October 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Art of Daniel Cortes

I'd like to showcase in this post the singular talents of Daniel Cortes, the artist who has accepted the challenge of illustrating the Steampunk Holmes series for Noble Beast publishing. The quality and incisive depth of his work belies his few years of experience as a concept designer and character artist, and the steampunk flavour of his artwork is really remarkable. He has participated in multi-national competitions such as Dominance Wars, rapidly earning the respect and admiration of…


Added by Prescotte C. Martin on October 23, 2011 at 5:40pm — 3 Comments

More Steampunk Tuesday Goodness!

Hey gang!


I've done a couple more weeks of Steampunk Tuesdays, and here are those posts.

Also, if anyone has any suggestions for a Steampunk Tuesday topic, or can recommend an artist they particularly like, or anything else, please let me know.  I'd love to feature it/them on my blog!…


Added by Adrienne Kress on October 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Manga Recommendations for Steampunk Enthusiasts

After watching Laputa, Howl's Moving Castle, and Steamboy, after finishing Fullmetal Alchemist and catching up with the latest release of D. Gray-Man, I find myself asking, "What else?"


It is evident that I deal exclusively with mangas in this post. This is because while steampunk has been recognized as a hybrid genre that is versatile and multicultural, there is a rather blatant oversight of mangas and animes in spite of the astounding popularity and appeal of Howl's Moving…


Added by Lexi Orchestra on October 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Steampunk Poetry and Fiction Submission Call

The Whistling Fire's December Guest Editor is AE Stueve and his theme is Steampunk .  So from now until November 26th they will be accepting steampunk fiction and poetry.  From these submissions AE will select work to be published throughout the month of December. Find out all the details at The Whistling Fire.

Added by Lauren Cummings on October 10, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Multicultural Steampunk Ficiton

As the hub of the industrial revolution, Victorian Britain and its culture will continue to be one of the strongest settings for Steampunk fiction. That said, it is not the only legitimate setting. After all, even Jules Verne’s most memorial character, Captain Nemo, mentioned more than western European aristocrats in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. "Do you think I'm unaware of the suffering people and oppressed races of this planet, the poor to be comforted, the victims to be avenged?"…


Added by Maeve Alpin on October 9, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Adding Tension and Danger: Keeping Readers Turning the Pages

This is a section from my upcoming workshop for Savvy Authors, Characterization and Plotting.

It begins October 24 and ends November 13.

If you know a writer who would be interested send them to Savvy Authors.



I hope enjoy this blog post.





Adding Tension and…


Added by Tambra Nicole Kendall on October 8, 2011 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Holiday Question: Do We Have Moral Obligations As Writers Of Steampunk?

Morality—this is a tricky issue, but specifically with regard to the subject in the sense of morality plays, as in good versus evil, bad guys/girls versus good guys/girls. Steampunk, as a genre, relies particularly heavily on this sort of interaction in its plots, but then so do most speculative genres to a great degree. Still, with Victorian settings so often prevalent in Steampunk tales, that particular time’s concepts of right and wrong, good versus evil, often have to figure very… Continue

Added by Rob Shelsky on October 7, 2011 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

Waisted Efforts link

Trying to see if this link works...

If you copy and paste this into your browser, it should work.



Hope this helps!


Added by Tambra Nicole Kendall on October 6, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Waisted Efforts-Deeanne Gist's dressmaker

Here is the link to the lady who made Deeanne Gist's Victorian ensemble. She has some photos that show some of the progress My sewing skills are not at his level. The hat for the day dress is gorgeous.


This woman does a fantastic job. I would LOVE to have that slate blue ball gown.…


Added by Tambra Nicole Kendall on October 6, 2011 at 5:05pm — 6 Comments

Victorian Dress: No easy access

Many in the romance writing community know historical author, Deeanne Gist purchased a full set of Victorian clothing. She wants her books to be as accurate as possible.

Her clothing came with a 17 minute instruction manual. This article has a video.


I thought this might be helpful to those who were just beginning their research into the era.





Added by Tambra Nicole Kendall on October 6, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Why Steampunk?

I first learned about Steampunk many years ago, when issue #4 of Girl Genius had just hit the stands. My brother is an avid comic collector and he encouraged me to read them. I found them really cool, but at the time I was busy with many other things, and the whole idea of Steampunk got put on a back-burner in my mind.

A little over a year ago, I… Continue

Added by Mark Fenger on October 6, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

It's Almost NaNoWriMo Time!

Whether you’re on the fence about leaping in, or steadily preparing with the precision of a military campaign general, here are a couple of sites to help you through October prep and November doubts:

  • Story Fix: Nail Your NaNoWriMo – a series of posts designed to help you through, from prep to finish.…

Added by Lia Keyes on October 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

If I don’t write… I’ll burst!

Reposted from my blog at Journal of an Apprentice Wordsmith


Throughout my life I have had many outlets in which to release my creativity.

I am a Live Role Player – I used to write and run scenarios (that’s roleplay speak for stories/plots/games) on a weekly basis – dreaming up fantasy worlds, building conflicts, being devious; I was the riddle-master, villain, heroine, innocent, the…


Added by Amanda Hewitt on October 4, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments


Selling Yourself As An Author

The Trials and Tribulations of Not Only Being an Author, but a Steampunk…

Added by Rob Shelsky on October 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

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