Next meet up on January 8th, Second Wednesday at 7:30. Feedback was immediate and positive. We'll bring copies of 4/5 pages and continue to work! Again my number is[masked]
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If you just want a fast overview of the genre's standard tropes, Writing Steampunk, by Beth Henderson is a basic primer on what makes Steampunk, Steampunk.
Basically, think Jules Verne, HG Welles and the old TV show The Wild, Wild West and you won't be too far off the mark!
Steampunk goes far beyond literature, now. For a glimpse of that subculture, check out The Steampunk Gazette, by Mark Tinker (or heck, just run a Google search for the term)
Let's just say that if I hit the lottery big, I will be commissioning a steampunk laptop....
Again, thank you all so much for the warm welcome and the very useful and insightful comments. I look forward to the next meeting!
0 · January 9, 2014
Charon, thank you so very much for starting this group and hosting us in your home. Thanks to all attending for your very valuable input and for sharing your own works. I'm extremely excited about this group, and I can't wait to hear more of everyone's work and comments.
I promised to put up some steampunk recommendations, so here tis:
Steampunk! : an anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories / edited by Kelly Link and Gavin An anthology that gives a good taste of the scope of the genre (as it is now. Steampunk is a very recent genre and is evolving by the day)
The strange affair of Spring Heeled Jack / by Mark Hodder. This one is rather slow reading at the beginning, but bear with it and it'll reward you with an increasingly intriguing tale of political convolutions and personal obsessions. Everyone who was anyone in Victorian England shows up in the pages!
One more, in another post, then I'll hush. ;-)
I like Matt's suggestion. After I finish a chapter, I like to read it aloud. It helps me see if the narrative flows, whether the dialog really sounds authentic and I often find I've omitted or duplicated words.
Sometimes I ask my wife to do the same since I'm so close to the writing I often inject missing words without even realizing it. By the time I'm finished writing the book and ask her to read it in its entirety, she tells me she's already read it. Dah......
0 · December 29, 2013
Hi all, I hope everyone's holiday season was restful and that the coming new year is one that sees us all published. As for the agenda (if I may make a suggestion) Sydney's idea is a good one. All readers bring copies of the work they'll be sharing, and the author reads aloud while everyone else follows along (ending in copious applause, of course).
This will allow a better understanding of the writer's intended 'voice' as well as the tone they're trying to achieve. And since everyone has their own copy they can reference it for constructive feedback, as well a what worked especially well.
Of course I live in Singapore and won't be attending, so the group should do what everyone is comfortable with, however this style of meetup has had beneficial results for us with two members finding representation this past year, which aint half bad.
This will be my first time attending so I would appreciate a "heads up" as to agenda, what to bring, etc. Not too sure what you mean about bringing 4/5 pages. ????
0 · December 14, 2013
Dear Phil, glad you will be joining. We are going to try and "read" 4/5 pages of each of our work, so it is the individual reader'
0 · December 25, 2013
.........oops, individual reader rather than the author reading it aloud's voice. Does that make sense? Was that even English? I'll try again....THE suggestion was that we all read a piece and then make observations rather than the author read their piece. There, that's better. Bob brought cheese, but you don't have to bring anything. I had wine and coffee and nobody drank any coffee, nearer to the meeting I will ask if anyone wants coffee, EVERYONE wanted water. I had some popcorn and stuff. We are meeting at 7:30 but I think the group would rather meet at 7:00 which means I will just barely get home, but again.....anyone can get water ready. Opinions and thoughts appreciated. Charen[masked]
A bit confusing, but I think I understand. I might suggest that we have someone other than the author read the pages aloud and then allow comments. Often times hearing it rather than reading it, draws the audience into the story. In addition, we'd have to make several copies. Once the reader has finished, they can give the printed copy back to the author so they can make comments in the margins. Make any sense?
OK Group, What do you think about Philip's comments? I do realize 4/5 pages times 5 or more people adds up HOWEVER, I am really not sure we/I are/am ready to have other people read my/our work aloud. When one person reads to himself, I get that that is one person's "take" on the writing, however someone other than the author reading someone else's work????......my vote is nuh uh, not yet.....other comments about what Philip proposed? C
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So many reasonsTo be thankful todayLike friends and loved onesThat are here to stay
Yesterday a memoryOf how we have livedTomorrow's a dreamOf what we can give
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Sorry I missed the last meet but work over ruled. My writing does not keep food on the table and I do like to eat. Truly hope I can make this one. Looking forward to meeting like minded folks.
0 · December 24, 2013
Stephen, sorry you could not make it. We are looking forward to meeting you and your work. What do you do to put vittles on the grill? Currently I am selling mattresses and loving it. Charen
hey phil.. a couple of us read 4-5 pages or our work... I was in a group in south bend and we brought copies of our pages so everyone could follow along and write comments on them for the author... it gave us something to refer to when we were discussing what was read.. you don't have to bring work to read but bring pages if you want feedback or you are stuck... maybe a comment from someone in the group will help..
1 · December 14, 2013
Thanks for coming, I thought it was awesome. Everyone was sharing and passionate! Thanks Bob for the cheese, and for being "you". Next time I won't make coffee unless someone asks for it and I don't know "iced tea"? I just am quite excited about getting down to work with you(s). Thinkers! I was surrounded by thinkers! Charen
0 · December 12, 2013
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