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By Marie-Claude Bourque

So with all the good news of publication around, I remain the one blogging Lolita unpublished in Steampunk (but so so thrilled for Liz, Theresa and Suzi- can’t contain my anticipation for these releases!)

Yes I got my first gothic paranormal book out with hopes to continue the series but for this steampunk novel, I’m back to square one, in completely uncharted territories.

And if you think being published elsewhere helps you sell, I’ll tell you this. It may help get you read faster but in the end it comes down to the same think as everybody else who is unpublished. Does the editor like your book? Does she love it enough that she wants to read it many times and think about it a lot and want to read more books by you. Does she think she can sell this to the public?

So here I am, back to square one and guess what? I love it!

Somehow not having this pressure of performing, not thinking of reviews and sales, is totally liberating!

I’m having a ball!!! Because I’m trying to build a carreer, my steampunk contains elements from my gothic paranormal series: mysticism, sex, action and strong characters. But they are having an adventure and I’m currently in this mode where I’m throwing in everything but the kitchen sink! Airship, mad scientist, Victorian lady, oriental courtesan, inventors and cryptozologist, desert travel, steam train, a grand society ball and a sinking island, home to a coven of witches.

Just plain old fun. Once I decided that this was my “hobby” book, I started to free myself and the writing flowed. (see the plotted scene list pictured here)

I have a plan though, I am an organized hobbyist! I write a minimum of 500 words every morning. As a mom with kids at home, I need to wake up an hour before everyone to do so.

My goal is to finish it this summer and pitch it at the Emerald City Writers Conference in Seattle early Oct. (we all need a goal right!) so far so good, I’m more than one third in and the book is entirely plotted. I could write the proposal in a couple of day!

Wish me luck!

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By Marie-Claude Bourque

The fun fun thing about being published is that once your book is out or about to be out, you need to promote it!

So since I’m new at this, I haven’t figured out how to do it all and do both promotion (mostly stuffing enveloppes and writing blogs) with actual writing new stuff.

This means that for the last 3 weeks, my exciting steampunk novel has been sorely neglected.

Yes, ANCIENT WHISPERS, my first novel, a gothic paranormal romance, is out in the stores. Its pretty exciting! But it also means that I wrote 27 articles in the last 3 weeks for a blog tour. About 25,000 words! That’s about 100 pages!

And to think I could have written 100 pages of my steampunk novel in that time! Sheesh!

This whole promo/writing is tricky and requires balance. I am glad to report that I did write about 12 pages this week on the steampunk novel. Not bad.

By the way Ancient Whispers is available in all bookstores, so if you are curious, you can pick a copy next time you go shopping or look for links to buy online here. It’s available in paperback, Kindle, nook and everything!!

I had fun with my characters in the steampunk project this week. It’s not really a romance but there is an ongoing relationship in it and I love the build-up I’m creating right now.
It’s fun to stretch myself in writing that way. Writing a couple about to be together for the long haul.

We’ll see how it turns out!

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by Marie-Claude Bourque

I was wondering the other day why it’s taking me so much time to write this book! I am quite busy with the promotion of my first release right now but it’s no excuse. I usually love to get lost in my favorite fantasy world.

Then it hit me. I’m scared! I am looking around at other Steampunk novel, looking at the possible readership and I am petrified! Will I meet expectation? What if it is too sexy, or angsty, what if I get Steampunk wrong. What if my own vision of it doesn’t mesh with everyone else’s!

I know how to build a story, I do think my plot is pretty solid but the rest! And then at the back of my mind, since I sold already, I’m thinking, will this sell?

So I am swallowed by the fear that my steampunk won’t please readers and that anyway it won’t sell! talk about paralizing! I’m writing to please others not myself. Big mistake!

Writing a first novel is great, you just go at it and write whatever is in your head! Who cares, at that point you don’t think anyone will ever read it anyway. But the others, your expectations are so high that you forget to have fun! You forget to just go for it and write the crazy things you dream up no matter what!

Time to shift gears and convince myself that this is my fun project. Who cares if it doesn’t sell (although I do want it as perfect as I can make it at this point in my writing career). I just want to spend a few hours a day roaming the alternative earth I created with my intense mystic witch and her crew of misfits and see her save the world! How cool is that!

She’s not scared, so why should I?

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By Marie-Claude Bourque

I wonder when I actually decided that I’d be writing a steampunk novel. I actually can’t pinpoint the exact moment.

I had the idea for The Axiom of Depth about a year ago. I wanted to write something that would be more like an urban fantasy as opposed to a strict paranormal romance like my Ancient series.

I wanted the series to be an ongoing war, with each book a sort of battle/adventure and an underlying long term relationship because, hey let’s face it, I do sexy well.

Before I sold Ancient Whispers, in my head, this was book 5 and it would be my selling manuscript. I planned to put everything that is me in it. Science, climate research, gadgets, magic, drama, intense emotion and angst. I am, after all, French, a former research scientist, a Pagan Witch and angstier than is deemed healthy.

I knew I wanted an alternate world but I was not really into pure sci-fi. When I fell in love with Phillip Pullman “His Dark Material” series and Ekateria Sedia “The Alchemy of Stone”, I knew my story The Axiom of Depth” would be a steampunk.

I started it last summer when I needed a break from my contemporary sorcerer world of the Ancient Series (first book coming out May 25 with Dorchester-Love Spell).

At first, it was planned as a short story prequel that I intended to submit to Steampunk Tales (check them out, they are coming soon to Steamed!)

