Archive for April, 2011

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Welcome to a brand new series on the blog: Writing Prompt Wednesday. The premise is simple, I’ll present you with a picture or a short video clip, and you use that as a jumping off point to write something. It can be a short story, flash fiction, a poem, or a literary treatise if you like. As long as you write!

I’ll be participating too, and feel free to include anything you’ve written in the comments below.

Ok, drum roll please. The inaugural picture is:

Enjoy, and happy writing!

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More classic steampunk

For some reason I seem to be re-finding several awesome old-school steampunk-related things on the interwebs these days. The following postcards have been circulating around the web for the last few years, and I reckon they’ve got a sweet quaint charm about them.

They’re illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910, depicting what he thought the world might be like in the year 2000. I don’t know about you, but that firefighter picture is sparking an idea for a steampunk short story. Something with a bit of darkness in it…

Find more here.


Steampunk: Old School

According to Wikipedia, Georges Méliès’ classic 1902 silent movie Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) was the first science fiction film. I think it’s a brilliant example of the mixture of turn of the century values and strange science that makes steampunk such a popular subgenre and subculture today. Check it out!

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The Correct Way to Respond to a Rejection Letter

This might be a bit old, but I thought I’d share it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Enjoy.