I did it again. I went back to an old story, started reading, made a few edits, strengthened a few--okay, several--sentences, thought up better word choices, broke paragraphs in two and three, and... boom. I'm at the blinking cursor again. What next?
Cool thing? I really, really like this story. It's a neat reality, isn't it? Letting go of a world for a while, letting it sit, breathe, maybe go on an extended vacation, and then coming back to and falling for the plot and characters all over again? Yeah. Me, too. Great feeling. The Eiffel Tower of all this for me is the rebirth of my fascination with all that is the wonderful, quirky world of Steampunk.
Now, in case you're going, "Steampunk? Is that, like, Green Day with... you know... steam?"
But that would kind of be cool, wouldn't it?
The Urban Dictionary describes steampunk as a sub genre of speculative fiction, primarily set in an anachronistic (an object or person mistakingly placed in time) Victorian age. It's also been more easily proclaimed as what the past might've looked like if the future had happened sooner.
If you're looking for solid film examples, try The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Van Helsing, or the more recent pair of Sherlock Holmes flicks (my fave), although that last one is more true Victorian. Gives a great depiction of era costumes, though.
Have you read or watched a good Steampunk lately? If so, share!
Here's to a creative week for all!
P, L, & JM,