Since reading the works of Jules Verne as a young boy, I've been interested in the Steampunk genre, although I never knew it by that term until a couple years ago. For my hobbies, I read voraciously, and write voraciously, and hope one day to be published (voraciously). I do scale modelling, mostly in the Victorian era (stolid red- and khaki-coated soldiers facing off against brawny Huns in feldgrau, marvelous steam-ships and a planned fanciful airship). I even "steampunked" a thumb drive for my wife. There's just something about steam power, mechanical computers, and brass fittings that makes me feel at home, that makes me feel like the world is a fantastic place, full of high adventure.