Switching gears for my next project , I went retro.
Since my thrillers blend reality with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural, I decided to dabble with a bit of science fiction. Steampunk offers that.
I know the story I have in mind to write. I have my title: Rhenium. Have m cast of characters. But before I start to sketch out my scenes I immerse myself in the genre of Steampunk.
I gather my collection of Steampunk anthologies: Steampunk, by Ann& Jeff VanderMeer, volumes I, II, III. I read two stories from each volume – by the flip book open and choose a story at random method. I jot notes of what I liked about the character descriptions, settings, gadgetry used.
Then I make a date to settle in with a large bowl of buttered popcorn and binge watch my favorite Steampunk movies.
On a Friday night I start with:
- Van Helsingborg, 2004
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2003
- Hellboy, 2004
Saturday, bright and early, I continue with:
- Hellboy II, 2008
- Sherlock Holmes, 2009
- The Prestige, 2006
- The Golden Compass, 2007
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 2012
- Brother Grimm, 2005
I save the last two for Sunday:
- Series of Unfortunate Events, 2011
- Wild Wild West, 1999
Now I’m pumped. Ready to flesh out my characters and initial scenes for Rhenium. This is where the fun begins!
Sometimes it takes a second sitting on a movie or two to keep me in sync with the era. But with Steampunk the gadgets and mystique are key.
I let you know how it all works out.
In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with Steampunk, I suggest you watch one or more of the movies I listed above. They’re classics – and so fun to watch.
Don’t forget the popcorn!