Steam Punk Saturday Drabble competition

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Kasey Mart

Scene from my book The Night Family-

I was pissed beyound pissed. My boyfriend’s ex who is also my enemy is pregnant with his child. Could things get any worse? I was so pissed that I left my house without saying anything and went to see Alin. He knew right away something was wrong when he seen me.
“Let’s go to the dungeon” he said it was a vampire bar.
“No i don’t want to”
“What do you want love”
“You” I said I walk up to him and kiss his neck.
“Kassie” he says
“He slept with someone so it’s my turn”


Don Ford

A Story To Tell

I was a late nightscribe. Maybe it was the routine of tea before bedtime that kept me up and burning the late night oil. When I got a story going in my head, I was persistent in laying down the ink.Then something queer happened. I remember it was a Friday night, and I had fallen asleep writing a new chapter, “In Harms Way”. When I woke up in the morning, the chapter was finished. I don’t mean I finished it; someone or something else had stayed up all night and completed the tale I was spinning.


Kelly Erickson

A Halloween story.

I was driving to my Mom’s on Halloween when I saw a disheveled man hitchhiking. I stopped and asked where he was going.
“To the train station.” He said.
I waved him into the car. “The train station is the other way. Come on. I’ll give you a lift.”
He can’t figure out how to put the seatbelt on. “I never been in a fancy new car like this.”
My old SUV is 12 years old. Okaaaayyy…
He starts telling me he didn’t think people stopped for hitchhikers any more. “Special wise a girl.” He asked where he needed to go to get a BART pass. He had a strong southern accent so I guessed he hadn’t used our Bay Area Rapid Transit before. I explained how to get a ticket. He gives up on the seatbelt and starts searching all the pockets on his baggy camouflage cargo pants. About that time I started to wonder if it was a good idea to pick up a hitchhiker in front of the county mental hospital.


Kimberly-Reader Vanderbloom


With a kiss of her cheek I left. I knew I would never see her again but I needed to kiss her one last time. I was heading out to sea. All boys were considered men at 16. The forced everyone into a draft. Of course I got picked to go to the sea. I’m scared of water, sea dragons and petrified of tge mermaids. Those mermaids will steal the skin off a young man like me. With a deep breath I aboard the ship to meet my new destiny.


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FantasyCon Mini-Interview with Emma Jarvis

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Q – Are you a Reader, Author, Artist, or Blogger?

A – I am an Author, Blogger and Reader

Q – If you could be the heroine in any fantasy or sci-fi story, which would you choose?

A – There are so many to choose from! I think the Middle Earth stories needed a bigger injection of estrogen on the battlefields so I would probably go with that one. As a feminine balance to Thorin Oakenshield, or a kick-ass sister to Aragorn, journeying with them through the stories.

Q – What inspires you?

A – I listen to instrumental music a lot, I like something with a haunting sound or a heavy beat depending on my mood, but no lyrics as they get in the way of the words I’m trying to write. I also love watching movies and reading books and enjoy trying to insert my own twist to an established lore. Whilst I don’t generally write fanfic’s I do fantasize within other stories.

Q – Have you written any stories? If so, please tell us about them.

A – The Machine is the first book in a trilogy. Book two is written and three is in progress. It is the story of Larissa Markus, a seemingly average sales clerk who gets swept up in an adventure filled with danger and intrigue. It is an action packed story with romance, heartache and mystery in a steampunk setting. It’s a very fast paced book as I write in a succinct manner (as you can tell from these answers!)

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FantasyCon Mini-Interview with Jonathan Fesmire, Author

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Q – Are you an Author, Blogger, Artist, or Reader?

A – I’m all four! I identify myself most as a writer. I currently have two adult fantasy novels and a young adult fantasy novel published, but in the last five years I’ve gotten heavily into steampunk, both in my art and writing. My upcoming novel is “Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western.”

My blog is called “The Mostly Steampunk Blog” where I do just that: write mostly about steampunk with some of my other interests thrown in. I’ve interviewed makers and cosplayers like Ave Rose, James Neathery, and Steamy Leia, and will continue to interview more people in the steampunk community.

I also have an MFA in Animation and Visual Effects from Academy of Art University, so I do 3D art on the side.

Q – What is your earliest fantasy story memory, book or movie?

