Steampanku Re-Opens its Doors!

After emerging victorious over the dreaded 50,000-word nemesis known as NaNoWriMo, I have returned from the depths of the underworld and giving life to this blog, which I believe has plenty of potential to build from.

Before this tiny little thing whittled away and died for a certain amount of time, there was something that crept through my mind, growing a seed of doubt with regards to the general breadth of content that I wanted to write about in this blog.

At first, I wanted to write about the nuances of merging Steampunk with Japanese culture, history, and aesthetic.  This notion turned out to be very limited, and I had absolutely nothing to ride on for a sustained period of time.

Next, I figured I could just write about steampunk and Japanese things separately as an option, which allowed me to branch out into other issues and concepts that I found interesting, but was restricted from writing about due to the nature of the original scope that I was aiming for.  As a result, I ended up talking about anime, which had a wide scope, but was a little too far away from the general concept of fiction writing and Japanese History.

However, amongst all of that, I dismissed a notion that provided the most opportunity for me as a writer, to use Steampanku as my personal outlet to present myself as a writer in the genre of Japanese/Eastern Steampunk, and build up a platform to become “that guy” who writes Japanese Steampunk.

In fact, by using this blog as the focal point of my aspirations for writing, I can talk about fiction in general, writing, as well as other miscellaneous things that would be relevant to my development as a storyteller, and a writer of all things fiction and nonfiction.

So, consider this post an announcement of my (hopeful) resurrection, as well as my gesture of driving my steak into the ground and going forward with further establishing myself with this Internet personna as the Steampanku guy, as well as my apology for depriving those who stumbled upon this website through googling “Japanese Steampunk” and seeing an inactive site as one of the top hits.

Really, I do apologize.  Here, have a passage from Silver Tiger, my second NaNoWriMo novel (not to be confused with the Silver Tiger that I wrote some time ago).  It’s super-rushed, but I feel it’s something that I feel encapsulated the general spirit that I wanted to convey from mixing Wild West with Exotic East.

Sakura-2 lept forward at the unsuspecting opponent with ridiculous speed for its size.  The mechanical guardian snagged the warrior with its hand and pinned it against the roof of the train with its grip, leaving a massive dent in its impact.

“Tell me who the hell do you think you are!” Sakura’s driver demanded, yelling from inside the riding pit in its torso.

“My name is Satoshi, and-”

Sakura-2 swung around its torso again, and threw Satoshi off the train.  He flew a wide arc to the side, and landed in a cloud on the groud to the train’s right.  The cloud disappeared in the distance before it dissipated.

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Weekend Steampanku: Introduction

Despite my aspiration to become a published novelist, I’ve come to admit publicly (i.e., through my blog) that I am absolutely terrified by the Editing and Revising process.  Completing a novel in a month, despite the praise it initally deserves for the feat itself, can and will be hindered further down the process by an intimidation of editing similar to that of “page fright,” where one simply does not know where to begin, and gives up finishing his or her project completely.

I have several blogger friends who are in the midst of revising their stories, with help from such programs as Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel.  Due to my lack of current funds, and a straight-up preference for an all-in-one package of the paperback format, I’ve selected Robert J. Ray’s Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel as the reference to help me tackle my manuscript in a sequential and logical order.

Ray’s Weekend Novelist is a popular series of how-to books for aspiring writers who operate on a limited timeframe due to commitments outside of their writing, which may include family, jobs, and in my case, looking for a job, gym excursions, as well as playing video games such as World of Warcraft and the Starcraft 2 Beta.  He incorporates techniques such as organizing info into grids, timed writing exercises, and charting plot features into diagrams and timelines.  All of these tools are used in the novel revision process within the span of a single, focused weekend.

As a means to hold myself accountable to revising my novel on the weekend, I hope to add Weekend Steampanku as an additional feature to this blog, as a reflection of my Novel’s progress.  Also, it makes for great post fodder to help me get back on track to providing more consistent content. In fact, The Weekend Novelist has a nice feature where a fictional character named X undergoes the process of editing and re-writing his own novel.  In this case, X will be me.

That being said, I do not plan on disclosing too much detail about my novel, other than general information such as character names, traits, settings.  I will try to keep my plot development general, as to not spoil the actual events of the story.  As such, I will most likely attribute archetypal elements to identify plot points.

Steampanku is still an up-and-coming blog of mine, and I want to give it the legs to develop into the backbone for my writing, as well as interactions with the writing community to which I belong.  I want Guardian to be a part of that blog, as it is my first true attempt at novel-writing, as well as getting a novel published at all.  Wish me luck on both the novel, and the blog!

Back in Business

When looking at this blog after several months of sheer inactivity, I’ve had several options come to mind.  The first was to stay inactive, wallowing in my improbable return due to a lack of content to write about.  I love talking about steampunk found in books, television, and movies, and I also love reading about historical Japan.

But combining the two together and use that marriage to provide enough content to maintain a seemingly regular post schedule has proven quite difficult.  By staying inactive and not being able to follow-up on my NaNo victory, I have squandered a very good start to what appears to be a very .  But I don’t plan on giving up.

The second option was to simply provide filler update posts, which to me seemed like a huge waste of time on my part as well as the readers.  Weekly installments of “Still not doing much.  Been playing too much warcraft. I promise to read/write more. Etc.” are no fun to write or read, so i didn’t even try to bother here.

At the root of it, I decided to take the time off to truly consider what I wanted to do with this blog.  I still want to do stuff with it, but I have found out that writing japanese steampunk just as fun as writing about it.  Hence, I would like to take on a new approach with this blog, as it reaches one of possibly many turning points in its lifespan, by building a web serial from scratch, and writing “behind the scenes” posts in between describing the steampunk and japanese elements behind them, and a little bit of literary speak to fill them out.

One of the fundamental rules in writing effective fiction is to find the balance between showing and telling.  With this blog, I intend to tell you guys my vision of what Japanese Steampunk can be through informative posts, but also show you guys what it ought to be about by incorporating my writing through a web serial.  I for one am quite excited, and I hope you can come along for the ride!