Steam Punk, here I come

DebE —  July 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

As mentioned previously, I am a member of On a weekly basis, I receive a bunch of email newsletters giving me writing pointers and links to helpful groups of people who can give further help. I am still clearing out my WDC email from when I was unable to read them on a regular basis while working and being pregnant and then having a young baby (and housework and animals, etc… sometimes writing research gets pushed down the bottom of the pile, sadly). An email from last year showcased a group dedicated to the genre Steam Punk.

Well, I read the list of themes common to Steam Punk projects, and it got me thinking: I LOVE the Wild West/Victorian fashions… and I am a total addict of Wild West shows (Young Riders, Deadwood, Brisco County – the last of which is Steam Punk in itself!). Weapons of the War started out being aimed at that kind of era, but I altered it to fit a slightly more traditional Fantasy umbrella. Plus, I sort of preferred knife/sword fights to gunfights for a more personal touch. But, my heart is still with the rough men and beautiful women of the Deadwood-styles. And after reading that list, I thought to myself, with a few tweaks, my story could be Steam Punk (Jonas already has tattoos, Braph already has body-modifications)… and how exciting to get on board with a relatively new genre. The main difference will be in the fight scenes, as I think I will have to change them to gunfights – which is fine, because I wanted a gun used at the end of the story, anyway.

Anyway, I have been itching to draw for a little while. So, for your pleasure, or otherwise, here is a new version of Jonas…


A New Jonas

This is a pencil sketch, photographed… I am still dreaming of getting myself a tablet of some kind…

Anyway, part of my editing and re-writing will involve pulling my story further into the Steam Punk genre! Watch this space for a bit of fun.



Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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