Today the A to Z Challenge continues! I’ll be posting about one letter/word on every weekday in April. Don’t want the barrage of posts? Sign up for my newsletter and I’ll let you know when I start doing new stuff next month!
S is for Steampunk.
This word was definitely one of the easier choices for me since I have a mild(not really) obsession with the steampunk aesthetic and many of my favourite games, movies and shows incorporate it. I consume a lot less straight up steampunk and a lot more stuff that blurs the lines between steampunk and other genres.
I think the thing that has really drawn me into steampunk is the DIY culture that’s sprung up around it. While there are obviously people who make their own costumes in every nerd subculture, almost every steampunk is also a maker. The desire to go back to basics and be able to make things ourselves is a natural response to such a highly technologized(yes, I am making up terms now, deal with it) time. And the eagerness of steampunk makers to share knowledge with one another is greatly inspiring.
My love for steampunk culture is so deep that I’ve created a group blog called The Steampunk Cavaliers to spotlight all the amazing people in this community. I haven’t written any steampunk stories myself–although there are some ideas brewing in my head even as I type this–but I adore them and the crafty people behind them.
I’m really excited to be able to explore this genre more and to create a community of writers and other creators who delve into the world of steampunk and the Victorian era together, and I’d love for some of you to join me on this wonderful journey into an awesome subgenre. There’s already a wide variety of people lined up to be on the blog(a couple will appear here too) and I am always on the lookout for more.
Are you a fan of steampunk? Know of any awesome steampunk books/movies/series I should check out? Let me know about them in the comments section below!