Time to get to work.

Spiralling Further, by Sonya Marmurek


Holy cow, are you kidding? We’re mobbed.


Ive had to restart the sim four times since yesterday.  THANK YOU all so much for rushing down here (even though it’s made everything a little slow…) Wow. Thank you.

So ACS opened last night, and we’ve been flooded ever since. Someone came by and saw me and asked “do you actually work here?” in response to my “I just work here.” tag. I told them I did and they told me they ran a memorial for folks impacted by kidney disease and wanted to come see. They were happy.

I’ve seen tip jar money go by (it goes through me on its way to the alt) and I’ve seen sales come in.  People are taking LOTS of photos and enjoying the music. We can’t thank everyone enough and hope that for the next two weeks you can come back to see that one thing y0u missed the first time- though it’s always one more thing.


Improbable Mourning, by Hephasteon


Our bloggers are hard at work too, and theyve already turned up the heat, putting out post after post of the good stuff.  I’m sure they’ll keep doing that. They always do.   So come on up.  Have a look.   We’re here for 2 weeks.

Our first day total for the National Kidney Foundation is: 110,911L.


We’ll see you tomorrow.


The Spiral Opens.

A Clockwork Spiral 2014 Build, by Kostika Mistwalker


A bit of a bumpy start but we’re here.   ACS 2014 is now open.  The SLurl is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/78/128/1001 and just as a refresher, here’s a map (click to make it bigger.)


2014 ACS Booth Map 3


There will no doubt be some last minute merchant scrambling for the next 24 hours or so, but rest assured, it will all get here, and ACS will remain open until 6am October 1.  In the meantime there’s PLENTY for everyone to come look at.

Tonight, the Lokapottamus tells me she will be doing a set at the Gothika Mobile Unit at 8pm SLT (spot F on the map, go down the stairs.) and in theory, I’ll be at the mobile unit at 10. Also, turn your music on- we’ve got event appropriate music on MOST of the sim.

Come help us support the NKF.  Welcome to the Spiral.


A Clockwork Spiral, by Nimil Blackflag

T minus about 18 hours.

The Time of Spiral Draws Near, by Sonya Marmurek


It’s almost time.  The merchants are frantically trying to load in, the bloggers are poking their heads in from time to time to see where we’re at, review copies are going out, and we’re generally just getting ready to open the Spiral at noon tomorrow.  Every time we do an event it doesn’t seem like it will ever be ready in time, and then amazingly, it all just comes together (more or less) in the last few moments.


So tomorrow at noon, we’ll once again get together to help raise money for the National Kidney FoundationOur flickr group is open for everyone to post their spiral photos, and our excellent blogging team is hard at work doing the magic they do to make it all look wonderful.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow.


Applications update.

As of right now, we have 52 applicants for ACS, with 39 total slots available. We will close applications on August 10.  Of that number, about 15 are sponsor requests. We have space for between 7 and 10 sponsor slots.

Why haven’t we closed them yet if we have that many apps?

This is a curated event.  Not everyone who has applied is the right fit for it(I cut one of our own stores out of this event this year for that reason.)  Preference will be given to people who regularly work with the themes we’ve got going on here(because that makes sense.), and we are always looking for new stores that have never been with us before- because a common event complaint is that “it’s always the same stuff.” It’s a balance.

We’re trying to give everyone a chance to apply who wanted to, but keeping apps open til the 31st when we’ve already technically got a full house makes little sense.  We’re in a strange in-between place. We have more than a full sim, but less than 2 full sims worth, and I would much rather curate than have to manage a second sim we can’t fill this year. Experience has taught me that curating is better than unnecessarily expanding.

I’ve had several IM requests from people who want spots “held” for them.  I’m really sorry, but we can’t. We cannot and will not “hold places” for people.   It’s simply not fair to all the people who have applied.  At Gothmas by Gaslight we can usually do a hold, because the curation at GxG is much lighter (though it will be stronger this year than in past years- last year’s light curation hand was more frustration in the end than Im willing to repeat.)  But at this event we can’t-  If you’re not ready for this one it’s totally fine. We will be having another event (between ACS and GxG) this year that you can apply to if you like.

We will waitlist people who applied but didn’t get the spots they wanted. It is VERY RARE (very) that we don’t have to pull from the wait list.  Things happen, often at the last minute and we need to fill slots  in a hurry.

All the posters and standees are done. I’m just waiting for applications to close and then I can see what’s what.

Blogger apps will open August 15 as planned.



The last gear grinds to a halt (and the event total!)

As the Gears Turn, by Mildread Gloom

The gears have stopped turning for this year at A Clockwork Spiral, but before they did, Mildread Gloom got this great photo on the promenade.  I love the lighting in this.  Thanks Millie! ❤

Well, we finally closed. I actually had to restart the sim to get people to go home!  It’s been an incredible run, and more than we ever expected.  Thank you so much to all the people who came out, shopped, took pictures, dragged their friends out, out AMAZING blogging team (omg they work so hard) and the incredible group of merchants who helped bring ACS together. We don’t really have other words to use, or we’d use them, but thank you.

