarium in Camden, N.J.  Kathryn had been to an aquarium before, but nothing as big as the one in New Jersey. Wait until she sees the one in Baltimore.

We loved the hippos and spent more time at that exhibit before moving on to the sharks. I love this picture.
Kathryn, like me loves turtles and she was able to get one to swim up for this photo
Nathan and Kathryn were having a ball. I think we're rubbing off on her. What do you think?

That night we went to the mall with my granddaughter, Katrina. All three kids, clicked right away. They liked the same fashions, stores and spent most of their time in Spencer’s and Hot Topic.

The next day, I took all three to the Franklin Institute to see the Circus and Brain exhibit. Katrina and Nathan did well both on the tightrope and doing flips on the acrobatic section. Kathryn and I stayed safely on the ground.
Friday we headed to Atlantic City. Kathryn having been born in Montana had never seen the ocean. She loved it. It’s funny what we take for granted because it’s so close by ,and yet, it is a life experience for others.
Saturday was a book signing day for me to promote Roof Oasis and to continue to promote the South Jersey Writers’ Group anthology with Dawn Byrne.

Kathryn is a writer, too and was very interested in seeing the other side of writing and why marketing is just as important as writing the book. Nathan and Kathryn were a big help for Super D and I. Dragging two suitcases of books around can get hard sometimes, but Nate and Kathryn helped with the load.
                                                     Nathan reading the Blood Lad Manga
Wonders of wonders, Nathan who is smart but you have to twist his arm for him to read a book, found one that he could not put down. Manga has made an ardent reader out of Nathan.

Even though my husband and I are wiped out, the kids are bonding and having loads of fun. I’m also teaching Nathan and Kathryn how to cook.  Next Week, we hit the Zoo, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. I’ll send out clues on where we are. Keep a look out for us. You never know where we’ll wind up. :)

While Nathan is enjoying Kathryn's company, my daughter and her hubby are visiting with their Marine son. Oorah!!!

                                                                   Jim, Jimmy and ReRe


Friday, July 25, 2014

Kick The Bums Out!!


I want to sue Congress. If Boehner can sue President Obama, then I can sue him and all the knuckle heads in Congress. I need a lawyer to take the case. Who wants to take up this case for the taxpayers who are sick and tired of the constant cartoonish behavior of  our politicians  in Washington? They are not working hard enough for my hard earned tax dollars
Boehner's suing of the President is one of the dumbest things I've ever had to suffer through. How dare you waste our time and money with this foolishness? Get back to work and do your damn job.


I am dead serious about this. I am so sick of our politicians kissing the feet of big money corporations. Your loyalty should be to the American voters who pay your wages... not to special interest groups who get out of paying their fair share of taxes by hiding their money in oversea accounts.

We can make this a class action suit and we can demand the resignation of every person in Congress...they'll have to return their accrued income from the last two years. Just like in the real world, Congress, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. You work for us, and now, the tax payers want their money back.

Stop making us look like idiots in front of the world. There are serious global concerns that will affect us, and here we are putting on a three ring circus. Shame on you!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pretty Fine Things


My friend Ryan Scott Weber is doing a kickstarter for a new picture called Pretty Fine Things. One of the stars is a good friend of mine, Joe Parascand and he shared a synopsis with me on what the movie would be about. Check it out and then check out the information for the Kickstarter. Tell Ryan that Steampunk Granny sent you.

Synopsis: When the search for a missing girl turns up empty, her friends encounter 3 serial killers that may be involved in her disappearance. Joe Parascand, Edward X Young, and Patrick Devaney will play the 3 serial killers who are brothers in this film. It will be the first time that all 3 of them will be together in the same scenes in any given project. Joe has been most known for the Mary Horror/Sheriff Tom trilogy as well as another trilogy of films called THE SOULLESS. Edward has been known for over 60 films, including Mr. Hush and the Green Monster.

