Can you keep a secret? I’m a bit of a closet Steampunk. I love the aesthetic. I like a lot of the literature. I mean, basically, if you take my love of Victorian fashion, computer science, leather, lace, the paranormal, and any number of intriguing anthropological and linguistic themes, you get Steampunk, like it was simply made for me. Although, with the exception of the fashion bit, the others might not be so obvious to hardly anyone. I live in my head sometimes.
Aside: speaking of literature, I’m biased, because I’m totally in love with the (now completed) series and have been since the first book was published, but if you like Steampunk, the paranormal, and absolute absurdity at times (packaged in extremely well-written prose), you needs must endeavor to read the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (starting with Soulless—at least read the online preview available for the Kindle version). Go on. I’ll still be here when you’re done.
You’re back? Ok. So, anyway… where was I?
I said I needed to lay off things with deadlines for a bit, but then the other day I was perusing Your Wardrobe Unlock’d, checking to see what their 2012/13 challenge theme is about (first mistake), and… get this… one of them is “Steampunk: Historical Inspirations”. Danger, Rae Arnold, danger!
Or in other words, Oh, the temptation, how strong, it is.
So, while I try to remind myself that I have plenty else to do between now and the deadline and shouldn’t even think about this, I’m simultaneously making a Pinterest board all about it and dreaming of an alt-reality where Babbage’s great-granddaughter and her adopted great-auntie Ada Lovelace (who didn’t really die at 36, just ran off to New Zealand with a clan of the Babbages and is totally rocking her 70s like Betty White is doing her 90s) decided to get the Analytical Engine working while wearing absolutely fabulous clothing circa the late 1880s… (uhh, yeah, I’ve put just a little thought into the backstory already).
We’ll see who wins out… logical Rachael or head-in-the-clouds Rae come February of next year.