Well mostly announcing this to avoid Kevin Steil (@AirshipEmbassy) from coming over to poke me about my new YA Steampunk novel. Yes, I’ve officially been Steampunk’d! I had so much fun with the Zeppelin Odyssey that I decided to put the Story on hold and now it’s time for a new Steampunk novel.
It’s called…(drum-roll!) Oscar Zemph and the Pegasus Express and it’s set in the year 1877. I for one am very excited about it.
Got the idea whilst daydreaming on the train, and then it just exploded. Gonna do a lot more research though before I dive in, because the first half of the book is them following the story of the Railroad Strike of 1877 as his best friend and crush Christin (Chris) Keys always dreamed of being a journalist like her older brother, and he let’s them tag along on an assignment of covering the Strike from Pennsylvania to Chicago.
The second half is them finding the Pegasus Express, and that’s where it gets Steampunk-y and fantasy and even more fun.
At first it was going to be all Steampunk, but then I found the Strike too fascinating not to add it in. It amazes me how much 1877 parallels with our current economy. Like, it’s almost identical minus the riots and fires lol. So that’s the main reason I want to add so much history on it, so hopefully we can learn from history and not have another crisis. IDK, it just seems fitting for our era and I think a lot of us can relate what they went through in 1877, and thus relate to the characters. And I think if the first half is more realistic, it’ll allow for the second half to be more believable so readers can accept a flying train as plausibility.
So yeah, it should be pretty good. Gonna hit the library some time this weekend and go from there.
I decided that the weekends will be devoted to editing the Zeppelin Odyssey and the weekday’s/lunches/train rides will be devoted to YA Steampunk.
So yup, that’s about it. New job going amazingly well and couldn’t be happier. Forgot what it felt like to like your job again 🙂
Also, next week will be starting interviews again on LMC. So lemme know if you want to be on Celebrity Saturday and/or Ask the Reader!
Hope you guys are doing as well!