Steampunk flavors and other steamy news

Did you know Seattle is the Steampunk epicenter? No, neither did I! We've always done goth and grunge particularly well, and we do have an unusual amount of menacing looking crows, but I suppose it's one of those things I've taken for granted along with good coffee and Amazon being my local bookstore.

But, these guys say it's so, and who am I to argue?

In other steampunk news (yes, I'm abusing the word - is it a noun? and adjective? a verb? I'm really not sure) we now have a Steampunk Wiki to answer all of your genre related questions. I just stumbled upon this today and thought I'd pass it on.

I haven't read every page on the site and don't know what the rating level is, so be warned. I'm finding there are many flavors of steampunk. It can lean toward fantasy or goth, it can be set in both Victorian and Edwardian times, or the Old West - and then there's Dieselpunk and Cyberpunk. I'm personally writing a straight Victorian low-tech high-tech sort of steampunk. No Diesel, no goth, and no paranormal overtones, much more in keeping with Jules Verne. It's a re-imagining of Victorian London with a very mechanical nature - I do dabble a bit in alchemy - but everything should be well within the confines of our own laws of physics and such. And I really mean that, not in a JJ Abrams sort of way, either. (Did he think we forgot he said that back in season 2? Really?)

Do any of you have a favorite flavor of steampunk? Or is the whole genre still kind of new to you?


Lily Cate said...

I like it all.
Part of the appeal is the rule breaking, after all!
As a reader, I like to try anything new, and as a writer, I like to drop my characters into lots of alternate realities, so mostly in North America, but with lots of twists and reimaginings.

November 17, 2010 at 7:04 AM
Melissa Marsh said...

Still very, very new to me. I liked the Wild Wild West movie (that's probably the only steampunk I really know about). The new Sherlock Holmes is kinda on that same level, I think (and I LOVED that movie!).

November 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Lola Sharp said...

I like all the flavors.

And, this is my first time here (from Jennie's blog), *waves*, nice to meet you... and your blog is GORGEOUS. Did you do this yourself? (design/art) Very impressive and thematic. Love *swoon* it.

Have a delightful holiday week!

November 22, 2010 at 9:44 AM
Mystery Robin said...

Hi Lola! *waves back* It's nice to meet you, too! I did not do this design myself. I am not nearly this talented. ;) But if you look on my sidebar over there and all the way down ------->
you'll see the credits for Zoe at Chic and Sassy Design. She's very talented!!

December 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM

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