So after waxing eloquent about alternative worlds, I thought it would be fun to throw around some ideas for how to fill in the gap of steampunk (or any science fiction/fantasy subgenre) literature, and you should totally join in the fun!
I’m sure most of you are aware of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t, it’s National Novel Writing Month, a challenge where participants use the month of November to write 50,000 words of a novel. It’s a lot of fun, ever-so-slightly insane, and for those of you who would like to try it but don’t have the faintest clue what to write about, I’ve got a few ideas for you:
- A series of letters between Queen Victoria and Empress Cixi complaining about men, marriage, raising and marrying off children, and ruling half the world.
- English settlers arriving on the shores of the newly discovered continent to find natives harnessing the power of alchemy to prevent any hostilities.
- Japan and China at war with giant robots. (Oh yeah, you know you wanna see this!) Double-points if no Europeans are involved.
- An urchin traverses an India fighting off British colonials with only the aid of a magical gaslamp. Why zie is doing that, I’ll leave up to you.
I can’t be the only one with ideas of what she’d like to see out there. C’mon readers, what d’you have?
Jaymee Goh is the Municipal Liaison for Canada:: Nova Scotia:: Halifax. She has participated and won six times in NaNoWriMo, and is fully expecting a seventh win.