At a number of steampunk conventions I attend, my friends David Drake and Katherine Morse run a programming item called the Hot Potato School of Writing. This is a method of collaborative writing where one member of the team writes to a cliff hanger, or a “hot potato,” and tosses it to the other writer to get the characters out of the jam. Unfortunately, I couldn’t participate at this past Wild Wild West Con, but I have used this technique with another writer in a story that I recently learned has been released in paperback.
Four years ago, Kurt MacPhearson and I tried our hand at collaborating on a steampunk tale. I introduced the brave Captain Penelope Todd of the airship Endeavor and immediately thrust the crew into a nasty storm from which there seemed to be no escape. Kurt took the idea and ran with it, sweeping the Endeavor and its hapless crew off to a strange new land called Halcyon along with the crew of a sea-going pirate ship. Kurt had Captain Todd taken prisoner with no apparent way of escape and left me to find a way out of the situation.
We had great fun writing the story and once we were finished, we passed it back and forth a few times and polished it up. We submitted the story to Phyllis Irene Radford for her Gears and Levers anthologies and she accepted it for the second volume. The anthology has been available for a while in ebook format at Amazon and Smashwords, but I just learned it’s also in paperback format. Gears and Levers 1 has been a bestseller for Hadrosaur Productions at our dealer’s tables, so we’re proud to say we now have some copies of Gears and Levers 2 to sit beside them.
Adventure and romance await in Gears and Levers 2. Travel to worlds that never were but should have been where magic and science blend together and authors explore the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, walk with ghosts, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders world, and walk with automatons in eighteen amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as Alma Alexander, Irene Radford, Chaz and Karen Brenchley, Shawna Reppert, Larry Lefkowitz, Tina Connolly, Jeanette Bennett, Voss Foster, Frog and Esther Jones, and many more.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to see us at a convention to get a copy of the paperback. You can get the paperback from Amazon, or you can get them directly from Hadrosaur. If you send an email along with your order to Hadrosaur, I’ll be happy to autograph my story. I hope this finds you in your own world of Halcyon.