Author: Gayleen Rabakukk

I'm a writer with an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also hold a journalism degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. I enjoy writing both fiction and non-fiction on a variety of topics.

Unidentified Young Woman

Isn’t she lovely? She’s so elegant in the feathered hat and fur muff. Based on her clothing, I’m guessing the portrait was taken in the 1890s/1900s. I found her in the Flickr collection of the Texas State Library and Archives,…

Airship Accomplishments

In April 1900, Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe issued a challenge to the world’s aeronauts: 100,000 francs to anyone who could fly from the Parc d’Aerostation of the Aero Club at Saint-Cloud to the Eiffel Tower and back (a distance…

Airships

I’ve long been fascinated by airships, so I was particularly interested in the recent NBC Timeless episode featuring the Hindenburg. (and there’s also time travel, another topic that really interests me – so I was pretty much glued to the…

Remembering My Dad

 John E. Wax May 18, 1945 – April 30, 2015   Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my Dad’s death. He died at home, under hospice care, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. I was standing beside him…

Steampunk Movies

Frequently when I describe my manuscript as “steampunk” people look very confused. This often leads to me coming up with a list of movie comparisons, so I thought it would be handy to do a post on just that. Hugo (2011)…

Happy New Year!

A new year offers the promise of opportunity, possibility and new beginnings. I am particularly eager to bid farewell to 2015 – a year full of changes and challenges. Some of those changes and challenges were of my own making,…

Natural Disasters

I have a strange fascination with natural disasters: fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes; random natural events that we mere mortals have no control over.  Back in July 2003, I had my first article published in a national magazine, Lighthouse Digest. (I was so…