A – I honestly don’t remember. I’ve been into fantasy and speculative fiction since forever. Probably the original Star Trek, or maybe A Wrinkle in Time. I was seven when Star Wars came out, which must have cemented my love for science fiction.

In the 90s I got into Cyberpunk, and in the 2000s, steampunk.

Q – If you could shift into any creature you wanted, what would you choose, and why?

A – I will take it by “creature” that you mean any alien as well. I would shift into a Time Lord with a Tardis. Nothing would be more amazing than traveling all of time and space with my son.

Q – Have you written any stories? If so, please share them with us.

A – I’ve written lots of stories! In the 1990s quite a few made it to paying zines, and I even sold one to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine. I had an anthology, “Seed of Vision” published for years, but recently retired it. However, subscribers to my newsletter get what I think are the eight best stories from that anthology for free when they sign up for my newsletter via my website.

I’m also working on the first short story in the steampunk world of “Bodacious Creed” right now and should have it done by convention time. It’s also going to be a freebie to my newsletter subscribers, and I think it’s quite good.

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FantasyCon Mini-Interview with Jeffrey Cook, Author and Reader

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Q – Are you a Reader, Author, Blogger, or Artist?

A – I’m primarily an author, but also a reader. I think the majority of authors start out as readers, and the authors I read certainly helped inspire me to want to tell my own stories. I do wish I had more time to read—in part because, in becoming an author these past couple years, I interact with so many other authors, and want to read all of their books. (And because me editor and co-author is also an avid reader, who is regularly telling me great things I need to read.).

Q – What inspires you?

A – Stories have always inspired me, in multiple forms.
My very first memory in life—opening night of Star Wars, Episode IV—the Star Destroyer coming on screen.
I used to take a /lot/ of long road trips with my father. We’d pass the time by having him tell me ‘choose your own adventure’ type stories. He’d set scenarios, and how the story progressed depended on what my character did.
I started reading really early. I devoured comic books. I finished my pre-school’s 3 boxes of early readers in the first two days. And after going to see a children’s theater production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, my parents bought me the boxed set, intending to read it to me, and I finished Voyage of the Dawn Treader by the weekend.
I became a table-top gamer at 8 years old and have stuck with the hobby.
Living on a Blackfoot reservation for a while, I fell in love with some of the storytelling tradition.

I love stories — and I particularly love getting to not just read or listen, but engage with fantastic worlds.

Q – You mentioned charity work, can you tell us about that?

A – I’m a writer for, and head organizer of The Writerpunk Project. It started out as a discussion community, and has turned in to a charity project that also helps promote indie authors in the ‘punk’ genres of science fiction.
Our first charity anthology, Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk, went live in March. We have a second volume, more Shakespeare adaptions, coming in December, and an Edgar-Allen-Poe-based anthology coming next year. Each volume involves multiple authors doing adaptions of famous works in ‘punk’ genres. All profits go to benefit PAWS animal rescue and shelter in Lynwood, WA.
As ‘dad’ to 3 rescue dogs, it’s a cause near and dear to me, so I was very glad the members allowed me to choose the charity. We just took them their first check—fully funding a big dog kennel for a year.
We’re hoping to double that next year.

Q – Have you written any stories? If so, please tells us about them.

A – I have 6 books out now, plus the charity anthology, along with numerous short stories published in different anthologies.
My first books were my Dawn of Steam trilogy. Those are Steampunk, or 1800’s science fiction, in this case written in the form of letters and journal entries from the characters, in proper Regency voice. Because they’re very early-era for Steampunk, relatively light on the sci-fi, and very heavy on the history, they’ve been described as good introductions to steampunk—as long as one is a heavy reader, since the format means they’re immersive, but not light reads.

I also have a YA science fiction story, Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets, published through Fire & Ice YA—my first venture into YA literature.

I have one non-YA urban fantasy out, a co-writing project with (usually) romance author AJ Downey, Airs & Graces, the first book of the planned Angel’s Grace trilogy.

My current primary project is another YA project, working with my usual editor, Katherine Perkins. We have Foul is Fair, the first book in the Fair Folk Chronicles, out now and and are putting finishing touches in the beta-reader version of book 2, Street Fair. The plan for that is ultimately 4 books, covering the 4 lost cities of the fae, the 4 treasures of Ireland, and the 4 most important dates of the Celtic calendar.

Writerpunk Press is also hoping to release 2 charity anthologies a year.


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