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.


Fashion Show: Steampunk Powers Hetalia

At Anime North 2010 this weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Steampunk Fashion Show.  The theme this year was “Steampunk Powers Hetalia,” a creative take on the widely popular anime and manga series Axis Powers Hetalia.  I had pretty good seats at the event, so I decided to make a video for everyone to enjoy!

A snippet from the program:

“Axis Powers Hetalia focuses on events surrounding World Wars I and II. But this is steampunk, dear reader, and there has not been one great world war that we are aware of, never mind a second. In the world of steampunk, history progressed very differently, beginning with the age of steam power. The worldwide political struggle of the Victorian Era was known as “The Scramble For Africa,” a period between 1870 and 1912 that carved the European continent up into colonies of various European countries, leaving only Liberia and Ethiopia as independent African states.

“The characters of Steampunk Powers Hetalia are taken from the ruling countries of the various empires who had financial, political, or territorial interests in Africa. Because this is steampunk, things are… a little different.”