“The West Wind” – A Steampunk Adventure set in the Old West

Un-sticking this post…

Status as of 10/23/11  11/26/11 1/29/12 11/23/12: Putting the rewrite “on hold”

It is the summer of 1912 and the western frontier of the British American Colonies is a pressure cooker of intrigues fueled by greed, resentment, and the need for revenge in this steampunk adventure dominated by plots and power struggles between rich and powerful industrialists. It is a world of massive floating mansions, horses, stagecoaches, airships, private railroad cars, dusty western towns, flying machines, and a traveling mechanical freak show.

Dramatis personæ:

Roland Pritchard – a true success story of Her Majesty’s American Colonies having built an extensive railroad empire that is the backbone of industrial development in the western frontier.

Eli Hardy – the only child of Jakob Hardy, recently returned from studying abroad (something more controversial) and is confronted by the real truth behind his father’s success.

Rachel West – an apprentice clock maker (something less banal) has emigrated fled to the American Colonies in search of a place where she and with her half brother Clarence will be accepted for who they are and not what society dictates. to escape a deadly conspiracy only to find herself embroiled in even more dangerous intrigues.

Shameless Self Promotion – More Content Ahead

Welcome to those of you who are visiting for the first time through the efforts of my shameless self promotion.  I am planning on carpeting Gen Con with “The West Wind” business cards just to bring in more visitors.  With that in mind, I am planning a bit of a content blitz starting 8/1 and leading up to Gen Con itself.

What you are likely to see:

  • Character introductions
  • Plot highlights
  • Recounting my agonizingly slow writing progress
  • What I want to do next with my draft
  • Random ramblings
  • A few book reviews as I get caught up on my steampunk reading
  • References to some of my favorite writing podcasts
  • More Random Ramblings

So welcome first time visitors, welcome back others that have been here before – lets get out the brass goggles and feed the firebox… it is going to be a fun ride.

What was I thinking…

I swore I would never get a blog.  Also said I wouldn’t get a Facebook account.  Now I have both.  What was I thinking?

I was thinking that this is one of my first steps to becoming something I have always wanted to be: an author.  Someone that writes stories that will give others the type of enjoyment I receive from the written word.  And this blog, dear reader, is where I plan to share my growing pains.

Just a couple of quick notes on what you will and will not find here…  Starting with the not finding:

  • Long winded rambling self indulgent posts – I don’t like reading others’, why would I inflict mine on you?
  • Instructive content – I am not going to teach you anything, I will likely learn more from you.
  • Links to music videos, xbox, or flash web games – I am not going to take content advice from my teenage son despite how cool he thinks it will be.

What you will probably find:

  • Impressions and expressions as I explore the craft of writing.
  • Updates on my current projects.
  • Occasional off topic posts to other things I find myself doing, which may include postings on music videos, xbox, or flash web games just to maintain some harmony in the Beyer household.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere.  Feel free to browse around leave me a comment.

Apologies in advance as I figure out this whole writing thing, I hope it will be as much fun for you as it will be for me.