So I started to write and 3 weeks later I had my 30 pages short story. I set it aside to mature and took 2 months to do the revisions my editor asked for Ancient Whispers, then took 5 months to write Ancient Secret and now for the last month here I am, facing Axiom again.

I like what I wrote a whole lot. It’s fast, gritty and the characters are coming alive well. Mystic witch Lady Hope of the Sunken Island teams up with airship pirate Captain Drake of the L’Amaranthe to investigate mysterious activity at the bottom of an oceanic trench.

So far I wrote another 10 pages, put together a story board for it and here I am, with the first act pretty much written.

I’ll keep you updated. There is no guarentees that this will ever sell, but we can have fun writing it!!!!

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 Edgar Allan Poe is the only Victorian author to have an NFL Football Team named for his writing.180px-Poe_Grave_at_Westminster_1

BALTIMORE 

RAVENS!

You go, Edgar!

He’s probably the only writer in world whose life is celebrated yearly by a lone Toaster.  The Poe Toaster is the unofficial nickname given to a mysterious figure who pays an annual tribute to American author Poe by visiting the author’s original grave marker on his birthday, January 19. Though many gather annually to watch for the toaster and his yearly visit is supported by the Edgar Allan Poe Society, he is rarely seen or photographed. His identity has never been revealed to the public. The original toaster visited the tomb yearly between 1949 and his death in 1998, after which time the tradition was left to “a son.”  A bottle of cognac is usually left on his tombstone.

Thomas M. Disch has argued in his The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of (1998) that it was actually Poe who was the originator of the modern science fiction.

Poe’s work and his theory of “pure poetry” was early recognized especially in France, where he inspired Jules Verne, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), Paul Valéry (1871-1945) and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). “In Edgar Poe,” wrote Baudelaire, “there is no tiresome snivelling; but everywhere and at all times an indefatigable enthusiasm in seeking the ideal.”

In America Emerson called him “the jingle man.” Poe’s influence is seen in many other modern writers, and in the development of the19th century detective novel. J.L. Borges, R.L. Stevenson, and a vast general readership, have been impressed by the stories which feature Poe’s detective Dupin (‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, 1841; ‘The Purloined Letter,’ 1845) and the morbid metaphysical speculation of ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Waldermar’ (1845).

One of his tales, ‘Mellonta Taunta’ (1840) describes a future society, an anti-Utopia, in which Poe satirizes his own times. Other tales in this vein are ‘The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Sceherazade’ and ‘A Descent into the Maelstrom’. However, Poe was not concerned with any specific scientific concept but mostly explored different realities, one of the central concerns of science fiction ever since

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, where his mother had been employed as an actress. Elizabeth Arnold Poe died in Richmond, Virginia, on December 8, 1811. His father, also an actor, had died in 1810 and Edgar was taken into the family of John Allan, a member of the firm of Ellis and Allan, tobacco-merchants. Edgar added the surname Allan as his middle name.

The cities of Baltimore, Maryland, and Richmond, Virginia, have wonderful POE MUSEUMS. There are Edgar Allan Poe Societies and several American universities have Poe Studies Departments. ZPOESTAT

Annabel Lee, is the most famous poem composed by Poe. Like many of his poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman.  The narrator, who fell in love with Annabel Lee when they were young, has a love for her so strong that even angels are jealous. He retains his love for her even after her death. There has been debate over who, if anyone, was the inspiration for “Annabel Lee.” Though many women have been suggested, Poe’s wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe is one of the more credible candidates. Written in 1849, it was not published until shortly after Poe’s death that same year.

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S WRITINGS:

Tamerlane and Other Poems, By a Bostonian, 1827, was followed by a large body of work, some of which is still being adapted into films.

  • Metzengerstein, 1832

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  • MS Found in a Bottle, 1833
  • Morella, 1835
  • Shadow, 1835
  • Berenice, 1835
  • Loss of Breath, 1835
  • Bon-Bon, 1835
  • King Pest, 1835
  • Ligeia, 1838
  • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, 1838 (unfinished)
  • Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, 1839
  • The Conchologist’s First Book, 1839 (ed.)
  • The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839
  • William Wilson, 1839
  • Silence, 1839
  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion, 1839
  • The Devil in the Belfrey, 1839
  • The Conchologist’s First Book, 1839 (with others)
  • Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, 1840
  • The Man of the Crowd, 1840
  • A Descent into Maelström, 1841
  • The Island of the Fay, 1841
  • The Colloquy of Monos and Una, 1841
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue, 1841
  • The Masque of the Red Death, 1842
  • The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, 1842-43
  • Eleonara, 1842
  • The Oval Portrait, 1842
  • The Black Cat, 1843
  • The Gold Bug, 1843
  • The Pit and the Pendulum, 1843
  • The Prose Poems of Edgar A. Poe, 1843
  • The Tell-Tale Heart, 1843
  • The Oblong Box, 1844
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, 1844
  • The Balloon Hoax, 1844
  • The Elk, 1844zpoeimgi
  • The Assignation (aka The Visionary), 1844
  • Thou Art the Man, 1844
  • The Spectacles, 1844
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, 1845
  • The Premature Burial, 1845 
  • The Purloined Letter, 1845
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade, 1845
  • The Imp of the Perverse, 1845
  • The Raven and Other Poems, 1845 
  • Tales, 1845
  • The Cask of Amontillado, 1846
  • The Domain of Arnheim, 1847
  • Eureka: A Prose Poem, 1848
  • Mellonta Tauta, 1849
  • Hop-Frog, 1849
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