Mrs Darcy

Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Four

Today’s episode is my bid for the steampunk market, although thinking about it, I probably should have thrown in a dirigible for good measure. Something for a future episode, perhaps. When I was writing this, I was casting around for a suitably stupid steampunk pun, and after discarding the alternatives (steamfunk, steamdrunk, etc.) I settled on “steam pink”. Imagine my surprise when I’m checking up on incoming referrals to the site and I find out that this term actually exists and relates to a sub-genre of steampunk with female heroines. I’m still not entirely sure whether or not that makes the joke better or worse.

This week I also wrote a piece for Ziggy Kinsella’s excellent Feckless Goblin blog about the merits of giving your work away. Judging by the number of RTs that it got on Twitter, it seems to have struck a chord. Is this the future of publishing, then? Well, maybe. But for the moment it’s a means to an end, and it would still be nice to get a proper book out of it …

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