Category: Steampunk

Steampunk Movies

Frequently when I describe my manuscript as “steampunk” people look very confused. This often leads to me coming up with a list of movie comparisons, so I thought it would be handy to do a post on just that. Hugo (2011)…

Natural Disasters

I have a strange fascination with natural disasters: fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes; random natural events that we mere mortals have no control over.  Back in July 2003, I had my first article published in a national magazine, Lighthouse Digest. (I was so…

Besides Bond

As moviegoers flock to theaters to see the latest James Bond offering, Spectre, it’s timely to remember the Ian Fleming’s other literary contribution. In 1964 his children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was published. The book has a decidedly strong steampunk undertone, though…

Time on Tuesday: Big Ben

This week I’m adding a new regular blog feature: Time on Tuesday. Time has suddenly become a major plot point in PHOEBE FOGG AND THE LOST LIBRARY. I’ve also noticed that time is something people in our society obsess about…

Surprises at the Library!

I’ve always loved libraries. I think it is the element of surprise that fascinates me most. You just never know what clever story or forgotten interesting legend might be lurking here or there. With the wonders of modern technology, the…

Unexpected Treasures

I love doing research – executing internet searches, combing through articles, sifting through books at the library. On rare occasions, I’ve even had the opportunity to leaf through vertical files.  (For those of you who don’t know, in the days…