Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for (Professor) X

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that takes many Victorian/Industrial Age technologies, and then thrusts it into a futuristic world. In a steampunk world, there might be flying machines, computers, and ray guns - but built from copper, wood, brass, and using steam as a power source. It's a unique blend of the future and the present that makes steampunk unique.

Dang! X is a tough letter to use in the challenge. So I decided to show you cool pics of a steampunked version of Professor X and his incredible wheelchair.

This is a REAL working wheelchair

Look at that detail!

The elegance of Victorian, and the steampunk chimney

Steampunk Professor X himself

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I was recently tagged by the lovely Veronica Sicoe in The Lucky 7 Meme. What I'm charged with doing is going to either page 7 or 77 of my WIP, and then give you 7 lines. I won't tag 7 fellow bloggers, but if you want to participate, please do! I love reading all of your current projects.

My WIP is Dragonfly Warrior, the first book in the Mechanica Wars series. My deadline is next week to get my final draft to my publisher, and if all goes well, publication will be July 30th. 

It's a steampunk novel (duh!), set in an alternative world. My main character is Zen (short for Zenjiro Kanze), and he's traveled from far away to a strange and terrifying new world. He's hitched a ride with a Nabeho-native pilot, named Enapay, on his airship, and they find themselves in the middle of a war.

Here's page 77, and the first 7 lines:

As the Dragonfly descended, the raiders' shots harmlessly cut through the air around them. Zen saw other bodies scattered on the ground thirty feet below, concluding that they were fallen Nabeho guards from the raiders' attack. The bullets were getting closer to finding their marks, and Zen could wait no longer. After removing his long coat, he found his revolver and climbed to the edge of the airship's starboard.
What the hell are you doing? We're still too high.” Enapay kept one hand on the steering wheel, but tried to grab Zen with the other.
Zen crouched low, keeping his balance with his grip on a rope.


Anonymous said...

Great excerpt, Jay! And who cannot love Mr. X? Not me! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that would be the way to get around at a steampunk convention!

Jay Noel said...

Jack: Thanks! Professor X rocks!

Alex: I bet he got hundreds of people to take pictures with him.

Brinda said...

Cool excerpt. You have a sure thing for the letter Z on Monday.

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: Thanks. I decided to go not so obvious for letter Z. I'm excited to finish this challenge, as I really shouldn't have taken it on in the first place!

Daisy Carter said...

Awesome excerpt! Love the action!

Laura Eno said...

Great excerpt! What a cliffhanger you left it on. ;)

Kelly Barnes said...

Loved the seven lines. Can't wait to read the rest.

The chair is ultra-cool. It's as if Stan Lee was channeling H. G. Wells.

The smoke stack makes it work.

Rusty Webb said...

Love the steampunk'd wheelchairs. And I enjoyed the excerpt. Looking forward to the book.

Vero said...

That sounds very interesting, Jay!

Of course they have an airship, woohoo! War and adventure, not to mention awesome steampunk gadgets -- I bet your story would make for a thrilling animated movie.

Ciara said...

Great way to use X. That was a tough letter. That is one cool chair. Some of my former clients would have loved something like that. Normal wheelchairs are kind of boring.

Julie Dao said...

Okay now that's a pretty hip wheelchair.

Jay Noel said...

Daisy: Thanks! Luckily, page 77 and the first 7 lines just happened to be the perfect excerpt.

Laura: Just worked out that way!

Kelly: Exactly - the chair must have taken a lot of work.

Rusty: Thanks man!

Jay Noel said...

Vero: Thanks for tagging me. It was fun!

Ciara: I had to think hard about X. Wasn't sure what I was going to do until I remembered the Prof. X chair.

Julie: Some people are just so incredibly inventive and creative.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing your suspenseful excerpt. If you haven't posted about this yet, I'd be curious to know how you found your publisher. And do you have an agent too?

William Kendall said...

Now that's a cool wheelchair!

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: Nope, haven't really posted about it yet, but I will shortly.

William: It sure is! Thanks for visiting.

M Pax said...

Cool chair. I'd love one. It'd be great for shopping. :) Enjoyed the excerpt a lot.

The Golden Eagle said...

. . . now all other wheelchairs seem dull. And it's even cooler that that's an operational one!

I love your excerpt!

The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

Miranda Hardy said...

What an awesome looking chair. Love the name of your WIP.

The Desert Rocks said...

Wow, your 7th line of the 7th page or whatever actually was exciting and entertaining. Cool job with the daily thing. Congratulations it's almost May!

Jay Noel said...

Mary: Could you imagine cruising along one of those in a mall?

Eagle: Who knew you can bling out a motorized wheelchair? Thanks!

Miranda: I appreciate that. It's an important symbol in my story.

Eve: I got lucky that it ended up that way. Right in the middle of action!

Shannon @I Survived and Now I Run said...

Awesome is all I can think to say..thanks so much for sharing..visiting via the A to Z Challenge...blessings

Roland D. Yeomans said...

That Steampunk wheelchair is truly one of a kind! Great photos. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Roland

Jay Noel said...

Shannon: Thanks for visiting. Keep running!

Roland: Truly one of a kind. And thanks for stopping by.

Pk Hrezo said...

Love that! Total class in a wheelchair.
The end is near, and then we can all take a nice break.

Melissa Bradley said...

That wheelchair is impressive and I could see Charles rolling about his School for the Gifted in that.

X really is a hard letter to use. It gave me the most trouble a did U.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Interesting post. Congrats on your new book, I am excited to hear more about it. Hope you make your deadline. Who is your publisher?

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