He has also had great roles in Sheriff Tom vs the Zombies, Witches Blood, and Zombies Incorporated - all Ryan Scott Weber projects. Patrick has been most known for his web series, Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead (filming of episode 11 for this series should be this fall and Joe will have a role in it), his short film, Aemorraghe, and he, too, has had great roles in Sheriff Tom vs Zombies, Witches' Blood, and Zombies Incorporated. Add to the above the facts that you'll see some creepy twists and turns and wind up with a dark film that will be as fun to watch as Ryan, his cast, and crew will have had making it.


Contact: Ryan Scott Weber

Phone: (908) 644-8712



Anticipated NEW FILM from





Weber Pictures Company has announced a fundraising Campaign on for its



Planned to all be filmed in New Jersey in October of 2014.


From Ryan Scott Weber, the writer and director of the 'Mary Horror Trilogy’ comes the

horror/suspense thriller 'Pretty Fine Things'!  When the search for a missing girl turns up

empty, her friends decide to take matters into their own hands, but what they encounter is

much more than they bargained for.


Owner Ryan Scott Weber (Born February 24, 1980) is an American film director, screenwriter,

producer, cinematographer, actor, editor and musician.  Ryan Scott Weber has had his films

spotlighted at the biggest Horror convention on the east coast: CHILLER THEATRE!  All three of

Weber's films have screened to SOLD OUT crowds at CHILLER THEATRE and Weber has also been

one of their featured guests.  The extent of what Weber has done in the last three years is

extravagant.  He has completed three feature films each for under 5,000 dollars, a TV series, and a

short film.  It’s amazing what can be done with a budget this small.  Weber Pictures Company and Atomic

Kid Productions is located in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  Weber also plays the drums and

previously released two albums with the Trustkill Records Band Crash Romeo with the first being in 2006 and the other in 2008.


Weber has a distinctive directorial style.  He manages to make what appear to be big budget movies for little money.  Weber’s first feature film, Mary Horror, was released in 2012 with the sequel, Sheriff

Tom Vs. the Zombies, released in 2013.  The final installment, Witches Blood, and the short film, The Legend of Zeke, were released in early 2014.


“We are ready to take Weber Pictures Company to the next level by making a film with a proper

budget, which will allow it to become the best one possible.” 


Other conventions that Weber has attended are Monster Mania, Philly Comic Con, BizarreAC, and Parafest, to name a few. Weber's second film, Sheriff Tom Vs.The Zombies, was also a selection of The NJHORRORFEST in New Jersey and MACABRE FAIRE FILM FESTIVAL in Long Island. "We are at a point now where we are ready to make something really great" said Weber about his newest film, Pretty Fine Things.


We need your help to spread the word!   FOLLOW us

on Twitter via @Weberpictures, @ryanscottweber to stay involved.  Tell friends, co-workers and

classmates!  Be apart of Indie Horror history. .



For additional information, please contact Ryan Scott Weber at

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grand Ole Time At Bogart's Book Store


I love going to Bogart's Book Store in Millville, New Jersey even though it's a hike for me to get there and I always take the wrong turn and get lost. The delightful Amy, owner of this little gem of an establishment, always makes me feel like family whenever I'm there selling books with my sidekicks from the South Jersey Writers' Group.


This time, I took my daughter with me. While I was hustling books including Roof Oasis, the first in a series of apocalyptic tales with a twist, Re was selling her beautiful jewelry and she made a big hit with the pieces she brought with her that day.


Lots of people stopped by to say hello including friend George Scully and new friend, Linda Stevenson who bought a book from me.


Oh yeah and Amy showed me a photo of the ghost who lives in the basement. The spirits were there, but staying out of sight. One tapped me on the head as I was leaving. I don't think it was Andrew. I intend to go back and do some more investigating this summer with my friends from Keystone Spirit Seekers.

Bogart's always has something fun going on and as my daughter and I were packing up, a talented singer, Bob White, began to entertain the bookstore's guests. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay. ReRe had to get home to the kids, but I'm planning on catching the next Saturday performance.


