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Callisto's Song Newsletter #10

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  • Links to Marie Judson's recent blog posts

Feature

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What makes steampunk unique?

I've had some vague sense that steampunk involves anachronism. Technologies out of place for their time. It might mean parallel universes since it entails a world with much of what our world has, but some alternative history took place, leaving steam trains alongside advanced tech. I decided I really must research it since I need to know if there are flavors of it in my writing. I found that the definitions are: a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology; and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.
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According to Cora Foerstner, a scifi/fantasy author, steampunk began in the 1970s with science fiction novels set in Victorian London. She calls it a "dark, humorous, bizarre genre." Steampunk is rooted in and influenced by cyberpunk, a postmodern fist raised in rebellion against a repressive culture dominated by computers. What Steampunk gives us is the past unveiled, dystopian societies and unusual protagonists. “Steam” because the stories are primarily set in Victorian and Edwardian eras when the industrial revolution changed the world. “Punk” because it rebels against earlier writings that glorified the Victorian period, ignoring the underbelly of colonialism, slavery and the roots of today's quagmire due to the industrial revolution.

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From Marie Judson's blog:

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What makes steampunk unique?

I've had some vague sense that steampunk involves anachronism. Technologies out of place for their time. It might mean parallel universes since it entails a world with much of what our world has, but some alternative history took place, leaving steam trains alongside advanced tech. I decided I really must research it since I need to know if there are …

When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?

I realized today that I enter a difficult scene with excitement now, rather than getting intimidated by its logistics, because I know to find the emotional hook first. Rather than keeping it a cerebral exercise, I ask myself, "What does it feel like to the character?" Once I get in touch with the feelings and sensations in the setting, momentum …

What are common traps for new authors?

There are a few fallacies that writers fall into, I think, creating stumbling blocks for themselves. One of them is the fear that others will steal their plot. There are a lot of writers out there these days. I admit that. And some might decide to grab someone else's idea rather than see what emerges from their own interior realms. …

What would you say to an author who wanted to design their own cover?

Since I started writing novels, I've imagined designing my covers, expressing my vision. This is a tough topic because I kind of straddle the fence on the demand for a professional look for covers. I love when people dare to show only a part of their story, a glimpse that gives a feeling but doesn't try to convey all that's …

What does success mean to you?

I guess the answer is touching people. Lately I've felt successful as a writer. It's certainly not because I'm making money from it. In fact, more often I'm paying out just to create my books. No, lately, I've known the satisfaction, in my soul, that's the reason I worked so hard to write my books over the past dozen years. …
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