Writing can be a chore when you have a full-time job to consider. If you’re anything like me, before and after work you’re pretty bloody knackered. Then there are family members to consider, too. To write effectively you must take a disciplined approach to your writing. Try for half an hour a day, or an hour where possible. Choose a time best for you when you are least likely to be disturbed by friends and foes. Try closing all the doors and make it a regular date, an every-day appointment that must be kept. You may have to do a bit of groundwork. “This is my time,” say. “I’m serious!”. Try it.
I’m sick of working for a living, just ticking off the days til I die…
A book I read last year entitled “Rivers of London”. I picked it up because the cover was cool (I know, I know!). Basically it has given me another author to say I write like besides Neil Gaiman (author of Neverwhere and American Gods, etc). It’s always useful to be able to give a few authors names when explaining what you’re all about.
I built this site last year sometime and haven’t done a whole lot with it. Which is a shame, because I kinda like it. Besides, this is the place I can shout about how cool Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and Dieselpunk are. I can also talk about my own stories based preliminary on the first of those three genres, Urban Fantasy, but with elements of all three.
What the heck is Urban Fantasy, anyway? Well according to Wikipedia -
“Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.”
They offer up Harry Potter (among others) as an example of Urban Fantasy. I’d like to throw out names like Neil Gaiman, (if you haven’t read either Neverwhere or American Gods, I recommend them). He’s also married to the singer Amanda Palmer, who’s probably a bit like Marmite, (which she hates, incidentally). I’d also like to mention Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London, which in my opinion had one of the coolest book covers in recent memory.
So what’s Steampunk? In a word, it’s -
To be honest, if you’re still reading this and you just watched that, it may well have put you off the whole idea. Really, though, this stuff is cool! Well not cool, exactly, but who wants to be that?
Anyway, stay posted for more geekery. I’ll basically be posting on the Facebook page and here as often as I can – cool images, trailers, video games, book recommends, music and updates on how my own tales are going when real life isn’t pestering me. Much of the content will fit with the themes, as you’d expect, so expect a lot of Neo-Vic looking people, big, silly, cog-riddled machines, airships, submarines, computers that look Victorian, heroes, villains, film noir, Nazis, zombies, alternate histories, adventurers…
Any help on FB would be much appreciated, so if you fancy chucking up your own musings, artwork or cool little web-finds that would be awesome . I welcome creativity.
One more thing. If you could “like” this page and also on Facebook, that’d be grand. Or show your support by clicking the dandy Google+ icon. Please bring your friends along too!