Learning From the Pros

With a month of nothing but writing under my belt, I feel now is the time for me to start reading once again.  In the few months it took me to get Steampanku on its feet, I’ve assembled myself a neat little library of books in the genre.  Here is a list of books that are on qeue to be read or critically re-read:

The Difference Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt
Mainspring, by Jay Lake
Iron Angel, by Alan Campbell
The Light Ages, by Ian R. Macleod
All the Windwracked Stars, by Elizabeth Baer
Havemercy, by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

I am quite certain that my library of steampunk will grow larger in time.  I fathom that I will read through my collection with an eye for prose, world-building, and character depth and development.  First on the docket is Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, the author of the website Clockwork Century, featured on my blogroll.  I chose to read this one first, as the author seems to aim to create an alternate-history world set in a land far away from Victorian England.  While the aesthetic here is Pacific Northwest, the intentions behind the novel coincide with my own writing interests.  So let’s see how we’ll go from here.

Expect to see a monthly or bi-monthly feature posts reviewing the literature from the perspective of an aspiring steampunk writer, as well as a fan of the genre.  If you are familiar with the titles listed above, then you could see that stories set in the genre can span a wide variety of settings and subgeneres.  By reading and learning from those who have succeeded in publishing their steampunk novels, I can get an idea of what passes off as acceptable prose, characterization, and fanservice.

As for Guardian itself, I’m shelving it for the rest of the year, so I can edit it with fresher mind.  Under other circumstances, I would be more gung-ho about editing, and starting in December, but considering the nature by which the novel was written, it is understandable to give a bit more breathing room than usual.  Hopefully by then, I’d have read enough books to have a good idea of what to critically look for, outside of grammar and spelling.

A Flashy Finish

On top of the monthly book review, I wish to do a weekly feature on top of my regular posting schedule, one based on flash fiction.  Flash fiction is a category of short story that usually defined by around 300-1000 words.  While my writing projects remain somewhat hush-hush in hopes of publication, I still want a creative outlet where I can share the steampanku universe with the reader.  Serialized flash fiction would possibly be the best way to do that.

As it stands, I have lots of content planned for this blog, so that I won’t have to resort to posting snippets of my novel.  With NaNoWriMo behind me, I am looking forward to what the future holds for my reading and writing interests.

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