Thursday, October 11, 2012

Devil is in the Details…

By Vanessa Barger
Details, as we all know, are important. Especially in books where you’re building a new world. Steampunk, for example. Steampunk is all about the details. Have you ever looked up the word steampunk? The things people make are amazing. And they are put together with an eye for every inch of the keyboard, mouse, flashlight or goggles.

Otherwise, it’d just be a brass painted flashlight.

So many steampunk stories, though, are based around the gadgets. Its about the world building too. Think about it. If our world ran on steam powered everything, what would work differently? What would look different? Your car would run on water and coal. How would that change the sound? The exhaust?

I think it’s the stories that include the stuff that seems meaningless which are the best. You get immersed in the world without even realizing it sometimes.
And since I’ve talked about steampunk, what is your favorite “steampunked” item you’ve seen?

Remember, one commenter can win a copy of my novel, Steaming

My name is Cornelius Latimer, and I have fallen in love. 

The object of my affection isn’t tall and blonde with all the right curves.  It isn’t even human.  My love belches steam and breathes fire.  My world runs on steam and hard metal, and I am a master of both.  My Uncle, Rufus Harrison, has funded my expeditions.  He’s gifted me with a lab containing all the parts and space I could possibly need.  For weeks I have been toiling over my journals, crafting my biggest and best creation yet.  It’s heady, this feeling of power.  But I made a fatal error.  I told a friend about my machine.  And now someone who should not know, does.  I should tear everything apart, but I can’t.

Love does strange things to people.

1 comment:

Debby said...

I one read about this item that was like a bug but could do just about everything. I wanted one for myself.
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