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The Aether Guild of Writers

A place for writers of the steampunk, gaslight and neo-victorian genres to discuss and share ideas, techniques and writings.

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In deference to the history of the automaton

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by Robert Steffen yesterday. 1 Reply

Automatons are a huge part of the steampunk milieu but did you know that the idea of an automated human or animal goes all the way to ancient Greece? I didn't! Check out this list... …Continue

Tags: story, istory, deas, origins, history

Steampunk Mythology

Started by Erwin von Schwarzdorn. Last reply by Sela Carsen on Monday. 7 Replies

I was looking into the fantasy steampunk titles and a question kept buzzing around in my head:What mythological background is common in steampunk fiction?I mean, i know dieselpunk uses a lot of norse…Continue

The death of your steampunk character....

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage on Monday. 4 Replies

Good evening ladies and's time for another installment of your weekly writing challenge!This week's challenge is: Dare I suggest it, but how does the tragic demise of your steampunk…Continue

Tags: flash, fiction, unexpected, death, challenge

The Mason Jar Man writing challenge...

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage on Monday. 8 Replies

Good morning Steampunkers,Here is your weekly writing challenge...flash, scene, snippit...whatever you like. What do you get for the prompted theme of "the mason jar man"?Any takers? Continue

Tags: theme, flash, fiction, challenge, writing

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Comment by Sela Carsen on Saturday

Congrats, Kristy! It's a wonderful feeling!

Comment by Blimprider on Saturday

Hi, Kristy.  First of all, congratulations on publishing.  I don't think anybody realizes how hard it is to break into the world of traditional publishing until they actually start trying.  All you need to qualify is a million-selling blockbuster on your resume, and they're happy to take you on.  But it's a feeling like no other when you finally plug your name into Amazon's search engine and your book pops up, yes?

Comment by Kristy Carey on Saturday
It's not a Steampunk story, but I'm excited about it and finally just decided to publish it myself.

So, I wrote this piece and sent it through to a few groups several months ago. I then submitted it to a few magazines. After a chat with a friend, I realized I didn’t want to keep sending it out and waiting for months on end to hear ‘Not for us’. Not that the feedback was bad mind you, it was positive, just a positive ‘We like it, but its not for us.’

New Years of 2012 I made a Resolution to have something published, or in the hands of an editor at a small pub, by the end of 2014. Figured it gave me two whole years to make it happen. Over that time I was forced to make a choice on where my immediate future will lie. With my passion and my heart, writing.. Or with my love and what has actually brought in funds, jewelry design. Jewelry design won. That hasn’t stopped my love of writing and I hope to someday continue the novels I’ve been working on and get them out into the world.

For now, here is my short story The Wandering Wizard.
Comment by Sela Carsen on Saturday

Thank you, Contessa!

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on Friday

Congrats Sela on the publication!

Comment by Sela Carsen on July 18, 2014 at 8:25am

Not Steampunk, but my paranormal romance novella, NOT QUITE DEAD, was released today! Available at Amazon, BNKobo and iBooks.

Sabine Harper’s night started out badly—a dead man jumped out of his grave, she was chased by a vampire, and now she has an uninvited guest. The worst part? A guy who may or may not be entirely dead is looking ten times better than any living man she’s ever dated.

Willem Breaux has only three days to avenge his murder, but upon awakening more than a century into the future, he discovers that he needs Sabine’s help more than he could have imagined. And in the end, he’ll need her love more than anything else.

Can Willem and Sabine find love—and a little laughter—in spite of time, death, and an evil that’s waited a century to make its move?

Comment by Pandelirious Malifecto on July 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

Hey SoCal SP's... don't forget Old Fort MacArthur Days this coming weekend. Check the Events Page. It is happening in San Pedro, CA. Saturday and Sunday. See everything military from the Romans to the present. LOTS of cannon demos! Who doesn't like things that go BOOM? This is a terrific event and the main fundraiser for the Museum. If you're researching arms, armor, militaria and things that go boom then you shouldn't miss this chance to view live demos of all the above. I'll be there Sunday. See you.

Comment by Sela Carsen on July 5, 2014 at 10:33pm

Thank you, Contessa. :)

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on July 5, 2014 at 10:56am

Welcome to the group Sela!

Comment by Sela Carsen on July 5, 2014 at 9:49am

New to the Steampunk Empire and hoping to get to know y'all better.

I currently write and am published in paranormal romance, but when the current project is wrapped (this one is due for self-publishing - a new venture for me), I'll be diving into the American Steampunk romance trilogy that's been flitting around in my brain for several years.

I'm excited about immersing myself in this world soon!


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