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Friday, October 29, 2010

Apply Bum Glue HERE

Only three days until the official start of NaNoWriMo, Novemeber 1st. I had a fairly good sleep last night and after all of yesterday's visual inspiration I'm itching to get writing.

My plan for today is (aside from the odd foray into housework) to glue my bum to the chair and get working - planning, plotting and designing - to my heart's content in readiness for Monday morning.

Things I need to work on:
  • Character list
  • Plot outline (filling in the story arch as best I can)
  • Evamere's Culture and History
  • Gadgets!!!

I might also dig out a few movies over the weekend to add a little more fuel to the fire. Sherlock Holmes will be at the top of the list. I might also re-watch Van Helsing, Around the world in Eighty Days and a couple of Jules Verne's movies.

I'm open to any suggestions of Steampunk/Victorian-esk films to watch. Ideas anyone?

Update: I have to confess I got a just a tinsy bit distracted after writing this and went off on a tangent hunting up Steampunk-esk movies to curl up and watch.

After a few recommendations from friends I trotted down to my local video store and have returned with a tidy stack which should give me lots of hours of fun viewing this weekend.

I brought a copy of Sherlock Holmes (something I'd been promising myself for a while) and rented a few others. Steamboy, an anime film. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Prestige, which was on TV recently but I missed it. The Rocketeer, which isn't technically Steampunk but comes highly recommended and is gadgety enough for me to give it a whirl.

With these under my belt I'm good to start. But any other suggestions are more than welcome!


  1. Those pics are awesome. Steam Punk is going to be such fun to write.
    I had a thought, just now, that your book is set in the same era as mine, but what a difference.
    I'm thinking I'd better get some of that bum glue too! Only three days to go.

  2. Aha, is Prestige the one with Hugh Jackman that I told you about? If so, you'll love it.

  3. Try Howl's Moving Castle (the book and the anime movie). And if you haven't read it you HAVE to read Clockwork Angel (not only because its steampunk, but because its an incredible book!)

  4. Cool thanks WBNZ will look them up.