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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Later Than Advertised - Steampunk

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When I first started this blog I mentioned the genre Steampunk. And I said that I would do a post on Steampunk explaining what it was. And then life got in the way and here we are six months later and I'm only just getting to it.

So... Steampunk is... well it is usually Victorian or Dickensian in style. The technology involved within the Steampunk world is usually powered by steam...hence the name. Other than that the world is your oyster.

Think of films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [also graphic novels], Treasure Planet [Steampunk's answer to Treasure Island] or to a slightly lesser extent Van Helsing [three words - gas powered crossbow]. And the US TV programme Warehouse 13 has a Steampunk feel to it.

Whilst looking up Steampunk I came across an article by writer Richard Harland where he describes Steampunk as 'speculative fiction, not historical fact'. You can read more about writing in this genre by clicking here to see the rest of the article.

There are a number of other sub genres like Steampunk including Cyberpunk and Dieselpunk. But I think Steampunk was the original in this vein.

To give you a little more insight in to the workings of Steampunk here are some links to just a few blogs and websites on Steampunk (not just writing it, but reading it and living it):

Steampunk Magazine
The Steampunk Workshop
The Steampunk Shipyard
The Steampunk Home

So I know that wasn't the most comprehensive post on Steampunk but I promised you a post on it and here it is.

And now that I have written the word steam so many times, to me it no longer looks as though it is spelt correctly!

Friday, 25 February 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 8

This week was an odd one. As in I wrote something but it didn't make it to 1000 words. It ended up at 540 words.

But I don't care because I submitted it for an anthology of flash fiction... and it got accepted!!! This will be my first published piece!

So this week's image is the cover of the anthology. As you may be able to tell from the cover the stories within are about the living dead.

It is a Static Movement anthology - a non paying market but it is good for the exposure. In fact looking at the list of other anthologies that are open to submissions I may have found a home for my Red Riding Hood story from a couple of weeks ago. A bit of a rewrite is in need first though.

And there was me thinking that it was going to be a bad week!

Friday, 18 February 2011

I'm Going to be Busy That Day!

I've made even more work for myself. Throughout April, on my other blog, I am taking part in the A to Z April Challenge on hosted by the blog Tossing It Out.

And what have I gone and done? I've only gone and signed up for yet another blogfest...this one is on the 25th April. So I will be busy that day.

Any way on with this particular blogfest. It is hosted by Lindz at her Rapturous Randomocity [for those who frequent my other blog you'll know that just by the title of her blog she is a girl after my own heart].

And the blogfest is called Now Starring - basically you take 4-6 of your main characters and decide who you would want to play them in the movie version - it can be anyone you like - and then explain why you have picked that actor or actress.

Practically from the moment I first came up with this novel idea of mine I knew who would play the main characters. A couple have changed since then but for the most part they are the same as they day they were born...via my imagination.

So to sign up click here.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 7

This week was a tough one. Yesterday I was still struggling to come up with an image for this weeks challenge.

But I was coming up with absolutely nothing...so I went with that.

Then came the struggle of trying to write 1000 words about nothing. I had to push after I thought that the story was fizzling out at 500 words. But I managed to get 1004 words in the end.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are worrying and then you realise that you actually have nothing to worry about? Well I have. And this story is about such a  person. My character is convinced that he has forgotten something, an unpaid bill, a dentist appointment, a family birthday. And in the end it turns out that he was worrying about nothing.

I know it doesn't sound like much of a story but I think I made it work.

And do you know how hard it is to write something using the paintbrush on Paint?

Friday, 11 February 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 6

At the beginning of the week I was watching some new movie trailers. Whilst watching one such trailer I came across the poster for the  film. The poster sparked something in my imagination and it became this week's image. This also links in with my idea from some time ago when I started writing 'reverse' fairy tales, where I switched the good characters to bad and vice versa. To be honest I had forgotten about this particular tale.

So one thousand and odd words later I have a story. A young girl, her father and her grandmother live in a shack in the woods. There isn't much money in woodcutting, but then the girl's grandmother comes up with a plan. The girl then finds herself walking alone through the woods, being used as bait to catch wolves, particularly talking wolves.

Monday, 7 February 2011

The Blogfest Bug is Spreading!

On my other blog I've taken part in one blogfest and signed up for another two...and now I've signed up for one with this blog. This blogfest fits in better with this blog as it is more of a writing theme.

All you have to do is describe a setting that tells us about the personality of one of your characters. I realised that I had never really considered this before. In the first draft of my novel my main character spends most of her time outside or in family areas of the house. So I had never thought to describe her own personal space before. So it is something to think about until 2nd March rolls around.

Anyway enough about my trials and tribulations. The Super-Snooper Blogfest is hosted by Alison Pearce Stevens so click here to sign up and check out her blog.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

The Great Edit - The First Hurdle

Before I started going through my first draft, red pen in hand I realised something.  It occurred to me before I'd printed it out, before I'd left it for a month. In fact this realisation entered my head about five minutes after the post NaNoWriMo celebration had ended.

I was too nice.

Now that will sound strange to you until I explain.

My novel is a historical mystery, set in mid to late Victorian England, about a serial killer. However I realised that I have written it as though I was in Victorian England, writing a contemporary mystery, hoping that any ladies of breeding that read it wouldn't faint after the first chapter.

That is how I was too nice.

During the last week of NaNoWriMo I tried to rectify it by putting a little bit more gore in to the crime scenes that my detective happened upon. And not just gore for gore's sake. I mean a little bit of gore to make it more realistic.

After all Victorian serial killers were not reserved and gentle were they? Pick up any book about Jack the Ripper and you will see that Victorian murderers were not considering how the public would react to such a crime when they committed it.

So I've got to start being nastier...just a little. ;-)

Friday, 4 February 2011

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Week 5

This week I got all the way to Thursday before the image I had chosen actually sparked anything in my imagination.
But I did manage to get something in the end. A something that was just under 1200 words long.

The story this week is about a man who goes to confront the person who has written a possibly liable story about him...and ends up stabbing him in the neck with a pen. So be warned writers...

But so far I like this challenge. It's encouraging me to write every week, and I'm gaining a 'store' of short stories for future use. Which was supposed to be one of my writing goals for 2010. But nothing came of it last year...