The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether


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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 Sep 24. 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

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Den of Antiquity Promotional Materials

Started by Bryce Raffle. Last reply by Karen J Carlisle Sep 23. 19 Replies


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

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Comment by David Lee Summers 17 minutes ago

I forgot to say, if anyone answers the questions and tags me, I'll tag them in return in my post -- so it kind of becomes a means for us to discover each others blogs.

Comment by Blimprider 24 minutes ago

   That's a great idea, David!  I'm always on the lookout for blogging subjects, and these ones with questions are almost like interviews (which I need to get involved in again to re-immerse, as it were).  Moving it to the top of the list just makes sense, as the timelier it is, the better.  Maybe we can get a whole viral blog-to-blog thing going.  Anyone else in?

Comment by David Lee Summers 30 minutes ago

Thanks for sharing the post, Jack!  I was just about to spread the word myself.  Typically these tagging posts ask people to tag others to follow.  I usually hesitate because I'm never sure whether it's welcome or a bother.  That said, if any of you want to take a crack at the questions on your own blogs, please do and tag me in return.  I'd love to see your answers, too!

Comment by Blimprider 50 minutes ago

   Our fellow Denizen David Lee Summers offers a new blog post this morning that has a general theme of time travel, but doesn't look at it in the traditional way that bloggers so often do.  It's a thought-provoking read in which he asks a lot of questions that you can answer in the comments, getting to know our resident astronomer better, and perhaps adding yourself those fortunate enough to be listed among his friends.  I know I'll be back as soon as I get another chunk of this editing done.  Maybe I'll see you there!

Comment by Blimprider 6 hours ago

   Stephanie, just read your blog and tried to leave a comment, but it wouldn't let me, so I'm copying it here:

   Certainly a lot of food for thought here, and I find nothing to argue with.  FYI, and in case you might be able to use it to improve you own work, I once read somewhere (memory ain't what it used to be) that your setting should be unique, almost like another character in the story, and if you can change the setting to another location and tell the same story, you haven't gotten the most out of it.  I certainly haven't mastered this, but I try to keep it in mind while I'm working; it can't hurt!

   Excellent work here, though.  As long as you're thinking about this stuff, you'll constantly be improving.  The thing to avoid is

Comment by Stephanie Kato 9 hours ago
I love the pictures you guys posted. Bryce, your costume looks fantastic!

You guys can check out my latest blog post about steampunk writing. I chose a topic about settings.

For those you who are gamers, I'm finding a Sherlock Holmes game interesting. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. I think it has six cases. A bit refreshing from the usual smashing, slicing, shooting, and blowing up. It's actually on Xbox One, PC, and possibly PS4.
Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate 11 hours ago

In Australia Halloween doesn't seem to have penetrated much beyond the state capitals . Some years my mother has tiny visitors ( I think she means children ) but mostly she manages to consume the ' treats ' the next day .

I don't know what the lady would make of the hat and costume but they look pretty good ( in a bad way ) to me .

Comment by Blimprider 13 hours ago

   Karen - Bryce ... EPIC!

Comment by Bryce Raffle 13 hours ago

My voodoo top hat

Comment by Bryce Raffle 13 hours ago

Nice! Looks great, Karen!

Just finished carving my pumpkin.

Here's a sneak peak at my Halloween costume.


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