The Steampunk Empire

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Scribblers' Den

Welcome to Scribblers' Den, the online tavern where authors of the ~punk genres can meet to share concepts and philosophies of The Craft in the hope that these conversations will provide the fertile ground that will give rise to tomorrow's incredible ideas.  You needn't be a famous author, nor even a published one to be a member.  You need only be serious.  This group is not about exclusion nor limitations, in fact it has only one rule:  No personal attacks on a fellow member for expressing his or her own opinion.  Violation of that axiom will get you thrown out of here so fast it will leave you with whiplash, and this is the only warning that will be given.  So pull up a chair, order a round, and put your wares on the table.  This is the place where imaginations fly!

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Twenty-five Words or Less

Started by Blimprider. Last reply by William J. Jackson on Saturday. 3 Replies

     Casting about for something to commemorate this second anniversary, I suddenly remembered an item in my portfolio that was nominated for a prestigious Quill Award back in my days with  I never could write haiku either; nailing a…Continue

Tags: 25words

Character Study: Jonathan Grimmer (advice needed)

Started by Bryce Raffle. Last reply by Blimprider Sep 22. 26 Replies

Hello, it's me again, denizens. I have a writing dilemma that I could use some help with! I tend to be an action-oriented writer, generally focusing on plot and making up characters to suit the plot as I go. Usually I can get away with this, as the…Continue

Researching Your Story

Started by Linda Whitworth. Last reply by Linda Whitworth Sep 14. 18 Replies

Hi. It's me again. With more questions. So I posted what I have written so far and got great feedback on it. Next comes the research. I started using an online program called LitLift. It seems a very clean and easy program. However, I did not…Continue


Started by Blimprider. Last reply by Blimprider Sep 10. 10 Replies

Looking for someone?  Here's where to reach them:          Aaron Martinez          Adam…Continue

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My Journey: The Beginning

Started by Linda Whitworth. Last reply by Linda Whitworth Sep 10. 23 Replies

This is my first foray into the writing world. I never realized how much work goes into it. I applaud all those who do this for a living. I am trolling the Aether for sites on writing. When I had to write essays and research papers for college I…Continue

Tags: literature, challenge, research, fiction, story

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Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate 2 hours ago

Over the last three days I have been unable to access the Empire  Messages continued to mount up . I have reported the issue and would encourage anyone else who has difficulties to do the same .

Comment by C.J.M. 3 hours ago
QED ? A type of Royal British ship ?

No subtitles here my friend...please what does it mean to mere mortals ?
Comment by Steve Moore 6 hours ago

QED Chaps !!!

Comment by Bryce Raffle 6 hours ago
Ohh, thanks, Jack. That explains it!
Comment by Steve Moore 7 hours ago

One for Jack I think Bryce mate.  I admit to having no recollection of Mr SInclair. Puzzling unless it is  Denizens pseudonym? Puzzling !!!

Comment by Blimprider 7 hours ago

   Bryce, he also uses Albrecht Saarbucken, or something very close to that.  His Empire page is

Comment by Bryce Raffle 7 hours ago

Bit of a strange question...

One of the contributors to our anthology, BA Sinclair, has not been replying to my email communications. I thought I'd try messaging him here, on the empire, in case he was just missing my messages, but I couldn't find him under Scribblers' Den members. I believe he also goes by Byron Skillings. Does anyone know this gentleman and if he's still a member of our den? It seems odd that he would contribute to the anthology and then leave the group entirely.

Comment by Rulon James Downard 8 hours ago

Robert L. Howard was indeed a fascinating and troubled character, not quite so psychologically glitched as the brilliant Philip K. Dick, but still an imaginative and vivid creator of a world of adventure.  I think the Schwarzenegger version of Conan the Barbarian (script coauthored by Oliver Stone, remember) caught the sweep and mood of the stories quite well.

Comment by C.J.M. 8 hours ago
Not sure I've heard of the TIP Project, may check it out later.

Another film to watch - 'The Whole Wide World' about the troubled author who created Conan.

Saw it on tv once, by chance, also stars Renee Zellweger.
Comment by Rulon James Downard 9 hours ago

I've seen "Creation" (I study all the creation/evolution issues in my #TIP project / it was an adequate film, a bit artsy, Huxley was miscast, but overall got most of the benchmarks right.


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