Steampunk World’s Fair!

Progress continues with the adventures of Zak, his friends and a certain seven-and-a-half foot tall robot.

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Wonder of wonders, I finally got past the 30,000 word mark. And I didn’t even notice it. So far, our intrepid young hero must tend to a robot that seems to have caught a mysterious ailment that’s slowly eating away his memories. Poor Pogo!

Last week, I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair in Piscatawy, New Jersey (and I got to meet a real, honest-to-goodness published author (well, he has a three-book deal with a real publisher.) So I traveled to the wilds of Jersey and spent a few hours at the Steampunk World’s Fair. And I was completely unprepared for it. Not only was I dressed like a norm (or a mundane) but everyone was costumed to the max. There were vendors everywhere selling all the necessary steampunk gear: goggles, corsets, military garb, ray guns, prissy dresses, dusters. There were aviators, mechanics, mad scientists, vampire hunters, monster hunters, bushwackers, the whole escapee-from-the-1800s bit. So jealous. I wanted my own RAF uniform (from VANQUISH, of course). I even looked among the vendors, but it’s something I’m going to have to put together. I did buy a lot of books, though.


I was checking my Facebook during lunch when author Nathan Bransford announced he was having a booksigning at a remote town about an hour from the Steampunk World’s Fair. So I made a quick command decision and decided to abandon the Fair (its every year) and get a chance to meet and talk with Nathan.

First of all, he’s a really cool guy. I don’t know how to handle total strangers suddenly walking right up and smiling like a weirdo who’s stalked you his entire  life, but he handled it very well. Then I did the uber-fan thing and handed him a signed copy of my book, ZAK CORBIN: MASTER OF MACHINES. So it’s like, “Sure hey, nice to meet you. Oh, here. Read my book! If you dare!” He was very gracious about the whole thing. Then I asked him to sign all three of his books so I could hand them over to my nephews. Who will love them. Or else.

It was great meeting with Nathan. His blog is honestly extremely helpful and full of tidbits on how to write a query, a synopsis and maintaining one’s sanity and morality in the writing business without selling your soul to the devil (or the vanity press). It was a pleasure meeting and talking with him.

So I spent the whole day, and a tank of gas, travelling New Jersey. Thank goodness it was before Memorial Day weekend, or I wouldn’t have been able to go anywhere near the Jersey shore.

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