I am well and truly ensconced over at the Journal now, including being sent on my first assignment to cover an event, the Edwardian Ball in New Orleans! The report will go up over the weekend so my awesome Kickstarter backers get a chance to bask in their exclusive early copies.
April 1 will also mark the beginning of an entire MONTH of daily Steampunk giveaways!!!
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. The Steampunk Journal gets lots of search engine traffic, but we don’t actually have that many regular subscribers, and ONLY subscribers are entered into our prize drawings. If you subscribe now you have really high chance of winning something just for signing up to get awesome Steampunk content from the Journal the same way you have here. Plus, even after April is over, we do monthly prize drawings, so the chances to get music, prints, books, and more keep getting better the longer you subscribe.
So what are you waiting for?!?
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I posted my first new article since officially joining Steampunk Journal, and I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it 🙂 I’d love it if you took a minute to visit my new “home” in internetland and followed along with this next step, but I will leave links here for you all over the next few weeks while we make the transition.
A year ago, I posted about the first amazing Steampunk/Star Wars mash-up, Trial of the Mask. Now, sit back and enjoy the sequel!
“Steam Speaks All Languages
Steam Knows No Boundaries
Steam Is Universal”
I am usually more of a novel reader, but lately I’ve been both reading and writing a lot of shorter fiction. Figuring out the right amount of words to fully tell a story is both an intellectual and artistic challenge, but I believe editor Sarah Hans did a wonderful job of pulling together this anthology composed of fabulous stories. I’ve noticed a trend in the last year or two of agents and editors looking for non-Western Steampunk, and this collection was already on the shelves so kudos to all 19 authors and the publisher, Alliteration Ink. Each story is even accompanied by a beautiful black and white line drawing.
With 19 completely different tales to tell, I’m not going to even try to review everything in Steampunk World. I had hoped to dedicate a few days to it, but with Christmas right around the corner and this book so perfect for a last minute gift idea I’m just going to say that overall, I felt like this was a very strong book, both as a collection of short stories and a collection of Steampunk. It was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign, but you can read all about the book and the authors at Alliteration Ink.
Multi-cultural Steampunk sound good to you? Check out their next collection, Steampunk Universe as well!
This movie has been lurking quietly around for a few years now, but despite its impressive cast, no one seems to have heard of it. Based on Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box by G.P. Taylor, this film chronicles the plight of a pair of brothers. They know their lives aren’t ordinary, but nothing prepares them for the mysterious stranger (Michael Sheen, Underworld, Twilight Saga) who arrives bleeding, joking, and most importantly, carrying an amulet of great power. He passes it to the boys’ mother, but when the agents of power-hungry aristocrat Luger (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park) come to collect, they take Mariah’s parents and he barely escapes with his brother.
As they flee to the mean streets of London in just their pajamas, they discover they each have half of the amulet in their pockets, and a whole mess of trouble on their heals. The little brother is taken during an escape, and Mariah (Aneurin Barnard) must depend on the stranger and his plan to rescue him and keep Luger from getting his hands on the destructive power of The Midas Box.
I enjoyed this movie, and it would be a good choice for any little Steampunks in your life, especially if you need that “family movie” for everyone to watch during down time this holiday season. The adult actors, including Leana Headey (Game of Thrones), were all spot on, and Barnard was perfect, but as is the case with many a teen/tween actor, I didn’t love all of the younger members of the cast. That being said, the settings were interesting and the story was compelling, so don’t let that stop you from checking it out, and the clothes are awesome if you like Victorian style.
I’ve never read the books, but now I’m curious. Has anyone read the books or seen this movie and care to share your thoughts? Feel free as always 🙂
Steampunk Journal Editor Matt Grayson is extremely pleased to announce that his Indiegogo campaign has gone live and is available for people to view and
pledge. The culmination of months of research, networking and preparation have come to a head and now he needs the help of the steampunk community.
If you don’t know the Steampunk Journal, it’s a lot like my counterpart across the pond and you should definitely check it out. Matt and I started our sites within a couple months of each other, and we both love to do reviews, editorials, and interviews about Steampunk, but most importantly, we both want to support the Steampunk community and see it continue to grow.
Grayson’s The Hellfire Club isn’t just another site of naked girls. It will be a gallery of creative photography by some of the best steampunk photographers in the country. Shoots will be up to artistic nude and feature all genders with the only restriction being that models must be aged 18 and over. This reinforces British steampunk as a wholly inclusive, all-welcoming community. Check out the steamy preview shots here.
Pledges on Indiegogo are most welcome and the perks involved are pretty sweet. They start at £10 which gives you a discounted month of access to the site once it’s up and running, then rises through to £150 for a year’s access and creative input into a shoot.
Companies can also get involved with the Special stages, such as a £350 pledge giving 12 months access to the site and sponsorship of three shoots. Up to £1000 pledge gives full creative control over a shoot with full brand placement and a feature in Steampunk Journal!
I learned a lot of things from participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo- Pre-writing is a godsend, I need to stop deluding myself into thinking I can write after 5pm, and I can write over 3000 words a day for a week straight if I have to.
But I also got a real taste of how very lonely being a writer can be.
Which makes me even more excited for the novel I will be coordinating with the Collaborative Writing Challenge! This is a chance to build up a really cool community of writers that I hope will go above and beyond this individual project.