My daughter and I were invited to participate in Amy's Third Friday Events. We will be back at Bogart's on September 19th. Hope to see all my friends, living and dead.

Oh, and before I forget...I am featured in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine. The Editor and Publisher, Cinsearae R. Santiago did an interview of me and my book, Roof Oasis. It is a wonderful magazine with lots of interesting stories. Check it out. You can order the magazine from Create Space. for the hard copy or you can get it on Kindle here:

                                           My husband, Dan, enjoyed reading the magazine.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Steampunk Granny's Review of Hairspay


I babysit a couple of times a week for Isabella and little brother Dylan. I’ve been watching Isabella since she was three months old; she’ll soon turn five. These two kiddies are loved by me and my family as if they were my grandkids. But…Isabella is jealous of the time I spend with baby brother. Gee, that kind of reminds me of how I was when my sister Jane showed up on the scene.

Too make a long story short, trying to teach Dylan and keeping Isabella from selling him to the mailman takes its toll on this old granny at the end of the day. Today, I was so tired that I just flopped on the sofa as soon as I came home. I wasn’t ready to work on my writing or interviews so I flicked on the television and scanned through the guide. I was in luck. I found the original version of Hairspray and I settled down to watch it.

Hairspray 1988

Written and directed by the marvelous John Waters, Hairspray is a comedy and musical film that brings up segregation in the 60’s and the trials and tribulations of overweight women.  Divine (Harris Glen Milstead) played two parts in the film, Mrs. Turnblad and Arvin Hodgepile the owner of the television studio. The film also starred Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Ruth Brown, Colleen Fitzpatrick and Shawn Thompson.



Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) and friend Penny (Leslie Ann Powers) want to be part of the Baltimore Corny Collins Show which is like Philadelphia’s Bandstand; it’s the place to go if you like to dance and it’s based on the real-life Buddy Deane show. Overweight people and black people are not welcomed on the show by the owner, Hodgepile (played by Devine) although Corny Collins (Shawn Thompson) is ready to make the show integrated and he likes Tracy’s dancing abilities.


Tracy’s dancing is so good, that even though she’s overweight, she becomes the star of the show, infuriating the show’s reigning queen Amber Von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Amber is rich, spoiled and so are her parents, Velma (Debbie Harry) and Franklin (Sonny Bono) who owns an a segregated amusement park. Amber’s boyfriend falls in love with Tracy and Amber and her parents begin to plot on keeping Tracy from winning the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Tracy's is not at all embarrassed by her weight and is hired as a plus-size model for the Hefty Hideaway clothing store  Tracy’s teased and dyed hair causes her to be placed in a special education class, where she meets black classmates that were put in the class to keep them back academically. Tracy, her mother (Devine) and father (Jerry Stiller) fight the segregation going on at the Corny Collins show, but Tracy is arrested.


I love this show. I love the dancing and the music. I was an expert at the mash potato, twist, Bristol Stump, and all the dances that were out during the sixties. I even played hooky from high school a few times to take the bus with friends and go to the Bandstand show that was hosted by Dick Clark. I remember my sisters and me driving my father nuts because we were using up his stock of hairspray. We couldn’t help it. We had to have the look!  We would set our hair in empty frozen juice cans to make our hair fuller, followed by teasing our hair a mile above our heads before smoothing it into a style and holding the set with the spray.


This was my teenage years, and yes, it was a time when teenage America found its voice both with its music and with its acceptance of people of different races and cultures. It wasn’t that many years later that we used our voices to protest the war in Vietnam.

Side note: I never understood why that war was started, but our young soldiers from that war were never given their due respects and honor, but having both family and friends fight in that war, I will always be eternally grateful for the bravery of all our Veterans. Oorah!


There was a newer version of Hairspray  in 2007which was directed by Adam Shankman and starred John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Christopher Walken as Wilbur, Nikki Blonsky as Tracy, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma, Brittany Snow as Amber, and Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle.


