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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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Where I Write

Started by Bryce Raffle 51 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Blimprider recently posted a discussion entitled Why I Write.  I thought I'd post a follow-up discussion.  It's a pretty simple one.  Location location location.Well, I live in the very beautiful…Continue

Why I Write

Started by Blimprider. Last reply by Blimprider yesterday. 6 Replies

         I am asked fairly frequently, given all the writers' sites that I hang out on, what makes me do it.  Non-writers may genuinely want to know, or they may want some ammuntion to use against…Continue

Tags: motivations


Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by Philip Allan Brian Drew on Monday. 4 Replies

Good afternoon ladies and gents...I am a little late in my duties here but welcome to your newest writing challenge. Two nouns; two verbs. GO!!!  Continue

Tags: mollycoddle, Tuesday, marble, challenge, writing

The Mason Jar Man writing challenge...

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by Sela Carsen Aug 13. 14 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 Leslie Orton on Saturday

Mr. Walton,

That is so clever! That is a wonderful suggestion, particularly if I could use some sort of tune recognition software that would allow the song to be played on the page of The Chronicle! "Steampunking" up the tunes—that has some delightful possibilities!



Comment by John Walton on Saturday

That comment was to add to Leslie Orton's request.

Comment by John Walton on Saturday

I lit the spark at my local writers group by taking a song I liked and in 1000 words fleshed it out, using some lines from the song, and then put it to them to identify the song.  Now others have started doing it. I know not all the songs (most) are steampunk but that does not mean they cannot be steampunked.

Comment by Leslie Orton on Saturday

Jack The Ripper Strikes!

Jack The Ripper—Man or Demon?

Find out in this edition of The Aether Chronicle!


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Comment by Leslie Orton on August 11, 2014 at 7:37am

Attention, all members of The Guild of Writers!

This is Leslie Orton, editor of the online Steampunk newspaper The Aether Chronicle. I am looking for something unique to add to each edition of The Chronicle—a puzzle, or word jumble, or riddle perhaps? Maybe even a regular writing challenge of some kind. I am drawing a blank on what sort of fun little novelty this should be. So I put the question to you all: what do you think? Do you think something like that would be well received? And what sort of puzzle/challenge should it be?

The person who suggests the best possible answer will certainly be featured in The Chronicle for their brilliance, if they so choose!


Leslie Orton

Comment by Son of Sekonza on August 5, 2014 at 2:13pm

Bouncing Nancies

She breaketh the code of manner
By swinging from side to side.
Euphemisms cannot be found
To describe the pleasures inside.
I say, euphemisms cannot be found
To describe the pleasures inside.

Hark! Come Hither! 
Endowest thy shillings,
To gander at thy toffers. 
Bouncing nancies to earn thy c****
Is bone compared to stink.
Bouncing nancies to earn thy keep
Is of ladies who showest thou pink.

Victoria pushed an era,
Of the poor man's need to strive.
Yon gentleman are criminals;
Not the dolly-mop thus coincide.

All out to tip thy purse; 
Have a lechery’s wink of fun.
Come seest thou bouncing nancies
Whilst filling thy cup with rum!

Aye, fix thine eyes on this toffer!
She hath yet to be hammered for life.
Come seest thou bouncing nancies,
Take her home as thy wife?
Come seest thou bouncing nancies,
Take her home as thy wife?

-Paul Marche

Comment by Sela Carsen on July 18, 2014 at 7:03pm

Congrats, Kristy! It's a wonderful feeling!

Comment by Blimprider on July 18, 2014 at 6:59pm

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 July 18, 2014 at 6:27pm
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 July 18, 2014 at 6:17pm

Thank you, Contessa!


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