Tag Archive: Steampunk


A Discarded Pistol

Steampunk is a subgenre I fell into. I started writing in it because I saw an opportunity and decided to challenge myself. I ended up with two published short stories because of it. I was invited to submit a third.

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Thoughts on 32

My birthday has come once again.  This time, it’s broughtVitamin F along with it.  I’ve talked a lot about my dystopian novel in the past weeks, so I’ll say very little about it.

Vitamin F is out now for both the Nook and the Kindle.  I’ll be fine-tuning it still, but the book is out, ready for people to read it. Continue reading

Why “Heart of Steel?”

I just sent out the latest Harrison & Bianca story, “Heart of Steel,” to hopefully be part of the newest Dreams of Steam anthology.  The fine people at Kerlak Publishing were nice enough to include “Dreams of Freedom” in Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts.  So I thought I might take a minute and discuss where this new story comes from.

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Still Dreaming

Lately, I’ve been trying to find my motivation.  I wouldn’t say I’ve had writer’s block, since I’ve been writing and editing, and I have no shortage of ideas.  My problem as of late was finding that drive within myself to do a lot of writing and editing.

Over the last day, I’ve had a couple of things happen to get me going again. Continue reading

Steam and Freedom

It’s finally happened!  I’ve gotten something published!  I have a short story in a fantastic new anthology by a fine little press.  Fans of steampunk, I present to you, Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts.

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New Ideas

Since I’ve returned from the 2011 Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, I’ve learned a few things and wanted to try some of them out.  If nothing else, I thought it might be a good idea to spell out the plans I’ve come up with so they might be better accounted for.  It might even convince me to actually get a few things done. Continue reading

Dragon*Con To-Do List

It’s time for Dragon*Con again, which means I’ve got work to do (more than usual).  Aside from anything I might need to do in preparation, I thought it might be interesting to put together a list of things I need or want to do while I’m at the big Atlanta con. Continue reading

Thoughts on 31

Today is my birthday and I think it’s a good chance for me to look back at what I’ve done in the past year.  My efforts have been to reach my true goal, getting my novels published on a steady schedule, one where I can write full-time. Continue reading

Voices

I got some feedback on my still unnamed steampunk story yesterday.  One of the main bits of praise I got was for making the main character, a Texan, sound unique from the other characters who are all Victorian English.  Obviously, since the story is prose, I had to make a real effort to pull such a thing off.  Mark Twain was noted for his skill at phonetic dialogue, but a lot of writers, like myself, won’t even go there. Continue reading

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After getting 322 words typed on my steampunk short story, figuring out how to make one of the villainous Brill’Que (“those who give birth to themselves”), and editing the next to last chapter of Vitamin F, I think I’ve made fair progress.

I just made my room reservation for the Missouri Writer’s Conference.  Now, I’m just waiting to get my tax return in so I can pay my conference fees and do a little more meeting and greeting with other writers and literary agents.

Today’s plan is to finish editing draft four of Vitamin F and I think I’ll do it.  I’m going to write more on the steampunk story and plan out the edits I need to make on Mind & Machine.