The Steampunk Empire

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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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Port Reprieve: The Traveler

Started by Dave G yesterday. 0 Replies

                                The TravelerIt was a dark and stormy night.  Dan lifted the cover over the smallwindow, and peered into the darkness.  He made out a swaying oak treeduring the frequent flashes of lightning.  But, as the storm raged,…Continue

The World of Port Reprieve

Started by Blimprider. Last reply by William J. Jackson on Thursday. 54 Replies

   Okay, Denizens, here we go, a big ol' sandbox for y'all to play in:Background:  The imaginary city of Port Reprieve began life after the armistice that ended the American Civil War in the fall of 1864 with no clear victor.  The City of Mobile,…Continue

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Port Reprieve: The Telegraph Office

Started by Dave G. Last reply by Blimprider Nov 25. 5 Replies

The Telegraph Office Henry opened the rough wood door of the bunk room, and stared out into the telegraph office.  The office was empty at such an early hour.  He noticed the dusty windows, and made a mental note to have them cleaned, probably by…Continue

Port Reprieve: Doctor Sprague's property

Started by P. Aloysius Regnad. Last reply by P. Aloysius Regnad Nov 25. 3 Replies

      Since this may all be taking off again, here is a map excerpt showing the location of Dr. Sprague's house (the little red spot) and surrounding property, which extends all the way (south, and west) to the shore of the Green Branch.  I'm…Continue

Technical: Best bit of writing advice you've learned in the last year.

Started by Mark Lingane. Last reply by Steve Moore Nov 11. 17 Replies

As this is a writer's group, I thought I'd start the first of a technical series, a sort of tips and tricks section that everyone can contribute to. Hopefully it can help with a new perspective when analyzing your own work.I'll kick it off with this…Continue

Victorian Bareknuckle League!

Started by Bareknuckle Jackson. Last reply by Stephanie Kato Nov 7. 11 Replies

Hello everyone!Thanks to Steve for alerting me to the fact that I can start discussions and thank you for letting me join your group!I am a music teacher from the UK currently residing in Budapest. For the last two years I have been putting together…Continue

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Comment by Stephanie Kato 8 hours ago
Thanks for complimenting my interview with Vitaly, Steve. I also agree with you about steampunk spreading its wings. Pop culture definitely isn't done with steampunk yet. Dishonored 2 was released last month. It's a game that has a lot of steampunk influences. Fantastic Beasts had a little bit of steampunk elements. When I go shopping at Barnes and Noble for the holidays, I'm sure plenty of steampunk books will be stocked on the shelves. The Victorian era is also quite popular. In January, two television series are going to air in the U.S. Victoria is going to be on PBS. A series called Taboo is going to be on FX and it'll showcase the Victorian era's controversial underbelly.

I'll check out JazzFeathers' blog. Jack, you're still staying busy with your writing. I'm not much of a pantser, but sometimes my ideas change. I usually write basic outlines for each story, but I always alter elements while I'm writing a rough draft. Action scenes tend to be more improvised. It's fun to let the meyham take off.
Comment by Blimprider yesterday

   Yes!  BtR2 fully corrected and on its way to the publisher!  Now I have just enough time to clean the kitchen for mama before settling in to watch one of the last four San Diego Charger games before they take their losin' @$$es off to become next year's Los Angeles Chargers, farm team for the NFL's Rams.

   I probably won't be back on here before this evening, but THIS is the latest from JazzFeathers' blog, something all us punks would do well to think upon.

   See you tonight!

Comment by Steve Moore yesterday

Great Scot !! amazing to see Steampunk spreading its wings. I think its the genres inclusiveness that is its secret over other "movements" as age doesn't matter and like I have said a number of times before, people look sexy with their clothes ON !!!

WE writers can hide behind our imaginations and use our words as a shield but the cos-play and makers are at the leading edge of the "movement" as they go out into the big wide world with the imagery and the bravery to spread the word. Of course a number of Denizens deserve Orders of the Steampunk Empire for services to Steampunk including David S and Karen for their convention expeditions and lectures on the genre!!

One day when some millionaires put big money into steampunk we will have an awards dinner !! 

Best as ever  Stevo 


Comment by Dave G yesterday

I got sucked into work again yesterday (Saturday).  Yuck.  This project is in the mud up to the axle by now. 

But, after work, I accompanied Kathy over to Joann's Fabric and Craft store, where I discovered that Steampunk is really catching hold.  For those of you into sewing, or crafting, they have a selection of Steampunk related items, including patterns, buttons, and even material.

Plus, they have a rather nice sale going on.

I picked up a couple of packages of Steampunk buttons, which Joann's store had on the shelves (for a better price):


Comment by Blimprider yesterday

   Good morning, Denizens!  How are your various projects coming along?  I woke up way early, even by my standards, today, and pitched into the BtR2 edit.  I am eager to have that finished, and back to the publisher to get the corrected edition out there.  Once that is done, I hope today, I can begin the final edit on BtR3.  When that heads off to the publisher, the deck will be cleared for Stingaree, and the "background project" (I always have one of those going; don't we all?) will be the Nexus I referred to in my last blog post.  My mind's creative fangs are aching to tear into that, but letting it simmer in the background while I bring Stingaree to completion will give me plenty of time to flesh it out as a fully realized and functional world that isn't being made up as I go along, if that makes any sense; probably not to this group, which seems to be made up of about 90% pantsers, but that's the plan.

   What BtR3 has shown me, and Stingaree is reinforcing, is that I am quite a bit more adept at the short-story/novelette form than the full novel, and that's how I plan to approach Nexus, seven or eight 12- 15,000 word stories per book.  Of course, it's probably a year down the road before I start in earnest on this; you don't suppose ol' Doctor Volatile might brush up against some changes before then, do you?

Comment by Dave G on Sunday

There's actually been some successful work with xeno-pregnancy, but only a very limited amount.


Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on Saturday

      Hoo boy.   All this thylacine talk is making me want to start typing up my story that features thylacines.   But I'm also thinking on "The Doctor is IN", "CR&A Go to the Dogs", and "Great-Grandfather's Clock".  Aghh!   This is why I get nothing done.   I can't pick one!

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on Saturday

      Yes, but numbats and quolls are much smaller.  I'd imagine a thylacine would outgrow their respective pouches pretty quickly.  Then there's the matter of whether the mother would even accept something that isn't its own species.   But maybe the offspring could be reared outside the pouch, these days?   I'm sorry, my knowledge of marsupials isn't all that extensive.

Comment by Neale Green on Saturday

The numbat and quoll are currently thought to be the tassie tiger's closest relatives, and the tassie devil is in the same family as well, I dare say they could do it if they tried.

I'd like to think that an iconic species that was wiped out by hunting is more worthy of being brought back than the winged rats, personally.

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on Saturday

      Ahhh.   There are few things that would please me more than to learn of proof that there are still thylacines  running around in Tasmania.  If that happened, I would get up, and dance a jig to The Irish Washerwoman!  (This version is actually pretty close to the way I hear it in my head.)

      That being said, we should be VERY careful when it comes to trying to restore extinct species.  Can you believe there are actually people who believe that the Passenger Pigeon should be brought back?  Egads!!

      The idea of restoring the mammoth is pretty well figured out, using an elephant as a surrogate mother.  But how would that work for a marsupial, like the thylacine?  What could be used?  A really big kangaroo?  I dunno.   Seems like there are more complications than for a placental mammal.


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