May 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Rewrites: Don't Let the Red Ink Give You the Blues

When I finished my recent rough draft of Aether Legions, over ninety thousand words, I celebrated briefly. Next I sent my work to trusted writing companions to review and provide commentary on. When I say 'trusted' I mean that I value and encourage their criticisms and they've no compunctions about pointing out the flaws in my work. It's very important to have that first gut check come from trusted sparring partners. Every blow they drive home now helps me dodge the harsher, more punishing…


Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 28, 2013 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Cenochronic History

For the last month, I have been writing on my blog at MIT about a new approach to history that I call "cenochronic". The last post in the series deals with Steampunk as a specific example. I have collected all of the posts in the series at one…


Added by Norman Hugh Redington on May 27, 2013 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Myths in Writing


Popular fiction and the imaginations of many portray writers tucked in a cozy office or nestled in the corner of a quaint coffee shop, hammering away with a thoughtful squint or crazed scowl on their faces. They toil alone and eventually hand their manuscript to their publisher after a montage of such scenes.

     My writing started in the wee hours behind a hotel reception desk. Tired…


Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 27, 2013 at 7:12am — No Comments

Indie Author Turning Heads with Upcoming Novel & Kickstarter Campaign

The world of publishing is actively changing around us. The internet is abuzz with authors favoring self-publishing their works over taking the traditional route to publication. The latest author to follow this emerging trend is debut indie author S.C. Barrus with his upcoming novel,Discovering Aberration.

Discovering Aberration is a new take on the popular steampunk genre, which take place in an alternate Victorian-era setting where steam and clockwork technology have…


Added by S.C. Barrus on May 23, 2013 at 9:31pm — No Comments

The Jekyll and Hyde of Writing

                Writing and rewriting are two sides of the same coin but each takes a different kind of mindset to accomplish. Most folks think of writing when they imagine what writers do; scribbling creative characters, scenes; oozing creativity onto the page into the wee hours of the night. Beginning…


Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 22, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Hertha Ayrton: the Feminist Tesla

Although the 19th and early 20th Centuries produced an extraordinary number of eccentric genii, Steampunk attention seems focused on only a few (Tesla, Babbage, &c.) As the editor of a site devoted to 19th Century physics, I occasionally come across historical figures who, I think, would greatly enliven the mix. One of these is…


Added by Norman Hugh Redington on May 21, 2013 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

Sounds of Steam Internet Radio Show Mention for SWAG!

A little bird (by the name of SWAG donor Christopher Meeker) has just told me that he's wangled us a mention on Travis Sivart's internet radio show, Sounds of Steam, reporting live from the…


Added by Lia Keyes on May 19, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Literary Award Shortlist for "Ether Frolics"

It was a nice surprise to learn this week that my short story collection, Ether Frolics, was short-listed for a major Canadian literary award:…


Added by Paul Marlowe on May 18, 2013 at 4:52am — 3 Comments

Bringing steam to young readers.

My name is Sherlock. Not kidding, it's my real name. Actually it's my family name. I come from the Sherlock family. And when I was a boy, I was told by everyone I met at school, that my name was shared by a famous character from the 1800s, Sherlock Holmes.


Now, when I was growing up I discovered Dr.Who and started reading the related books. This passion for reading and stories led me to University and I became a writer. One day I finally realised, Dr.Who is really Sherlock…


Added by Adrian Sherlock on May 1, 2013 at 8:04am — 4 Comments

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