I loved this version just as much, and especially John Travolta's and Christopher Walken's take on Edna and Wilbur.


If you get the chance, watch both, and then let me know which version you enjoy the best...and make sure you brush up your moves on the dance floor.

Uriah Young's Interview with Actors Stephen Hill and Brandon Fobbs



Check out Uriah Young's podcast interview with actors Stephen Hill and Brandon Fobbs. Uriah is a writer with a upcoming novel, blogger extraordinaire, teacher, and his interviews are right on!! And, he is Steampunk Granny's friend. Check him out on Facebook and his Blog


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Steampunk Granny's Visit to Laurel Hill Cemetery and New Hope

                                          At the Laurel Hill Cemetery. This place is very active.           

I was a busy bee this weekend, but I met such lovely people. I love meeting new people and learning from them. Saturday night I was at the Laurel Hill Cemetery volunteering with fellow ghost hunter Rita. She won’t let me tell people her last name, but she's part of our ghost hunting team.

We weren’t there to investigate, but to help out the staff at the cemetery with a pretty neat event, here is the advertised event


Venture out of the bars and into the cemetery as you team up with Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Young Friends group, The Antemortem Society, for a game of trivia amongst the tombstones. Hosted by the Gentlemen of the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia,


Philly’s premier vintage 1864 Baseball Team; your knowledge will be tested on 19th century sports, brew and culture. This is not your average game of quizzo! Enjoy pub snacks and beer as you compete in regular quizzo categories with a vintage twist. Winning gets you bragging rights and a great prize for your team.


Laurel Hill Cemetery hosts events most of the year and I’m strongly suggesting that you check this beautiful place out. Like right now! Go check the site: and pick an event to go attend. I’ll wait for you to return…….
Good you’re back. Did you pick an event to go to at Laurel Hill? You might see me there volunteering.

                                                Uriah with Marie Gilbert at her book launch of Roof Oasis                                            
A fellow writer Uriah Young had recently sent out a Facebook message that a good friend and fellow writer of his would be doing a book signing at Farley’s Book Store in New Hope. I love New Hope, so my wonderful editor and partner in crime, Patti O’Brien and I took the road trip. I've decided I need new glasses, because as Patti was parking the car. I saw a sign for a shop across the street. I thought the sign said "Fudge Chicken" Not convinced that everything should be covered in fudge, I said to Patti, "Why would they cover chicken in fudge. I wonder if it's fried?"


I had to wait for Patti to stop laughing before she could point out my error. It said Fudge Cakes...sigh...I need new glasses.


It was a lovely day in spite of the muggy weather and Patti and I even enjoyed our coffee on the bridge that leads to Lambertville. Then we headed to the bookstore where we had the chance to chat with Austin S. Camacho and the lovely Sandra Bswangin Webster who were at the store to sell their books. They are both with Intrigue Publishing.

Austin S. Camacho is the author of The Payback Assignment, The Orion Assignment, and his latest thriller, The Piranha Assignment. Camacho is also known for writing The Hannibal Jones mystery series. Austin was a presenter at the recent Philadelphia Writers Conference in Center City Philadelphia in June. By day, Camacho is a public affairs specialist for the Defense Department. For more than a decade, the American Forces Network carried his radio and television news reports. Here are Austin S. Camacho's links:


Sandra Bswangin Webster has her first book out and I can't wait to order it. It's called Let Me Just Say This. As Sandra explained to Patti and I, it's a book about family drama and about a woman named Cheryl who thinks she is living the American dream, but is she? The sequel, The Stiletto Stalker will be released next year.  Sandra also has her own talk show WLVS Radio, and I've listed her links below.



To end a perfect day at New Hope, Patti and I met with Uriah Young a very talented writer, teacher, interviewer, blogger; this kid is amazing, and his lovely bride for a drink before heading home. Here is Uriah's links:

Here is Patti's links.