Oct 31, 2015


 National Novel Writing Month begins Nov 1
50,000 word in 30 days

Each year I make a list of 10 story ideas
This year I created book covers to go with the story idea
Now it is time to choose.

Sep 28, 2015


Journeys: On the Road and Off the Map.

Amber Lee Starfire, Editor

Arlene Miller - Linda Loveland Reid

Catharine Bramkamp - I Still Wave at Planes

Dmitri - Sound Man 

Marilyn Wolters - Why Not?

Stephen Bakalyar - Maserati Blues

Cristina Goulart - Stoplight

Dr. Venus Maher - The Shape of Love

Break time

 Barbara Toboni - Chase at Bat

Inga Aksamit  - Upside Down in Western Australia

Jan - Marystella

 Jing Li - My Journey to America

Linda Loveland Reid  - Aunt Margaret’s Journey

Marilyn Campbell -  Francine’s World

Mary DeShazo  - Space Captain

Jan - Marystella - Cristina  

 Nancy Uber-Kellogg    Nearly Nuked

Osha Hayden   Chrysocolla Flow

Pamela Heck    First Love

Skye Blaine - Left Turn

Susan Gunter - Mediterranean Triptych

Susanna Solomon - Homecoming

Karen Hart  -  Last Walk 

John Abbott  - Measureless 

Jul 2, 2015


July 2, 1698 
The first commercial Steam Engine is Patented. 
Does this mark the beginning of Steampunk?


From Wikipedia

Thomas Savery (c. 1650–1715) was an English inventor and engineer, born at Shilstone, a manor house near Modbury, Devon, England. He is famous for his invention of the first commercially used steam powered engine.

From Wikipedia

Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. 

It may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. 

One of the symbols of Steampunk is the airship. Irronically today, the first Zeppelin flight took place on 2 July 1900 over Lake Constance. Damaged during landing, it was repaired and modified and proved its potential in two subsequent flights made on 17 and 24 October 1900.

Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China MiƩville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.