"Hi, Peter. Sorry this reply is a little late in the day, but a fantastic resource I've found is Ralan's Webstraviganza. It's a monthly (I think) updated list of all English, so British, Irish, North American, Australia etc…"
"I'm into Reeve but I disagree with him here. Steampunk is merely a setting its not the focus of a story. Done well it can be as fun as other things that aren't real or don't conform to reality...a Wizarding school for example. Good…"
"I'm a sad sucker for anything that's Old Norse or inspired by it. It's one of my specialist subjects and something I've loved since I was a kid, and it's great to see it handled in such a different and personal way. David…"
"This piece is as good as the last one I looked at. The discription is vivid and the world you are building is fun. The steam elements are coming out at a good pace.
I would still simplify the language in a few spots. "These spectrality skeins…"
Grey sky and seas, the white edge of the breaks spat a briny froth over the bow of the Avalon. Through the evening air it meandered like an infernal smoke, settling in the plaits of Åge Lillebo’s beard. The man stood in the fading light and watched the night spool past, the western sky dissolving into a deep, velvet grey as the last of the sun’s embers vanished like a whisper. He placed both hands in the arch of his back and pushed out a stretch, he’d been asleep no more than an hour when the…See More
"I'm 100% with you here David. It's no fun to be constrained by rules of "textbook" steampunk. Why try to write something in a world that someone else has created. Leave Verne and HG Wells where they are and take inspiration from…"
"I'm writing a piece about Steampunk vikings. It's set after the ice-caps have melted and the men and women of the North revert back to a life on the frigid seas...but backed by steam-power. Part steampunk part Norse-Mythology."
I'm looking for a few good beta readers who have experience as steampunk writers as well. It is no problem if this would chew up too much time, but I thought I would ask. I posted a little more description of the novel in a…"
I'm a British expat living in Chicago. I recently finished the first draft of my first novel and was recommended by Philip Reeve (Author of Mortal Engines) to look into steampunk/dieselpunk as that's the kind of thing I write. I didn't even know such a genre existed but I think it's really cool and am looking to get into it more.
What do you hope to find at The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild?
a forum for like minded steampunk writers and artists with whom I can exchange ideas, provide and obtain feedback and develop new projects
Exceptionally kind of you, thank you! I banged that site out right before a convention so that I had a place to which I could steer inquiring minds. I appreciate the 'friending' and based on your self-description, it seems like we've got a lot in common in the writing world.