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…Continue
Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 28, 2013 at 7:12pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 27, 2013 at 7:12am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by S.C. Barrus on May 23, 2013 at 9:31pm — No Comments
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 writers dive into this effort head first and hammer away. I love…Continue
Added by Winfield H. Strock III on May 22, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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:…Continue
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…Continue