Happy Post Christmas!

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Happy Post Christmas everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday. 

Mine was great. My favorite gift has to be the Lord of the Rings Lego set I was given. It’s awesome! It’s the pirate ship from the Return of the King, I’m still working on putting it together, it’s quite the job. Some might say I’m too old for Legos, but I’m a writer and a Lord  of the Rings fanatic, so never too old! 

My favorite gift I gave was the Christmas story I wrote and recorded for my nieces. This is the second year I’ve done it and I’m hoping to make it a tradition. It was difficult to buckle down and write another story after NaNoWriMo, especially since I’m not quite done with that story yet. But it was worth it. And now I can get back to my NaNo story. My goal is to finish it by the New Year and spend 2014 editing it. Please feel free to give me a kick if I get off track. 

What goals have everyone else set for the coming year? I intend to make it my editing year, while possibly working on a story on the side. But I really want to make editing my focus, because it’s always been a weak area for me. I need to finish stories and then edit them, not finish them and let them collect virtual dust on my computer.

I wish myself and everyone else the best of luck with their new years goals.

Happy New Year

~~Lady of the Pen~~

NaNoWriMo Debriefing

ImageDespite what you probably think–since I haven’t posted a blog in over a month–NaNoWriMo did not kill me, though it tried its darndest. It was tough one and didn’t give me much time to write anything else. But it was super rewarding and I’m quite happy with what I got out of it this year. I see a lot of potential for the story and am actually excited to start editing it instead of wanting hide the story, in the darkest draw I possess, in the vain hope that it will turn into a pretty, rainbow colored, epic that will become the next bestseller, on its own. (Did that sentence make sense to anyone else?…Oh well it was fun to write.) 

I did learn a lot this year and like a good parent I can see the many flaws in my story, but I love it anyway. And it does need a lot of work. I made it to 50,000 words, but I still haven’t quite finished the first draft. Once I do I will get to deal with my inconsistencies and plot holes. 

Wish me luck!

I will try to update the blog more regularly again.

Merry Christmas Season!

~~Lady of the Pen~~

SteamCon 2013

I went to SteamCon V in Seattle last weekend and decided to share some of the highlights. If you’re not aware of what Steampunk is, it can be hard to define. But I’ll give you the Wikipedia version if it and allow the photos to say the rest.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1]especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era orAmerican “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.”

Yeah, it’s a little confusing. But with its rise in popularity it is likely that you’ve seen steampunk in movies, clothes and jewelry without even realizing it.

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Classic Victorian-esk gentleman, with steampunk elements.

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This year’s theme was around the world and there were some awesome variations from classic steampunk.

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Steampunk Dorothy and Tin Man XD

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Wicked Witch of the East on a steampunk broom ^^

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Steampunk Pokemon Trainers.

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Not sure if this is steampunk or not, but it is awesome!

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My costume. I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

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Went for Steampunk assassin. The rifle was tough, but I made it with the help of a couple of very handy men (:

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Gentleman Rabbit.

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Posing with some of the merchandise. The vender took this photo and posted it on his Facebook page, you should check it out (: https://www.facebook.com/AetherAnvil

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Love his swords! Check out his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AetherAnvil

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Getting ready for a mass photo.

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Hit hat was awesome. The screen lit up 😀

How Many Punks Can You Fit Into Speculative Fiction?

Alright does anyone else find the volume of Cyberpunk Derivatives intimidating? I’m well versed in Steampunk and am quite a fan of the genre, but today I decided to look up what Dieselpunk was, because I wasn’t familiar with it. I soon discovered that it’s a genre that takes its inspiration from the 1920s-1950s, much in the same way that Steampunk takes much of its inspiration from the Victorian era. I also learned that ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ is considered dieselpunk, which up until this point I’d considered some strange steampunk hybrid. Well I’ve been set straight there. OO! And ‘The Rucketeer’ falls under this genre too! Great old movie, if you haven’t seen it ^^

From there I discovered that there is also Biopunk! which gets into genetic engineering. So it ends up the tv show Dark Angel falls under this genre. I’m still trying to figure out if there are other stipulations that have to be met,or if having your genetic makeup tampered with is enough to make you Biopunk.

Then there are all these other subgenres! There’s Decopunk which is like Dieselpunk except it’s sleeker, while Dieselpunk is grittier.

And there’s Nanopunk which is like Biopunk but with nanotechnology.

There’s Splatterpunk, which discribes starkly gory horror films. Once again I’m not certain if there’s more needed than excessive amounts of blood to make something Splatterpunk.

There’s Stonepunk which takes place in the stone age. I couldn’t imagine how this one worked until Wikipedia mentioned the Flintstones and then it all made sense.

We’ve also got Clockpunk, which seems to be identical to Steampunk, but focuses on the clocks instead of the steam…yeah.

There’s also Teslapunk, which focused on advanced electrical technology in a setting similar to the Industrial age. I guess it often has to do with clean energy that has been lost or hidden.

There’s Atompunk and Nowpunk which I didn’t get into.

There’s also Elfpunk! Now that brings up some interesting imagery. I guess it’s a subgenre of Urban Fantasy where elves, faires and the like are placed in an urban setting vs. their traditional rural. And there’s Mythpunk! Which at this point I really don’t care how it’s different from Elfpunk.

I meant for this to just be a brief rant on the many “punk” genres, but it ended up as an exercise to get it all sorted out in my brain. Anyway as you can see there are a lot of subgenres here, my goodness!

~~Lady of the Pen~~

Contest

I just discovered a writing contest hosted by the Writer’s Digest, http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/science-fiction-writing-competition, it’s for Sci Fi and Fantasy. I have a Sci Fi story that needs to be polished, that I’m planning on submitting. I need to start sending stories into the wide world. I have till September to make my story pretty, so I will do my best to make it so.