The Professor and the House of Lords

By Posted in - On Writing on October 21st, 2010 3 Comments

I just had to share this with you because I love it so much. Of course it’s London, my home town, which helps. But I adore the professor flying on his penny farthing, and his cat swinging from the balloons. What are they up to, I wonder? Pictures like this get my mind churning. So my writing tip for the day is to hunt down images that will get your creative juices flowing during National Novel Writing Month. Make an inspiration board with photos of characters, locations, and stuff like this. Then make sure it’s within sight while you’re typing and you won’t get stuck!

This picture was made by London Particulars, who you can find on Etsy.


“With his lightning-quick mind, a ball of string and a handful of seeds (which he kept about his person at all times), Professor Thistlequick took to the skies, in pursuit of Happiness, in a race through the clouds that was to last for much longer than he should have hoped…”

Steampunk Lord Vader

Then I found this picture of a steampunk Darth Vader. I love that steampunk doesn’t have to be whimsical and jocular, though that’s a lot of fun, but the truly cool stuff is dark. Silhouettes leave so much to the imagination about what might be lurking in the shadows.


Post-Nuke Restaurant

And lastly, this one from my Steampunk tumblr, Rowena’s Diary:


Further reading:

What is Steampunk?

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  • Rachna Chhabria - Reply

    October 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Love the new look of the website, Lia. The pictures will surely get the creative juices flowing for NaNoWriMo.

    Btw..I am not very familiar with steampunk. Can you suggest few books in that genre?

    • Lia Keyes - Reply

      October 24, 2010 at 9:06 am

      So glad you like it, Rachna! I like to change things up from time to time.

      As far as Steampunk reads go, I'm currently enjoying SOULLESS by Gail Carriger. Just finished Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (YA, not sure how truly steampunk it is, some elements are a bit arbitrary).
      Some lists from GoodReads:
      Best Steampunk Books
      and finally:
      Best Steampunk and Gaslight Works

  • Rachna Chhabria - Reply

    October 25, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Thanks Lia, for the list. I like the title ClockWork Angel. Even SOULLESS sound interesting. Will surely try to get my hands on both.

    Wishing you all the best for NaNoWriMo. 🙂

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