I’m on a bit of a steampunk kick lately. I blame this poem, one of my nanopowrimo pieces, for it. Or, possibly the awesome steampunky clothes I saw at the Ren Faire. Or possibly the fact that I recently reread an old favorite, Paula Volsky’s Illusion, which I think arguably just might qualify as the first steampunk novel ever. (I am an avid rereader – whole other post)
I’ve been noticing something unique about the steampunk movement lately. It seems to be moving as quickly, if not more so, in the fashion, art and design worlds as it is in literature. Actually, I think it’s kind of been hijacked. I have to admit, when I see or hear the term steampunk, the first thing I think of is clothes. And jewelry. Then the brain goes to stories.
Steampunk is visual. And vague. Take a Victorian setting, add some clocks and airships or gears, some boots or whatnot, throw in a mechanical bird or two and voila! Steampunk awesomeness. (I don’t mean this as a bad thing, just sayin …. that would be my description of steampunk)
Case in point. I am working on a steampunk/postapoc/fantasy novel. I also have been toying with a full-on steampunk novella idea …. though knowing me, it would stretch into a novel probably. Also thinking of doing some steampunk poetry, or even better, a steampunk poetry collection. So I start googling. Come to find out, there are not very many markets looking for steampunk. I was pretty underwhelmed. I’m not saying there are none, just that I expected more. Lots more.
So, I checked Amazon. There were a good amount of books, but half of them were how-to guides for jewelry or whatnot. Didn’t find a whole lot of steampunk anthos either. Only one steampunk poetry collection.
I did, however, manage to find all sorts of steampunk items and art. And jewelry. I could tag pages and pages of awesome jewelry. Sigh.
Badass steampunk necklace # 1 (want)
Badass steampunk necklace # 2 (want)
Steampunk Owl (want)
Steampunk boots (want)
Steampunk coffee grinder (want)
Steampunk Barbie (Xmas gift idea)
Steampunk crow (love it!)
Steampunk corsets (want. want. want)
Steampunk bird/plague mask thing. Storyworthy.
Steampunk bird (love it)
Steampunk wedding cake
Steampunk butterfly 🙂
Steampunk art … lots of that.
My personal fave
Steampunk computer. Or, possibly a time travel device
Steampunk typewriter. Ok, really it’s just flat out Victorian. But calling it steampunk makes it cooler, right?
Steampunk hat box (Which, alas, would probably not fit the hat. Make that a steampunk jewelry box)
And last but not least, a steampunk Mona Lisa. Steampunk is official now.
What’s a girl to do?
A) Write anyway
E) Create a steampunk Pinterest Board?
G) All of the above …