“What got you into Steampunk?” the hubby asked me recently.
“I’ve been into it for awhile,” I replied.
“That’s not the question I asked.”
I thought for a moment. “Well, I came across the term about two years ago. I was looking for dresses for the Dickens’ ball and all the dresses I liked on ebay had Steampunk in the title. So I googled it. Turns out, I’ve always like it but never knew what it was called.”
Then I’d gotten an image stuck in my head, sat down, and wrote my first Steampunk manuscript, unaware of exactly what I was unleashing within myself.
I’m not the only one who’d liked Steampunk for some time, thinking it was called Alternate History, Sci-Fantasy, or, even Jules Verne on Crack. Upon stumbling upon the name Steampunk we all breathe in a sigh of awe and relief—Ah, so that’s what it’s called! glad we can finally file it away with a neat label.
I’m not so sure that Steampunk is becoming trendy as that people are finally figuring out that it actually has a name. But, even if it is becoming trendy or popular, does it even matter?
One of the strengths of Steampunk is the diversity of those it brings together. There’s a lot to be attracted to in Steampunk, and well, there really is something for everyone, from the hard-core techie to the fashionista.
Perhaps it is the room for self-expression that attracts so many from so many walks of life. Just look at the diversity of Steampunk art, where you can find everything from jewelry, to costumes, to sculpture—or music, where it can vary from hard rock to lounge music.
The thing that attracted me most to Steampunk was the sheer room the genre had—especially in writing. A Steampunk story could be anything—a hard-core Sci-fi, a hysterical romp through history, a paranormal adventure. Air-pirates, mechanics, scientists, and corset-and bustle wearing Vampire hunters had a place. There was science, there was fashion, there was the fact that it could be set in anytime and anyplace. There was the opportunity to blur lines, blend genres, and build worlds. It’s perfect for a creative soul with an imagination that operates on hyperdrive.
Do I write only Steampunk?
But I do love writing it because I can be so wacky and do things I couldn’t do in “regular” urban fantasy–flying cars, evil headmistresses, air pirates…what’s not to love?
Does Steampunk sneak into my other works?
It sneaks into my life. Even the tot points out things that are “Steampunk.” She’ll point to someone dressed as a pilot and go “Look, mommy, an air-pirate.”
But that’s okay. We’re allowed to be creative, especially in Steampunkland. That’s one of the best things about Steampunk.
Now…if only people would start making more kid’s things…I’m especially in the market for a dainty, kid’s sized pair of brass goggles.