Having slept on it I had a brief “oh shit, what am I doing?!” panic.
Then I decided to stop panicking and just get on with it. I do have time in the day, especially now that the show I’m working on is settling down into show-call and we’re pretty much done with rehearsals (apart from the understudies). In the five years I’ve been with the OU, I still have rubbish essay writing discipline (I have an essay due on the 6th Nov…haven’t started, but I have a good excuse what with technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, previews and press night :P) but those times when I’m just trawling around reddit in the early hours of the morning? Yeah, I can attempt to write then.
So what am I writing?
My final creative writing assignment was to write the first chapter of a novel, it was ‘only’ 3,000 words but I did it and I reckon I have enough planned to finish the story. I like writing in genre, my first creative writing assignment I went with a noir piece, then two ghost stories. I thought about expanding one of my ghost stories but I’m not sure it’s something I can get 5,000 words out of let alone 50,000! I’m keeping it in reserve, in case I get really stuck though.
You could say I’m making it difficult for myself starting with a genre piece. That’s true, it’s not going to be easy but I’ve already done a lot of the world building and have a vivid idea of what my world looks like. I have a working title (it’s a bit shit, but I suck at titles) and my working synopsis:
title: Fire over Ice (told ya it was a bit shit 😉 )
synopsis: Following the Second Arctic War, the Imperial Airservice protects the sky above the North West Passage from pirates and the Empire’s enemies. During a routine stop over on King William Island, Lt Charles Crozier becomes aware of a plot to intercept a valuable trade ship which could have devastating implications for the future of the Empire.
I’ve always been obsessed by clocks and for a long time I’ve been interested in steampunk but never (a) had the time (b) the money or (c) the confidence to get involved. This year I vowed I was going to start to be more involved in things, so far I’ve taken up swimming, got some work at the Royal Opera House over the summer (recently did a week of overnight calls :)) and got round to sorting out various other bits n’ bobs.
After a bit of hunting on ebay and the Brass Goggles steampunk forum I came up with a few ideas for a steampunk persona – I’m going with either a navigator or signals officer on board a airship patrolling the Arctic… kinda like an alternative hunt for the North West Passage except they don’t need a North West Passage as such but have to ‘protect’ the area from pirates. I’ve picked up various costume bits and am now in the process of steampunk-ifying (it’s a word) it all.
I have a Royal Signals Corps no2 dress tunic – I’ve taken off the medals as obviously I’m not entitled to them and it would be really wrong to wear them, going to make some of own medals (starting with the 1854 India General Service medal, 1847 Arctic medal and the 1861 first Opium War medal before making some funky ones) and bits of appropriate insignia, starting with an airship service badge thingy…
Another thing I’m going to make over the next few weeks is a replacement for the RSC collar badge – it’s already quite steampunky but I’m thinking of changing the globe to a cog and having various watch bits in place of the motto, I quite like Jimmy (as he’s know, really he’s Mercury) so might keep him (or a version of).
Other things I need to work out are how to make a steampunk version of the Warrant Officer 1st Class insignia, I like the idea of my persona being a WO (navigators or wireless ops mate, something like that). If I didn’t feel wrong about it I would leave the rank on the uniform but I’m not entitled to it, not entirely sure how to remove the sleeve stuff without causing a mess but I’ll work something out.
I shall keep you posted and expect more random stuff soon! 😛