The deadline for possible first chapter submissions is today, and so far we’ve got 7 submissions. I’ll be reading those submissions and talking over the potential for growth with the rest of the CWC over the next few weeks to narrow it down to three, then it will be time for people to vote on their favorite.
Didn’t write a starter chapter? No problem! I think writing the parts in the middle are the most fun, personally, because you wield so much power over the rest of the story. I’ll be starting my try for Project, 6, Esyld’s Awakening, Chapter 16 this week. It’s been 10 chapters since I saw the story last and I am really excited to see where it has gone when I wasn’t looking. Wish me luck!
Here’s a quick reminder of how the whole project works.
- Writers sign up for a chapter try by December 30. (We’ve reached our minimum number of authors to get the project going, but the more the merrier!) Sign up by filling out the form here
- 3-5 Writers attempt each chapter, one week at a time. You’d have access to the following:
- The chapter immediately before the one you attempt
- detailed chapter summaries of any chapter that came before
- detailed notes about characters, places, and any special objects or magic schema that may be at work
- prompts and questions from the coordinator to help you decide which direction to take
- The coordinator (me!) chooses the chapter(s) that moves the story along the best (and/or is my favorite for whatever reason. Sometimes we also combine multiple chapter attempts).
- At the end, we have a 30-chapter book with at least 30 contributing authors who all get to put another book on their resume
- 10% of proceeds go to charity!
And don’t forget, if your chapter is chosen at any point during the challenge, you’ll also receive a United we Steampunk, Divided we Fall pin by yours truly.
The Time Traveler’s Trilogy, Ends Dec. 20
It’s 1815, and Wellington’s badly-outnumbered army stares across the field of Waterloo at Napoleon’s forces. Desperate to hold until reinforcements arrive, Wellington calls upon a race of monsters created by a mad scientist 25 years before.
It’s 1815, and a discontented young lady sitting in a rose garden receives a mysterious gift: a pocket watch that, when opened, displays scenes from all eras of history. Past…and future.
It’s 1885, and a small band of resistance fighters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods in their efforts to overthrow a steampunk Empire whose clockwork gears are slick with its subjects’ blood.
Are these events connected?
Oh, come now. That would be telling…
My favorite reward: $5 pledge and you get the first ebook in the series by January.
Outlawed Faith, Ends Dec. 16
LOGLINE: In a dystopian universe, on a dead-end back water world, an orphaned boy and his sisters, one of which is a mystic Seer, try to escape from the sway of their megalomaniac uncle by seeking out the help of a reformed gunslinger.
PLOT SUMMARY: Young Jonah’s faith carries him and his sisters, Celine, and Cora to the borderland town, Harpdale, a dusty crossroads on the edge of the galaxy, where law is what one makes it. They seek out his mother’s old friend, the infamous reformed gunslinger Kulta; but what they find is more than what anyone bargains for. Outlawed Faith is a science fiction action adventure which brings forward a strongly charismatic, but unlikely and reluctant, hero to the rescue of innocence in danger. The story brings together a mashup of genres (Steampunk/Western) creating a perfect blend for adventure.
My favorite reward: $10 pledge gets you a download of the short, plus a download of the finished full film
Concept Crowd Gear, Ends Dec. 4
The game will have a steampunk anime type stylized aesthetics. An unknown force brings magic to the equation, causing inexplicable phenomenon such as strange monsters and weird climatic changes that alter the setting and increase the conflict.
As the game grows, the core platform supporting the game will add new weapons, terrains, bosses, creatures, or mechanics. This allows for more repeat playing of the game.
Rewards for support include participation in the concepts section, voting rights during development, and credit for any contributions that are used in the game. Whether backers have a passion for drawing, modeling, or just have great ideas for the videogame, access to the forums is gained based on backing.
My favorite reward: a $10 pledge allows you to be a part of the design process and give feedback
Steam Hammer, ends Dec. 15
Steam Hammer is the first hardcore sandbox-style RPG set in a dark and mysterious steampunk world. Experience the intensity as you try to survive on the mysterious Acribo Islands.
Steam Hammer features:
• a classic Victorian steampunk setting with wondrous mechanisms, machinery, weapons, armor, clothing, and—of course—steam and smoke.
• an open-class system that frees you from arbitrary constraints. Engineer, scientist, farmer, gunsmith, stormtrooper, sharpshooter, and more can all be combined and switched depending on your skill set.
• a huge open world for you to explore, travel, and terraform. Go where you will and master the land.
Craft your Glory. Craft your Victory. Craft your Steam Hammer!
My favorite reward: $25 pledge gets you the full game and your name in the credits
Pirates: Age of Gravitum, Ends Dec. 22
In Pirates : Age of Gravitium, you play as a pirate captain looking for a solution to the upcoming threat of the India Company. Whether you want to become famous, rich enough or well prepared to fight is for you to decide. To help you during your journey, you can recruit a large variety of fellow pirates. You can also grow your headquarter to unlock new skills, accept missions for other factions or simply explore the world in search for treasures or easy targets to rob. But be careful ! You are not alone, and the other factions – the British, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish and the other Pirates – will make sure you pay for your crimes.
Sea itself is treacherous if you travel for too long, as the moral of your crew, like the hull of your ship, is far from being unbreakable.
My favorite reward: 18 euros and you get the game, a chance to answer polls during development, and your name in the credits