Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire Here!
Things have been a little slow due to recovery from a gall bladder removal. The incision under the sternum holds my shovel hand back from any practical persuits, presently.
I have my paperwork in at the doctor’s office to return to work and it has not been processed yet. This is just as well as it has caught up with me a little, leaving me sickly.
Time is running out to train for a 50-mile hike this year and right now I can’t walk a mile, reminiscent of January’s covid and March’s dental work. I did hike quite a bit in February.
My Beloved has told me to slow down numerous times.
So, I have written a lot instead. I started with retro-futurism in mind and I will see where it takes us. Here is what I have written so far.
As a majority of you are in the writing scene as well, I would like and admire your feedback and contributions.
I am no expert in the way of literature and I have very limited education in a classroom setting so take it for what it is worth, but today, I will briefly discuss…
Steampunk Looks Over The Top To Me.
There is just too much coal, hydraulics, gears, unexplained technology, and ridiculous ornamentation of useless mechanisms everywhere.
The same goes for the artwork,and themes, and clothing.
Does everyone have to wear a bowler or derby? Are corsets and stripes a must? Why arent the goggles worn over the eyes?
Perhaps it must be that way.
Or… It might just be science fiction or retro futurism. Jules Verne would know, but I don’t think he is taking calls.
I was having a discussion with Herb Thiel, my father, and determined human nature transcends settings, and while settings are nifty, so are the folks in the story.
To cut to the chase, I will go my own way exploring the genre, but I may still call it Steampunk. (And I may give in and use Mini Ram Skull guy in the story)
Steampunk, in general, seems to be written in Victorian and industrial revolution type settings, answering my own questions about some of the attire.
A rapidly changing world, complete with an age of invention and discovery (to include uses for steam) is a storytelling dream. You can go anywhere in such an endeavor.
I recoil at the word punk. Initially, it meant a prostitute, and troublemaker and moved on in definition to various movements of angry social alienation, anti-authority, and anti-establishment, rebellion, and nihilism.
None of these qualities are anything I would like to encourage, and I considered a few things about it in no particular order.
While the Victorian age and Indistrial Revolution may have questionably benefited a few, there are dark aspects omitted such as child labor laws, exploitation of minorities, hostile takovers of countries, and all kinds of debauchery. Fiction or no, there is no real altruism in this setting.
To me, resisting evils and advocating for reform does have a place in society, but not in a spirit rejecting moral principles or with the philosophy that life is meaningless.
In my first three issues, I discussed a character named Petra in a scientific setting, and a few that were willing to protect her undertaking with force of necessary. Punk? Who can tell.
Thus far, I reject the etymology of steampunk, but I will use it to describe the genre of my current storyline. I can probably step over this roadblock and sleep well at night.
Well, that is my ramble.
I want to get back to typing this story so effectively that you give a yell, crying more, more, more.