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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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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 Thorn Martinek on February 16, 2017 at 2:27pm

P. Aloysius Regnad:  Glad to hear that your propane regulator was fixed!  Also, interesting concept for the new villain, I'm interested to see where it goes.

Karen: You're welcome!  Thank you for the replies!  I will actually be posting photos of the process I took for part of the fursuit, namely the stilts I've been making.

Not familiar with that 'zine.  I've only really been a part of the fandom, officially, for about a year now.  Though I grew up around it, and a lot of the media in and round it (Red Shetland, Usagi Yojimbo, SWAT Kats, etc.)

Comment by Steve Moore on February 15, 2017 at 5:23pm

Bravo P. Aloysius Regnad love the name Sam Salamander go for it and tell me where to read the product of your labours? Love the muse fires thunderbolts of inspiration !! TTFN Stevo 

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 14, 2017 at 5:20pm

      A funny thing happened to me, yesterday.  Remember how Jack described being gobsmacked by his idea for his Nexus concept?  Well, I had a similar experience.  I was thinking about Bryce's fire story, over in the reading room, and the idea for a terrific new villain for my CR&A stories jumped into my head.  I won't go into too much detail, but he is fascinated by fire and uses it in the commission of his crimes.  He also has a gang of five colorful, and sometimes humorous, characters that assist him.  He calls himself....

      SAM SALAMANDER, after the mythological aspect of the common amphibian.  In various legends, the salamander lives in the magma in the Earth's mantle, is impervious to fire, or is even born from fire itself!   I've wanted to use this type of salamander in a story, but this guy is even better!

      (Hmmm...   There appear to be several people calling themselves "Sam Salamander" on the net.  I think that fine, though.  If there were only one, I'd be worried.   Heh.)

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 14, 2017 at 9:40am

      Not that anyone probably cares, but...   Huzzah!!!  My propane regulator issue has been resolved!  It only took the troubleshooter 15 minutes to correct, and, while my understanding of all the issues involved was incomplete, my basic diagnosis of why I was experiencing the problem was correct!  I feel much better now!


Comment by Karen J Carlisle on February 13, 2017 at 12:29am

Thorn. Thank you. Any comment is a bonus! Replied to them. Will look out for the photos! (I used to do art for a Furry Fandom Apazine - remember them? - back in the 90s.)

Thanks Stephanie.

Comment by Stephanie Kato on February 12, 2017 at 10:59pm
Karen, your newer blog was interesting too. I should check out the Reading Room. Some denizens posted manuscripts.
Comment by Thorn Martinek on February 12, 2017 at 7:13pm

Hello Karen!

I finally read the blog, as well as the newer one!  I love them both! ^_^

I left a comment on each of them as well, I hope they were ok.

I will definitely upload pictures, and possibly a video of the costume/Fursuit when I finish it.  As well as the accessories meant to go with it, as I finish those too.

Comment by Karen J Carlisle on February 12, 2017 at 4:20am

Stephanie, thank you for your kind words. I absolutely love the whimsy of steampunk. That is what drew me to it initially (plus the really cool outfits). This week's Steampunk Hands post is about finding the wonder in the world.
Thorn: The website host was down for maintainance last week (in the middle of the night for us). If you try the link again, let me know if you have another issue. I'll get my IT guy on it (ie. my hubby). Would love to see pics of your costume some time. Please post them when you are done.

I've done a few things this week to my webpage (adding info about the talks I do as well). I started something new in promo and marketing this week. If you sign up for my monthly newsletter, Tea & Tidings, you get a free ebook copy of With a Twist of the Nib. (The stories are fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk)

For those already signed up, you will get instructions on how to get your copy. (If you sign up, please let me know if the process works. This is the first time I've used it.)

Comment by Stephanie Kato on February 11, 2017 at 6:07pm

It definitely sounds like there are benefits of joining Funny how it goes. Offer your work for free and suddenly people are interested in buying the hardcopy.

I have a new blog post too. It's my contribution to the Steampunk Hands Around the World project. I think we can take influences from the past to build a better future. Likewise, we can also learn from mistakes that were made in the past. Steampunk ties into these topics too. You can read it at

The formatter is working on my manuscript. It shouldn't take that long to get it back from him. Volume II of The Post-Apocalyptic Society should be coming out in the near future.

What else are you guys doing?

Comment by Steve Moore on February 11, 2017 at 3:06pm

BBC just did a tribute/life of Sir Terry Pratchett called BACK IN BLACK . I do recommend it. It is very moving,  but ultimately,  as Sir Terry would like it,  FUN !!


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