Dustpunk? Never heard that one. I'm working on a series of dieselpunk westerns at the moment - Mexican revolution/WWI sort of time period. I'll have to look into the dustpunk thing. What sort of stuff are you working on?
I am to the stage of looking for some beta readers for my novel coming out this summer. It is a weird western, dieselpunk so I thought you might be interested. What I really need is very honest feedback on whether it is ready for publication or not and what still needs to be tweaked. I posted more in a forum: http://steampunkwriters.ning.com/forum/topics/need-beta-readers-for
No worries. I thought you were a weird west fan. The book is more west and less weird. If you are looking for a read that would be great, but I don't want you to feel obligated. I would probably be jumping back in for the rewrite in a couple of weeks, so I would need notes by then. You can email me at hachebrown(at)gmail.com if you want me to send it to you. Let me know if you want a pdf or an epub.
I am halfway through another rewrite using Beta feedback. I'll try to get you a file today of the first half and send it off to you. I would love some feedback on the current form. I am really hoping that it works well now. Then I'll just ship it out to a proof editor and be ready to go.
I'll send you the first half in a .pdf. and then I should have the second half ready by the end of this next week. If you want .epub let me know, but most people have been wanting .pdf. Thanks!
That would be a wonderful post for the blog! Thank you. If you leave the ones that got added today there for a day or two and then add yours, that would be perfect. Just click on the Blog tab in the menu bar at the top of the page and follow instructions. It comes to me for approval and then it appears on the front page. Cheers!
Cool! I have fond memories of seeing the ballet as a child. :) Have you read the original, the ETA Hoffman version? If you haven't, Alexandre Dumas cut out like half of it in his version (which the ballet is based on). I love the animated movie The Nutcracker Prince, which includes the missing bit and partially inspired my own version.
I'm comfortable writing non-fiction. Particularly on economic justice and the theology thereof. As well as labor issues, the western esoteric tradition, and the cultures of the Pacific NW. I had always believed that fiction was beyond me. Writing good fiction requires not only style, but the ability to bring forth well-developed characters such that a reader understands them. Not an easy task.
However, after reading Boneshaker, it dawned on me that I could write something better. Which I am now in the process of actually doing. It seems rather like my experiences as a mechanic-- you learn the most by doing the work. As many writers have said, I too, have found that my characters seem to have taken on a life of their own. My task is to sustain them.
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