The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether

Good day to all you lovely steampunk people! I'd like to introduce myself to you all. 

Born in Nebraska and still living there despite numerous forays elsewhere, I have a house, an adorable Basset Hound named Erasmus, a black belt in Shinkendo (Japanese sword-fighting), and seven years' experience teaching college-level composition. I've worked as a TV talent on an English-teaching program, laid concrete, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, and recorded a music album with my mother.

A few years ago, I was introduced to steampunk through a former roommate, but at the time I was too busy hitting people with sticks and grading papers to investigate the genre anymore than listening to Abney Park and reading Boneshaker. However, about two years ago I was introduced to the Steampunk Society of Nebraska and it was if all my geeky endeavors and oddball interests coalesced into one. From that point on, I dove in whole-heartedly and surrounded myself with steampunk.

Along these years of hobbies, writing has always been at the core. I have an MA in medieval English literature and tormented freshmen composition writers for several years while doing my own writing on the side. However, generating interesting plots was always something that greatly hindered my writing; nothing I could dream up seemed decent enough for a good book. It was fanfiction that changed this - I started writing fanfiction about four years ago and have over ten book-length stories on my fanfiction account.

Starting with a base story and building up there helped significantly develop my meager plot writing skills to the point that I began toying with a concept for a steampunk book. One book gradually became a trilogy and over a couple months, I mentally drafted and mused until I knew that I had plenty of content to work with. At the same time, I was gradually becoming more disillusioned with my job and was wanting more and more to become a full-time writer. 

At the same time, I was introduced to the website Kickstarter, a place where people can raise funding for creative projects they are doing such as albums or movies. After some thought and a little hesitation, I took a big step forward: I created a Kickstarter project, quit my job, and am now 2/3 the way through drafting Book One of my steampunk trilogy. With all luck, I will raise enough funding through Kickstarter to remain financially solvent and not be forced to reside inside a cardboard box drafting out my story on the sidewalk with chalk. 

I invite you to check out my Kickstarter project to read Chapter One of my steampunk book and learn more about what I am up to. 

Also, feel free to follow my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you, sharing ideas, and making friends!

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Comment by Melissa Conroy on October 12, 2012 at 7:11am

Thanks Deborah - nice to meet you!

Comment by Deborah Clark on October 12, 2012 at 12:45am

Hello Melissa

Welcome.  What an adventurous life!

I will definitley look at your kickstarter page - I recently have put my megre earnings towards some worthwhile steampunk projects

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