Of course no one wants to hear me ramble on (I don’t either) so let me get to what you all WANT to know- the total.

I’d set our initial goal at 150KL,  That was based on the first year of WGF, which did a 2 week run (a full 14 days) and had made 220KL in its first year.  (this year, it made over a million linden.) But we only had 5 days for this so 150K seemed reasonable.  I then said if we surpassed it, I’d extend the run to a week next year.  I THEN said, if we hit 258KL (1000USD) I’d make it a full 2 week run, just like World Goth Fair.

The actual total raised in 5 days at A Clockwork Spiral 2013:

L$278,444. or $1082.04USD for the National Kidney Foundation.

We are coming back for a full two weeks next year, folks.  Count on it.

The money is already in motion.  I sent the full amount to my main (because it has an increased cashout limit) and set it at a limit sell of 248 (on larger amounts the limit sell is a much better deal even if it takes a few hours to complete.)

sell order ACS

sell order receipt ACS




As soon as I get confirmation that the sale has gone through completely, and I send the money off to paypal, I’ll post the screencap.  Right now Im just waiting on the sale to complete. I will post the screencaps of every part of this transaction (as I always do.)

ETA: The sell order has filled, and for slightly higher than expected:

sell order filled



The money is now in motion to Paypal.  (the transaction costs 1USD.) It will take about a week (four business days for me, usually, but there’s a weekend in the way.) As soon as it hits, I will transfer it to the AKF and post the transaction and receipt.

ACS money in motion








We’re now going to start gearing up for the holidays, which means Gothmas by Gaslight.  Applications will open on November 1.  Again, thank you all- we just provide the playground- you make it happen.

I’ll leave this with one of Sonya’s photos. I couldn’t ask for a better blogger coordinator (and wouldn’t know where to find one anyway…)

It Has Tesla Beams In Its Eye Sockets, by Sonya Marmurek


Time keeps on slipping…into the future…(and the day 4 total.)

What the Night Brings, by Misty Harley

What. At some point I was going to post a steamgoth image.  I didn’t get a personality transplant…  But this one comes from Misty Harley <3.  Steamy, gothy goodness for all. Thank you. Misty – some of us still don’t wear brown.

I can’t post it here because downloads are disabled but I do want to point out this other photo by Zivaah.  Since I can’t post it, you call go look at it- it’s really great! Thank you Zivaah – this is a terrific image.

ETA:  ZIvaah was kind enough to adjust things so I could show you all this photo – isn’t it great?


As I mentioned yesterday, we’ll be extending ACS to noon Monday in order to get a full five days in (since we opened at noon.)  Also, everyone should know that ACS has brought in more money for charity than WGF did its first year out (which was a full two weeks, just as it is now) in three and a half days.  The org team couldn’t be more delighted and grateful for the support.  Thank you all so much for helping us raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.  This is a very personal charity for Lokii and many others who have needed support for kidney disease and related problems and seeing it get support like this is really heartening.

But we only have 24 hours left.  So I have a challenge. We’re trying to hit L$258K.  I know it seems like a strange number, but it’s basically $1000USD at a limit sell of 248. (really it’s 1002, but there’s a dollar fee on the cashout, and it’s the closest round number.)  If we can do that by tomorrow at noon PST, we will bring ACS back next year as a full two week event, just like World Goth Fair.  We’ve all been brainstorming ideas for next year, and the merchant crew is more than up for doing a full run – but we need your help.

Time is ticking and we only have a bit less than 24 hours left, so come on up and get your last minute shopping done before the mainspring runs down until next year. We’d love to make it back for a full two week run.

The day four total (at noon PST, it’s higher now) is L$241,176 .  It’s certainly possible to reach that 258k goal. 🙂

Sometimes doing these big events feels very surreal, and Duchess Flux got into that same vibe with this wonderful photo:

Surreal Steam, by Duchess Flux

Such a creative image, thank you so much Duchess, and everyone who is posting their ACS photos to our flickr pool.

We really hope everyone is having fun at the fair- and we’ll have a final total tomorrow after noon.  See you then!

The Spiral Turns. (aka, we’re open!)








A Clockwork Spiral 2013 is now open!  Come on up and get steamy.

A Clockwork Spiral event poster 2





Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Event SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/61/141/613 

(*bear in mind this is an adult sim, though this is not particularly an adult event.)

Sponsor List

Merchant List

We also have a music event on September 20:

Best in Steampunk at the Gothika Mobile Unit (can’t miss it, we’re dead center of the event) at 8pm. PST.  Lokii Violet is the DJ and Eden Malik is hosting. Prize is a box full of gift cards from participating stores.


We also have a flickr group, where you can find terrific photos like this one from Caitlin Tobias, a member of our ACS blogging team!

Boogieman_001, by Caitlin Tobias


A big, big thank you to the Firestorm team for helping us get the word out as well.  ❤

Our build was done by Lokii Violet, and our blogger coordinator is Sonya Marmurek.

The engines shut off after the 22d, so you’ve got til then to come up and join us!  🙂