The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether


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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Discussion Forum

Armor, Jewelry, and Horses

Started by Thorn Martinek. Last reply by Thorn Martinek yesterday. 2 Replies

Hello All!I've been working on a short story for a contest on WdC while taking a break from my main story.  It's still in the same world and with two of the same characters, though a much earlier, and smaller event in the timeline.Anywho, one of my…Continue

Tags: terminology, jewelry, Horses

A Proper Breakfast...

Started by Thorn Martinek. Last reply by Stephanie Kato Feb 12. 6 Replies

Just some food for thought (yes, puns...)At the point I'm currently at in my current story, one of my characters is reviewing their situation and the information they have while having breakfast.I had initially written him as having a standard…Continue

Tags: development, details, construction, world, alternate

The Nexus Chronicles

Started by Blimprider. Last reply by Thorn Martinek Feb 9. 5 Replies

     I'm using almost all my time right now, hand-transcribing the very long Temple of Exile novel to my portfolio at, but I found an unexpected day to myself today, and managed to flesh out the outline for Nexus.  What y'all…Continue

Tags: Nexus


Started by Blimprider. Last reply by Blimprider Feb 5. 10 Replies

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

Tags: directory


Started by Blimprider. Last reply by Blimprider Feb 3. 3 Replies

   Just assembled the outline for the prologue of The Nexus Chronicles.  I'm going to drop it here to demonstrate what my outlines look like, and also to see if I'm on the right track, in otherwords, would you turn the page to Chapter One after you…Continue

Tags: Nexus

Airship Beverage Additives

Started by Thorn Martinek. Last reply by Thorn Martinek Jan 29. 7 Replies

Here's another bizarre question for everyone.  Born of my indecisiveness when it comes to obscure details.How might an airship, in a steampunk world, provide cream and sugar to its passengers in their cabins?Given, in the case of the story I'm…Continue

Tags: ideas, writing, Airships, Tea, Coffee

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Comment by Lady N on February 17, 2017 at 10:53am
Glad to see you are all getting on with life. It seems that this winter is one of discontent for me. On a slightly steamier note you might like to visit the Armoury.
Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 17, 2017 at 10:34am

      Oh yeah...  The number of members here seems to have dropped by one.  It's really odd that the system alerts group owners (by default), and anyone else (by choice) when someone joins, but there is no option to be alerted when someone leaves a group.

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 17, 2017 at 10:15am

      Huh.  I get the backgrounds, but no content, and this message:

Comment by William J. Jackson on February 17, 2017 at 10:01am
Hey, I got into the Den finally! Huzzah!
My pleasure Jack, as my current troubles which I regret sharing here sometime back (apologies go all) were alleviated by a splendid helping of BtR. Now that's what a book is for! Can't load the pic (grr!) BUT I got a laptop. On the Book 3!
Doing the sale bit again. Chamber is free, Rust is .99. Tell your pals. Later!
Comment by Blimprider on February 17, 2017 at 9:54am

   Good morning, Denizens!  Everyone seems to be having issues today.  My issue is that the counters don't match; did someone leave or not?  Good to see everyone hard at work, though.  Me, too.

   I received an e-mail Thursday that asked some questions the answers to which may be of interest to anyone who's been enjoying my work, so I am attaching my reply for your consideration here.

   When I was brought to this by an enthusiastic friend back around 2011, he came to me with a project for us to collaborate on that was very different and more involved.  By the time events in his life caused that to fall through, I was already hooked.  I didn't want to commandeer his plot and go on without him, so with a minor amount of consideration, I moved my new stories 40 years in time and 4000 miles in space to become Beyond the Rails.  In my eagerness to start producing copy, and not imagining at the time that they would ever be read by anyone other than friends and family,  I didn't put nearly the effort into pre-production that an author planning to publish would have.  That sentence ["Whatever you do, do it soon!] is a cliche?  Can't argue, but didn't you notice that most of the characters in here are cliches?  From the disgraced and cashiered officer to the aristocratic pilot hiding from the aristocracy, to the gunslinger on the run from a past no one knows about, to the "guest stars" sent over from central casting, all of these people, with the exception of a few Africans, are steampunk tropes.  I set it in Africa to get away from the biggest cliche of all, London.

   I originally intended to produce BtR stories for my friends and family for the rest of my life, and so sprinkled them with villains to be revisited later.  I do intend to continue this series, but after the grind of publishing, particularly the post-production stuff, which is a pure slog with none of the enjoyment of writing, I find myself needing a break from it.  I originally planned to take that break by writing the Nexus series, but now I'm finding that retyping Temple of Exile is likely going to be all the break I need.  In the future, I am likely to return to the short stories, as Slayer of Darkness taught me that this crew, who were designed for the short story, have a devil of a time filling out a novel.  So there will be more, and you will be able to read them here [at WdC].  I'll probably alternate BtR and Nexus once I've finished with Temple.  Whether they will improve to any degree is difficult to say.  I'm not writing Great Literature here (as if I could!); this is my style, and I like it.  I write a story from a century ago, wherein the heroes are handsome, the ladies are proper, and the villain's only "point" is to be a villain.  It's not likely to change.

   And speaking of Slayer, thank you tremendously for that review, William!  A writer may talk about fame and fortune, but deep inside, he lives for satisfied readers; glad to have been of service!

Comment by David Lee Summers on February 17, 2017 at 7:42am

P - Something's strange when I click on the videos.  I don't see the Empire's usual backdrop, but I do see the videos themselves surrounded by a white page and plain-text links.  It's like something's not resolving correctly in the browser.

Stephanie - I've been hard at work on Clockwork Legion Book 4, Owl Riders.  Plus, I'm getting ready for Tucson's Wild Wild West Con, which happens in about two weeks. I hear I have a busy schedule of panels and presentations.

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 17, 2017 at 4:45am

      Has anyone tried to view any of the material in the Videos sidebar on the main page, lately?  For the past couple of days I've been getting an error message when I attempt to do so.  If someone else confirms the problem, I'll try reporting it, and see what happens.

Comment by Stephanie Kato on February 16, 2017 at 9:31pm
Steve, nifty progress for Royal America. Is anybody else writing anything interesting? It seems like several members who were previously active on the Den aren't posting as much.

It's going to rain cats and dogs at the Long Beach Comic Expo. Guess I'll save my cosplay outfit for another event. Maybe WonderCon. It's still a good opportunity to see cool vendors and meet interesting people.
Comment by Steve Moore on February 16, 2017 at 3:36pm

Just to let you all know I am editing ROYAL AMERICA so it is in a better state than the E book, for conversion to paperback on AMAZON KDP.

In the few years since I wrote my first ever effort my English has improved and it is mainly due to people here notably: Mrs Emeline Warren, Lady Naomi, JXD and Bryce that my knowledge of my native tongue has improved!

SO I do have a copy of HARTS RULES these days and I have hoisted in some great plot advice from Jack. I just think having a few books under your belt is a great feeling !! The main things is to do it and you can always tweak and improve as time goes on!! Oh I would be interested if anyone has any advice about writing screenplays??  Perhaps that is a blog nay E-pistle subject.

Yours Aye Stevo ( No new recruits for months now!!)

Comment by Thorn Martinek on February 16, 2017 at 2:37pm

OH! I will also be finishing, and posting chapters 3 & 4 of AoPC this week or next week, in the reading room.  Though, from here on, I will be posting links to WdC for them, rather than copying and pasting the whole thing into the forums here.  I will also be replacing the first two chapters with links as well, as I mentioned I would be doing in their respective posts. 

All will be publicly accessible, so there shouldn't be any problems accessing them.  Let me know if there are any issues with such, once their up.


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